Practical Nursing Program Requirements

CURRICULUM - PRACTICAL NURSING – Technical Certificate

January Cohort

1st Semester

 

Credit Hours

AHHS 1001 10 Weeks

1st Year Interest Group

1

PNUR 1123 10 Weeks

Pharmacology and Dosage Calculations

3

PNUR 1009 10 Weeks

Nursing Process I

9

PNUR 1323 6 Weeks

Nursing Process V

3

 

Total Semester Credit Hours

16

COMPLETION AWARD: *Certificate of Proficiency in Basic Nursing Skills 

2nd Semester - Summer

 

Credit Hours

PNUR 1209

Nursing Process II

9

 

Total Semester Credit Hours

9

3rd Semester - Fall

 

Credit Hours

PNUR 1215

Nursing Process III

5

PNUR 1310

Nursing Process IV

10

 

Total Semester Credit Hours

15

                        Total Program Credit Hours                                     40

 

 

May Cohort

1st Semester - Summer

 

Credit Hours

AHHS 1001 10 Weeks

1st Year Interest Group

1

PNUR 1123 10 Weeks

Pharmacology and Dosage Calculations

3

PNUR 1009 10 Weeks

Nursing Process I

9

 

Total Semester Credit Hours

13

COMPLETION AWARD: *Certificate of Proficiency in Basic Nursing Skills 

2nd Semester - Summer

 

Credit Hours

PNUR 1209 10 Weeks

Nursing Process II

9

PNUR 1323 6 Weeks

Nursing Process V

3

 

Total Semester Credit Hours

12

3rd Semester - Spring

 

Credit Hours

PNUR 1215

Nursing Process III

5

PNUR 1310

Nursing Process IV

10

 

Total Semester Credit Hours

15

                        Total Program Credit Hours                                     40

(Credit hours are approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing)

COMPLETION AWARD: Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing

Gainful Employment Disclosure

 

PROGRESSION

All courses required for the nursing program must be completed with a 76% or better. Nursing courses include a theory grade and/or with a lab/clinical grade. Both components of the course must be passed to progress in the program. Semester courses must be completed with a 76% or better before the student may progress to the next semester. At the end of each course a nationally validated test over material taught in class must be completed. The score made on the exam will count as a portion of the course grade.

CLINICAL TRAINING

Clinical experiences are designed to allow students to transfer knowledge gained through classroom presentations into "hands-on" practical applications. Rules and regulations regarding clinical experiences can be found in the nursing handbook and the clinical syllabus (issued on the first day of class). Local long-term care facilities, acute-care facilities, and ambulatory care centers will be utilized for clinical experiences. Transportation is not provided to these areas.

Re-Admission Re-Application Does Not Guarantee Re-admission

A student who fails or withdraws for any reason may only reenter one time according to the clinical slots available.  If a student desires to reenter, it must be the next subsequent semester to be considered to return.  Once a student has been admitted to the program twice and does not complete the program on the second attempt they must wait two years to reapply to retake the class they failed. After the third try, the student is no longer eligible to be readmitted to the program.

Transfer Policy

Applicants who have completed health related courses from another nursing program may be eligible to transfer to College of the Ouachitas (COTO). Placement within curriculum will be made on an individual basis. Transfer students will be required to meet all admission requirements. There is a limited number of slots that may be available depending on the semester the student needs to transfer in to. See catalog for requirements.

Health related courses are specific courses to a nursing program, these are not the basic courses; i.e. Nutrition, Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, etc. Basic courses are usually transferrable; please contact Student Affairs at 501.332.5000 Ext. 1180 about basic courses transferring.

The applicant must:

  • Contact the Dean of Health Sciences to discuss prior health related courses and plan of action
  • Submit a copy of course descriptions or course syllabus for each course.
  • The Dean and Registrar will review course content to verify that course work is equivalent to nursing courses offered at COTO.
  • The grading scale must be comparable to that utilized in the COTO nursing program.
  • The applicant must meet all requirements for acceptance into the nursing program; visit our website (www.coto.edu) for additional information.
  • Transfer students must provide all required information by deadline given to them.

 

*The COPP can be accessed via the school library