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Practical Nursing

practical-nurse-students1,332 Hours
Certificate Program
Days (11 months)
Eve/Wknd (14 months)

HEGIS Code 5209.20
Nursing – Practical (Adult)
Levittown Campus Only

Helping people and a passion for caring are hallmarks of nursing, and this garners a lot of respect in the community. There isn’t anyone who hasn’t had sick family members, friends, or neighbors where the wish was that you could do more to help. Now it could be you who gives relief.

You can look at the Practical Nursing program at Hunter Business School as the beginning stage in a long career that most people look up to. This is the only Practical Nursing course of study at the school that, with the successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination, leads to a full professional license.

The Practical Nursing program provides the graduate with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to function as a licensed practical nurse or LPN. Fifty percent of the practical nurse training curriculum is devoted to theory and the other half to hands-on laboratory skills practice and off-site clinical externship rotations. These rotations include work at long-term care and rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, and childbearing and pediatric outpatient settings.

Health care is one of the fastest growing career fields

and currently has—and will continue to have—increasing demands due to an ever larger aging population. This will be a strong and steady career path long into the future.

As a member of the nursing profession, Practical Nursing program graduates are competent in providing basic nursing care for patients across their lifespan. Upon successful completion of NCLEX-PN, the National Council Licensure Examination, which is a nationwide examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States, the licensed practical nurse (LPN) works under the direction of a registered nurse or licensed physician in a variety of health care settings.

Mission Statement

The Department of Practical Nursing, congruent with Hunter Business School’s mission, is dedicated to providing excellence in education to a diverse population with a goal of preparing competent graduates for safe entry into practice.

Class Schedules

Days

Classes meet Monday through Friday from 8:50 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Clinicals are administered Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program is broken down into three semesters, each about 15 weeks long.

The first semester consists of 285 hours of theory, 75 clinical hours, and 90 lab hours. The second semester consists of 210 hours of theory and 240 clinical hours. The third semester consists of 210 hours of theory and 222 clinical hours.

Evenings/Weekends

Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Clinicals are administered Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program is broken down into three semesters. The first semester is about 24 weeks long, and the second and third semesters span approximately 16 weeks each.

The first semester consists of 285 hours of theory, 75 clinical hours, and 90 lab hours. The second semester consists of 210 hours of theory and 240 clinical hours. The third semester consists of 210 hours of theory and 222 clinical hours.

Overview

The Practical Nursing program is divided into three consecutive semesters of full-time study to be completed in 11 months during the day and 14 months over evenings
and weekends.

The curriculum consists of 1,332 hours of instruction distributed between classroom, lab, and clinical work. It is divided into 705 hours of theory and 627 hours devoted to clinical and lab.

The purpose of the Practical Nursing program is to provide the graduate with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to function as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). As a member of the nursing profession, the graduate will be competent in providing safe nursing care for clients across the lifespan in a variety of health care settings.

Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses), which graduates must pass in order to become licensed, the practical nurse works under the direction of a registered nurse or licensed physician.

First Semester

The first semester consists of 285 lecture hours, 90 lab hours, and 75 clinical hours, for a total of 450 hours.

The courses covered are Introduction to Practical Nursing (NSG100), made up of 45 lecture hours; Foundations of Nursing (NSG101), made up of 90 lecture hours, 90 lab hours, and 75 clinical hours, totaling 255 hours; Body Structure and Function (NSG102), made up of 90 lecture hours; and Pharmacology (NSG103) made up of 60 lecture hours.

Second Semester

The second semester consists of 210 lecture hours and 240 clinical hours, for a total of 450 hours.

The courses covered are Adult Health Nursing I (NSG104), made up of 120 lecture hours and 240 clinical hours; Human Growth and Development (NSG105), made up of 45 lecture hours; and Mental Health Nursing (NSG106), made up of 45 lecture hours.

Third Semester

The third semester consists of 210 lecture hours and 222 clinical hours, for a total of 432 hours.

The courses covered are Adult Health Nursing II (NSG107), made up of 90 lecture hours and 174 clinical hours; Childbearing, Family, and Pediatric Nursing (NSG108), made up of 60 lecture hours and 48 clinical hours; Community Health Nursing (NSG109), made up of 30 lecture hours; and Transition to Nursing Practice (NSG110), made up of 30 lecture hours.

Job Titles for Graduates of the Practical Nursing Program

The following list includes, but is not limited to, many of the most common job titles for which this program prepares Practical Nursing students and requires the use of the skills learned as a predominant component of the job.

  • Triage Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Clinic Nurse
  • Office Nurse
  • Charge Nurse
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Pediatric Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Clinic Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse
  • Private Duty Nurse

Practical Nursing Program Outcomes

In the following statistics, NCLEX stands for National Council Licensure Examination, the national test for the licensing of nurses, and comes from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The figures are categorized by calendar year and reflect the NCLEX pass rates for Practical Nursing graduates who have taken the exam for the first time.

The Professional Education Program Review Unit in the New York State Education Department’s Office of the Professions has the responsibility of registering nursing education programs within the state. Due to possible changes in these data, you may contact the Office of the Professions or Hunter directly for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

  • 2017

    NCLEX Passing Rates

    (42 of 51 graduates)
    82.4%

  • 2016

    NCLEX Passing Rates

    (33 of 45 graduates)
    73.3%

  • 2015

    NCLEX Passing Rates

    (27 of 29 graduates)
    93.1%

  • 2014

    NCLEX Passing Rates

    (19 of 20 graduates)
    95.0%

  • 2013

    NCLEX Passing Rates

    (7 of 7 graduates)
    100.0%

Clinical Experience

Experiences provided in the clinical area are concurrent with topics presented in class.

Semester 1

In the first semester, the clinical experience takes place during NSG101, Foundations of Nursing, in a long-term care facility for 72 hours distributed throughout the semester.

Semester 2

Practical Nursing students gain clinical experience during NSG104, Adult Health Nursing I, for 240 hours distributed throughout the semester, doing a subacute care rotation at a long-term care and/or rehabilitation facility.

Semester 3

The clinical experience in this semester takes place during NSG107, Adult Health Nursing II, and consists of 176 hours distributed throughout the semester at either a long-term care or rehabilitation facility or local hospital providing acute care.

During NSG108, Childbearing, Family, and Pediatric Nursing, students observe the care of individual clients in childbearing and pediatric outpatient settings.

Admission Criteria

Since admission to Practical Nursing is competitive, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admittance to the program. All components of the approval process are considered in making the decision to accept a Practical Nursing student. For additional admission criteria, please see the Admissions section in the school catalog.

It is mandatory that all applicants who have been accepted into the program attend student orientation. Date and time will be provided.

In addition, the pre-entrance requirements for the prospective Practical Nursing student include the following:

  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Proof of United States citizenship, permanent residency, or eligible non-citizenship
  • Proficient score in ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) (current national average established by ATI) of reading, math, science, and English and language usage (three attempts allowed)
  • Go to Assessment Technologies Institute LLC to register for the TEAS exam and refer to Nursing Entrance Exam Instructions on this website for further information

Acceptance into the Practical Nursing program requires that the student has successfully submitted, completed, or demonstrated the following:

  • Hunter Business School Information Sheet, provided by the Admissions department
  • Official copy of high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED®)
  • Official copy of transcript(s) from all institutions previously attended, if any
  • Proof of any certifications, if any, such as Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant, Home Health Aide, etc.
  • Proof of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification, either current or pending
  • Documentation of previous employment in health care, if applicable
  • Background check waiver, which will be explained by your Admissions representative
  • Interview with the Admissions department and/or Nursing faculty or director
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Essay

Evidence of good health is required through the following:

  • Physical exam by a New York State licensed medical practitioner, including proof of current Mantoux test, tetanus, hepatitis B (or a waiver), seasonal influenza and other specified immunizations; drug screen; and positive titers for rubella, varicella, and rubeola
  • Compliance with all Core Performance Standards for clinical practice for admission (see additional form)
  • Current CPR certification for health care providers and BLS (Basic Life Support)

Since admission to the Practical Nursing program is competitive, meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admittance to the Practical Nursing program. All components of the admission requirements are considered in making the decision to admit a Practical Nursing student.

General Information

  • All classroom and lab work will be at Hunter Business School’s Levittown campus.
  • Clinical sites are primarily located in Nassau, Suffolk, and/or Queens counties.
  • Practical Nursing students will be required to travel to these areas.

Courses Offered

    • Introduction to Practical Nursing

      NSG100 (45 hours)

      Practical nursing students are introduced to the role and responsibilities of the licensed practical nurse as a member of the health care team. Practical nursing students learn about legal and ethical issues related to the practice of nursing. Therapeutic communication skills are also introduced. Corequisites: NSG101, 102, 103

    • Foundations of Nursing

      NSG101 (255 hours)

      The basic concepts of health and nursing care are presented. Practical nursing students learn about health promotion, restoration, and maintenance, and basic nutrition is introduced. Through experiential learning in the nursing skills laboratory, the practical nursing student acquires basic nursing skills. During clinical practice at a long-term care facility, the practical nursing program student provides basic nursing care to clients. Corequisites: NSG100, 102, 103

    • Body Structure and Function

      NSG102 (90 hours)

      In this practical nursin course, Practical Nursing students are introduced to the structures and functions of the human body and the basic concepts of chemistry. They learn how the body systems work together to promote homeostasis. Practical nursing students also learn to describe to describe body parts and functions using the correct medical terminology. Corequisites: NSG100, 101, 103

    • Pharmacology and Dosage Calculations

      NSG103 (60 hours)

      This practical nursingclass presents the central principles of pharmacology. Practical nursing students learn dosage calculations, drug administration techniques, major drug classifications, and nursing implications pertinent to selected pharmacologic agents. Corequisites: NSG100, 101, 102

    • Adult Health Nursing I

      NSG104 (360 hours)

      Practical nursing students begin to explore common alterations to the respiratory, cardiovascular, hematologic, lymphatic, gastrointestinal, urinary, and musculoskeletal systems. Also taught are the essential concepts of anesthesia, surgery, and emergency response as they relate to client care. The clinical rotations offered during this course prepare the practical nursing student to identify and meet the needs of the adult in an acute care setting. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 1 courses/Corequisites: NSG105, 106

    • Human Growth and Development

      NSG105 (45 hours)

      The general principles of human growth and development across the lifespan are covered here. Included are various psychoanalytical, cognitive, and behavioral theories of human development. Current issues relative to the field of developmental psychology are discussed. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 1 courses

    • Mental Health Nursing

      NSG106 (45 hours)

      In this course, the Practical Nursing student is introduced to the concepts and principles of psychiatric and mental health nursing for clients across the lifespan. The practical nursing class examines health promotion, maintenance, and restoration for clients with psychiatric disorders and alterations in mental health. While there is no clinical experience for this course, the practical nursing student is able to apply knowledge and skills gained while caring for clients during the Adult Health Nursing I clinical rotation. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Term 1 courses

    • Adult Health Nursing II

      NSG107 (264 hours)

      Explored are common alterations to the neurologic, sensory, endocrine, reproductive, integumentary, and immune systems. Practical nursing students learn and apply essential concepts of leadership and management in nursing. The clinical rotation provides opportunities to function both as a team member and leader while caring for clients with complex, chronic health conditions. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Terms 1 and 2 courses/Corequisites: NSG108, 109, 110

    • Childbearing, Family, and Pediatric Nursing

      NSG108 (108 hours)

      Practical nursing students learn about the impact of health issues related to childbearing, family, and pediatric clients. The focus is placed on nursing care that is directed towards assisting the individual and family achieve optimal wellness. Clinical rotations include prenatal, perinatal, postpartum, and pediatric experiences. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Terms 1 and 2 courses/Corequisites: NSG107, 109, 110

    • Community Health Nursing

      NSG109 (30 hours)

      Practical nursing students are introduced to the roles and responsibilities of the community health nurse. Focus is on the promotion of health and prevention of disease and injury for community groups. Included are health and psychosocial issues within a variety of at-risk, culturally diverse populations. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Terms 1 and 2 courses/Corequisites: NSG107, 108, 110

    • Transition to Nursing Practice

      NSG110 (30 hours)

      The class examines aspects of the transition from student to practicing nurse. Exploration of job seeking skills, employer expectations, self-care, continuing education, and career advancement is included. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Terms 1 and 2 courses/Corequisites: NSG107, 108, 109

Student Handbook

For a complete description of the Practical Nursing program, an overview, and further detailed information, please go to Practical Nursing Student Handbook.

Additional and Current Information

For the most up-to-date and/or any additional information, please feel free to contact the Practical Nursing department.

Debra A. Thomas, MS, RN
Practical Nursing Chairperson
Hunter Business School
3601 Hempstead Turnpike, Unit 19
Levittown, New York 11756
516.796.1000, Ext. 129
DThomas@HunterBusinessSchool.edu

Jada Williams
Admissions Representative
Practical Nursing Program
Hunter Business School
3601 Hempstead Turnpike, Unit 19
Levittown, New York 11756
516.796.1000, Ext. 121
JWilliams@HunterBusinessSchool.edu

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Notes

  1. Job placement statistics relate only to the Practical Nursing program and related fields of study.
  2. Figures may not include jobs secured by Practical Nursing students in their field of study who did not report their employment.
  3. Job placement rates are those reported to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
  4. These rates have been reported also to the New York State Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision.

Hunter Business School reserves the right to add, discontinue, or modify its programs and policies at any time. Modifications subsequent to the original publication of this information may not be reflected here. For more information about Hunter Business School graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed programs, and other important disclosures, please contact the school directly.