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Practical Nursing Technology

51.3901

(Two-Year Certificte)

Licensed Practical Nurses are healthcare professionals responsible for providing direct patient care in many healthcare settings.  Licensed Practical Nurses utilize the nursing process to plan, provide, and evaluate individualized care to meet basic patient needs.  The Linn State Technical College Practical Nursing Technology (PNT) program prepares students to perform all skills that are within the scope of practice as outlined by the Missouri Nurse Practice Act for Licensed Practical Nurses including intravenous therapy skills.  The Practical Nursing Technology program is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing, 3605 Missouri Boulevard, Jefferson City, MO 65102; (573) 751-0293; www.pr.mo.gov

The Practical Nursing Technology program is a twelve month, three semester program.  Students will participate in a minimum of 360 clock hours of clinical study at approved clinical sites that include local hospitals, long-term care facilities, physician clinics, area schools, and other healthcare agencies.  To be successful, students need effective communication skills and a solid background in science and math.

Upon successful completion of the program and approval from the Missouri State Board of Nursing, students become eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical/Vocational Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

The Linn State Technical College Practical Nursing Technology program is located at the Nichols Career Center facility, 605 Union Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

Enrollment in the Practical Nursing Technology program is limited, and students are selected for this program on a competitive basis.  Contact the Office of Admissions or www.linnstate.edu/academic/pnt/index.php for the specific application requirements, forms, and deadline.

Students who are admitted to the Practical Nursing Technology program should be aware that they will be subject to drug screening.  Criminal background checks will be required prior to clinical placement.  Per Missouri law, persons who have been convicted of or pled guilty to certain felony offenses may be prohibited from holding any direct patient care positions.  This could prevent placement in and completion of clinical education courses, which are required to complete the Practical Nursing Technology Two-Year Certificate program.

A grade of “C” or better must be maintained in all courses in order to continue in the Practical Nursing Technology program.

Program Mission
The mission of the Practical Nursing Technology program is to prepare students for the competitive demands of the workforce.  Partnerships with the community through healthcare, governmental, and accrediting agencies assist the program in providing learning environments in which students build upon their skills and knowledge to strengthen their understanding of local, state, and national health issues.

Program Goals
The goals of the program are to provide the opportunity for students to develop:

  • Skills to be a safe and effective practitioner as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
  • Individual growth in their personal, vocational, and community lives.
  • Skills to meet the objectives of the Missouri State Board of Nursing through collaboration with nursing faculty, advisory committee members, and cooperating agencies. 
  • Ability to assume a role as a member of both the nursing and healthcare team.
  • Good judgment in solving nursing problems within the scope of the Licensed Practical Nurse. 
  • Competencies in nursing procedures. 
  • Knowledge and eligibility to take the NCLEX-PN examination to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Program Assessment

  • ATI-NCLEX Certification

CORE CURRICULUM

Credit Hours

PNT 105 Personal and Vocational Concepts
3
PNT 110 Fundamentals of Nursing
4
PNT 112 Fundamentals of Nursing Lab
4
PNT 115 Medication Calculation and Administration
5
PNT 118 Medication Calculation and Administration Lab
1
PNT 125 Nutrition
3
PNT 135 Geriatric Nursing
2
PNT 145 Medical Surgical Nursing I
5
PNT 155 Level I Clinical
3
PNT 165 Level II Clinical
3
PNT 210 Maternity Nursing
4
PNT 215 Nursing Care of Children

4

PNT 220 Medical Surgical Nursing II

3

PNT 225 Level III Clinical

3

PNT 230 Leadership and Management

2

PNT 235 Medical Surgical Nursing III

3

    SUB-TOTAL

52

     
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
ASC
104
Human Anatomy and Physiology w/Lab I
4

ASC

106

Human Anatomy and Physiology w/Lab II

4

 
SUB-TOTAL
8
     

PROGRAM REQUIREMENT

PSY

161

Health Psychology

3

    SUB-TOTAL
3
 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

COM

125

Job Search Strategies

1

SUB-TOTAL

1

 

 

PROGRAM TOTAL

64

 

PNT 105  Personal and Vocational Concepts.  This course is designed to introduce the student to the foundations of modern practical nursing.  The student is introduced to the program’s philosophy and conceptual framework along with its rules and regulations.  The student learns about individual learning styles, as well as organizational and time management techniques.  The educational and professional responsibilities of the practical nurse are explored.  Nursing history is explored with a review of nursing theories.  The nursing process is introduced.  A plan for patient care is developed.  Hands-on learning experiences as well as cooperative learning activities and investigative assignments are utilized to assist the student to learn and utilize evidence-based learning and practice.  The importance of cultural diversities in healthcare delivery and recognizing each person as a unique individual are introduced.  Methods of developing communication skills that allow the development of effective interpersonal relationships are stressed.  The student examines legal and ethical issues in healthcare and prepares to make decisions, as graduates, in compliance with the Missouri Nurse Practice Act in order to practice as responsible nurses within the community.  3 credit hours.

PNT 110  Fundamentals of Nursing.  This course introduces the student to the patient’s basic human needs and provides the student with the necessary principles to meet those needs.  Students learn concepts and theories basic to the art and science of nursing.  The role of the nurse as a member of the healthcare team is emphasized. The student is presented with basic communication skills necessary to develop effective interpersonal relationships. 
The nursing student explores issues in nursing care using evidence-based practice and critical thinking skills.  The ethical and legal responsibilities of the practical nursing student are integrated throughout the course.  Providing safe, individualized basic nursing care to promote optimal self-care for the patient is emphasized through the concepts of the nursing process.  Concurrent:  PNT 112.  4 credit hours.

PNT 112  Fundamentals of Nursing Lab.  This course provides the student with essential psychomotor nursing skills needed to meet basic human needs.  This course provides opportunities to develop competencies necessary to meet the needs of individuals throughout the lifespan in a safe, legal, and ethical manner using the nursing process. Skills necessary for maintaining microbial, physical, and psychological safety are introduced along with skills needed in therapeutic interventions. To complete this course, students must demonstrate competency in performing the learned basic nursing skills.  Concurrent:  PNT 110.  4 credit hours.

PNT 115  Medication Calculation and Administration.  This course is designed to prepare the student to read medication labels and accurately calculate oral and parenteral dosages and solutions.  The content includes basic math review, systems of measurement, and methods of medication administration and calculation for clients throughout the lifespan.  Concepts relating to critical thinking, logical thinking, and the nursing process are presented throughout the course.  The importance of integrating patient education about medications into the client’s treatment plan as well as a description of the nursing process and its relationship to medication administration are emphasized.  A minimum of thirty (30) hours will be focused on intravenous fluid therapy where students will be taught to perform limited intravenous fluid therapy treatment utilizing the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to perform such therapy safely and in accordance with the current effective Missouri Rule 4 CSR 200.6010.  Concurrent:  PNT 118.  5 credit hours.

PNT 118  Medication Calculation and Administration Lab.  This course provides opportunities to develop competencies in medication administration and intravenous therapy skills in a safe, legal, and ethical manner utilizing the nursing process.  Students must complete a minimum of eight (8) hours of clinical practice, which must include no less than one (1) actual initiation of intravenous fluid therapy on a person under the supervision of a registered nurse preceptor designated by the sponsoring agency.  Concurrent:  PNT 115.  1 credit hour.

PNT 125  Nutrition.  This course focuses on the introduction to basic principles of nutrition in relation to the human body.   Nutrient and food guides for health promotion are identified.  The importance of nutrition for prevention of disease processes and maintenance of health across the lifespan is presented.  Examination of diet therapy within disease processes are integrated throughout the course.  Prerequisites:  ASC 104, PSY 161, PNT 105, PNT 110, PNT 112, PNT 115, and PNT 118 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

PNT 135  Geriatric Nursing.  This course will focus on the changing social and economic roles of the elderly and the holistic needs of the aging client in the healthcare system.  Major topics include the normal process of aging, and the physical and social needs of the elderly.  The altered pharmacological effects with the geriatric client are studied.  Prerequisites: ASC 104, PSY 161, PNT 105, PNT 110, PNT 112, PNT 115, and PNT 118 with a grade of “C” or better.  2 credit hours.

PNT 145  Medical Surgical Nursing I.  This course is the first of three medical surgical nursing courses.  This course focuses on the common medical and surgical disorders encountered in the structured setting.  The following topics are studied: first aid; emergency care; disaster management; perioperative care; shock; mental health; and disorders on different body systems such as integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and the nervous system.  The emphasis is on diagnosis, symptoms, treatment including common medications, and nursing interventions with the adult client.  Nursing theories, various roles of the healthcare team, research, communication, patient teaching, community health resources, professional accountability, and evidence-based practice are emphasized throughout this course.  Prerequisites: ASC 104, PSY 161, PNT 105, PNT 110, PNT 112, PNT 115, and PNT 118 with a grade of “C” or better.  5 credit hours.

PNT 155  Level I Clinical.  This course is designed to introduce fundamental nursing skills and competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as an entry-level practical nursing student.  Basic communication skills necessary to develop effective interpersonal relationships are presented.  The student will explore issues in nursing care using evidence-based practice and critical thinking skills, including ethical and legal responsibilities.  The student will develop a plan of care for the client through the concepts of the nursing process.  The student will be oriented to the clinical setting and assigned to various clinical experiences including long-term care, school nursing opportunities, community health, acute care, clinics, and mental health facilities.  Prerequisites: ASC 104, PSY 161, PNT 105, PNT 110, PNT 112, PNT 115, and PNT 118 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

PNT 165  Level II Clinical.  This course is designed to continue developing the foundation of basic nursing skills and competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a practical nursing student.  Basic communication skills necessary to develop effective interpersonal relationships are presented.  The student will explore issues in nursing care using evidence-based practice and critical thinking skills, including ethical and legal responsibilities.  The student will develop a plan of care for the client through the concepts of the nursing process.  The student will be assigned to various clinical experiences including acute care, school nursing opportunities, community health, clinics, and mental health facilities.  Prerequisite: PNT 155 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

PNT 210  Maternity Nursing.  This course teaches the processes of reproduction and childbearing occurring in the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum phases.  Previous knowledge of safe basic nursing skills and principles are incorporated as the practical nursing student utilizes the nursing process to facilitate maternal self-care and care of the newborn.  Emphasis is placed on the importance of using basic communication skills to establish effective interpersonal relationships with the childbearing family.  The student is presented with ethical/legal responsibilities to provide family-centered maternity care within the scope of practice of the practical nursing student.  Prerequisites: ASC 106, PNT 125, PNT 135, PNT 145, and PNT 165 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.

PNT 215  Nursing Care of Children.  This course teaches nursing care encompassing physical, intellectual, and emotional growth of the newborn through adolescence.  The impact advanced technology has contributed to promoting pediatric health and wellness is studied.  Alterations in child health (diseases or disorders) are examined systemically.  Nursing care of the pediatric client in the following areas are emphasized:  heath maintenance, disease prevention, family relations, hospitalization, rehabilitation, grief, and loss.  Prerequisites: ASC 106, PNT 125, PNT 135, PNT 145, and PNT 165 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.

PNT 220  Medical Surgical Nursing II.  This course is the second of three medical surgical nursing courses.  This course focuses on the common medical and surgical disorders encountered in the structured setting.  The following system disorders are studied:  hematologic, immunologic, cardiovascular, and endocrine.  The emphasis is on symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and nursing interventions with the adult client.  Nursing theories, various roles of the healthcare team, research, communication, patient teaching, community health resources, professional accountability, and evidence-based practice are emphasized throughout this course.  Prerequisites: ASC 106, PNT 125, PNT 135, PNT 145, and PNT 165 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

PNT 225  Level III Clinical.  This course is designed to continue developing the nursing skills and competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a practical nursing student.  Basic communication skills necessary to develop effective interpersonal relationships are presented.  The student will explore issues in nursing care using evidence-based practice and critical thinking skills, including ethical and legal responsibilities.  The student will develop a plan of care for the client through the concepts of the nursing process.  The student will be assigned to various clinical experiences including long-term care in the leadership role, acute care, community health, clinics, and mental health facilities.  Prerequisites: ASC 106, PNT 125, PNT 135, PNT 145, and PNT 165 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

PNT 230  Leadership and Management.  This course allows students to examine legal and ethical issues in healthcare and prepares them to make decisions, as graduates, in compliance with the Missouri Nurse Practice Act in order to practice as responsible nurses within the community.  Students will be given insight into the teamwork concept.  Specific emphasis is placed on delegation of tasks, motivation techniques, conflict resolution, initiating change, and time management.  As the course comes to completion, students will begin preparation for employment and taking the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical/Vocational Nurses (NCLEX-PN).  Prerequisites: PNT 220 and PNT 225 with a grade of “C” or better.  2 credit hours.

PNT 235  Medical Surgical Nursing III.  This course is the third of three sequential medical surgical nursing courses.  This course focuses on the common medical and surgical disorders encountered in the structured setting.  The following system disorders are studied:  respiratory; digestive; renal; and eyes, ears, nose, and throat (EENT).  The emphasis is on symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and nursing interventions with the adult client.  Nursing theories, various roles of the healthcare team, research, communication, patient teaching, community health resources, professional accountability, and evidence-based practice are emphasized throughout this course.  Prerequisites: PNT 220 and PNT 225 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.







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