Nursing, Practical (PN)
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.
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)
When student has been officially accepted into the Practical Nursing program, each student will take these courses:
|PNN110||Fundamentals of Nursing I||3 credits||Fall Term 1-8 weeks|
|PNN231||Pharmacology||3 credits||Fall Term 1-8 weeks|
|PNN111||Fundamentals of Nursing II||3.5 credits||Fall Term 2-8 weeks|
|PNN500||Leadership & Professional Nursing||1 credit||Fall Term 2-8 weeks|
|PNN403||Mental Health Concepts||2 credits||Fall Term 2-8 weeks|
|PNN520||Nursing Care of the Adult Client I||4 credits||Spring Term 1-8 weeks|
|PNN424||Introduction to Obstetrics||2 credits||Spring Term 1-8 weeks|
|PNN525||Nursing Care of the Adult Client II||4 credits||Spring Term 2-8 weeks|
|PNN412||Introduction to Pediatrics||2.5 credits||Spring Term 2-8 weeks|
|PNN530||Adult Client III||3.5 credits||Summer Term-5 weeks|
|PNN540||Leadership Clinical Experience||1 credit||Summer Term-5 weeks|
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.