Practical Nursing H170605
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 Standards
- Possess a
standard U.S. high school diploma or GED from a school accredited by
an approved accrediting association.
- Test of Adult
Basic Education (TABE) Scores: 11 in Reading, Language and Math OR meet TABE exemption (refer to Admissions and Testing)
- Take the TEAS test (To register for the TEAS, click on part-time classes)
- Random drug
Students entering all health programs with a
clinical study requirement must submit to a criminal background check and
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
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
TO GAIN ADMISSION TO THE PRACTICAL NURSING PROGRAM. COMPLETE IN ORDER:
STEP 1 - Take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
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)
The TEAS test is required for most RN programs and is made available to students interested in entering Erwin's Practical Nursing program. All Practical Nursing applicants are encouraged to take the TEAS test as soon as possible after inquiring about the program. If there is a reason a student would not wish to take the TEAS test, please contact the Program Advisor. Results on the TEAS test are used as a counseling, not admissions, tool for Erwin's Practical Nursing program. To register for the TEAS, click on part-time classes.
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 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 for January 2015 Day Class
Practical Nursing Books and Supplies for March 2015 Evening Class
Practical Nursing Books and Supplies for April 2015 Day Class
Practical Nursing Books and Supplies for August 2015 Day Class
Practical Nursing Books and Supplies for January 2016 Evening Class
Practical Nursing Books and Supplies for April 2016 Day Class
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 $16.43- $22.57 per hour.
Source: Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, Labor Market Statistics
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 supervision. LPN's may assume supervisory duties.
How does an LPN advance to a RN?
Licensed Erwin graduates may apply to State of Florida 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 other colleges of their choice for a bachelor's degree in nursing; however, those colleges may 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 and VA, as well as area nursing homes. Some clinical hours will vary from classroom hours, depending on clinical availability. Students are required to be flexible with clinical locations and hours.
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 $80(subject to change). In addition, continuing education hours as specified by the Florida Board of Nursing 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 based on critical thinking. 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, Criminal Justice Systems and the Veteran Administration facilities. 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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