The Practical Nursing diploma program prepares graduates to give competent nursing care. This 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 needed 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.
Students most commonly will have to submit a satisfactory criminal background check as well as a drug screen in order to be placed in a clinical health care facility to complete the clinical portions of their educational training.
This program requires special admissions criteria to begin PNSG coursework.
Please read the Practical Nursing Program Information Guide (includes program advisors).
For more details, call or email a practical nursing advisor.
What skills do students learn in this program?
Nursing skills such as taking vital signs (BP, temperature, pulse rate and respiration rate), donning and taking off PPE and sterile gloves, making physical assessments, inserting indwelling catheters and administering injections and medications
What types of students thrive in the program and in this career field?
- those who are teachable, motivated and hard-working
- those who enjoy one–on-one interaction with others
- those who genuinely care about the well-being of patients
What types of jobs are available to graduates of this program? Where can they work?
Physicians’ offices, correctional institutions, school systems, nursing homes, hospitals and even industries