Division of Health Professions
The Practical Nursing Certificate Program is full-time and 12 months in length. It prepares the student to provide direct client care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse, licensed physician or licensed dentist. The graduate will participate in assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care in cooperation with other members of the health care team. Upon graduation students are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN licensing examination. The Associate Degree Nursing program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and Practical Nurse Program is on provisional approval status by the State Board of Nursing.
Both programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. For more information regarding the ACEN, contact 3343 Peachtree Road, NE Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404-975-5000
Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:
- Provide safe nursing care along with physical comfort and psychological and spiritual support by utilizing the nursing process.
- Practice effective communication techniques in settings with clients, clients' families and members of the health care team.
- Seek self-improvement and growth by active participation in education and career development.
- Function within the legal and ethical parameters of the law governing practical nursing.
New students for this program will be placed into the Health Science Transfer program until they have been admitted through the selective admissions process into the clinical program. Please visit our Enrollment Information page for details on the Selective Admissions process for the Practical Nursing program.
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