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Practical Nursing (PN) – OC


3400 | Practical Nursing (PN)

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) provide basic nursing care under the direction of Registered Nurses (RNs) and doctors. LPNs find employment in any setting where basic care is needed, including nursing homes and extended care facilities, hospitals, physicians’ offices, correctional facilities, and private homes. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the demand for LPNs will grow by as much as 25 percent through 2022.

SFSC’s Practical Nursing (PN) program makes it possible for students to earn an occupational certificate in practical nursing and become eligible to take the NCLEX-PN exam in about one year. Through classroom study, laboratory exercises, and clinical experiences, students learn about nursing theory, body structure and function, administering medical, medical/surgical nursing, and geriatrics.

Through classroom study, laboratory exercises, and clinical experiences in diverse health care settings, students acquire the knowledge, attitude, and nursing skills needed to be successful in their profession. Students learn about nursing theory, body structure and function, administering medication, medical/surgical nursing, and geriatrics.

Courses are as follows:

Course Name Contact Hours
First Year: Fall Term  
Introduction to Nursing Theory 135
Introduction to Nursing Clinical 255
Body Structure and Function (Theory) 60
Vocational Adjustments I and Health (Theory) 30
First Year: Spring Term  
Administering Medicines (Theory and Clinical) 55
Medical-Surgical Nursing Theory 160
Medical-Surgical Nursing Clinical 121
Geriatrics 144
Summer Term  
Vocational Adjustments II (Theory) 30
Medical-Surgical Nursing Clinical 120
Care of Childbearing Family/Community 100
Care of Childbearing Family/Community Clinical 60

 Students must maintain an overall grade of 75 or higher in each nursing course. Theory and clinical grades are computed separately.

How to Apply

This checklist explains the steps for applying to the Practical Nursing (PN) program and includes links to the forms you will need to complete the application process.



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