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Practical Nursing

A.A.S. Degree and/or Certificate
This is a three semester program leading to a certificate. The graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Graduates who pass the exam may apply to become Licensed Practical Nurses. LPNs work in a variety of healthcare settings giving direct patient care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse or Physician.

Field Internship
The program includes theory and clinical experiences in a variety of healthcare settings including acute care, community settings, long-term care and Physicians’ offices and clinics.

Representative Job Titles
Licensed Practical Nurse - Licensed Vocational Nurse

Program Requirements
Students must meet the college requirements for placement in English 101 and Math 101. One semester college or two semesters high school Biology and Algebra and a medical terminology course are required. Students must achieve a grade of ‘C’ or better in the classes.

***Beginning in Fall 2005, ALL applicants must have received a CNA certificate within 2 years of application, or be currently employed as a CNA or be enrolled in a health occupations class that will include the CNA exam and be completed before entrance into the program.

Students who plan to further their education into the ADN program should meet with a nursing advisor prior to admission Students applying to the practical nursing program must complete both the college application and a nursing program worksheet.

First Semester
PRNU 1 41 Human Structure and Function 4
PRNU 150 Basic Nursing Skills 8
PRNU 156 Nursing in the Home and Community 3
PSYH 100 Life Span Growth and Development 3
PRNU 154 Dosage Calculations 1
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Second Semester
PRNU 147 Medical Surgical Nursing of the Adult and Child 14
PRNU 158 Medications 2
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Third Semester
PRNU 131 Nursing Care of Women 3
PRNU 165 Geriatric Nursing 5
PRNU 161 Personal and Vocational Relationships 1
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Minimum Requirements
Certificate 44 credit hours

ALL Courses required for certificate.

Course Prerequisite
PRNU 141 One semester of College Biology or 2 semesters of High School Biology

A state fingerprint check is required of all applicants for NCLEX

Students enrolling in an Allied Health program should be aware that clinical facilities require criminal background checks and drug screening of those involved in client care. In some instances, such checks also will be needed to take licensure exams. Based on this, Kaskaskia College will require background checks and drug screening upon entry into the program. Students will not be allowed to participate in clinicals when their background check makes them ineligible for the work to be performed. The cost of such screening will be included in program fees.

NOTE: The program requirements presented here are effective Spring 2008. Previous versions of the KC Catalog are available in their entirety at our catalog archive. If you are uncertain about which catalog you should reference, please contact an academic advisor. Please contact an academic advisor with questions regarding course registration or degree/certificate completion.
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