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No longer accepting applications for the Fall 2014 program

Applications for our Fall 2014 program are no longer being accepted. If you would like to be included on our mailing list for openings in our next class, please contact Sharon Gordon at sig3@psu.edu.

 

Program
Description

Mission
The mission of the Penn State Lehigh Valley Practical Nursing Program is to provide a high quality non-credit certificate program, delivered through a part-time, 18-month evening and weekend curriculum, to prepare individuals with the knowledge, skills, values, attitudes essential for practical nursing practice.

Functions of an LPN
Disclosures

LPN class of 2013



Course
Breakdown

HSSCI 6000 – Structure and Function of the Human Body 96 hours
Introduction to human anatomy and physiology as it relates to the body in health and disease. The relationship between the structure and function in each body system is emphasized. Students explore the interrelationships among all body systems for the maintenance of homeostasis. Corequisite: HSC 501

HSSCI 6001L - Fundamentals of Practical Nursing 120 Class Hours
HSSCI 6001C 184 Clinical Hours
The course offers an orientation to the practical nursing program including objectives and requirements, responsibilities of the student nurse, communication skills, basic nursing knowledge, legal and ethical aspects for nursing and skills common to all areas of nursing practice. Corequisite: HSC 500

HSSCI 6002L – Concepts of Basic Medical and Surgical Nursing Care 145 Class Hours
HSSCI 6002C 230 Clinical Hours
This course introduces math for pharmacology and the study of drug preparation and administration. The study of nursing care of adults continues the basic medical-surgical concepts studied in Level I. Prerequisites: HSC500, HSC501

HSSCI 6003L – Nursing Care of Adults and Children 124 Class Hours
HSSCI 6003C 276 Clinical Hours
The system approach to the study of diseases and disorders continues with the study of the reproductive and respiratory systems. Content includes aspects of how disease processes affect individuals throughout the life span. Concepts of pediatrics and family centered nursing are studied. Prerequisites: HSC 500, HSC 501, HSC 502

HSSCI 6004L – Nursing Care of the Adult 132 Class Hours
HSSCI 6004C 268 Clinical Hours
The course continues to build on the principles of medical-surgical nursing. Additional systems studied include the endocrine system, the integumentary system, and the nervous system. Mental health and illness concepts are also included. Issues and trends in nursing, nursing organizations, job seeking skills and the role of the LPN in society complete the course content. Prerequisites: HSC 500, HSC 501, HSC 502, HSC 503

Note: The curriculum is divided into four levels, which will be offered consecutively over 18 months during evenings and weekends. Level I consists of HSSCI 6000 and 6001L&C, Level II – HSSCI 6002L&C, Level III – HSSCI 6003L&C and Level IV - HSSCI 6004L&C. Each level will run approximately 17 weeks with at least a one week break between each level. There are a total of 617 classroom hours and 958 clinical practice hours; total of 1,575 hours. Grades will be awarded for classroom instruction and the clinical/lab practicum portion will be graded on the pass/fail basis. Students must maintain a 75% or higher average for classroom instruction and a passing grade for clinical practice.

Schedule
and Cost

Sample Monthly Schedule

Week 1 and Week 3
Tuesday- 4:30 - 9:30 PM, Classroom
Wednesday- 4:30 - 9:30 PM, Classroom
Thursday- 4:30 - 9:30 PM, Classroom
Saturday- 6 AM - 4:30 PM, Clinical

Week 2  and Week 4
Sunday- 6 AM - 4:30 PM, Clinical
Tuesday- 4:30 - 9:30 PM, Classroom
Wednesday- 4:30 - 9:30 PM, Classroom
Thursday- 4:30 - 9:30 PM, Classroom

Cost

$16,500 includes uniforms, diagnostic kit, ATI testing, textbooks and lab supplies.

Application
Procedure

Applications for our Fall 2014 program are no longer being accepted. If you would like to be included on our mailing list for openings in our next class, please contact Sharon Gordon at sig3@psu.edu.

Review the Checklist for Practical Nursing Program

Complete Application (including essay)

Submit Non-Refundable Application Fee

Register for and successfully complete TEAS test:

  • Go to www.atitesting.com to register for and select a date to take the TEAS test. The test fee is $65.00. The fee is nonrefundable and non-transferrable 
  • Valid photo ID and confirmation of registration to take the TEAS V are required
  • Calculators NOT allowed
  • Please bring your ATI username, password and Paper/Pencil ID to the test site
  • Please bring 2 or more #2 pencils
  • Scratch paper will be provided by the Testing Center
  • Classroom will be open 30 minutes before the scheduled test time. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled test time. Those arriving late will not be allowed to test
  • All registrations are final. Requests for date or time changes must be made 2 days prior to the scheduled date
  • Please call 610-285-5000 or check our website at www.lv.psu.edu in case of inclement weather

Provide official copy of high school transcript or copy of your GED

Submit two letters of reference

Interviews will be scheduled as soon as all application materials and TEAS scores are received.

Registration and
More Information 

Applications for our Fall 2014 program are no longer being accepted. If you would like to be included on our mailing list for openings in our next class, please contact Sharon Gordon at sig3@psu.edu.

Need more information?
Request more information online or if you have any additional questions, contact:

Sharon Gordon
610-841-0359 

sig3@psu.edu

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