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Practical Nursing

state of missouri sealThe Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 656
Jefferson City MO, 65102-0656

The PN program curriculum is focused on preparing students in a range of hands-on patient care and administrative tasks. PN’s can work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, home healthcare, nursing homes, physician’s offices and rehabilitation centers.

Upon successful completion of the practical nursing program and contingent upon successful completion of the NCLEX-PN, students may seamlessly progress into the already existing Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Program (AASN) PN to RN Track.

Admission Information

Bi-Level Program

Upon successful completion of the Practical Nursing Program coursework and PN licensure, students may seamlessly transition into the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing without having to reapply.

  • Graduates from program receive 8 hrs to transition into PN- RN track
  • No NACE required
  • Students entering this program can become an RN in 2 years

Class Schedules

Curriculum Plan

Example Curriculum Plan

First Year Summer Semester

BI 151 Anatomy and Physiology I** (4)
FYS 101 College Seminar (1)
AH 201 Human Diversity in Healthcare (1)
EN 100 English Composition (3)

First Year Fall Semester

BI 152 Anatomy and Physiology II** (4)
MAT 101 Mathematics for Healthcare Prof. (3)
PSY 100 Psychology (3)
NUT 200 Health and Nutrition** (3)

First Year Spring Semester

PN 101 Fundamentals of Nursing (6)
PN 100 Personal Vocational Concepts (1)
PN 106 Adult Health/Medical-Surgical I (6)

Second Year Summer Semester

PN 103 Maternal/Child Health (6)
PN 102 Pharmacology (3)

Second Year Fall Semester

PN 107 Adult Health/Medical-Surgical II (6)
PN 104 Geriatrics (3)
PN 105 Mental Health Nursing (1)
PN 108 Transitions to Practice- Adult Health/Medical-Surgical III (5)

**Courses listed with asterisks require a B or higher, all other courses must be completed with a C or higher

Total Semester Hours Required: 59

General Education (22)
Practical Nurse (37)

Admission Criteria

ATI TEAS Testing Information

Direct Admission

  • Students with less than 25 hrs of college credit
  • High school diploma or GED/HiSET equivalent
  • Minimum TEAS score of 58%
  • Cumulative college GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale

Transfer Admission

  • Students with 25 or more hours of completed college credit
  • Cumulative college GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum ATI TEAS score of 58%

The following courses must be completed before being accepted into the Practical Nursing program:

  • AH 201 Human Diversity in Healthcare
  • *BI 151 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • *BI 152 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • ENG 100 English Composition
  • FYS 101 College Seminar
  • MAT 101 Mathematics for Healthcare Professionals
  • PSY 100 Psychology
  • *NUT 200 Health & Nutrition

*Course requires at least a grade of B

Program Goals

  1. Graduate Practical Nursing students will achieve success on the licensure examination with a first-time pass rate of 80% or greater.
  2. Graduate Practical Nursing students will, upon graduation, report being employed in a practical nurse position if they choose.
  3. Graduate Practical Nursing students will complete the program of study on time.
  4. Integrate best practices in nursing education to promote student success.
  5. Cultivate, within students, the desire for inquiry and professional and personal development.
  6. Educate students to become competent nurses who function as effective team members and make clinical judgments necessary for the provision of safe, quality, relationship-centered care.

Student Learning Outcomes/Graduate Competencies

Upon successful completion of the Practical Nursing Program, the student will be able to:

  1. Provide safe, quality, evidence-based, innovative client-centered nursing care to diverse patients across the life span.
  2. Engage in clinical judgement that integrates evidence, nursing, physical and psychosocial science, to ensure quality healthcare and safety, and make relationship-centered care decisions within the scope of practice of the practical nurse.
  3. Participate in collaboration and teamwork with the inter-professional team, the patient, and the patient’s support persons in a systems-based care environment to provide and improve patient care and communication.
  4. Integrate quality improvement activities and advocacy skills to enhance patient care.
  5. Incorporate legal and ethical guidelines to enhance patient care within the scope of practice of a practical nurse.
  6. Engage in personal and professional development within the scope of practice of a practical nurse.

Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid

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