Practical NursingExplore MoreAbout This Program
The Practical Nursing program utilizes current practice, theory, and hands-on learning methods to prepare students to be successful in a variety of sub-acute settings including long-term care and assisted living facilities, medical offices, clinics, and home healthcare. The Intermediate Technical Certificate (ITC) can be completed in three semesters and was designed for busy students who wish to enter the workforce in just one calendar year. Successful graduates of the Practical Nursing ITC program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination - Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). Long term program goals include certification through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). While there is no Practical Nursing (PN) to Registered Nursing (RN) “bridge” program at this time, the CWI Nursing department hopes to offer students this option in the future.
Note: Registrations for Practical Nursing courses are restricted to students within the major.
Degrees and Certificates
Practical Nursing (PNUR)
PNUR 100 Fundamentals of Nursing
(6 Credits, Spring)
This course introduces basic concepts, principles, and theories of nursing practice with an emphasis on the five components of the nursing process. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of physical assessment, patient safety, communication, clinical reasoning, patient advocacy, and ethical and legal considerations, as well cultural diversity in nursing practice. Basic clinical nursing skills are presented in a supervised lab setting. PREREQ: Admission to the Practical Nursing program.
PNUR 101 Nursing Care of the Elderly
(2 Credits, Summer)
This course provides an overview of common acute and chronic health conditions encountered among the older adult population in a variety of environments. Course topics include physical and psychological responses to the aging process as well as preventative and restorative measures provided by the practical nurse caring for older patients. End of life care options are also covered. PREREQ: PNUR 100. COREQ: PNUR 102.
PNUR 102 Comprehensive Care of Adults 1
(6 Credits, Summer)
This course provides students with in-depth instruction of pharmacology, healthcare conditions, and nursing interventions within the adult population in a variety of healthcare settings. Clinical experiences emphasize safe and competent nursing care within the acute care setting. Concepts of critical thinking and clinical reasoning are expanded. This course must be successfully completed prior to enrollment in Comprehensive Care of Adults 2. PREREQ: PNUR 100. COREQ: PNUR 101.
PNUR 103 Comprehensive Care of Adults 2
(6 Credits, Fall)
The content of this course builds on knowledge and skills learned during Comprehensive Care of Adults 1 (PNUR 102) with an emphasis on making connections between theory and practice. Students will learn about advanced pharmacology, complex healthcare conditions and their effect on multiple body systems, and advanced nursing interventions within the adult population in an acute care setting. Clinical experiences highlight the delivery of safe and competent advanced nursing care within the acute care setting and preparation for transition to other care options. PREREQ: PNUR 100, PNUR 101, and PNUR 102. COREQ: PNUR 104 and PNUR 105.
PNUR 104 Nursing Care of the Developing Family
(4 Credits, Fall)
This course covers nursing care of individuals and families across the lifespan and among different cultures. Topics include care of the obstetric and newborn patient and women's and adolescents' health. Theories of growth and development, as well as Erikson's life stages, are used to frame topics. Emphasis is placed on the practical nurse's role in the preservation and promotion of health. PREREQ: PNUR 100, PNUR 101, and PNUR 102. COREQ: PNUR 103 and PNUR 105.
PNUR 105 Transition to Practice
(3 Credits, Fall)
This course utilizes the knowledge and skills acquired in previous courses within the program to facilitate a seamless transition from student to practical nurse. Students are provided with an opportunity to work in a healthcare setting with an assigned licensed preceptor. This course is intended to provide the student with the opportunity to gain confidence in the role of practical nurse and to build on the identity of the practical nurse as a valuable member of the healthcare team. PREREQ: PNUR 100, PNUR 101, and PNUR 102. COREQ: PNUR 103 and PNUR 104.