Academic Catalog 2020-2021

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Practical Nursing - Limited Enrollment, Technical Diploma

The Practical Nursing (PN) Program is designed to prepare students to become Licensed Practical Nurses. Students spend the first part of the program building the foundations of nursing care in the classroom and laboratory setting. As the program progresses, it provides clinical learning experiences under the direct supervision of qualified instructors. At the end of the program, the curriculum begins to focus on the profession of nursing and preparing the student for the licensing process. Graduates of the Practical Nursing Program are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Practical Nurses. The student must pass the NCLEX PN to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN).

A practical nurse cares for the sick, participates in the prevention of illness, and assists in the rehabilitation of patients. A licensed practical nurse must practice under the direction of one of the following: licensed physician, optometrist, dentist, psychologist, registered nurse or licensed independent practitioner. Licensed Practical Nurses find employment in hospitals, nursing homes, physicians’ offices, community healthcare agencies, schools, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare facilities.

The Nunez Community College Practical Nursing program is a limited and competitive admission program. The number of qualified applicants may exceed the number of positions in a class. Individuals who are not selected into the class for which they apply will be given the opportunity to be considered for the next scheduled class by written request only. Applicants to the Practical Nursing Program must be registered students at Nunez Community College and meet all admission requirements of the College before applying to the nursing program. To register with the College, please contact the Admissions Office at (504) 278-6467 for further information or visit

Applications for the Spring PN entry will be accepted August 15th through September 30th. Applications for the Fall PN entry will be accepted from February 1st through March 15th.

Requirements for Application:

  • High school diploma or GED. (High School seniors may apply in the spring of their senior year for the August PN program. Call office (504) 278-6380 for more information)
  • Registered student at Nunez Community College
  • Acceptable placement exam scores from one of the listed placement exams
    Exam Math Reading Language
    ACT 18 20 18
    ACCUPLACER 48 65 74
    ACCUPLACER- NEXT GEN. 243 (QAS) 250 241 (Writing)

    **Placement Exam Score (Accuplacer or ACT) must be within three (3) years of the application to nursing.

Examinees may test a maximum of 2 times per year with a waiting period of 30 days between exams.

Applicants must have completed any required remedial English, Reading and Math courses. Links to placement and HESI PN Admission Assessment testing information may be found at

  • Acceptable score on HESI Pre-Nursing Admission Assessment exam
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all previous college work attempted
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Copy of permanent resident card will be required.

Health Requirements: Documentation of the following titer levels is required upon admission to the program: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella. In addition, documentation of a tuberculin skin test, or chest x-ray if the skin test is positive, Hepatitis B vaccination or declination is also required. All students must be current with all health requirements throughout the practical nursing program. Students who fail to comply with the health requirements will be immediately dismissed from the program.

Students will be required to maintain current CPR certification (BLS for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association).

Students must attend several off-campus clinical sites using their own means of transportation. Clinical site times will vary depending on the facility and clinical availability.

Program Outcomes:

  1. Nursing student demonstrates knowledge of scientific principles & application of critical thinking skills in provision of care to clients.
  2. Nursing student consistently demonstrates cultural sensitivity considering the ethnic, socioeconomic, & life experiences of the client in providing care.
  3. Nursing student demonstrates safety & proficiency in performance of basic nursing skills and medication administration.
  4. Nursing student demonstrates personal behavior consistent with professional employee expectations for entry level LPN.
  5. Nursing student demonstrates knowledge of content appropriate for entry level LPN as defined by LBPNE (La. State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners).

All PN courses require a “C” or better to continue in the nursing program. Grading is based on a modified scale, with 80.00% (“C”) being the lowest passing score. Please see the Practical Nursing Student Handbook for further details.

Practical Nursing Program Requirements 1
NURS 1010Fund of Nursing I Theory3
NURS 1020Fund of Nursing I Clinical1
NURS 1025Fund of Nursing II Theory8
NURS 1030Med-Surg Nursing I Theory9
NURS 1040Med Surg Nursing I Clinical6
NURS 1500Pharmacology and Math Nursing6
NURS 1050Med-Surg Nursing II Theory9
NURS 1060Med Surg Nursing II Clinical6
NURS 1210Intravenous Therapy1
NURS 1090Mental Health Nursing Theory2
NURS 1150Mental Health Nursing Clinical1
NURS 1100Maternal/Newborn NursingTheory3
NURS 1110Maternal/Newborn Nurs Clinical1
NURS 1115Nursing Care of Children Thry3
NURS 1125Nursing Care of Child.Clinical1
NURS 1130PN Professionalism &Leadership2
NURS 1135PN Prof & Leadership Clinical1
General Education Requirements 2
BIOL 1010Intro Anatomy and Physiology 33
BIOL 1020Intro Anatomy & Physiology Lab 31
BIOL 1500Nutrition and Diet Therapy3
Total Hours70

The PN program reserves the right to make changes to the program, curriculum, or prerequisites without notice. Go to the College’s Additional Nursing Information page at and click on the Practical Nursing tab for current information.