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Practical Nursing

As of July 2019, Reynolds will be using HESI for all nursing admission testing. Please see HESI Admission Test Information for more information.

Certificate

PURPOSE: The Practical Nursing Certificate prepares a student to work as a practical nurse. A student who successfully completes the certificate program for practical nursing is eligible to apply for licensing in the state they reside and must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®) for practical nurses.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: To prepare students to work as licensed practical nurses, participating as an integral member of the nursing or health care team involved in health promotion and maintenance activities for the client. The LPN provides direct care for individual clients experiencing common, well-defined health problems with predictable outcomes, in structured health care settings with supervision. Long-term care, hospitals, physicians’ offices, and other comparable structured health care facilities and agencies employ LPNs. 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES:  Students must have a high school diploma, GED, or certificate of completion of home schooling to apply to the Practical Nursing Certificate program.   

Program Admission Steps

The following steps must be completed to submit an application to the Practical Nursing program:

  1. Submit official high school transcript, GED, or certificate of completion of home schooling to Central Admissions and Records.
  2. Current certification as a nurse aide in Virginia, with no practice restrictions. A copy of your C.N.A. license must be submitted with the application.
  3. Demonstrate competency through MTE level 5, through the Reynolds placement and diagnostic tests or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or equivalent.
  4. Submit official college transcripts, if applicable, to Central Admissions and Records. Courses taken at other colleges that contain equivalent content and credits may transfer to satisfy a program requirement. If a student has attended another VCCS college, a Request for an Evaluation of a VCCS Transcript form (#11-0036) must be submitted with the Application for Admission to the college. This form can be found under student forms on reynolds.edu.
  5. If a non-native English speaker, complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) with a standard score of 84 or above and minimum speaking score of 26. Completion of ENG 111 does not satisfy this requirement. Documentation must be submitted with the application.
    • These scores are based on recommendations from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for the level of English proficiency required to perform entry-level nursing safely and effectively.
    • TOEFL iBT scores are valid for two years.
  6. Attend a Practical Nursing information session within six (6) months of applying to the Practical Nursing program. This is the only way to obtain an Application to the Practical Nursing program. Information session dates are posted online at http://www.reynolds.edu/get_started/programs/snah/announcements.aspx.
  7. Complete BIO 141, ENG 111, PSY 230, ITE 115, and SDV 100 or SDV 101 with a grade of "C" or above. The GPA for these five (5) courses must be 2.5, or above.
  8. Achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and a curricular GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  9. Completion of the required HESI admission assessment exam scoring at or above 70% in each required component, which includes reading comprehension, anatomy and physiology, math, and vocabulary. Testing Center dates and times are provided at http://www.reynolds.edu/get_started/programs/snah/announcements.aspx. The HESI Entrance Test may be repeated once. After the second attempt, a student must wait at least 24 months before reattempting. A HESI study guide can be purchased online. The minimum scores required for an application to be considered are as follows:
    • Reading - 70% (weight: 30%)
    • Math - 70% (weight: 30%)
    • Anatomy and Physiology – 70% (weight: 30%)
    • Vocabulary – 70% (weight: 10%)
  10. Submit a completed application following the directions received at the information session by the deadline date.
    • Fall application deadline is the 4th Monday in May.

Admission Process: Admission will be ranked based on HESI Entrance Test scores (see above for score weighting). These sub-scores are combined to create an applicant's "admission score" used for ranking.

Accepted students will receive an acceptance letter with additional program requirements information to complete prior to enrollment during a mandatory orientation session. It is important to meet the deadlines identified in this letter. Additional program requirements include the following:

  • Physical exam
  • Evidence of immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, and Hepatitis B, and evidence of Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis immunization within the past seven (7) years.
  • Tuberculosis screening, with negative results (two-step process required)
  • Annual flu vaccination
  • Current American Heart Association BLS Certification for Health Care Providers (C.P.R.)
  • Background check
  • Drug screening
  • Signed Assumption of Risk form
  • Additional program and clinical agency forms

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS: The Virginia Board of Nursing has the authority to deny licensure to an applicant who has violated any of the provisions of 54-367.32 of the Code of Virginia. Health care agencies used for clinical learning experiences also have the right to deny a student participation in direct patient care. Any student entering the program who has committed illegal offenses other than minor traffic violations should discuss these matters with the program head for clarification prior to admission. Criminal background checks are required of all applicants to the Practical Nursing program. Inability of a student to be placed in a clinical site due to a negative background check will result in removal from the program. 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF CLINICAL FACILITIES: Clinical facilities used by the program have additional requirements for students that include updated immunizations, dress codes, and compliance with professional standards. In general, contracts include the following:

  1. Clinical agencies reserve the right to dismiss a student from their agency at any time with good cause.
  2. Compliance with Practical Nursing Dress Code standard.
  3. Strict compliance with all published hospital policies. State and federal regulations and laws mandate some hospital policies. Some violations may result in immediate dismissal from the hospital.
  4. Compliance with health care agency physical exam, immunization, TB, and flu requirements.
  5. The student releases the facility, its agents, and its employees from any liability for any injury or death to self or damage to personal property arising out of the clinical agreement or use of the facility. (Reynolds’ Assumption of Risk document is signed and on file, once the student is accepted into the program.)
  6. The student is financially responsible for any self-medical care, if needed, while in the clinical setting.
  7. The student must maintain a current American Heart Association BLS Certification for Health Care Providers while in the program.
  8. Completion of the required criminal background check and drug screen and any re-screening as identified.  

FUNCTIONAL SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: Students entering the Practical Nursing program must possess the following functional skills:

  1. Sufficient eyesight to observe patients, read records, manipulate equipment, and visually monitor patients in dim light;
  2. Sufficient hearing to communicate with patients and members of a health care delivery team, monitor patients using electronic equipment, hear a patient’s whisper, and hear necessary sounds during operation of equipment;
  3. Satisfactory speaking, reading, and writing skills to communicate effectively in English in a timely manner;
  4. Sufficient bilateral finger dexterity to manipulate equipment;
  5. Ability to lift, stoop, or bend in the delivery of safe nursing care;
  6. Satisfactory physical strength and endurance to stand for extended periods, push equipment, and move immobile patients; and
  7. Satisfactory intellectual and emotional functioning to ensure patient safety and to exercise independent judgment and discretion in performing assigned tasks.

ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE POLICY:

  1. A minimum grade of "C" is required for all courses in the Practical Nursing curriculum.  A "C" is equal to 80% in all practical nursing courses.
  2. Students must obtain permission from the program head to continue in the program under the following conditions:
    • repeating a nursing course with a grade below "C"
    • withdrawing from a nursing course for any reason
  3. In accordance with VCCS policy, a student is limited to two attempts of the same course.
  4. Additional policies for the program are listed in the Practical Nursing Student Handbook, which is given to students at the mandatory orientation.

PROGRESSION THROUGH THE PROGRAM: The college offers this program in affiliation with the health care agencies and practitioners in the communities the college serves. The college relies on its community affiliates to provide clinical education opportunities for its students, expert clinical preceptors, and course instructors for many courses. The often rapid changes in health care law, standards of practice, technology, and content of credentialing examinations increasingly may necessitate sudden changes in the program's course content, policies, procedures, and course scheduling. As a result, the college cannot guarantee every continuous and uninterrupted clinical and course instruction as outlined in the printed catalog curriculum for this program. Circumstances beyond the control of the college may necessitate the postponement of course offerings or changes in the sequencing and/or location of scheduled courses or clinical assignments. Additionally, the college may have to change the instructor for courses after instruction has started.

ESTIMATED PROGRAM COST: 

Tuition (44 credits @ $166.60/credit)*

7330.40

Books, equipment, supplies

1200.00

Special testing across the curriculum

600.00

Uniforms and shoes

220.00

Background, drug screening, and electronic document manager  

225.00

Health requirements

100.00 – 400.00

Licensure applications

425.00

Travel to clinical sites

Variable

TOTAL

$10,100.40 - $10,400.40

*Please note that tuition may change. 

Reynolds’ Graduate NCLEX-PN LICENSURE EXAMINATION PASS RATES:  NCLEX-PN licensure examination pass rates for Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses are provided below for 2012 – 2017:

Year

Enrolled

Completion

NCLEX_PN Pass Rate

2016 - 2017

17

15

93.8%

2015 - 2016

19

9

100%

2014 - 2015

20

8

81.25%

2013 – 2014

20

15

82.76%

2012 – 2013

28

20

75%

 

PRACTICAL NURSING PROGRAM OUTCOMES:
The Practical Nursing program prepares students to practice in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic community as demonstrated by the college and community demographic data. Upon successful completion of the program, a student will be able to:

  1. Provide safe care in multiple settings with a variety of patients including those with cognitive and physical limits (Safety).
  2. Support desired health outcomes in patients while respecting dignity, diversity, and self-determination of patients and families (Quality).
  3. Collaborate with patients, families, and the interprofessional team to assist in planning, delivery, and coordination of patient-centered care to assigned patients (Team/Collaboration).
  4. Demonstrate caring and respect in culturally appropriate, individualized interactions with patients, family, and health care team. (Relationship-Centered Care).
  5. Manage system resources to support optimal care for patients (Systems-Based Care).
  6. Reflect on individual and professional areas of practice which support self-fulfillment (Personal/Professional Development).

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION: Please see  http://www.reynolds.edu/curriculum/gainful-employment-html/ge_info_157.html to access gainful employment disclosure information for this program. 

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: All applicants to the Practical Nursing program must either pass the computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers at each campus, or successfully complete ITE 115 or CSC 155. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once. Students who do not pass the exam after retaking it once must then complete ITE 115 or CSC 155. 

Prerequisite Requirements:

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

SDV 100
or
SDV 101

College Success Skills
or
Orientation to Health Science

1

0

1

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

PSY 230

Developmental Psychology

3

0

3

BIO 1411

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3

3

4

ITE 115

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

0

3

TOTAL

13

3

14

Part-Time Practical Nursing Course Sequence

Semester 1

BIO 1421

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3

3

4

PNE 143

Applied Nursing Skills

0

3

1

PNG 110

Patient-Centered Concepts

2

0

2

PNG 115

Patient-Centered Concepts Clinical

0

6

2

TOTAL

5

12

9

Semester 2

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (CST 229 or PHI 101 or PHI 220 or PHI 225 or PHI 227)   

3

0

3

PNG 120

Patient-Centered Care I

2

3

3

PNG 125

Patient-Centered Care I Clinical

0

6

2

TOTAL

5

9

8

Semester 3

PNG 210

Patient-Centered Care II

3

3

4

PNG 215

Patient-Centered Care II Clinical

0

6

2

TOTAL

3

9

6

Semester 4

PNG 220

Patient-Centered Care III

4

0

4

PNG 225

Patient-Centered Care III Clinical

0

9

3

TOTAL

4

9

7

Total Minimum Credits for Certificate in Practical Nursing

44

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1 The Science Department requires evidence of any of the following prerequisites for enrollment in BIO 141:  BIO 101 with grade of C or above (or an equivalent); or high school biology and chemistry with grades of C or above within seven (7) years of registering for the course; TEAS science sub-test score of 75% or higher; and completion of ENF 2, if required by placement test.

PRACTICAL NURSING

PNG 110 Patient-Centered Concepts (2 cr.)

Provides an overview of the general concepts to implement patient-centered care at the beginning level. Introduces concepts of communication, collaboration, health care law, ethics, nursing process, lifespan development, culture, safety, coping, stress, mobility, and lifelong learning with a specific focus on the role of the practical nurse. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Practical Nursing program. Completion of SDV 100 or 101, ENG 111, PSY 230, and BIO 141 with grades of C or above. Completion of all program-specific paperwork (e.g., background and drug screening, evidence of active American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Professionals, Assumption of Risk form, health forms, proof of immunity, negative TB). Co-requisites: PNG 115 and BIO 142. Lecture 2 hours per week.

PNG 115 Patient-Centered Concepts Clinical (2 cr.)

Provides students an opportunity to implement classroom learning in a structured health care setting. Focuses on using the nursing process to plan and implement safe, evidence-based, patient-centered care. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Practical Nursing program; SDV 100 or 101, ENG 111, PSY 230, and BIO 141 with grades of C or above; completion of all program-specific paperwork (e.g., background and drug screening, evidence of active American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Professionals, Assumption of Risk form, health forms, proof of immunity, negative TB). Co-requisites: PNG 110 and BIO 142. Laboratory 6 hours per week.

PNG 120 Patient-Centered Care I (3 cr.)

Provides an overview of the general concepts to implement with a more diverse patient-centered population, with an increase in scope of care needs. Introduces concepts of anxiety, nutrition, elimination, infection, gas exchange, pain, sexuality, and reproduction with specific focus on the role of the practical nurse. Provides an overview of the general concepts to implement with a more diverse, patient-centered population, with an increase in scope of care needs. Prerequisites: PNG 110 and PNG 115. Co-requisites: PNG 125 and BIO 142. Lecture 2 hours per week. Laboratory 3 hours per week. Total 5 hours per week.

PNG 125 Patient-Centered Care I Clinical (2 cr.)

Provides students with the opportunity to implement classroom learning in a structured clinical setting that includes maternal-child health care and adult and geriatric populations. Includes care of the child-rearing family with an emphasis on health promotion and reduction of risk. Focuses on using the nursing process to plan and implement safe, evidence-based, patient-centered care. Prerequisites: PNG 110 and PNG 115. Co-requisites: PNG 120 and BIO 142. Laboratory 6 hours per week.

PNG 210 Patient-Centered Care II (4 cr.)

Provides an overview of identified general concepts to implement patient-centered care. Introduces concepts of glucose regulation, fluid and electrolyte balance, perfusion, sensory perception, thermo-regulation, tissue integrity, and patient education. Expands knowledge of gas exchange and mobility. Focuses on the role of the practical nurse in health promotion and maintenance. Provides an opportunity for students in the lab to learn the skills needed to provide quality, evidence-based care in the clinical setting. Prerequisites: PNG 120, PNG 125, and BIO 142; evidence of current health and immunity status; negative TB results repeated annually; current certification of American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Professionals; and current compliance with all program documentation requirements. Co-requisite: PNG 215. Lecture 3 hours per week. Laboratory 3 hours per week. Total 6 hours per week.

PNG 215 Patient-Centered Care II Clinical (2 cr.)

Provides the student an opportunity to implement classroom learning in a structured rehabilitation or other in-patient setting. Incorporates technical skills learned for the care of complex patients. Focuses on using the nursing process to plan and implement safe, evidence-based, patient-centered care. Prerequisites: PNG 120 and PNG 125; maintenance of all program document expectations, inclusive of CPR, health, and background requirements. Co-requisite: PNG 210. Laboratory 6 hours per week.

PNG 220 Patient-Centered Care III (4 cr.)

Provides an overview of the identified general concepts to implement patient-centered care. Introduces concepts of intracranial regulation, clotting, cellular regulation, cognition, mood and affect, psychosis, and care coordination. Expands knowledge of perfusion, gas exchange pain, and lifelong learning. Focuses on the role of the practical nurse in health promotion and maintenance. Prerequisites: PNG 210 and PNG 215. Co-requisite: PNG 225. Lecture 4 hours per week.

PNG 225 Patient-Centered Care III Clinical (3 cr.)

Provides students with the opportunity to implement classroom learning in structured health care settings. Focuses on using the nursing process to plan and implement safe, evidence-based, patient-centered care. Provides the student an opportunity to implement care coordination and manage resources to support patient care. Prerequisites: PNG 210 and PNG 215. Co-requisite: PNG 220. Laboratory 9 hours per week.


Name Program Email Phone
Christina Blottner Practical Nursing C CBlottner@reynolds.edu 804/523-5015
Kimberly McIntyre Practical Nursing C KMcIntyre@reynolds.edu 804/523-5577
Carolyn Parrish Practical Nursing C CParrish@reynolds.edu 804/523-5626
Melinda Ripley Practical Nursing C MRipley@reynolds.edu 804/523-5762
Lisa Stone Practical Nursing C LStone@reynolds.edu 804/523-5758