PRACTICAL NURSING TECHNOLOGY – CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

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PRACTICAL NURSING TECHNOLOGY – CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

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 State Technical College of Missouri 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 has full approval 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 an eleven month, three semester program with 1,290 total instructional hours including a minimum of 360 clock hours of clinical study in which students will participate 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).

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 https://www.statetechmo.edu/pnt/ 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 and graduate 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 within the practical nursing scope of practice.
  • Individual growth in their personal, vocational, and community lives in order to more effectively develop as a practical nurse and provide quality care.
  • Competency in practical nursing skills with the focus of providing patient centered care.
  • Ability to assume a role as a member of both the nursing and healthcare team through collaboration with nursing faculty, advisory committee members, and cooperating agencies.
  • Clinical reasoning skills along with the utilization of best practice standards within the practical nursing scope of practice.
  • Nursing and technological knowledge in preparation for eligibility to take the NCLEX-PN examination to become a Licensed Practical Nurse
    CORE CURRICULUM  
      Credit Hours
PNT 105 Personal and Vocational Concepts 3
PNT 114 Pharmacology 3
PNT 116 Medication Calculation and Administration, and IV Therapy w/Lab 4
PNT 120 Fundamentals of Nursing I w/Lab 4
PNT 125 Nutrition 3
PNT 130 Fundamentals of Nursing II w/Lab 4
PNT 150 Medical Surgical Nursing I 4
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 225 Level III Clinical 3
PNT 230 Leadership and Management 2
PNT 250 Medical Surgical Nursing II 4
PNT 260 Medical Surgical Nursing III 4
    SUB-TOTAL 52
       
    GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  
ASC 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I 4
ASC 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II 4
  SUB-TOTAL 8  
         
    PROGRAM REQUIREMENT    
PSY 161 Health Psychology 3
    SUB-TOTAL 3  
         
    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS    
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1  
    SUB-TOTAL 1  
         
    It is a graduation requirement of the Practical Nursing Technology (PNT) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses.    
         
    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.  Prerequisites:  ASC 104, PSY 161, PNT 120, and PNT 125 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

 

PNT 114  Pharmacology.  This course teaches students to administer medications with concern for safety, accuracy, and attention to physiological factors.  It includes drug classifications, source, actions, side effects, adverse reactions, contraindications, and dosage.  Prerequisites:  ASC 106, PNT 105, PNT 116, and PNT 130 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

 

PNT 116  Medication Calculation and Administration, and IV Therapy w/Lab.  This course prepares the student to administer medications with concern for safety, accuracy, and attention to physiological factors. It includes basic mathematics review as it relates to dosage calculations. Students will perform competencies in various medication administrations and intravenous therapy skills in a safe, legal, and ethical manner utilizing the nursing process along with logical and critical thinking. Students will be taught to perform intravenous fluid therapy treatment utilizing the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to perform such therapy safely and within the practical nursing scope of practice in accordance with the current effective Missouri State Board of Nursing rules and regulations.  Prerequisites:  ASC 104, PSY 161, PNT 120 and PNT 125 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.

 

PNT 120  Fundamentals of Nursing I w/Lab.  This course provides students the opportunity to develop competencies necessary to meet the needs of individuals throughout the lifespan in a safe, legal, and ethical manner using the nursing process. 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. Students are introduced to the concepts of client needs, safety, communication, critical thinking, medical asepsis and infection control, personal care and hygiene, moving and positioning patients, body mechanics, vital signs, and nutritional care and support. Additionally, this course introduces psychomotor nursing skills needed to assist individuals in meeting basic human needs. At the conclusion of this course, students should demonstrate competency in performing basic nursing skills within the practical nursing scope of practice.  4 credit hours.

 

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.  3 credit hours.

 

PNT 130  Fundamentals of Nursing II w/Lab.  This course is a continuation that provides students additional 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. 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 starting with physical assessment. Students are introduced to clinical skills and care for patients needing support with bowel, urinary, respiratory, and wound care. Additionally, this course reinforces psychomotor nursing skills needed to assist individuals in meeting basic human needs. At the conclusion of this course, students should demonstrate competency in performing basic nursing skills within the practical nursing scope of practice.  Prerequisites:  ASC 104, PSY 161, PNT 120, and PNT 125 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.

 

PNT 150  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 focuses are on understanding health and illness, the immune system, the cardiovascular system, and the hematologic and lymphatic systems.  The emphasis is on diagnosis, symptoms, and treatment including common medications and nursing interventions with the adult and the geriatric 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 105, PNT 116, and PNT 130 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 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 106, PNT 105, PNT 116, and PNT 130 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.  Prerequisites: PNT 114, PNT 150, and 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: PNT 114, PNT 150, and PNT 155 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: PNT 165, PNT 210, PNT 230, and PNT 250 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 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: PNT 165, PNT 210, PNT 230, and PNT 250 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 Nurses (NCLEX-PN).  Prerequisites: PNT 114, PNT 150, and PNT 155 with a grade of “C” or better.  2 credit hours.

 

PNT 250  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 focuses are on understanding the respiratory system; gastrointestinal, hepatic and pancreatic systems; mental health care; and endocrine system. The emphasis is on symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and nursing interventions with the adult and geriatric 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 114, PNT 150, and PNT 155 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.

 

PNT 260  Medical Surgical Nursing III.  This course is the third of three medical surgical nursing courses. This course focuses on the common medical and surgical disorders encountered in the structured setting. The focuses are on understanding the musculoskeletal, neurologic, sensory, integumentary, and urinary systems. The emphasis is on symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and nursing interventions with the adult and geriatric 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 165, PNT 210, PNT 230 and PNT 250 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.