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Nursing, Practical (PN)

 

ECC LPN student with patient

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

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)

Nurse Aide Requirement: Effective Aug. 22, 2017, documentation to verify successful completion of the Iowa CNA Written and Skills Certification Exams is REQUIRED for entrance into the program. Valid documentation can either be a transcript, copy of test results, or currently listed on the State of Iowa’s Nurse Aide Registry.

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 8 weeks-Fall Term 1
PNN231 Pharmacology  3 credits 8 weeks-Fall Term 1
PNN111 Fundamentals of Nursing II 3.5 credits 8 weeks-Fall Term 2
PNN500 Leadership & Professional Nursing 1 credit 8 weeks-Fall Term 2
PNN403 Mental Health Concepts 2 credits 8 weeks-Fall Term 2
PNN520 Nursing Care of the Adult Client I  4 credits 8 weeks-Spring Term 1
PNN424  Introduction to Obstetrics  2 credits 8 weeks-Spring Term 1
PNN525  Nursing Care of the Adult Client II 4 credits 8 weeks-Spring Term 2
 PNN412  Introduction to Pediatrics  2.5 credits 8 weeks-Spring Term 2
PNN530 Adult Client III 3.5 credits 5 weeks-Summer Term
PNN540 Leadership Clinical Experience 1 credit 5 weeks-Summer Term

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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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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