- Suncoast Technical College
- Practical Nursing
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Content includes theoretical instruction and clinical experience in medical, surgical, maternal-child, mental-health, and geriatric nursing. Instruction includes both acute and long-term care situations; personal, family, and community health concepts; mental-health concepts; nutrition; human growth and development; body structure and function; interpersonal relationship skills; pharmacology; legal aspects; American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS); communication skills; and current issues in nursing.
Clinical experiences make up over 50 percent of the total program hours. Students must submit to drug testing prior to clinical placement. Students learn patient assessment skills, procedures and interventions, and medication administration using the Skills Lab and Pediatric and Adult Human Patient Simulator. They have clinical assignments at three local hospitals, several nursing homes, community mental-health facilities, and other selected healthcare agencies.
This program maintains approval from the Florida State Board of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) given by the Florida State Board of Nursing. This is a national licensing exam with reciprocity in all states. This licensure provides the LPN with eligibility to articulate with the registered nurse (RN) transition programs at community colleges or in the university system.
All teachers are registered nurses, licensed by the State of FL, and credentialed by the Board of Nursing.