About This Degree
Estimated Program Length
45 - 46 Credit Hours
The Practical Nursing Program is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The purpose of the program is to provide an approved educational program to prepare students to be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN).
This program is two semesters and one summer session in length, admitting one class annually in August. Through theory and practice, this program is designed to enable students to develop “clinical problem-solving processes (the nursing process) to collect and organize relevant healthcare data, assist in the identification of the health needs/problems throughout the patient’s lifespan and contribute to the interdisciplinary team in a variety of settings” (NAPNES, 2007). Graduates provide nursing care to clients in situations of varying complexity under the direction of qualified health professionals (NFLPN, 2003).
Students receive laboratory instruction and guidance in college laboratory, acute and long-term care facilities and community agencies. Students are responsible for transportation related to clinical experiences.
Applicants are accepted to the Practical Nursing Program for the fall semester only. The Practical Nursing Program is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Information on accreditation status may be obtained by contacting the ACEN. They may be contacted at the following address: ACEN, Inc., 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30326 (1-404-975-5000), or www.acenursing.org.
Our Nursing program offered at our Vincennes and Jasper location also offers many of program highlights we are proud to service! We have experienced faculty dedicated to each of our student’s success, and offer curriculum that prepares the student for employment and educational advancement. VU also offers students that are taking the course to learn materials hands on in our state-of-the-art stimulation laboratory. Another program highlight to our major is that we have clinical opportunities inside hospitals, long-term care, clinics, schools and physician offices. Scholarships are also available for this program.
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Upon completion of the Practical Nursing Program, graduates will be able to coordinate care with members of the healthcare team using nursing informatics to achieve positive patient outcomes in a variety of settings. Graduates can also utilize nursing judgment to provide safe and quality care for individuals across the lifespan under the direction of the qualified health professional. Graduates can also provide patient-centered care utilizing cultural sensitivity for diverse individuals within a family context. Graduates can also demonstrate professionalism and adherence to practical nursing standards.