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Practical Nursing—Technical Certificate

Practical nurses, or LPNs, perform a broad range of duties in diverse health care settings, including caring for newborns, the aged, the home bound, or the mentally ill. Under the supervision of a physician or registered nurse they prepare patients for examination, administer prescriptions, check patients’ vital signs and perform routine laboratory tests. They may handle clerical duties, although their key responsibility is the comfort and welfare of their patients.

LPNs should possess an empathetic disposition and a willingness to help others. The most effective nurses are highly organized and efficient individuals with a strong knowledge of health sciences.

Purpose

To prepare individuals to provide nursing care to clients in hospitals and other comparable health agencies. This program is approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing. Upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed course work, graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses in accordance with regulations set forth in the Nurse Practice Act, Chapter 464.008 and 464.108. Graduates are also eligible to apply for admission to the Associate Degree in Nursing Program at the ADN-LPN entry point.

Length

This program can be completed in one year.

Location

This technical certificate is offered on the North Campus in Brooksville, the West Campus in New Port Richey, and the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel. Clinical sites are located throughout Pasco, Hernando, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Students are required to travel to any assigned clinical sites.

Format

Courses and clinical components are part of the curriculum. This program is offered during the day in the fall semester at the North Campus and in the spring semester at the West Campus. It is also offered in the afternoon and evenings in the fall semester at the West Campus and in the spring semester at the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch. The afternoon and evening program requires students to attend classes Monday through Thursday from 3–10 p.m. Clinicals and classes are also held on alternate weekends during the day.