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Practical Nursing

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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 Examiners of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission of for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The contact information for ACEN is:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Telephone Number: 404-975-5000
Fax: 404-975-5020

Admission Requirements:

The Practical Nursing program is a competitive progression program. 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, and ALHS 1011) with a GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale by the designated deadline (page 16) to be eligible for progression evaluation. The program progression process determines the academic/ranking order for selection of students for progression to the courses with the PNSG prefixes. The ranking order for progression 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.

Program Outcome Data:

   Outcome      Expected Levels of Achievement   Actual Levels of Achievement
NCLEX 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. Annual Pass Rate 100% (January 1, 2016 to December 2016)
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. 47% (August 24, 2015 to August 15, 2016)
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 24, 2015 to August 15, 2016)

Program Advisors Contact Information

Terry Richardson, RN, MSN
Department Chair


Augusta Campus

Ebony Story, RN, BSN


Waynesboro and Thomson Campuses

Tamara Alicea RN, BSN, MSN



Course Number Hours Course Title Credits
Prerequisite Courses
ALHS 1011 Structure and Function of the Human Body 5
ALHS 1060 Diet and Nutrition for Allied Health Sciences 2
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
PSYC 1010 Introduction to Psychology 3
First Semester (Fall) of Program Courses
PNSG 2010 Introduction to Pharmacology and Clinical Calculations 2
PNSG 2030 Nursing Fundamentals 6
PNSG 2035 Nursing Fundamentals Clinical 2
PNSG 2210 Medical Surgical Nursing I 4
PNSG 2310 Medical Surgical Nursing I Clinical 2
Second Semester (Spring) of Program Courses
PNSG 2220 Medical Surgical Nursing II 4
PNSG 2320 Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical 2
PNSG 2230 Medical Surgical Nursing III 4
PNSG 2330 Medical Surgical Nursing III Clinical 2
PNSG 2240 Medical Surgical Nursing IV 4
PNSG 2340 Medical Surgical Nursing IV Clinical 2
Third Semester (Summer) of Program Courses
PNSG 2250 Maternity Nursing 3
PNSG 2255 Maternity Nursing Clinical 1
PNSG 2410 Nursing Leadership 1
PNSG 2415 Nursing Leadership Clinical 2
Total Program Credit Hours 57

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Practical Nursing