Workforce Certificate (PSAV/Clock Hour program)
This is a Limited Access program.
The mission of the Practical Nursing program is creating competent, ethical, and confident entry-level health care practitioners committed to professional development through life-long learning in a positive, non-discriminatory, and supportive learning environment.
This 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 coursework.
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.
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.
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.
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 takers on the NCLEX-PN can be found on the Florida Board of Nursing website.
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. Clinical experience is required part of the Practical Nursing program. In order to participate in a hospital or medical office based clinical, a student will be expected to submit health history information, proof of immunizations, and background screening. To ensure employability in the widest possible manner, all students are required to submit drug screening and criminal background check results and a physical exam to the practical Nursing program prior to enrolling.
- 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:
- An official (unopened) high school completion transcript (no diplomas); or
- An official copy of GED® test scores (a copy will be made and the original returned to the applicant); or
- 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 average overall scores of 75% or better will be considered for admission.
The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a major criterion in a student's completion of the program. In order to earn the Workforce Certificate, students must achieve or surpass the designated exit score(s) on the TABE or quality for a TABE waiver. Students with prior coursework, test scores or licensing may qualify for a TABE waiver and can visit or contact any College Assessment and Certification Center to have the waiver processed and added to their individual student record. For students who do not meet the required TABE scores and need assistance in order to meet the exit requirement(s), the College offers remediation in basic skills through Adult Education.
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- Fall Term deadline: May 15
- Spring Term deadline: September 15
- Summer Term deadline: February 15
Need More Information? Contact:
Vanessa Silverman, Advisor, (904) 766-6567 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or Health Care Advising, (904) 713-4545
More Information Online
National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service