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Practical Nursing (PN)

Academic Division of Nursing

Nursing Student

The nursing curriculum of the Quincy College Certificate of Completion in Practical Nursing, is based on sound educational principles and follows the mission, philosophy and outcomes identified for the program. The curriculum design is a blend, Nurse of the Future Competencies and concept-based curriculum. The Nurse of the Future Competencies provide the overarching framework for the curriculum and serve as the major program concepts. Delivery of the curriculum is through an active learning environment that encourages individual student contributions as they learn and achieve. This requires faculty to be actively involved with students in the classroom through mutual respect, responsibility, and collaboration. The teaching skills needed to deliver the concept-based curriculum require consideration of the diverse student backgrounds and perspectives that are represented in our student body.

The faculty also believes in delivering a curriculum that is evidenced-based, representing current nursing practice and is at the appropriate level of nursing licensure. As demonstrated by the curriculum materials, the program includes the development of nursing critical thinking/clinical reasoning; leadership and management skills; professional role socialization (including legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities) consistent with the level of licensure; and, the ability to delegate, supervise others, and provide leadership. All these components are included in the curricula as required by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 6.04.

Nursing Applications

The Fall 2021 application will open on October 30, 2020. The deadline for both the ASN and PN programs is May 30th, 2021. Students may take pre-requisite and co-requisite courses now in preparation for the Nursing programs. To learn more about pre-requisite and co-requisite courses, please contact Admissions Associate Lindsay Peckham at lpeckham@quincycollege.edu.

Please Note: At this time, Quincy College’s Practical Nursing program can only accept applicants who are Massachusetts residents due to onsite program requirements.

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Academic Division of Nursing Mission

The Mission of the Academic Division of Nursing is congruent with the mission, values, and goals of Quincy College.  The mission of the nursing program is to prepare each graduate for success on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®) to ensure graduates safely practice nursing with professional competence and care holistically for individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds. The graduate will function as an integral member of the inter-professional team with a commitment to educational advancement and lifelong learning.

Board of Registration in Nursing

On 03/13/2019, Quincy College was granted Initial Approval status by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN).  Quincy College may now accept applications for enrollment into the Associate in Science Degree in Nursing (ASN) Program and the Certificate of Completion in Practical Nursing (PN) Program. The ASN and PN programs will be offered on both the Quincy and Plymouth campuses.

239 Causeway Street, Suite 500 Fifth Floor Boston. MA 02114 (800) 414-0168 or (617) 973-0900 website: www.nursing.admin@state.ma.us

View the curriculum for this certificate program in the latest college catalog here.

Certificates

The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is a valued member of the interprofessional healthcare team, providing competent, evidence-based nursing care in a variety of health care settings. The Licensed Practical Nurse is instrumental in meeting the healthcare needs of older adults and other diverse groups. Within their scope of practice, LPNs utilize the nursing process as the framework for delivering patient-centered nursing care. Standards of Practice and The Code of Ethics for the LPN provide guidelines for professional practice.

Progression

  • A minimum grade of “C+” (77%) is required in each nursing course within the program of study. Students receiving less than “C” (73%) in a general education, science, or science lab course will be unable to progress in the Nursing Program until these grades meet the minimum standard. See readmission policy.
  • Students receiving three (3) clinical warnings cumulatively over the course of the Nursing Program will be required to meet with the Dean of Nursing and will be subject to potential removal from the nursing program.
  • Students are eligible for progression to the next level at the conclusion of each course in the program based on successful completion of the pre and co-requisite courses.
  • Non-nursing courses must be completed prior to or concurrent with the approved curriculum sequence.

Plymouth

Quincy

Practical Nursing (PN) Courses
    •  
    • Code
    • Course
    • Credits
    • PNU 145
    • Fundamentals of Nursing I
    • 5
    This course focuses on the fundamental concepts necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care for a diverse patient population with well-defined healthcare concerns, with an introduction to the legal and ethical responsibilities of the Practical Nurse. The course presents critical thinking as applied to nursing: including the nursing process, cultural diversity, and communication techniques used when interacting with patients, families, other support persons, and members of the interprofessional team. Other program concepts such as evidence-based care, teamwork/collaboration, information technology and, basic math calculations for medications are also introduced. Selected nursing skills are taught in the laboratory with opportunities to apply fundamental concepts to basic nursing skills and clinical practice.

    • Co-requisites with a required grade of “C+” (77%) or better:
    • PNU 101 Growth & Development
    • PNU 131- Nutrition
    • PNU 141 Microbiology
    • PNU 111 Human Behavior
    • Co-requisites with a required grade of “C” (73%) or better:
    • HSC 149 Applied A&P for Healthcare Professionals
    • MAT 103 College Algebra
    • PNU 146
    • Fundamentals of Nursing II
    • 5
    This course builds upon the concepts, knowledge, and skills introduced in PNU 145 (Fundamentals I). The focus is on the fundamental concepts necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care for a diverse patient population with well-defined health care concerns, focusing on the aging adult patient. This course continues to identify the role of the practical nurse in applying basic nursing principles and critical thinking/ clinical reasoning both in the classroom and clinical settings. Program concepts such as evidenced-based care, teamwork and collaboration, and informatics and technology are also discussed. Emphasis will be placed on nursing responsibilities in the preparation and safe administration of medications as well as on documentation. Application of knowledge and skills occurs in a variety of clinical settings.

    Pre-requisites with a required grade of “C+” (77%) or better:
    • PNU-145
    Co-requisites with a required grade of “C+” (77%) or better:
    • PNU 101 Growth & Development
    • PNU 131- Nutrition
    • PNU 141 Microbiology
    • PNU 111 Human Behavior
    Co-requisites with a required grade of “C” (73%) or better:
    • HSC 149 Applied A&P for Healthcare Professionals
    • MAT 103 College Algebra
    • PNU 153
    • Concepts of Adult Health Nursing I
    • 8
    This course incorporates and expands on the concepts introduced in PNU-145 & PNU-146 and provides for the knowledge and application of basic nursing theory, communication, collaboration, and clinical reasoning necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care for diverse adult patients experiencing various medical/surgical and mental health issues. Pharmacology is integrated throughout the concepts with emphasis on safe administration of medication. The course incorporates the legal and ethical responsibilities of the Practical Nurse in the care of adult patients with common health problems. Concepts of leadership and management are introduced. Select advanced nursing skills are taught in the laboratory with the application of knowledge and skills in a variety of clinical settings.

    Pre-requisites with a required grade of “C+” (77%) or better:
    • PNU-145
    • PNU-146
    • PNU 154
    • Concepts of Adult Health Nursing II
    • 8
    This course is a continuation of Concepts of Adult Health Nursing I, and provides broader knowledge and application of basic nursing theory, communication, collaboration, and the clinical reasoning/ judgment necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care for diverse adult patients experiencing various medical/surgical issues. Pharmacology is integrated throughout the concepts. The course incorporates legal and ethical responsibilities of the Practical Nurse in the care of diverse adult patients with common health problems. Concepts of leadership and management are expanded upon, with a focus on team leading. Application of knowledge and skills are evaluated on a higher level, including the ability to care for a multiple (2) patient assignment. Synthesis of clinical reasoning and practical skills occurs in a variety of clinical settings with continued emphasis on safe administration of medication. Course content also includes health promotion strategies.

    Pre-requisites with a required grade of “C+” (77%) or better:
    • PNU-145
    • PNU-146
    • PNU-153
    • PNU 157
    • Practical Nursing across the Continuum
    • 7
    This course incorporates and builds on previously-learned concepts for the knowledge and application of basic nursing theory, communication, collaboration, and clinical judgment necessary for safe patient-centered nursing care to diverse families, across the life span (with a focus on childbearing families, children and elder care). The course also applies mental health nursing to the care of the family and introduces concepts of community nursing. Also included are legal and ethical responsibilities of the Practical Nurse in the care of patients across the lifespan. The student will learn to effectively apply strategies in preparation for entry level practice, including a review for the NCLEX-PN® as well as current trends in nursing. Synthesis of clinical judgement and practical skills will occur in a variety of clinical settings.

    Pre-requisites with a required grade of “C+” (77%) or better:
    • PNU-145
    • PNU-146
    • PNU-153
    • PNU-154

Practical Nursing (PN) Certificate Requirements

Admission Requirements – Fall 2021

Admission to the Practical Nurse (PN) Program is competitive and selective.

  • Scholarships are available for the Fall 2021 cohort. Please go to scholarship information.
  • Any student who seeks admission to the PN program for September, 2021, must complete the following requirements:

    • Provide proof of high school/GED/HiSET completion
    • Successfully complete the TEAS exam within the posted time frame and meet the required scores for admittance
    • Take the pre-requisite courses: MAT 103 College Algebra and HSC 140 Applied A&P for Healthcare Professions (or can substitute with A&P I and A&P II)
    • Attend a Nursing Program Information Session and submit all of the information listed below in order to be considered for admission.

    If you do not attend an Information Session and/or your application is Incomplete (missing any of the materials required below) you will NOT be considered for admission to the PN program.

    APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR THE PN PROGRAM

    To be considered for admission to the PN program in September 2021 all applicants must:

    • Attend a Required in-person or online Nursing Program Information Session. Nursing Program Information Sessions are prepared and conducted by the nursing division and admissions office staff. Dates are posted on the Quincy College website: www.quincycollege.edu
    • Submit an application for admission to the PN Program and pay the application fee. Indicate on the application to which campus you are applying. Please indicate campus preference –Quincy campus, Plymouth campus or no campus preference. There are a limited number of seats in the PN program. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
    • Submit Official High School Transcript*. If you achieved a High School Equivalency Certificate, your scores must be included. Just submitting your Certificate will not meet this requirement.
      • *Students graduating from High School in June, 2021 may submit an unofficial transcript. You will be required to submit an official transcript immediately following High School Graduation.
    • Submit official college transcripts from previously attended colleges including Quincy College. These official transcripts must be sent directly from the college you attended to the Quincy College admissions office. Official Transcripts are due two weeks after applying.
    • If you are Certified in a medical field (CNA, Medical Assistant, etc.) send a copy of your certification card.
    • The Academic Division of Nursing will evaluate only those applicants who took the TEAS test on or after September 1, 2019. If an applicant fails to meet the minimum required scores indicated above, they may take the TEAS test a maximum of three times per academic year (September 1st to August 31st). Applicants must wait 30 days prior to each retest. Applicant will be required to retake all three sections and the highest scores will be used. More information regarding the TEAS test is available at www.atitesting.com.

    ATI TEST OF ESSENTIAL ACADEMIC SKILLS (ATI TEAS)
    atitesting.com

    Successful passage of the ATI TEAS examination is a requirement for admission to the Practical Nurse Certificate program. The Division of Nursing has set the following standards on the ATI TEAS exam for admission to the Practical Nurse Program:

    Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

    • Reading 65 percent or higher
    • Math 50 percent or higher
    • English 55 percent or higher

    The Academic Division of Nursing will evaluate only those applicants who took the TEAS test on or after September 1, 2019. If an applicant fails to meet the minimum required scores indicated above, they may take the TEAS test a maximum of three times per academic year (September 1st to August 31st). Applicants must wait 30 days prior to each retest. Applicant will be required to retake all three sections and the highest scores will be used. More information regarding the TEAS test is available at www.atitesting.com.

    • Once the student has achieved the required scores on all three sections of the TEAS test, and has met all of the admission criteria, applicants will be scored using an admissions rubric and a member of the nursing division staff will contact selected applicants.
    • Admissions decisions will be mailed on an ongoing basis. No students will be admitted to the PN program after the second class session.

    Please Note: At this time, Quincy College’s Practical Nursing program can only accept applicants who are Massachusetts residents due to onsite program requirements.

     

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