The mission of the Practical Nursing Program at Pierpont Community & Technical College is to provide opportunities for learning, training, and application of knowledge as it relates to the nursing care of individuals, families, and communities in health and illness. Our mission is responsive to the emerging technologies in the field of healthcare and the changing health care needs of individuals, families, and communities. Our goal is to prepare our graduates for successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses.
The licensed practical nursing program has been designed as a part-time five-semester certificate program. The curriculum is divided into courses of study proceeding from the simple to the complex, including theory, college laboratory and clinical practice. Hours and course design closely follow the West Virginia LPN Board’s suggested curriculum design.
Graduates the Practical Nursing Program shall be prepared to:
- Utilize the nursing process as a guide to assess, plan, implement and evaluate basic patient care across the life span within the practical nurse’s scope of practice.
- Implement the role of nursing in the continuum of care, which includes that of patient advocate, leader/manager of care, communicator, teacher and member of the health care team.
- Incorporate therapeutic communication to assist patients of all ages in promoting health and supporting wellness.
- Utilize learned nursing skills and current technology as an entry-level practical nurse to provide and promote compassionate nursing care.
- Integrate ethical, professional, legal responsibility, and accountability into actions and decisions.
- Assume responsibility for personal and professional growth.
- Successfully pass the National Council License Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).
Career opportunities for a licensed practical nurse can be found in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, nursing care facilities, physician offices, and in home care. According to the US Department of Labor, employment of LPN’s is expected to grow by 21 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations, in response to the long-term care needs of an increasing elderly population and the general increase in demand for healthcare services. The US Department of Labor reports that as of May 2010 the median annual wage for LPN’s is $40,380.00.
Graduates may continue in higher education toward an associate’s degree in nursing (ASN).
Gainful Employment Opportunities
All applicants seeking admission to the licensed practical nursing program are required to:
- Submit completed practical nursing application and all associated documents, which can be found on the website at http://www.pierpont.edu/ac/programs/licensed-practical-nursing at the bottom of the page. Applicants who are not admitted must reapply if they wish to be considered for the next academic year.
- Applicants must take a pre-nursing entrance test, TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills). A minimum score of 40 percent, adjusted individual total score, is required for consideration. Information on TEAS testing can be found on the website at http://www.pierpont.edu/ce/teasfaq.
- Students must meet MATH 0086 and ENGL 0097 competency to enter the program.
- Students must complete 7 Credit Hours of PREREQUISITE CLASSES to enter the program: HLCA 1170, HLCA 1171, and any math course at the 1100 level or higher. (MATH 1106 recommended)
An impartial scoring system is used to rank applicants applying to the practical nursing program. The evaluation process considers Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS test) scores; high school or college grade point average or GED scores; personal references and experience in the health care field. The highest scoring applicants will be offered admission into the program.
To progress in the practical nursing program a student must receive a grade of “C” or higher in each nursing and required support course. Failure to meet this requirement will result in a student being dismissed from the program. A student may request readmission to the program according to the readmission policy, which can be found in the licensed practical nursing handbook which can be found on the website at: http://www.pierpont.edu/ac/programs/licensed-practical-nursing at the bottom of the page. To graduate from the practical nursing program a student must have a grade of “C” or above in every nursing course and a cumulative 2.0 grade point average.
The licensed practical nursing program is accredited by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses. Graduates of the licensed practical nursing program are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) for licensure as a licensed practical nurse. For licensure in the State of West Virginia, candidates must meet the following legal requirements as stated in the West Virginia Code. These conditions include:
- At least a tenth grade education or its equivalent.
- Complete a course of study in an accredited program of practical nursing.
- The Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses may deny testing to any applicant proved guilty of certain infractions such as, but not limited to, fraud, felony, or moral misconduct.
In admitting a student to the practical nursing program, Pierpont Community & Technical College is not promising that the State of West Virginia will grant the student licensure. The decision to grant licensure is within the sole discretion of The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses.
WV State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses
101 Dee Drive
Charleston, WV 25311
Students must meet MATH 0086 and ENGL 0097 competency to enter the program.
Students must complete 7 CHs of PREREQUISITE CLASSES to enter the program: HLCA 1170, HLCA 1171, and any math course at the 1100 level or higher. (MATH 1106 recommended).