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2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog

Nursing (Practical) Diploma - CIP Code: 51.3901

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Contact: (336) 334-4822 - ext. 50400

Limited Enrollment Program:  Contact the Enrollment Services Office for Program admission requirements and Program application deadlines.  This option is taught at the Jamestown Campus.

The Practical Nursing curriculum provides knowledge and skills to integrate safety and quality into nursing care to meet the needs of the holistic individual which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.

Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes safe, individualized nursing care and participation in the interdisciplinary team while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse.  The State Board of Nursing may, however, deny licensure based on criminal background screening.  Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation/long term care/home health facilities, clinics, and physicians’ offices.

The Practical Nursing program has one exit option. Students who complete NUR 102  are eligible to apply for Nurse Aide II listing (current Nurse Aide I listing required).

Program Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the practical nursing program, the student will be able to:

  • Participate in evaluating the concepts of the holistic individual and client response in the promotion of health, wellness, illness, quality of life, and the achievement of potential.
  • Practice professional nursing behaviors, within the legal-ethical practice boundaries of the practical nurse, incorporating personal responsibility and accountability for continued competence.
  • Participate in providing evidence-based nursing care, from an established plan of care, based on biophysical, psychosocial, and cultural needs of clients in various stages of growth and development while assisting them to attain their highest level of wellness.
  • Reinforce and/or implement the teaching plan developed and delegated by the registered nurse to promote the health of individuals, incorporating teaching and learning principles.
  • Participate in the nursing process to provide individualized, safe, and effective nursing care in a structured setting under supervision.
  • Demonstrate caring behaviors in implementing culturally-competent, client-centered nursing care to diverse clients across the lifespan. 
  • Participate in Quality Improvement (QI) by identifying hazards and error and by suggesting, to the RN, changes to improve the client care process. 
  • Utilize informatics to access, manage, and communicate client information and validate best practices.
  • Participate in collaboration with the interdisciplinary healthcare team as assigned by the RN to support positive individual and organizational outcomes in a safe and cost effective manner.

Spring Semester I

Total Credits: 18-19

Summer Semester I

Total Credits: 10

Fall Semester I

Total Credits: 16

Total credit hours required for diploma: 41-44


1. Biology Electives

Choose between the following:

2. Eligible to apply for NA II listing. (Current Nurse Aide I listing is required)

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