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 under the direction of a licensed registered nurse, licensed physician, or dentist. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX PN exam.

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 (nursing) 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 up to 50 pounds and handling body fluids. Nurses are often standing for long periods of time. For safety and protection of patients, student nurses 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, winter, and spring quarters. It is a day program.

If students are taking or have taken prerequisite courses at another educational institution, they must have credits evaluated prior to submitting the application. Students 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 or better within 2 retakes (3 total) in the following:
  • BIOL& 241 Human A & P 1 w/Lab (5 Cr.) (taken within 5 years of starting the program)
  • BIOL& 242 Human A & P 2 w/Lab (5 Cr.) (taken within 5 years of starting the program)
  • BIOL& 260 Microbiology with lab (5 Cr.) (taken within 5 years of starting the program)
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition or ENGL& 235 Technical Writing (5 Cr.)
  • MAT 099 Intermediate Algebra or MATH& 141 Pre-calculus I or MATH& 146 Introduction to Stats (5 Cr.) or MATH& 151 Calculus I (taken within 5 years of starting the program)
  • NUTR& 101 Nutrition (5 Cr.)
  • PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology (5 Cr.)
  • PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology (developmental psychology) (5 Cr.)
  • COLL 102 College Success for All (3 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.

Students 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.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
NURS 117Fundamentals of Nursing4
NURS 120Medical/Surgical Nursing I3
NURS 121Nursing Clinical Skills & Data Collection I6
NURS 124Mental Health Nursing3
NURS 131Medical/Surgical Nursing II3
NURS 133Medical/Surgical Nursing III4
NURS 134Pharmacology in Nursing5
NURS 137Nursing Clinical Skills & Data Collection II5
NURS 140Maternity & Pediatric Nursing3
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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Nursing Clinical Skills & Data Collection I

Item #
NURS 121
Total Credits
6

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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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
Successful completion of NURS 117, NURS 120, NURS 122, NURS 123, and NURS 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
Successful completion of NURS 125, NURS 126, NURS 130, and NURS 131.
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Pharmacology in Nursing

Item #
NURS 134
Total Credits
5

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

Prerequisites
Successful completion of NURS 117, NURS 120, NURS 121, and NURS 124.
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Nursing Clinical Skills & Data Collection II

Item #
NURS 137
Total Credits
5

Students will demonstrate competence in selected nursing skills using simulation and humans as clients. Focus will be on safe nursing practice, the nursing process, therapeutic communication, documentation, and client teaching.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of NURS 117, NURS 120, and NURS 124.
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Maternity & Pediatric Nursing

Item #
NURS 140
Total Credits
3

This course will cover concepts of antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and newborn nursing with only an assisting role in the care of clients during labor and delivery and those with complications. It will also address the principles necessary for the student to care for clients throughout the age continuum with special emphasis on developmental stages and how this impacts care. Common diseases and disorders related to each developmental stage are explored.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of NURS 131, NURS 134, and NURS 137.
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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
Successful completion of NURS 128, 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
Successful completion of NURS 125, NURS 126, 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
Successful completion of NURS 125, NURS 126, 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
Successful completion of NURS 128, 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
Successful completion of NURS 128, 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
Successful completion of NURS 133, NURS 149 and NURS 153.
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This page was last updated on November 13, 2018.