The focus of this program is to prepare the student for employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse. LPN’s provide hands-on nursing care and work under the direct supervision of registered nurses and licensed physicians. They participate in the planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care for patients of all ages, in a variety of health care settings. Theory and Clinical procedures are integrated to reinforce learning. The content includes, but is not limited to, theoretical instruction and clinical experience in medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, and geriatric nursing; application of vocational role and function; personal, family and community health concepts; nutrition; human growth and development over the life span; body structure and function; interpersonal relationship skills, mental health concepts; pharmacology and administration of medications; legal aspects of practice; and current issues in nursing. The work can be physically demanding, requiring the ability to walk frequently, lift and bend for long periods of time.
Program Length: 1350 hours
Enrollment Point: Winter, Fall
Career Opportunities: Career opportunities for licensed practical nurses include employment in hospitals, clinics, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centers, doctor’s offices, home healthcare agencies, hospice, private duty and other healthcare settings.
Industry Certifications/State Credentials: This program meets the Department of Health HIV/AIDS, Domestic Violence and Prevention of Medical Errors education requirements. During the course of the program, the instructor will provide a certificate to the student verifying that these requirements have been met. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to apply to take the national licensing examination. Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses, CAT NCLEX-PN is a computer-administered examination that the nursing graduate must take and pass in order to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
PRN0098 – Practical Nursing Foundations 1 (300 hours)
PRN0099 – Practical Nursing Foundations 2 (300 hours)
PRN0290 & PRN0291 – Medical Surgical Nursing 1 & 2 (600 hours)
PRN0690 – Comprehensive Nursing and Transitional Skills (150 hours)
A 30 hour Board of Nursing approved IV Therapy course may be taken by Practical nurses once they have graduated from the practical nursing program.
An approved licensed practical nurse supervisory education course can be taken following completion of this program, and after licensure. The Graduate must have 6 months clinical experience before supervising as well as meeting all other criteria listed in 64B9-16.002.
The PSAV component of this program H170607 has a statewide articulation agreement approved by the Florida State Board of Education:
Registered Nursing AS (1351380100) – 10 credit hours
For career advancement, LPN’s may continue their education by pursuing an Associates Degree or Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing at a college or university.