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Practical Nursing
Restricted Entry
Certificate

Catalog Year 2013-2014*

*Information regarding the requirements for this Restricted Entry program is available by accessing the Admission Requirements page.

MHCC Faculty Adviser:
Linda Fleshman: 503-491-6727 - Room BCAH 122
Linda.Fleshman@mhcc.edu

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The Practical Nursing program at Mt. Hood Community College is four terms in length. The majority of the Practical Nursing courses offered are web-based learning, evenings and weekends. Upon completion of program requirements students earn a Certificate of Completion and will be eligible to apply and take the Practical Nurse National Council Licensure Examination (PN-NCLEX). Licensure is granted through the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

This program curriculum will prepare students for the ever-changing field of practical nursing within a variety of health care settings. The program focuses on the practical nursing role of providing care under the supervision of a registered nurse, physician or dentist in acute, long term care and clinic health care settings. Curriculum includes coursework from the biological and applied sciences including anatomy and physiology, social sciences and humanities. Students study fundamental principles and procedures of practical nursing, medication administration, infection control, pharmacology and the practical nurses contribution to the nursing process. Coursework includes theoretical nursing concepts that address the practical nurse role in patient teaching and the delivery of nursing skills according to current standards of prac-tice. Curriculum threads include: care of the client throughout the lifespan, legal and ethical responsibilities of the licensed practical nurse and working within an interdisciplinary team.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a personal commitment to service and the profession of nursing
  • Demonstrate ethical and legal behavior in nursing practice
  • Apply logic and problem solving skills when implementing the plan of care
  • Provide culturally sensitive care across the lifespan to individuals within a diverse society
  • Apply established principles of health promotion and preventive health care
  • use communication and information technology
  • Provide clinically competent care through use of established standards and practice guidelines
  • Use clear and effective therapeutic communication with clients, families, members of the healthcare team, and others
  • Function as a member of the healthcare team.

Applying for the Practical Nursing Program: Prospective students must satisfactorily meet admission program criteria and the application deadline to be considered for admission. Specific requirements and application packets are available at the MHCC web page www.mhcc.edu/lradmissions. Program information sessions are offered on a regular basis; dates and places are listed on the website at www.mhcc.edu/nursinginfosessions. Students are encouraged to address further questions about the program and/or requirements to MHCC’s Academic Advising and Transfer Office, 503-491-7315..

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Pre-program Courses (2014 - 2015)
Courses noted with an asterisk * must be completed prior to application, the remainder will need to be completed before beginning the Practical Nursing program. The following list of courses is intended for students taking their preparatory courses at MHCC.

Note: All pre-program requirements must be completed with a grade of “C” or better and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required

BI121 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology I*

4

BI122 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
OR
BI231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I* 4
BI232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II* 4
BI233 Human Anatomy and Physiology III 4
 

(Sequence must be completed by the end of winter term prior to the first term of the program)

 
CIS120L Computer Concepts Lab I1* 1
MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher)2, 3* 4
PSY201 General Psychology4 4
WR121 English Composition5* 4

The courses listed above may have pre-requisites - please check course descriptions for prerequisite information.

1 Applicants who have not completed CIS120L may take a challenge exam to fulfill this requirement. Please note, the challenge credit will be recorded as a “S” satisfactory grade and will not be included in the GPA calculation. For more information regarding the challenge exam process, please go to www.mhcc.edu/Registration.aspx?id=1174.
2 Students may not use demonstrated proficiency on the College Placement Test (CPT) to satisfy the certificate mathematics requirement.
3 If MTH065 or higher has been completed more than seven years ago (prior to fall 2006), the math portion of the admission requirement must be satisfied by placement into MTH095 Intermediate Algebra with Right-Triangle Trigonometry on the MHCC College Placement Test (CPT) or by repeating MTH065 by the application deadline.
4PSY201 need only be taken if PSY237 will be taken at MHCC.
5Students who have taken this course prior to summer 2010 may use the three-credit version to satisfy the WR121.

Additional Application Requirements

  • Current Certified Nursing Assistant Card documentation (CNA) issued by a State Board of Nursing
First Quarter (Spring 2013) Cr
PN100 Introduction to Practical Nursing Theory 4
PN100L Introduction to Practical Nursing Lab 2
PN104 Pharmacology in Practical Nursing I 2
PN111 Nursing Success Strategies 2
AH110 Medical Language for Healthcare Settings1 2
12
Second Quarter (Summer 2013)
PN101 Foundations of Practical Nursing 5
PN101L Foundations of Practical Nursing Lab 4
PN105

Pharmacology in Practical Nursing II

3
12
Third Quarter (Fall 2013)
PN102 Fundamentals of Adult Care 7
PN102L Fundamentals of Adult Care Lab 4
PSY237 Human Development2 4
15
Fourth Quarter (Winter 2013)
PN103 Advanced and Specialty Practical Nursing 7
PN103L Advanced and Specialty Practical Nursing Lab 6
13
Total Credits 60

1 MO114 and MO115, Medical Terminology I and II may substitute for AH110.
2PSY201 is a prerequisite to PSY237 if taken at MHCC.

Note: All certificate requirements must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

In addition, students must complete the following before starting the Practical Nursing courses:

  • American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR course
  • Immunization - completion of all required immunizations as listed in the application packet.
  • Pass the criminal background check

Accommodations are available by following the procedures established by MHCC Disabilities Services Office.

Please check the MHCC Practical Nursing website for any curricular changes that have occurred since the catalog was published.

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