Academic Catalog

Practical Nursing Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Admission Dates
Fall and spring quarters.

The Practical Nursing (PN) certificate program at Clover Park Technical College prepares graduates for entry into the nursing profession as practical nurses and to work under the direction of a licensed registered nurse, licensed physician or dentist. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX PN exam.

Program Overview: Clover Park Technical College’s Practical Nursing Certificate program consists of 60 credits of nursing courses and 45 credits of general education courses. Students must receive a “B-” or better in all technical courses to satisfy graduation requirements. In addition, all students entering the practical nurse program must have completed a state-approved nursing assistant program (NA-C), successfully passed the state exam, and maintained a current unencumbered nursing assistant license throughout the program.

This PN program focuses on the art and science of nursing. Students learn in the classroom, by simulation in the skills laboratory and in clinical practice settings. Clinical learning experiences are obtained in various health care settings in the community under the guidance of nursing faculty. Clinical experiences are largely scheduled between 6:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. The college reserves the right to schedule clinical experiences during evening and/or on weekends if necessary, and students may be required to travel up to 50 miles for clinical site.

Application Process: Download and complete the LPN Admission Packet and follow the directions given in the packet to submit. We do not have an application submission deadline. Applications are accepted year-round.

Physical Activity Requirements: This occupation requires medium physical activity and lifting/handling objects weighing 10-25 pounds (occasionally up to 50 pounds) and handling body fluids. Nurses are often standing for long periods of time. For safety and protection of patients, the student nurse must be able to perform basic cardiac life support, including CPR, and function in stressful and/or emergency situations.

Employability Requirements: Graduates must pass the NCLEX-PN exam and meet state eligibility requirements, including a criminal background check, in order to apply for licensure. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for licensure.

Program Length: This program is designed to be completed in four quarters. This is an academically rigorous program that requires a high degree of ability to read, understand, and critically think about and apply complex concepts in order to provide quality patient care. Students can expect 3-4 hours per week per class for homework and study (e.g., 15-20 hours a week for five classes) in addition to actual class time. It is strongly recommended that students not work more than 20 hours a week while in the nursing program to allow for adequate student time.

Admission Dates: Fall and spring quarters.

Students are admitted to the program twice a year, starting spring quarter or fall quarter. Applications are accepted at any time provided all prerequisites are met.

Important Note: If the student is taking prerequisites at CPTC, students must meet COMPASS scores required for placement into the core academic courses.

If the student is taking or has taken prerequisite courses at another educational institution, (s)he must have credits evaluated prior to submitting the application. The student must request an official college transcript be sent to CPTC Enrollment Services for evaluation and complete a transfer credit request form. Mail your official transcript to Clover Park Technical College ATTN: Credential Evaluator.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure their application is complete and the nursing program receives the required documents. Instructions for submitting applications are included in the application packet.

Prerequisites: CPTC courses with an “&” in the course name are transferable to other Washington State educational institutions.

Provide documentation of proof of successful completion of the following:

  • High school transcript or high school equivalency diploma
  • Completion of the following academic prerequisites:
  • General Education Courses: You must achieve a B (3.0) or better in the following:
  • CHEM& 121 Intro to Chemistry with lab (5 Cr.)
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition or ENGL& 235 Technical Writing (5 Cr.)
  • MATH& 141 Pre-calculus I or MATH& 146 Introduction to Stats (5 Cr.) or MATH& 151 Calculus I
  • NUTR& 101 Nutrition (5 Cr.)
  • PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology (5 Cr.)
  • PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology (developmental psychology) (5 Cr.)
  • BIOL& 241 Human A & P 1 w/Lab and BIOL& 242 Human A & P 2 w/Lab (10 Cr.)
  • BIOL& 260 Microbiology with lab (5 Cr.)

Speaking, understanding, and writing the English language is required.

State-approved nursing assistant course (NA-C), and current unencumbered/unrestricted NA-C certification from the state. American Heart Association CPR for the Health Care Provider. This includes adult, child, and infant, under the guidelines of the American Heart Association. Online CPR courses are not accepted.

Students are required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations.

The student must receive a No Record on File Report Related to Crimes Against Persons from the Washington State Patrol. A non-refundable fee is charged to each student for the background check.

Immunization documentation will be required by the January 25th for a spring quarter start and June 25th for a fall quarter start in the year of your expected start.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
NURS 117Fundamentals of Nursing4
NURS 120Medical/Surgical Nursing I3
NURS 122Pre-Pharmacology2
NURS 123Basic Health Assessment and Nursing Skills I5
NURS 124Mental Health Nursing3
NURS 125Pharmacology in Nursing3
NURS 126Basic Health Assessment and Nursing Skills II3
NURS 128Contemporary Maternity Nursing3
NURS 130Nursing of Children3
NURS 131Medical/Surgical Nursing II3
NURS 133Medical/Surgical Nursing III4
NURS 145Medical Surgical Nursing IV4
NURS 149Clinical Practicum I5
NURS 153Clinical Practicum II5
NURS 154Issues & Trends in Nursing2
NURS 161Clinical Practicum III4
NURS 164Clinical Practicum IV4
 Technical Credits60

Fundamentals of Nursing

Item #
NURS 117
Total Credits
4

Explores the health care system and the profession of nursing with emphasis on care with a diverse population of clients. Introduces the beginning practical nurse student to essential nursing concepts such as therapeutic communication, infection control, patient safety, patient education, evidence-based practice, scope of practice, legal and ethical issues, principles of caring, promotion of comfort and the nursing process. 

Prerequisites
Admission to Practical Nursing program.
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Medical/Surgical Nursing I

Item #
NURS 120
Total Credits
3

Focuses on the use of the nursing process in care of clients with selected health disturbances. Emphasis is given to psychological, sociocultural, and developmental factors. Nursing interventions, pharmacological considerations and client teaching are integrated. 

Prerequisites
Admission to Practical Nursing program.
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Pre-Pharmacology

Item #
NURS 122
Total Credits
2

Prepares students to calculate drug dosages in order to accurately prepare and administer medications to a varied client population. Basic principles for client safety are reviewed. 

Prerequisites
Admission to Practical Nursing program.
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Basic Health Assessment and Nursing Skills I

Item #
NURS 123
Total Credits
5

Provides laboratory demonstration and supervised practice of nursing skills discussed in NURS 117 and NURS 120. Students will demonstrate competence in selected skills, using principles taught. During laboratory practice, students will use simulated equipment and classmates as patients. 

Prerequisites
Admission to Practical Nursing program.
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Mental Health Nursing

Item #
NURS 124
Total Credits
3

Focuses on the continuum between mental health and illness and the therapeutic nurse-client relationship. Selected mental disorders will be discussed with emphasis on nursing interventions, common interdisciplinary treatments, and services available for clients in inpatient and outpatient settings. 

Prerequisites
Admission to Practical Nursing program.
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Pharmacology in Nursing

Item #
NURS 125
Total Credits
3

Presents pharmacological concepts and principles for preparation and administration of medications along with related client assessment and teaching. The role and responsibility of the practical nurse in drug therapy is emphasized. Students are prepared to participate safely and effectively in medication therapy. 

Prerequisites
NURS 117, NURS 120, NURS 122, NURS 123 and NURS 124.
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Basic Health Assessment and Nursing Skills II

Item #
NURS 126
Total Credits
3

Students will demonstrate competence in selected nursing skills using simulation equipment or other nursing students as clients. Students will also have a clinical experience focusing on safe nursing practice, nursing process, communication, documentation and client teaching. 

Prerequisites
NURS 117, NURS 120, NURS 122, NURS 123 and NURS 124.
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Contemporary Maternity Nursing

Item #
NURS 128
Total Credits
3

Focuses on the care of childbearing women and their families through all stages of pregnancy and childbirth as well as the first six weeks after birth. 

Prerequisites
NURS 117, NURS 120, NURS 122, NURS 123 and NURS 124.
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Nursing of Children

Item #
NURS 130
Total Credits
3

Presents the principles necessary for the student to care for clients throughout the age continuum with special emphasis on developmental stages and how they impact self-care. Common diseases and disorders related to each developmental stage are explored. 

Prerequisites
NURS 117, NURS 120, NURS 122, NURS 123 and NURS 124.
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Medical/Surgical Nursing II

Item #
NURS 131
Total Credits
3

Focuses on use of the nursing process in care of clients with selected health disturbances. Emphasis is given to psychological, sociocultural, and developmental factors. Pharmacologic and nutritional consideration and client teaching are integrated. 

Prerequisites
NURS 117, 120, 122, 123 and 124.
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Medical/Surgical Nursing III

Item #
NURS 133
Total Credits
4

Focuses on the use of the nursing process in care of clients with selected health disturbances. Emphasis is given to psychological, sociocultural, and developmental factors. Pharmacologic and nutritional considerations and client teaching are integrated. 

Prerequisites
NURS 125, NURS 126, NURS 128, NURS 130 and NURS 131.
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Medical Surgical Nursing IV

Item #
NURS 145
Total Credits
4

Using a physiological systems approach, this class focuses on implementation of the nursing process in care of a diverse population of clients with health disturbances.

Prerequisites
NURS 133, NURS 149 and NURS 153.
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Clinical Practicum I

Item #
NURS 149
Total Credits
5

Provides an opportunity for students to provide care to clients in long-term care, acute, and community settings. Experience involves direct client care, nursing procedures, and administration of medications to diverse clients of every stage of life. Focuses on safe nursing practice, nursing process, communication, documentation and client teaching. 

Prerequisites
NURS 125, NURS 126, NURS 128, NURS 130 and NURS 131.
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Clinical Practicum II

Item #
NURS 153
Total Credits
5

Provides an opportunity for students to provide care to clients in long-term care, acute, and community settings. Experience involves direct client care, nursing procedures, and administration of medications to diverse clients of every stage of life. Focuses on safe nursing practice, nursing process, communication, documentation and client teaching. 

Prerequisites
NURS 125, NURS 126, NURS 128, NURS 130 and NURS 131.
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Issues & Trends in Nursing

Item #
NURS 154
Total Credits
2

Prepares students for entry into nursing practice. Emphasis is on concepts of leadership, role of the practical nurse, and nursing laws governing practice. Career opportunities, preparation for licensure and opportunities for further education in nursing are explored. 

Prerequisites
NURS 133, NURS 149 and NURS 153.
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Clinical Practicum III

Item #
NURS 161
Total Credits
4

Provides an opportunity for students to provide care to clients in long-term care and acute and community settings. Experience involves direct client care, nursing procedures, and administration of medication to diverse clients of every stage of life. Focus is on safe nursing practices, nursing process, communication and practice in providing complete care for two or more clients. 

Prerequisites
NURS 133, NURS 149 and NURS 153.
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Clinical Practicum IV

Item #
NURS 164
Total Credits
4

Provides an opportunity for students to provide care to clients in long-term care and acute and community settings. Experience involves direct client care, nursing procedures, and administration of medication to diverse clients of every stage of life. Focus is on safe nursing practices, nursing process, communication and practice in providing complete care for two or more clients. 

Prerequisites
NURS 133, NURS 149 and NURS 153.
CLOSE
This page was last updated on August 17, 2015.