Practical Nursing H170605 (Full-Time)
15 Months (1350 Clock Hours)
Monday 7:30 am-1 pm; Tuesday-Friday 7:30 am-1:30 pm
(Summer schedule subject to change.)
18 Months (1350 Clock Hours)
Monday-Thursday; 4:30 pm-9:50 pm
This program is approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing.
Practical Nursing Requirements
*Possess a GED or standard U.S. high school diploma from a school accredited by an approved accrediting association.
*TABE Basic Skill Recommended Levels:
TABE Test Scores: 11's in Reading, Language and Math.
* Earn an Adjusted Individual Total Score of 60% or higher on the Test of Essential Academic Skills V (also known as the TEAS-V Test)
*Attend a mandatory Practical Nursing Information Meeting
*Criminal background checks and random drug screenings
A history of felony convictions or substance abuse may adversely affect your ability to gain employment or take licensing exams in the medical professions. We encourage you to consider your personal history when making appropriate career choices.
Students entering all health programs with a clinical study requirement are subject to criminal background checks and/or random drug screenings at their own expense.
If problems arise with the results of either the criminal background check or the drug screening, students will not be permitted to attend the clinical portion of the program which then results in program non-completion.
Refunds for the costs of the criminal background checks and drug screenings are NOT granted for these circumstances.
TO GAIN ADMISSION TO THE PRACTICAL NURSING PROGRAM. COMPLETE IN ORDER:
STEP 1 - Submit recommended TABE scores, along with an Application for Admission, to the Practical Nursing Program Counselor.
Students who take the TABE at Erwin complete the Application for Admission as a part of the testing process.
Students who bring scores from other testing sites must bring scores in a sealed envelope and complete the Application for Admission.
(Transcripts from foreign countries must be translated and certified as equivalent to an American H.S. diploma. )
STEP 2 - Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) and earn a 60% Adjusted Individual Total Score.
Students must not register for the Test of Essential Academic Skills, also known as the TEAS test, until the recommended minimum TABE score of "11" in Reading, Language, and Mathematics have been met. (Click here for TEAS information.)
STEP 3 - Attend a Practical Nursing MANDATORY Meeting.
Only candidates who have completed TABE and TEAS requirements are eligible to attend. Attendance is mandatory. No additional notice will be sent.
Children and other guests should not accompany applicants to the meeting.
This meeting will be held at Erwin Technical Center in Room 222.
The Mandatory Meeting for the May 2014 Day Class is scheduled for Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM.
STEP 4 - Submit a PRACTICAL NURSING Admissions Packet to the Office of Student Services.
Packets will be distributed at the Practical Nursing Mandatory Meeting and completion of the packet will be explained.
The date to return completed packets will be given at the meeting. Candidates will have one month to complete and return packets. Only completed packets will be considered.
*An official sealed transcript of a high school diploma or GED will be required to be placed in the packet, so you could request that early to have available for placement in the Packet.
*Proof of transfer credits, if applicable, earned at an approved accredited institution. (Transcripts or certificates of credits earned within two years of entry into the Practical Nursing Program will be evaluated for acceptance.)
STEP 5 - After packets are reviewed, each student will receive notification that he/she:
- Has been accepted to begin the next available class, or
- Has been accepted to the next class as an alternate should there be cancellations.
(Alternates who are not placed will receive priority for the next available class, only if they contact Mrs. McLeod to let her know they are still interested.)
Instruction is designed to enable individuals to achieve instructional objectives in the following content areas: nursing skills, life span, nutrition, anatomy and physiology, medical nursing, surgical nursing, pediatric nursing, geriatric nursing, personal and community health, pharmacology, employability skills, leadership and human relations skills.
Fifty percent of the training is spent in the clinical areas and includes: maternal and newborn, pediatrics, medical/surgical, and experience in extended care facilities. Clinical placement is determined through the Coordinating Council, may begin as early as 6:30 am and include out of county facilities.
Successful program completion prepares students for the National Council Licensure Examination for Florida (NCLEX). Students completing the program receive credits toward a Registered Nurse A.S. Degree at Hillsborough Community College or any community college in the statewide system. Please contact the colleges for additional information.
Book and Supply Information
The following books and supplies are required for this program. All items listed on the fee sheet (see link below) are available at the Erwin Technical Center Bookstore. The ISBN number is located after each textbook. For the most current fee sheet, please contact the Student Services Office, Financial Aid Office or our Bookstore.
Practical Nursing Books and Supplies February 2013 (AM)
Practical Nursing Books and Supplies August 2013 (PM)
Practical Nursing Books and Supplies September 2013 (AM)
Graduates have been employed by many area nursing and rehabilitation centers, doctors' offices, dialysis centers, out patient clinics, the School District of Hillsborough County and Criminal Justice Systems. Private duty through agencies or direct employment by a patient is also available.
Salaries for graduates range from $16.30 - $22.02 per hour.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do LPN's and RN's responsibilities differ?
RNs have supervisory duty over all members of a patient health care team. Only RNs are permitted to assess patients and develop nursing diagnoses. LPNs may collect information to help the RN assess and develop the care plans. LPNs can do all tasks associated with patient care but some, like blood administration, still require RN supervision. In other words, RNs are in charge and LPNs work under their direction.
How does a LPN advance to a RN?
Licensed Erwin graduates may apply to local community colleges and receive credit toward their registered nursing course. They still must complete prerequisite courses before admission and will graduate as Associate Degree nurses.
They may also go to USF for a bachelor's degree in nursing; however, USF does not grant any credit for LPN status.
What kind of clinical experience is involved in this course and where is it offered?
PN students spend half of their education in the clinical setting with patients. They are placed in local hospitals such as Kindred, VA, and Memorial, as well as area nursing homes. (Some student clinical hours will vary from classroom hours, depending on clinical availability.)
What is required to maintain an active license and can Erwin help with the requirement?
Florida nursing licenses are renewed every two years at a current cost of $90(subject to change). In addition, 24 hours of continuing education are required for renewal.
What are the physical demands of LPNs?
LPNs are expected to be in very good physical health because the work involves a great deal of physical activity. Walking, bending, and lifting are all part of the daily tasks. In addition, nurses may be called upon to perform CPR or assist in emergency situations that require strength and agility. Pregnancy is not necessarily a limitation for student nurses; however, medical restrictions cannot be placed on their activities.
Is math computation involved in the class work?
Yes, the type of math required for nursing is addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, and word problems. The instructors hold tutoring sessions to assist students who need help.
Is there a lot of homework in the Practical Nursing course?
Yes, most students find that one to two hours of homework per night is necessary to do well in the course. Student study groups have been very helpful for many students.
Where have graduates found employment?
There is a great demand for Erwin graduates at area nursing and rehabilitation centers, doctors' offices, dialysis centers, out-patient clinics, the School District of Hillsborough County and Criminal Justice Systems. Private duty through agencies or direct employment by a patient is also available.
Is job placement available upon graduation?
Advisory committee representatives and teachers provide students with guidance and recommendations.
How can I learn more about this career field?
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