The practical nursing education program was placed on probationary status February 2013 with the Florida Board of Nursing, but is still currently an approved Florida Board of Nursing program. The practical nursing education program will become eligible for removal of the probationary status upon achieving an NCLEX pass rate of its graduates that is within 10 percentage points of the national average pass rate for one full year.
The practical nursing program is designed to provide access to relevant career education in order to educate and train competent, ethical, and confident entry-level practical nurses to enter the workforce. The program is aligned with the recommended core competencies of the Florida Department of Education and prepares students for the Florida Board of Nursing National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). It represents both the didactic theory and clinical education experience. The program emphasizes continued education and advancement within the healthcare field.
This limited access program prepares individuals for employment in entry-level positions to provide direct care to clients in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and various health care settings under the direct supervision of a registered nurse or physician. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) to become licensed and achieve the title of Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and practice according to the Nurse Practice Act. A minimum grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all professional core courses.
A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is a valued member of the health care team. Your relationship with clients is one-on-one and requires compassion as well as competence when people are in emotional and physical distress. You will make good use of strong observational, decision-making, and communication skills. If you choose a healthcare setting, you will work closely with the registered nurses, physicians, emergency medical technicians and other allied health professionals. In nursing homes, you help collect data on patients, develop care plans and supervise Nursing Assistants. In private medical offices, you may also schedule appointments, keep records and perform other clerical duties. LPNs who choose home care may perform fundamental nursing skills and procedures, prepare meals and teach family members simple nursing tasks.
Upon completion of this program, graduates must successfully complete and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. The annual pass rate of first time test takers on the NCLEX-PN for this institution is 96% and for the most recent five-year period can be found on the Florida Board of Nursing website.
Clinical rotations are scheduled in various clinical settings and are a required part of the program of study to assist students to obtain hands-on experience in health care while learning in the student role.
By 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a shortfall of 182,900 qualified Licensed Practical Nurses. The need for licensed practical nurses is also critical because of long-term care for an aging population as well as the general growth of health care services.
The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a major criterion in a student's completion of the program. Students who fail to meet the State of Florida's designated exit score will be required to complete the Applied Academics for Adult Education (AAAE). In order to complete the program successfully, students must achieve or surpass the designated exit score(s). See the Standards of Academic Progress .
Admission to this program is limited and is based on academic performance and other criteria.
It is recommended that students have a conference with the program advisor prior to applying to the program. To meet the minimum requirements for consideration and acceptance to the Practical Nursing program, students must:
- Complete a Florida State College at Jacksonville application.
- Complete a Practical Nursing program application.
- Successful completion of the Background and Drug Screening process upon acceptance into the program.
- A physical examination will be required upon acceptance into the program.
- Provide Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores.
- Provide evidence of current CPR certification (adult, child and infant) achieved through an American Heart Association approved Basic Life Support (BLS) course for Health Care Providers, that includes hands-on simulated experiences.
- Submit one of the following:
a. An official (unopened) High School completion transcript (no diplomas); or
b. An official copy of GED® test scores (a copy will be made and the original returned to the applicant); or
c. College transcript (a minimum of 12 college credits must have been completed if using college GPA).
Note: Florida State College at Jacksonville transcripts can be unofficial. Transcripts from outside colleges must be official (unopened).
- Provide HESI Admission Assessment (A2) scores. Only scores of 75% or better will be considered for admission.
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