Licensed Practical Nursing

Certificate

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 Nursing. 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:

  1. Official acceptance to Dalton State College;
  2. Completion of LPN program application forms; (available February 1, due April 1 and August 1, due October 1) 
  3. Complete each program prerequisite with a “C” or better and achieve a minimum  2.5 GPA;
  4. PSB Practical Nursing Entrance Exam given after completing program application.

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 admission requirements will be evaluated by program faculty and the most qualified will be selected. Admission will be based on GPA and Performance on PSB Entrance Exam.

Math and Science prerequisites must have been taken within five years of admission or transfer into the program, or they must be repeated.

Two classes (25-30 students) are selected (from the applicant pool) each year to begin the major field courses for the Licensed Practical Nursing Program for the fall and spring semester.

Program applications are available in HP 202 February and August.

The following documents must be submitted AFTER acceptance into the program:

  1. Physical examination report, with documentation of required immunizations.
  2. CPR certification (American Heart Association CPR for Health Care Providers). No substitutions. 

Please be advised that there will be additional costs for uniforms, equipment, testing, liability insurance, books and other items as needed. For a listing of these additional costs, please see the Administrative Assistant for Allied Health.

Clinical facilities used by the program require students to submit to background checks and drug screenings before they are allowed in the facility. Based on the information obtained, these facilities can refuse student access. Failure to be accepted into clinical facilities renders the student unable to complete clinical requirements, therefore ineligible to remain in the LPN Program. A criminal background check is also required at the time of application for the NCLEX-PN.

General Education
ALHT 1130Allied Health Terminology3
BIOL 1100Human Biology *3
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
or COMM 1110 Fundamentals of Speech
MATH 1101Intro to Mathematical Modeling3
NURS 1113Nutrition2
PSYC 1101Introduction to Psychology3
Major Field Courses
LPNS 1000Nursing Fundamentals Theory4
LPNS 1005Nurs Fundamentals Practicum **4
LPNS 1001Med Calculation2
LPNS 1050Leadership Theory2
LPNS 1010Medical Surgical I Theory4
LPNS 1015Medical Surgical I Practicum **4
LPNS 1020Medical Surgical II Theory4
LPNS 1025Med Surgical II Practicum **4
LPNS 1030Medical Surgical III Theory4
LPNS 1035Med Surgical III Practicum4
LPNS 1040Medical Surgical IV Theory4
LPNS 1045Med Surgical IV Practicum **4
LPNS 1055Leadership Practicum2
Total Hours66
*

Students who meet or exceed the degree -level learning support minimums may choose to take BIOL 2212K and BIOL 2213K for BIOL 1100 when recommended by their advisor.

**

Includes clinical hours.

LPN Program Curriculum

FALL SEMESTER START:

FALL START-1ST SEMESTER CLASSES:
LPNS 1000Nursing Fundamentals Theory4
LPNS 1005Nurs Fundamentals Practicum4
LPNS 1001Med Calculation2
LPNS 1050Leadership Theory2
FALL START-2ND SEMESTER CLASSES
LPNS 1010Medical Surgical I Theory4
LPNS 1015Medical Surgical I Practicum4
LPNS 1020Medical Surgical II Theory4
LPNS 1025Med Surgical II Practicum4
FALL START-3RD SEMESTER OF CLASSES
LPNS 1030Medical Surgical III Theory4
LPNS 1035Med Surgical III Practicum4
FALL START-4TH SEMESTER CLASSES
LPNS 1040Medical Surgical IV Theory4
LPNS 1045Med Surgical IV Practicum4
LPNS 1055Leadership Practicum2

LPN Program Curriculum

SPRING SEMESTER START:

SPRING START-1ST SEMESTER CLASSES:
LPNS 1000Nursing Fundamentals Theory4
LPNS 1005Nurs Fundamentals Practicum4
LPNS 1001Med Calculation2
LPNS 1050Leadership Theory2
SPRING START-2nd SEMESTER CLASSES:
LPNS 1010Medical Surgical I Theory4
LPNS 1015Medical Surgical I Practicum4
LPNS 1020Medical Surgical II Theory4
LPNS 1025Med Surgical II Practicum4
SPRING START-3rd SEMESTER CLASSES:
LPNS 1030Medical Surgical III Theory4
LPNS 1035Med Surgical III Practicum4
SPRING START-4th SEMESTER CLASSES:
LPNS 1040Medical Surgical IV Theory4
LPNS 1045Med Surgical IV Practicum4
LPNS 1055Leadership Practicum2

Courses

LPNS 1000. Nursing Fundamentals Theory. 4-0-4 Units.

The theory portion of Fundamentals, 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, basic nursing procedures, health teaching, wellness promotion, rehabilitation and therapeutic communication, with a focus on geriatric nursing.

LPNS 1001. Med Calculation. 2-0-2 Units.

This course provides the student with the basic skills to compute medication dosages and calculate solutions. Proficiency in conversion between systems of measurement will be developed. Content includes some broad drug classifications, actions, common side effects and criteria for evaluating effectiveness of drug therapy.

LPNS 1005. Nurs Fundamentals Practicum. 0-16-4 Units.

The practicum part of Fundamentals, this introductory nursing course emphasizes development of basic nursing skills utilized in activities of daily living, and medication administration techniques. Various skills and techniques will require return demonstrations in both the lab and clinical setting. There is an off campus clinical component to this course requiring clinical hours in the area of geriatrics.

LPNS 1010. Medical Surgical I Theory. 4-0-4 Units.

The first of four Medical Surgical courses, this theory course focuses on the health management, maintenance, and the prevention of illness and care of the individual as a whole, with attention to deviations from the normal state of health. The definition of client care includes using the nursing process, performing assessments, using critical thinking, and providing client education. This course includes: health management and maintenance, prevention of illness, care of the individual as a whole, and deviations from the normal state of health, client care, treatment, pharmacology, and diet therapy in the cardiac, hematology/lymphatic, immune and musculoskeletal systems and standard precautions related to these systems. All curriculum threads are continuous.

LPNS 1015. Medical Surgical I Practicum. 0-16-4 Units.

The first of four Medical Surgical practicum course will provide the student with the opportunity to utilize skills acquired in the core curriculum, to acquire insight into his/her personal development toward becoming a practical nurse, to develop and utilize communication skills, verbal and non-verbal (including documentation in the clients record or chart) and to safely and effectively relate theory in the areas of the cardiovascular, hematologic/lymphatic, immune and musculoskeletal systems. Clinical skills relating to diagnostic tests and procedures, medical and surgical treatments, medications and diet therapy, psychosocial, cultural aspects, and support of the terminally ill and death will be studied.

LPNS 1020. Medical Surgical II Theory. 4-0-4 Units.

The second of four Medical Surgical courses this theory course focuses on the health management, maintenance, and the prevention of illness and care of the individual as a whole, with attention to deviations from the normal state of health. The definition of client care includes using the nursing process, performing assessments, using critical thinking, and providing client education. As a continuation of LPNS 1010, this course includes: health management and maintenance, prevention of illness, care of the individual as a whole, and deviations from the normal state of health, client care, treatment, pharmacology, and diet therapy in the endocrine, renal, urinary, respiratory and integumentary systems and standard precautions related to these systems. All curriculum threads are continuous.

LPNS 1025. Med Surgical II Practicum. 0-16-4 Units.

The second of four Medical Surgical practicum courses will provide the student with the opportunity to utilize skills acquired in the core curriculum, to acquire insight into his/her personal development toward becoming a practical nurse, to develop and utilize communication skills, verbal and non-verbal (including documentation in the clients record or chart) and to safely and effectively relate theory in the areas of the endocrine, renal, urinary, respiratory and integumentary systems. Clinical skills relating to diagnostic tests and procedures, medical and surgical treatments, medications and diet therapy, psychosocial and cultural aspects will be studied.

LPNS 1030. Medical Surgical III Theory. 4-0-4 Units.

The second of four Medical Surgical courses this theory course focuses on the health management, maintenance, and the prevention of illness and care of the individual as a whole, with attention to deviations from the normal state of health. The definition of client care includes using the nursing process, performing assessments, using critical thinking, and providing client education. As a continuation of LPNS 1020, this course includes: health management and maintenance, prevention of illness, care of the individual as a whole, and deviations from the normal state of health, client care, treatment, pharmacology, and diet therapy in the neurological, gastrointestinal, sensory and mental health systems and standard precautions related to these systems. All curriculum threads are continuous.

LPNS 1035. Med Surgical III Practicum. 0-16-4 Units.

The third of four Medical Surgical practicum courses, will provide the student with the opportunity to utilize skills acquired in the core curriculum, to acquire insight into his/her personal development toward becoming a practical nurse, to develop and utilize communication skills, verbal and non-verbal (including documentation in the clients record or chart) and to safely and effectively relate theory in the areas of the neurologic, gastrointestinal, sensory systems and mental health. Clinical skills relating to diagnostic tests and procedures, medical and surgical treatments, medications and diet therapy, psychosocial and cultural aspects will be studied.

LPNS 1040. Medical Surgical IV Theory. 4-0-4 Units.

This theory based course focuses on the reproductive system, maternal/newborn nursing, and pediatrics. The class begins with an introduction to the reproductive system, caring for clients with reproductive system disorders, and sexually transmitted diseases. The focus then shifts to maternal/newborn nursing and the prevention of illness, care of the individual as a whole, and deviations from the normal state health in the antepartum, intrapartum client, postpartum client, and the neonate. The course ends with the development, prevention of illness, care of the individual as a whole, and deviations from the normal state of health in the newborn, child and adolescent.

LPNS 1045. Med Surgical IV Practicum. 0-16-4 Units.

The fourth of four Medical Surgical practicum courses, will provide the student with the opportunity to utilize skills acquired in the core curriculum, to acquire insight into his/her personal development toward becoming a practical nurse, to develop and utilize communication skills, verbal and non-verbal (including documentation in the clients record or chart) and to safely and effectively relate theory in the areas of the reproductive system, obstetrics and pediatrics. Clinical skills relating to diagnostic tests and procedures, medical and surgical treatments, medications and diet therapy, psychosocial and cultural aspects will be studied.

LPNS 1050. Leadership Theory. 2-0-2 Units.

This online course builds on the concepts presented in previous nursing courses. This course increases the development of skills necessary for successful performance in the job market. Topics include changing roles, nursing supervisory skills, conflict resolution, critical thinking, client/patient education, group dynamics skills, and application of nursing process as a problem solving tool.

LPNS 1055. Leadership Practicum. 0-2-2 Units.

This clinical course builds on concepts presented in LPNS 1050 and develops the skills necessary for successful performance in the job market. Clinical experience will be in a skilled nursing home or acute care setting.

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)
Prerequisites: Acceptance into LPN program.

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 and hospital 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)
Prerequisites: LPNS 1140.