Practical Nursing School Program Description
The Practical Nursing (PN) Program provided by the Ohio Business college is 44 weeks or four quarters in length. The program covers a combination of theory, nursing skills lab, simulation lab, and clinical experiences. Once you graduate from the PN program, you will be fully qualified to write to the NCLEX-PN® to become licensed as an LPN in the state of Ohio.
Admission to the OBC Practical Nursing Program
If you intend to enroll in Practical nursing School at Ohio Business College, you may have to meet several requirements. For example, you will need to pass a criminal record check, have at least a 2.0 grade average in any previous academic work, and meet or exceed the current required score on the entrance assessment. A few other initial steps you will take to get enrolled include:
- Apply for admission to Ohio Business College
- Visit a campus near you
- Complete your application and submit the admission fee
- Provide OBC with high-school transcripts, GED certification, and prior college transcripts
- Meet with a representative from admissions at OBC
- Meet with a financial aid administrator
- Complete your entrance assessment
- Schedule classes, order textbooks, and attend orientation
What Does a Licensed Practical Nurse Do?
The nursing program offered at Ohio Business College yields you a diploma in Practical Nursing and the skills needed to pass your National Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN®) to obtain your LPN license. LPNs work under the direction of a licensed physician, podiatrist, or registered nurse. As an LPN, you will be capable of performing a number of important nursing skills within a health care setting. Including:
You will be capable of performing a number of important nursing tasks within a healthcare setting, such as:
- Maintaining patient records
- Initiate, maintain, and monitor IVs within the LPN Scope of Practice
- Provide Individualized patient care
- Documenting patient health attributes after observation
- Assisting with procedures and tests as RNs and doctors require
- Using certain types of medical equipment to provide individualized patient care.
- Communicating patient care plans with supervisors
- Interacting with both patients and their loved ones
An LPN's job role and the tasks involved with that role can vary depending on the setting and scenario. You may be tasked with administrative duties, assisting supervisors, or actually providing patient care directly.
Skills and Essential Abilities Required in Practical Nursing School
Much like when you arrive in your eventual career, your time spent in Practical Nursing School will require specific cognitive, academic, and physical abilities. Not possessing these abilities can make it difficult for you to complete the Practical Nursing program, but would also make it difficult for you upon graduation once you enter a career role. A few of the abilities a prospective nursing student should possess include:
- Working in a team setting, collaborating with members of the health care team to make safe decisions, and applying clinical judgement under stress
- Coping with patient demands and clinical situations that can be high risk to both patients and staff members
- Sitting, standing, and walking for long periods of time
- Tolerant of strong odors and visibly unpleasant situations
- Ability to carry, lift, or even push and pull up to 50 pounds
- Provide compassionate and individualized patient care to diverse patient populations
- Communicate clearly to engage in professional dialogue
Practical Nursing Program Overview
The fast track nursing program can take less than a year to complete, but your time spent in our school's program will prepare you for the next big steps in your career. Once you graduate, obtain your license, and train to become an LPN, you will be equipped to:
- Assist with delivering care in various clinical settings
- Communicate openly with peers, supervisors, and clients about healthcare
- Use learned skills from your nursing classes to safely offer care
- Work under the supervision of registered nurses and physicians
Helping to provide care for others is such a noble, fulfilling career, and some people strive to find a career that allows them to do just that. Practical Nursing School at the Ohio Business College is the perfect opportunity for you to hone your skills, open up your life to new career opportunities, and make you an important person in any healthcare setting as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
Practical Nursing Curriculum
The Practical Nursing Program at Ohio Business College is 69 full credits with 450 clock hours in Theory, 420 clock hours in Clinical, and 240 clock hours in Skills Lab. Each quarter in the four-quarter program is 10 weeks long with an 11th week reserved for make-up learning and final exams. Below is a brief overview of the LPN courses required to obtain your Practical Nursing diploma.
PN 101 Anatomy & Physiology for the PN I
PN 102 Clinical Judgment for the Practical Nurse
PN 103 Fundamentals of Practical Nursing I
PN 104 Practical Nursing Care of the Elderly
PN 201 Anatomy & Physiology for the PN II
PN 202 Calculating Dosages for the Practical Nurse
PN 203 Fundamentals of Practical Nursing II
SS 102 Psychology
PN 301 Practical Nursing Care of the Reproducing
PN 302 Practical Nursing Care of Children
PN 303 IV Therapy for the Practical Nurse
PN 304 Practical Nursing Care of Adults I
PN 401 Mental Health Practical Nursing
PN 402 Practical Nursing Care of Adults II
PN 403 Preparation for Practical Nursing Practice
Each of the nursing courses will expose you to a specific fundamental aspect of providing care as a practical nurse. For example:
- Clinical Judgement for the Practical Nurse helps you think like a nurse using critical thinking and strategies to administer care safely in the healthcare environment
- IV Therapy for the Practical Nurse exposes you to intravenous therapy, psychomotor skills used, and hands-on learning initiatives
- Practical Nursing Care of the Elderly Patient gives you the fundamental concepts to understand the nuances that can come along with working with elderly patients
Every new LPN course offers a new opportunity to hone your knowledge base and skills that you will apply later in your career.
Future Outlook of the Practical Nursing Career
Once you train to be a nurse with a fast track nursing training program at the Ohio Business College, you are equipped to step into a career that is in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook, a growth of 9 percent is expected between 2020 and 2030, which equates to adding around 63,800 new jobs in addition to the 688,100 already available. Some of that demand is expected to be driven by LPNs who move up to different occupations, retire, or otherwise leave their positions.
Changing demographics signal a need for more LPNs to care for the aging population. It has been estimated that the ratio of potential caregivers to the people most likely to need care, the elderly population, will decrease significantly by 2030. The end result of this is employers having difficulty seeking skilled LPNs.
Career Opportunities with a Practical Nursing Diploma
After you train to become an LPN, you may find a new career in a number of healthcare settings near you. LPNs are not only highly sought after in doctor's offices, but also in other facilities that can give you a unique opportunity to provide care, such as:
- Long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes
- Assisted-living facilities
- Public school systems
- Correctional facilities
- Home Health
- Hospice Programs
- Specializing Clinics
Some LPNs enjoy the ambiguity that their Practical Nursing diploma affords them; with the proper training, a nurse can spend time in multiple roles throughout the career. For example, an LPN may spend some time at a long-term care facility, but then opt for a career in a pediatric physician's office or in a school nurse position.
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