Diploma in Practical Nursing

Dean of Nursing & Director of
Doctor in Health Care Education & Leadership

Aubray Orduña, Ed.D., M.S.N., R.N.
PH 402.552.6118 TF 800.647.5500 orduna@clarksoncollege.edu

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, graduates will demonstrate the ability to operationalize Practical Nursing as the human science of caring. In addition, graduates will be able to:

  • Prioritize caring behaviors that contribute to positive outcomes for clients, families and health care providers in the delivery of compassionate nursing care.
  • Provide compassionate and coordinated care throughout the lifespan based on the client’s preferences, values and needs.
  • Function effectively within the health care team to foster open communication and mutual respect with the goal to achieve quality client care.
  • Utilize best current evidence in the planning, implementing and evaluation of nursing care and client outcomes.
  • Improve the quality and safety of individual client care and of health care systems.
  • Minimize risk of harm to clients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
  • Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error and support decision making.
  • Demonstrate accountability and responsibility for own professional behavior and development. Consistent with the code of ethics.

Upon graduation, students are prepared to practice collaboratively with colleagues in other disciplines in a variety of settings. Graduates will be able to articulate into programs of study leading to licensure as a registered nurse.

Practical Nursing graduates are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) for Practical Nurses.

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Comprehensive Student Assessment

Practical Nursing students are enrolled in the Assessment Technology Incorporated (ATI) program. This comprehensive program prepares individuals for the NCLEX-PN. Individual ATI tests are administered upon completion of each area of study. Areas of student weakness are addressed and remediation is provided to those students. At the completion of the nursing program, the Comprehensive Predictor examination is administered to further identify strengths and weaknesses.

Curriculum Requirements

In order to complete a Practical Nursing (PN) Diploma at Clarkson College students must successfully complete a total of 50 semester hours. These hours must be distributed as follows:

  • General Education = 13 semester hours (which must include three semester hours of the Clarkson College Core Curriculum).
  • Major Courses = 37 semester hours (includes 21 semester hours of nursing theory and 16 semester hours of nursing clinical lab).

This program is based upon the requirements for a traditional one-year Practical Nurse course of study progression. The program is currently implemented only on a part-time basis, and students complete the program of study in two years. Courses will only be offered according to this part-time schedule. If a student, for any reason, cannot complete a course as scheduled, they must wait until the next time the course is offered.

If a course includes both theory and clinical components, the student must obtain a grade of C or above in theory AND a Pass in clinical to obtain credit in that course. If the student receives a grade of less than C in theory OR a No Pass in clinical/lab, the student must retake both theory and clinical/lab components constituting the entire course.

Service Requirements

Service reflects a holistic view that focuses on how individuals provide high quality, ethical and compassionate service in the field of health care and the community at large. Students will become familiar with service agencies, connect learning with practice and engage in civic service activities to live and demonstrate the Clarkson College Values of Learning, Caring, Commitment, Integrity and Excellence.

All students are required to complete designated service courses as a component of their program of study. Successful completion of service experiences is required to pass the designated service courses. Designated service courses are identified using the following symbol: ◊

Curriculum plan of required courses for Practical Nursing

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First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
BI 222 Basic Anatomy and Physiology Lecture 3
BI 222L Basic Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1
NUR 101 Introduction to Practical Nursing 2
    Total 6
Second Semester Semester Hours
NUR 100 Drug Calculations 1
NUR 110 Practical Nurse Caring with Adults I 6
BI 122 Nutrition 3
    Total 10
Third Semester Semester Hours
NUR 130 Practical Nurse Caring with Adults II 9
    Total 9

Second Year

First Semester Semester Hours
NUR 135 Practical Nurse Caring for Women and Children 6
PY 200 Human Development 3
    Total 9
Second Semester Semester Hours
NUR 142 Practical Nurse Caring with Adults III 4
HC 104  ◊ Core I: Effective Interactions in the World of Health Care 3
    Total 7
Third Semester Semester Hours
NUR 161 ◊ Practical Nursing Caring with Adults IV 6
    Total 6

Total Semester Hours  47