The licensed practical nurse (LPN) plays a vital role in the health team concept and must have a sound background in basic health sciences and technical skills. Practical nursing is the basic level of nursing that applies principles of therapeutic, rehabilitative, and preventive care for people of all ages and cultures in various stages of dependency. The LPN practices nursing with the guidance of a registered nurse or physician in a variety of health care settings.
NETC utilizes a competitive admissions process. Students must first meet Basic Eligibility Criteria, then provide other data necessary to meet specific program accreditation standards and/or to improve the student's ability to successfully complete the program. Additional required information includes health and immunization status, CPR certification, and other information required by clinical facilities. This includes criminal background checks, drug testing and other documentation. (Conviction of a crime may make an applicant ineligible for clinical rotations or be denied licensure.) It is the student's responsibility to clear any court records. Specific criteria for admission are published prior to each class admission cycle and available upon request from the Admissions Office.
Qualified applicants not accepted due to space limitations will remain eligible in rank order if any vacancy occurs. Students must reapply for the next class, if not admitted; applications are not carried forward and no consideration is given to applications from the previous year. Students who have two attempts (withdrawal or dismissal) in any NETC nursing program are not eligible for admission or readmission for five years. Applicants who have withdrawn due to extenuating circumstances may submit a written request for consideration to the Nursing Admissions Committee, whose decision is final.
The program requires 48 semester hours of instruction in a combination of classroom and clinical settings. Course work can be completed in two semesters and one summer term at which time students must pass the National Council on Licensure Exam (NCLEX – PN) to become a licensed practical nurse. Students may be required to complete prerequisite coursework for program eligibility.
Applied Science - Practical Nursing (DAS.PNR)
Credits Required for Graduation: 48
Complete course work in the following areas:
A. General Education: 9 credits
ENG 155 - Communications I - 3 credits
MAT 155 - Contemporary Math - 3 credits
PSY 103/201 - Human Relations/Psychology - 3 credits
B. Major Courses: 30 credits
PNR 110 - Fundamentals of Nursing - 5 credits
PNR 123 - Medical/Surgical Nursing I - 4 credits
PNR 130 - Medical/Surgical Nursing II - 5 credits
PNR 140 - Medical/Surgical Nursing III - 5 credits
PNR 154 - Maternal/Infant/Child Nursing - 5 credits
PNR 170 - Nursing of Older Adults - 2 credits
PNR 175 - Practical Nursing Skills - 4 credits
C. Other Required Courses: 9 credits
AHS 107 - Clinical Calculations - 2 credits
BIO 112/211 - Basic Anatomy and Physiology or Anatomy and Physiology II - 4 credits
PNR 122 - Pharmacology - 3 credits
The licensed practical nurse interested in earning the associate degree must satisfactorily complete NUR 201 and AHS 126 plus first-year general education requirements for eligibility for Associate Degree Advanced Placement. Satisfactory completion of NUR 201 does not guarantee enrollment in additional NUR courses. This program must be completed within 24 months of start date.
NETC LPN graduates must apply and meet ADN admission requirements, plus provide proof of current licensure as an LPN in good standing. Applicants must submit medical forms, proof of current immunizations, appropriate CPR certification, satisfactory criminal background check and other required screenings. In order to participate in clinical activities, students must meet published clinical agency requirements. Requirements may include, but are not limited to immunizations, criminal background checks, and drug testing. (Conviction of a crime may make an applicant ineligible for clinical rotations or be denied licensure.) It is the student's responsibility to clear any court records. Students who are not graduates of the NETC Practical Nursing program must provide additional information for admission to NUR 201.
Note: To be eligible for the Associate Degree in Nursing from NETC, the student must complete 25 percent of required coursework at NETC.
Students who have two attempts (withdrawal or dismissal) in any NETC nursing program are not eligible for admission or readmission for five years. Students who have withdrawn due to extenuating circumstances may submit a written petition to the Nursing Admissions Committee whose decision is final.
LPN to ADN Advanced Placement Program (AAS.TNUR)
Credits Required for Graduation: 43 plus satisfactory completion of NUR 201 – Nursing Transition and AHS 126
Complete course work in the following areas:
BIO 210/211 - Anatomy & Physiology I & II - 8 credits
BIO 225 - Microbiology - 4 credits
ENG 101 - English Composition I - 3 credits
MAT 110/155 - Algebra/Contemporary Math - 3 credits
NUR 210 - Complex Health Problems - 5 credits
NUR 214 - Mental Health Nursing - 4 credits
NUR 217 - Trends and Issues in Nursing - 2 credits
NUR 221 - Advanced Nursing Concepts - 5 credits
PSY 201 - General Psychology - 3 credits
SPC 205 - Public Speaking - 3 credits
Elective - Humanities - 3 credits