Licensed Practical Nursing
Dalton State College School of Health Professions offers a nursing program leading to a certificate in Practical Nursing. This program provides graduates with the knowledge and clinical expertise necessary to give direct nursing care to patients in a variety of settings. Some clinical experiences involve out-of-town travel and evening hours. The program of study includes general education and nursing theory which provides opportunities to care for patients of all ages. This program is approved by the Georgia Board of Examiners-LPN. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) licensure. There are specific practices and/or acts delineated in the Nurse Practice Act which may prevent a candidate from being granted a license to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. For more information, contact the Practical Nursing Department at 706/272-2658.
LPN Program admission requirements are:
Students meeting the above criteria are not guaranteed admission to the Licensed Practical Nursing program. Since enrollment in the program is limited, those students meeting pre-nursing requirements will be evaluated by program faculty and the most qualified will be selected.
The following documents must be submitted after admission into the program and each year the student is enrolled:
Please be advised that there may be additional costs for uniforms, equipment, testing, liability insurance, books and other items as needed. For a listing of these additional costs, please see an official in your program office.
Clinical facilities used by the program may require students to submit to background checks and drug screenings before they are allowed in the facility. A criminal background check is required at the time of application for the NCLEX-PN. Based on the information obtained, these facilities can refuse student access. Failure to be accepted into clinical facilities may jeopardize a student’s ability to complete the program.
This program requires proof of computer literacy.
LPNS 1103. Introduction to Nutrition and Diet Therapy. 2-0-2 Units.
This course provides basic principles of nutrition. It focuses on developing an understanding of the food guide pyramid and how proper nutrition influences health and wellness. Skills will be practiced to enhance communication of optimal nutritional habits to the patient/client for needs throughout the life cycle. (Career Course)(F,S)
LPNS 1105. Medication Calculation and Administration. 3-1-3 Units.
This course provides the student with basic skills to compute dosages and solutions calculation. Content includes broad drug classification, action, common side effects and criteria for evaluating effectiveness of drug therapy. Students will practice the procedures for medication administration in a simulated clinical environment. (Career Course)(F,S)
LPNS 1109. Nursing Fundamentals I. 4-0-4 Units.
The first of two courses. This course assists students in developing the knowledge and skills needed to perform basic nursing procedures. Through emphasis on the nursing process students are taught the basic principles and concepts involved in meeting the needs of the individual patient. Topics include: orientation to the profession, ethics and law, community health, cultural diversity, and basic nursing procedures. (Career Course)(F,S)
LPNS 1111. Nursing Fundamentals II. 3-2-4 Units.
Continuation of LPNS 1109 focusing on development of more complex nursing skills. Emphasis is on the study of geriatric nursing. Clinical experience occurs in a skilled nursing home and/or the acute care setting. (Career Course)(F,S)
LPNS 1120. Medical/Surgical I. 4-4-6 Units.
The first of three courses. This course assists students in developing knowledge, skills and attitudes in the care of adults. Special emphasis is on utilizing the nursing process in meeting the individual patient's needs. Contents include: common illness/ disorders related to the respiratory, cardiovascular, hematological, immunological and musculoskeletal systems. Each unit of study includes: pharmacology, diet therapy, psychosocial, and cultural aspects. All curriculum threads are continuous. Clinical experience is in the acute and outpatient care setting. (Career Course)(S,M)
LPNS 1121. Medical/Surgical II. 4-4-6 Units.
Emphasis on common illness/disorders of the renal/urinary, integumentary, endocrine, and gastrointestinal systems. Clinical experience is in the acute and outpatient care setting. (Career Course)(F,S)
LPNS 1130. Medical/Surgical III. 4-4-6 Units.
Emphasis is on common illness/disorders of the neurological and reproductive systems, and mental health. Clinical experience is in the acute and outpatient care setting. (Career Course)(F,M)
LPNS 1140. Obstetrics. 3-4-5 Units.
This course is structured toward the utilization of the nursing process and nursing skills applicable to the family, maternal and newborn care. Instruction focus will lend itself to relevant pharmacology, diet therapy, and nursing interventions associated with the complicated and uncomplicated stages of labor, delivery, peripartum and newborn care. (Career Course)(F,S)
LPNS 1141. Pediatrics. 3-4-5 Units.
This course is structured toward the utilization of the nursing process and nursing skills applicable to child care in the home, hospital, office or clinic setting. Instruction focus will lend itself to relevant pharmacology, diet therapy, normal growth and development, and nursing interventions associated with health prevention and disease/disorders of all body systems. (Career Course)(F,S)
LPNS 1150. Nursing Leadership I. 2-0-2 Units.
The first of two courses. Provides students with concepts and issues related to leadership, management and safe health care delivery. (Career Course)(S,M)