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Practical Nursing Application Packet
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Next cohort: July 2024. Deadline to apply: July 17th, 2024

Day program: July 22, 2024 – Mon – Wed, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Evening program, July 22, 2024 – Mon – Thur, 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM 

About Our Practical Nursing Program

We pride ourselves on empowering individuals to embark on a fulfilling journey in healthcare through our comprehensive Practical Nursing program. Designed to prepare students for active participation in the planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care across diverse healthcare settings, our program offers a transformative experience. With a curriculum that integrates theory and hands-on clinical procedures, early exposure to the clinical environment ensures a robust foundation for success.

Program Overview

At South Florida Healthcare Institute, we believe in a hands-on approach to learning. Our Practical Nursing program introduces students to the clinical environment early in the curriculum. The integration of theory and clinical procedures enhances the learning experience, providing a well-rounded education. The program encompasses classroom theory, practical laboratory experiences, and supervised clinical training, ensuring students develop the necessary skills and knowledge.

Accreditation and Licensure

Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a diploma in accordance with the standards set by the Florida Department of Education. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN licensure examination, and upon passing, the Florida Board of Nursing will issue a license.

Our Practical Nursing program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing, and the curriculum is accredited by the Florida Department of Education. This accreditation ensures that our program meets the highest educational standards, providing students with a solid foundation for their nursing careers.

Admission Requirements:
We welcome individuals who are 18 years of age or older, possess a high school diploma or GED, and are ready to meet the challenges of a nursing career. The admission process includes a meeting with our Nursing Program Director, completing a Practical Nursing Application Packet, passing the HESI Entrance Exam with a 70% score, clearance on FDLE Level II Background Check, negative drug test results, and compliance with immunization and physical exam requirements.
Program Details:
Program Length: 1350 Hours (12 months full-time, 14 months part-time)
Delivery Method: Traditional – 100% classroom based
Days & Times:
Full-time: Monday – Wednesday | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Part-time: Monday – Thursday | 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Additional Skills Covered:
Our program goes beyond the basics, equipping students with various skills, including administering medications, understanding anatomy and physiology, practicing aseptic technique and infection control procedures, providing care to diverse patient populations, and more. From CPR and response to emergency situations to legal and ethical responsibilities, our curriculum is designed to prepare students for the dynamic healthcare landscape.
Practical Nursing (LPN) Program Outline:

Program Objective

  • Demonstrate behaviors that comply with rules and statutes set forth in the Nurse Practice Act of the State of Florida.
  • Apply nursing principles to meet the daily physical, social, and psychological needs of the patient.
  • Perform nursing measures with accuracy, safety, and efficiency, consistent with current nursing concepts and practices in different healthcare settings.
  • Function as a responsible member of the nursing team concerned with basic therapeutic, rehabilitative, and preventative care for persons of all ages and diverse cultures.
  • Demonstrate professional competencies consistent with the practical nursing code of ethics.
  • Demonstrate appropriate employability skills.

Program Description

The Practical Nursing program is designed to equip students with the essential skills for providing fundamental bedside care, which is crucial in attending to the needs of every patient they encounter. As aspiring Practical Nurses, students will be proficient in recording vital signs, including temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration. They will also master proper procedures for sample collection, conduct routine laboratory tests, and administer medications. Throughout their training, Practical Nursing students play a key role in evaluating patient needs, actively contributing to the development of precise care plans under the supervision of registered nurses and guidance from physicians. The comprehensive coursework and training provided will ensure students are well-prepared to successfully navigate the NCLEX-PN Licensing exam.

Course Breakdown

Course Number Course Title Clock Hours LAB
CPR100 CPR and First Aid 6 6
HIV102 HIV/AIDS, Blood Pathogens and OSHA 6
PN103 Introduction to Health Care Environment 40
PN104 Anatomy & Physiology I 40
PN105 Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 18 18
PN106 Anatomy & Physiology II 40
PN107 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 18 18
PN108 Nutrition 40
PN109 Nursing Fundamentals I 37
PN110 Nursing Fundamentals I Lab 18 18
PN111 Nursing Fundamentals I Clinical 85 85
PN112 Nursing Fundamentals II 37
PN113 Nursing Fundamentals II Clinical 85 85
PN200 Pharmacology 60
PN201 Medical Surgical Nursing I 40
PN202 Medical Surgical Nursing I Clinical 85 85
PN203 Medical Surgical Nursing II 40
PN204 Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical 90 90
PN205 Geriatric Concepts 35
PN206 Geriatric Concepts Clinical 60 60
PN207 Nursing Care of Women/Maternity Nursing 40
PN208 Nursing Care of Women/Maternity Nursing Clinical 60 60
PN209 Pediatric Nursing 40
PN210 Pediatric Nursing Clinical 60 60
PN211 Nursing Care of the Psychiatric Patient 40
PN212 Nursing Care of the Psychiatric Patient Clinical 60 60
PN213 Community Nursing 40
PN214 Community Nursing Clinical 90 90
PN300 Nursing Preceptorship 40 40
Total 1350

Set on a transformative journey toward a fulfilling career in healthcare with our Practical Nursing Program at the South Florida Healthcare Institute. We believe in nurturing not just nursing skills but compassionate hearts, preparing you to make a meaningful impact on the lives of others. Join us in shaping the future of healthcare excellence.

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