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Practical Nursing provides training for employment in the health industry. Graduates will have successfully completed courses in caring for medical and surgical patients. Included in the program are courses designed to instruct students in the care of convalescent, physically challenged, and rehabilitative physical and/or mental patients. Instruction is also given for pediatric, obstetric, and geriatric clients. The graduate has thorough understanding of body structure and function, nutrition, medication, lifespan, diseases and disorders, community health, CPR, and first aid. Throughout the program the nursing process is integrated and the concept of lifelong learning is stressed. Refer to grade level requirements section on page 10 of the course catalog.
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All health occupation programs have special admission requirements. Individual application forms can be acquired from Student Services or our website. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. All LPN applicants must have a high school diploma or GED diploma. All applications are screened by the PN entrance committee and students are admitted based on a point system. Interviews are scheduled to determine the rank order of alternates. Vaccinations that are required for this program will be outlined in the application or LPN student documents. Prospective students must have a clear FDLE criminal background check.
(NOTE: if adjudication is withheld on a disqualifying offense, it is disqualifying. Some of the disqualifying offenses are misdemeanors and some are felonies.) As of July 1, 2009, Pursuant to Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, health care boards or the department shall refuse to issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant has been:
1. Convicted or plead guilty or nolo-contendre to a felony violation regardless of adjudication of chapters 409, 817, or 893, unless the sentence and any probation or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the application.
2. Terminated for cause from Florida Medicaid Program (unless the applicant has been in good standing for the most recent five years.
3. Terminated for cause by any other State Medicaid Program or the Medicare Program (unless the termination was at least 20 years prior to the date of the application and the applicant has been in good standing with the program for the most recent five years.
Day class hours are 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m Monday and Tuesday. 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m Wednesday and Thursday.
Evening class hours are 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
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This program is approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing and prepares graduates to take the NCLEX-PN Licensure Examination. The minimum grade level required by the state for program completers is 11.0 in reading, language, and math on the A level exam.
Employment opportunities include hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, doctor's offices, and home health agencies.
The tuition cost for the 1350 clock hour (day or evening) program is currently $3,793.50, plus lab fees (3 semesters), the N-CLEX LCS fees, SIM chare, computer testing, custom tote bag, drug testing, IV therapy course, textbooks, parking permit, and student ID badge, totaling $6,324.99. Shoes, uniforms, and other required basics are not included in the above costs. Prices can be requested from the bookkeeper at any time. The Pell grant is available for this program. Notice: Program costs are subject to change without notice.