The Practical Nursing curriculum provides knowledge and skills to integrate safety and quality into nursing care to meet the needs of the holistic individual which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.
Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes safe, individualized nursing care and participation in the interdisciplinary team while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.
Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation/long term care/home health facilities, clinics, and physicians' offices.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Participate in the assessment of a client by obtaining data from relevant sources regarding the biophysical, psychological, social and cultural factors that influence health status.
- Participate in the analysis of collected data by recognizing existing relationships between data gathered and a client's health status and treatment regimen.
- Utilize basic communication techniques in the client interview and in the establishment/ maintenance of therapeutic nurse/ client relationships.
- Participate in the implementation of the therapeutic and preventative health care plan developed by the registered nurse or other authorized individual.
- Participate in client teaching deemed appropriate by the registered nurse or other authorized individual.
- Record and report assessment information, nursing care rendered, and the client's response to care.
- Participate as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team.
- Demonstrate traits of an active learner by seeking out and taking advantage of learning situations and opportunities for continuing education and membership in professional organizations.
- Function within the legal, ethical and professional parameters for a practical nurse.
- Utilize the nursing process in delivery of culturally competent client-centered care reflective of respect for individual differences, values, preferences, and expressed needs.
- Utilize informatics in communication.
- Recognize, participate, and apply quality improvements as directed by the registered nurse.
Students applying for admission to the Gaston College Practical Nursing Program MUST meet all Gaston College admission requirements for GENERAL ADMISSION to the college.
To be eligible to submit an application to the Practical Nursing program, applicants must:
- Attend a Practical Nursing information session. Dates/times are listed online at the Practical Nursing webpage.
- Submit a minimum composite score of 60 on the TEAS V examination. Must be taken within five (5) years of application deadline. TEAS examinations must be taken at least 60 days apart to be eligible for admission criteria.
- The TEAS V will be waived for students who hold a Baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university. Official transcripts must be sent to the admissions office for documentation of this degree.
- Must have a grades of "C" or better in all required college courses listed as part of the nursing major (PNE).
- The required courses in Anatomy & Physiology must be taken within the last ten (10) years of application deadline.
- Students on academic probation or suspension due to related course work will be denied admission to the Practical Nursing Education Program. A student must have a 2.0 or better for admission.
The final selection of applicants into the program is based on the following criteria, which has been approved by the Admissions Committee made up of the nursing faculty. The final selection of applicants into the program is made by the nursing faculty.
- TEAS V score.
- Number of required courses completed by end of the Fall Semester prior to entering program.
- Grade Point Average (GPA) in required courses only.
- Current listing on the Nurse Aide Registry. (This is not required to be admitted to the PN program).
Additional Program Requirements Upon Admission
- A completed Gaston College Health and Human Services Student Medical Form documenting satisfactory emotional and physical health is required by the due date stated in the applicant's admission letter.
- Current adult and infant CPR certification, through the American Heart Association, must be submitted prior to the first day of class.
- Students may be required to submit documentation of additional non-academic criteria such as, but not limited to, criminal background checks, urine drug testing, and proof of immunizations. If the clinical facility refuses to allow the student to do clinical at the facility based on said findings, the student would not be allowed to continue in the program.
- Professional liability insurance (malpractice insurance). This insurance is arranged through Gaston College Business Office.
Clinical agencies reserve the right to deny a student access to the facility based on failure to meet the above requirements. If a student is denied access to any clinical agency, the student will not be allowed to continue in the nursing program. Detailed information regarding these agency requirements will be provided upon conditional acceptance into the nursing program.
- Clinical sites for the Practical Nursing Programs are:
- Caromont Regional Medical Center, Gastonia, NC
- Carolinas Health Care System Lincoln, Lincolnton, NC
- Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC
- Frye Regional Medical Center, Hickory, NC
- Catawba Valley Medical Center, Hickory, NC
- Courtland Terrace, Gastonia NC
- Carolina Care Center, Cherryville NC
- Abernethy Laurels
Additional clinical sites may be added in order to achieve student learning outcomes. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from all clinical, laboratory, and class activities. Clinical experiences may be scheduled afternoons, evenings, or weekends at various clinical sites. Clinical experiences that do not fall into these time frames will be scheduled with adequate notice given to students for planning purposes.
In addition to tuition and textbooks, costs of this program include the following: uniforms, lab coat, stethoscope, a physical examination, immunizations, criminal background check, drug screening and fees for application for licensure for NC State Board of Nursing and National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). Students also must maintain current CPR certification and annual PPD testing and Flu Vaccination.
Individuals interested in additional information about the Practical Nursing Program should contact the Chairperson for the Practical Nursing Program at 704.748.5220 or 704.748.5221. Deadline for Practical Nursing Application: March 1 of each year.