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Nursing, Practical (PN)

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Applications for the Practical Nursing program are accepted throughout the year, with a new class beginning each fall. Your Nursing Admissions Folder must be complete by March 15. However, qualified applicants with completed admissions folders will be accepted on a “first-come, first-served” basis after this deadline.

Prerequisites

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Pre-Nursing students planning to enter the Practical Nursing (PN) program are required to take the following prerequisite courses:

  • BIO 151 Nutrition (3 credits)
  • BIO 168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
  • BIO 173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
  • BIO 186 Microbiology (4 credits)
  • EDU 160 Human Growth and Development (3 credits)

Within these prerequisite courses, applicants will need to earn a minimum 2.7 cumulative grade point average (GPA).

NOTE: If you follow your PN degree with the Associate Degree Nursing (RN) degree program, the following general education requirements are also required (it’s highly recommended that you take these now):

  • ENG105 Composition I (3 credits)
  • PSY111 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • SOC110 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)

PN Curriculum

When student has been officially accepted into the Practical Nursing program, each student will take these courses:

  • PNN110 Fundamentals of Nursing I (3 credits)
  • PNN111 Fundamentals of Nursing II (3.5 credits)
  • PNN231 Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • PNN403 Mental Health Concepts (2 credits)
  • PNN412 Introduction to Pediatrics (2.5 credits)
  • PNN424 Introduction to Obstetrics (2 credits)
  • PNN500 Leadership & Professional Nursing (1 credit)
  • PNN520 Nursing Care of the Adult Client I (4 credits)
  • PNN523 Nursing Care of Older Adults (2 credits)
  • PNN525 Nursing Care of the Adult Client II (4 credits)
  • PNN530 Nursing Care of the Adult Client III (3.5 credits)
  • PNN540 Leadership Clinical Experience (1 credit)

Clinical Requirements

Practical Nursing students must complete clinical rotations while in the program. The total number of clinical hours required for the entire Practical Nursing program is broken down between six different clinical rotations and a preceptorship at the end of the program. Each student will gain clinical experience in the areas of Medical Surgical Nursing, Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Geriatrics in both the hospital and long term care settings. Clinical rotations are taught by full time nursing faculty and adjunct clinical nursing faculty.

Degree(s) Awarded

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Jan Sauerbrei

Jan Sauerbrei

Jan holds an associate’s degree from Waldorf College and a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Buena Vista University. She also ear...

Jan holds an associate’s degree from Waldorf College and a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Buena Vista University. She also earned a practical nursing degree from Marshalltown Community College and is currently an LPN. She enjoys walking and spending time with family. (Her last name is pronounced SOUR-bry.)

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Ann Ersland

Ann Ersland

Ann’s nursing education began through Iowa Valley Community College at MCC, and she now teaches at both ECC and MCC campuses. She received...

Ann’s nursing education began through Iowa Valley Community College at MCC, and she now teaches at both ECC and MCC campuses. She received her bachelor’s degree from Grand View College (Des Moines, IA), followed by her master’s through Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH). Her love of Obstetrics led her to become a Certified Nurse...

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