Spring Semester 2019 Catalog

Practical Nursing, Diploma

Overview

Offered at the Augusta, Waynesboro, and Thomson campuses

Entrance Dates: Fall: Augusta
Fall: Waynesboro
Fall: Thomson
Length of Program: Four Terms
Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 57

Admission: The Practical Nursing program is a competitive progression program. Students who meet the College criteria for admission will be admitted to the program as a candidate for progression to take the prerequisite courses. Students must score at the proficient level (cut score of 58.7%) or higher on the TEAS Test and complete the prerequisite courses (ENGL 1010, MATH 1012, PSYC 1010, ALHS 1060 or ALHS 1090, ALHS 1011) with a GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale by the designated deadline to be eligible for progression evaluation. The ranking order for progression to the PNSG courses is determined using the TEAS cut score (represents 30% of the ranking score) and the grade point average for the prerequisite courses (represents 70% of the ranking score). Students who are not selected for progression should consider a program change or resubmit an application and progression form by the designated deadline for the next progression term. High school graduation or GED is required for admission to this program. For more information regarding this process, please contact the Admissions Office at (706) 771-4028. Refer to program related deadlines.

Program Description: The Practical Nursing program is designed to prepare students to take the state board examination for licensure as practical nurses, NCLEX-PN. The program prepares graduates to give competent nursing care. This preparation is done through a selected number of academic and occupational courses providing a variety of techniques and materials necessary to assist the student in acquiring the knowledge and skills to give competent care. A variety of clinical experiences is planned so that theory and practice are integrated under the guidance of the clinical instructor. Program graduates receive a practical nursing diploma and have the qualifications of an entry-level practical nurse. The Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing (GBON) and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (formerly the NLNAC/National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission). The address and phone number is: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404-975-5000. The web site is www.acen.org.

Employment Opportunities: Graduates are in high demand for employment in nursing homes, health centers, convalescent homes, hospitals, schools, doctor’s offices, and prisons.

Gainful Employment

Curriculum Outline

Basic Skills Courses, 9 credits

ENGL 1010FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH I

3

MATH 1012FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS

3

PSYC 1010BASIC PSYCHOLOGY

3

Occupational Courses, 48 credits

ALHS 1011STRUCTURE&FUNCTION HUMAN BODY

5

ALHS 1060DIET/NUTRITION - ALLIED HEALTH

2

OR

ALHS 1090MED TERM/ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCE

2

PNSG 2010INTRO PHARMACOLOGY/CLINIC CALC

2

PNSG 2030NURSING FUNDAMENTALS

6

PNSG 2035NURSING FUNDAMENTALS CLINICAL

2

PNSG 2210MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING I

4

PNSG 2220MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING II

4

PNSG 2230MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING III

4

PNSG 2240MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING IV

4

PNSG 2250MATERNITY NURSING

3

PNSG 2255MATERNITY NURSING CLINICAL

1

PNSG 2310MED-SURG NURSING CLINICAL I

2

PNSG 2320MED-SURG NURSING CLINICAL II

2

PNSG 2330MED-SURG NURSING CLINICAL III

2

PNSG 2340MED-SURG NURSING CLINICAL IV

2

PNSG 2410NURSING LEADERSHIP

1

PNSG 2415NURSING LEADERSHIP CLINICAL

2

Notes:

  • The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is an examination for students considering health programs and is composed of four areas: reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage. A TEAS test score older than five years at the time of progression evaluation will not be accepted.
  • A grade of “C” or higher is required for all courses listed in the curriculum outline.
  • Students must have received a grade of a “C” or less in order to retake a course for ranking purposes. The first grade and the retake grade(s) will be averaged to determine the grade used for ranking purposes. This policy also applies to students with a transfer grade of a ‘C”. The transfer grade of a “C” and the retake grade will be averaged to determine the ranking grade.
  • A student who receives a grade of less than a “C” in two or more prerequisite courses is not eligible for program progression/admission. This includes less than a “C” in the same or a different course. This includes courses taken under any program of study at Augusta Technical College.
  • Unsuccessful course attempts that led to ineligibility for competitive progression evaluation will expire after five years.
  • Students who do not earn a grade of “C” or higher in any one course with the PNSG prefix will be suspended from the program for one semester. Before reentering the program, the student must complete an individualized remedial program assigned by the course instructor. A student who does not earn a grade of “C” or higher in any two courses with the PNSG prefix will not be allowed to reenter the program. A student who is not enrolled in the program for more than one year will be required to reenter the first semester of the program.
  • ALHS prefix courses older than 5 years will not be considered for program progression evaluation. Students will need to retake these courses to become eligible for program progression evaluation.
  • Practical Nursing students must submit completed medical and dental examination forms prior to participation in lab activities beginning in PNSG 2010 and PNSG 2030. Separate documentation will be required for Hepatitis B seroconversion, RPR, TB testing, and all immunizations and/or titers. Students who refuse to take the Hepatitis B vaccination series must sign a declination form and be aware that clinical practicum sites may refuse them an opportunity to gain clinical experience.
  • Conviction of a felony or gross misdemeanor may prohibit employment in field and may make a student ineligible to take the licensing exam required for the profession. A background check and/or drug screen will be required by all agencies before a student attends a clinical practicum. For more information, contact the appropriate program advisor.
  • Student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing his or her clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not be receiving monetary remuneration during this educational experience, nor will he or she be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution in the capacity of a practical nurse.
  • Prior to participation in campus/clinical labs, students are required to show proof of current health insurance. Students who cannot show proof of health insurance need to be aware that clinical practicum sites may refuse to allow them the opportunity to gain clinical experience at their facility.

Guided Pathway

Augusta Day Program

PROGRAM NAME: Practical Nursing

AWARD: Diploma

CAMPUS: Augusta Day Program

Year 1 Spring Semester

ENGL 1010FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH I

3

MATH 1012FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS

3

PSYC 1010BASIC PSYCHOLOGY

3

ALHS 1011STRUCTURE&FUNCTION HUMAN BODY

5

ALHS 1060DIET/NUTRITION - ALLIED HEALTH

2

OR

ALHS 1090MED TERM/ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCE

2

Year 1 Summer Semester

Students are evaluated and selected for progression to their PNSG prefix courses summer semester

Year 1 Fall Semester

PNSG 2010INTRO PHARMACOLOGY/CLINIC CALC

2

PNSG 2030NURSING FUNDAMENTALS

6

PNSG 2035NURSING FUNDAMENTALS CLINICAL

2

PNSG 2210MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING I

4

PNSG 2310MED-SURG NURSING CLINICAL I

2

Year 2 Spring Semester

PNSG 2220MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING II

4

PNSG 2320MED-SURG NURSING CLINICAL II

2

PNSG 2230MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING III

4

PNSG 2330MED-SURG NURSING CLINICAL III

2

PNSG 2240MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING IV

4

PNSG 2340MED-SURG NURSING CLINICAL IV

2

Year 2 Summer Semester

PNSG 2250MATERNITY NURSING

3

PNSG 2255MATERNITY NURSING CLINICAL

1

PNSG 2410NURSING LEADERSHIP

1

PNSG 2415NURSING LEADERSHIP CLINICAL

2

*Refer to the College catalog for course prerequisite requirements.

Students who choose to not follow the Course Sequence listed above may not be able to complete the program in the number of semesters shown above.

The Augusta Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or disability. For information on Title IX, contact the Title IX Coordinator, Shannon Patterson at (706) 771-4013 or in Building 100. For information on ADA/504, contact the ADA/504 Coordinator, Karissa D. Wright, at (706) 7714067 or go to the Counseling Center in Building 1300.

Thomas Day Program

PROGRAM NAME: Practical Nursing

AWARD: Diploma

CAMPUS: Thomas Day Program

Year 1 Spring Semester

ENGL 1010FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH I

3

MATH 1012FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS

3

PSYC 1010BASIC PSYCHOLOGY

3

ALHS 1011STRUCTURE&FUNCTION HUMAN BODY

5

ALHS 1060DIET/NUTRITION - ALLIED HEALTH

2

OR

ALHS 1090MED TERM/ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCE

2

Year 1 Summer Semester

Students are evaluated and selected for progression to their PNSG prefix courses fall semester.

Year 1 Fall Semester

PNSG 2010INTRO PHARMACOLOGY/CLINIC CALC

2

PNSG 2030NURSING FUNDAMENTALS

6

PNSG 2035NURSING FUNDAMENTALS CLINICAL

2

PNSG 2210MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING I

4

PNSG 2310MED-SURG NURSING CLINICAL I

2

Year 2 Spring Semester

PNSG 2220MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING II

4

PNSG 2320MED-SURG NURSING CLINICAL II

2

PNSG 2230MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING III

4

PNSG 2330MED-SURG NURSING CLINICAL III

2

PNSG 2240MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING IV

4

PNSG 2340MED-SURG NURSING CLINICAL IV

2

Year 2 Summer Semester

PNSG 2250MATERNITY NURSING

3

PNSG 2255MATERNITY NURSING CLINICAL

1

PNSG 2410NURSING LEADERSHIP

1

PNSG 2415NURSING LEADERSHIP CLINICAL

2

Note: Students must score at the proficient level (cut score of 58.7%) or higher on the TEAS V Test for Practical Nursing.

*Refer to the College catalog for course prerequisite requirements.

Students who choose to not follow the Course Sequence listed above may not be able to complete the program in the number of semesters shown above.

The Augusta Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or disability. For information on Title IX, contact the Title IX Coordinator, Shannon Patterson at (706) 771-4013 or in Building 100. For information on ADA/504, contact the ADA/504 Coordinator, Karissa D. Wright, at (706) 7714067 or go to the Counseling Center in Building 1300.

Waynesboro Day Program

PROGRAM NAME: Practical Nursing

AWARD: Diploma

CAMPUS: Waynesboro Day Program

Year 1 Spring Semester

ENGL 1010FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH I

3

MATH 1012FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS

3

PSYC 1010BASIC PSYCHOLOGY

3

ALHS 1011STRUCTURE&FUNCTION HUMAN BODY

5

ALHS 1060DIET/NUTRITION - ALLIED HEALTH

2

OR

ALHS 1090MED TERM/ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCE

2

Year 1 Summer Semester

Students are evaluated and selected for progression to their PNSG prefix courses fall semester.

Year 1 Fall Semester

PNSG 2010INTRO PHARMACOLOGY/CLINIC CALC

2

PNSG 2030NURSING FUNDAMENTALS

6

PNSG 2035NURSING FUNDAMENTALS CLINICAL

2

PNSG 2210MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING I

4

PNSG 2310MED-SURG NURSING CLINICAL I

2

Year 2 Spring Semester

PNSG 2220MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING II

4

PNSG 2320MED-SURG NURSING CLINICAL II

2

PNSG 2230MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING III

4

PNSG 2330MED-SURG NURSING CLINICAL III

2

PNSG 2240MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING IV

4

PNSG 2340MED-SURG NURSING CLINICAL IV

2

Year 2 Summer Semester

PNSG 2250MATERNITY NURSING

3

PNSG 2255MATERNITY NURSING CLINICAL

1

PNSG 2410NURSING LEADERSHIP

1

PNSG 2415NURSING LEADERSHIP CLINICAL

2

Note: Students must score at the proficient level (cut score of 58.7%) or higher on the TEAS V Test for Practical Nursing.

*Refer to the College catalog for course prerequisite requirements.

Students who choose to not follow the Course Sequence listed above may not be able to complete the program in the number of semesters shown above.

The Augusta Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or disability. For information on Title IX, contact the Title IX Coordinator, Shannon Patterson at (706) 771-4013 or in Building 100. For information on ADA/504, contact the ADA/504 Coordinator, Karissa D. Wright, at (706) 7714067 or go to the Counseling Center in Building 1300.

Accreditation

The Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing (GBON) and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The address and phone number is: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404-975-5000. The web site is www.acen.org.

Program Outcomes

Outcome    Expected Levels of Achievement Actual Levels of Achievement
Licensure Pass Rate The most recent annual licensure examination pass rate will be at least 80% for all first time test takers during the same 12 month period. 100%
(January 1, 2017 to December 2017)
Program Completion Rate At least 50% of the students will graduate within 18 months (150% of the program length) of enrolling in their first nursing prefix course. 75%
(August 21, 2017 to August 2, 2018)
Job Placement Rate At least 80% of the program graduates will be employed in the position for which the program prepared them within one year. 100%
(August 15, 2016 to August 3, 2017)