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Practical Nursing Certificate

Now prepare for entry level practice in nursing and complete your certificate in just one year! College of Saint Mary offers a practical nursing certificate program. Our graduates generally earn state licensure pass rates at or above the national average.

NCLEX-PN Pass Rates

College of Saint Mary strives to ensure success academically and professionally to each of our students. In addition, our national accreditor expects a high degree of success. One way to measure this success is through our licensure examination pass rates (NCLEX-PN). Licensure examination pass rates are calculated by the annual performance on the NCLEX-PN for all first-time test-takers only. College of Saint Mary has established the expected level of achievement for licensure examination pass rates to be that 80% of our students will pass the NCLEX-PN on the first attempt.

Year NCLEX-PN Pass Rates
2020 91.67%
2019 66.67%
2018 88.89%
2017 86.36%

College of Saint Mary strives to ensure success academically and professionally for each of our students. In addition, our national accreditor expects a high degree of success. One way to measure this success is through our program completion rates. Program completion rates are calculated by finding the percentage of students who graduate within 150% of the stated program length beginning with enrollment in the first nursing course. College of Saint Mary has established the expected level of achievement to be that 70% of our students will graduate within 150% of the stated program length beginning with the first nursing course.

Year Program Completion Rates
2020 42%
2019 69%
2018 68%
2017 74%

 

Student Practical Nursing Certificate Program - Student Manual 

Job Placement Rates

College of Saint Mary recognizes the importance for our graduates to begin their careers shortly after graduation. The job placement rate is the percentage of graduates, within 6-months of graduation, employed in a position for which the program prepared them. College of Saint Mary has established the expected level of achievement to be that 80% of graduates will be employed in a position for which the program prepared them within 6-months of graduation.

  • Job placement data will be collected beginning with the 2021 graduating cohort.
  • Required Courses in Your Major

    Program of Study

    BIO 120 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology

    An introductory study of the cells, tissue and organ systems of the human organism. Nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, and excretory physiology will be emphasized.

    BIO 121 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology Lab

    Using a hands-on approach, students will explore major anatomical and physiological concepts. Cytological and anatomical concepts will be investigated through models. Physiological concepts will be examined through in-class experiments as well as dissection of preserved pigs, and cadaver observation.

    Introduction to Practical Nursing I

    This course will introduce basic concepts and skills related to categories of normal human functioning including growth and development, selected alterations in categories of human functioning, nursing process, teaching/learning and professional development related to the care of adult patients.

    Medical-Surgical Practical Nursing I

    This course will expand your knowledge of health promotion of the young, middle and older adult, as well as the adaptation by the patient during acute and chronic illnesses. The selected alterations in categories of human function that will be studied include protect, sensory/perceptual, nutrition and elimination, growth and development and fluid-gas transport.

    Medical-Surgical Practical Nursing II

    This course will expand your knowledge of health promotion of the young, middle and older adult, as well as the adaptation by the patient during acute and chronic illnesses. Practical nursing care surrounding emergent and urgent care situations will also be discussed.

    Maternal-Child Practical Nursing

    This course will expand your knowledge of health promotion and disease process throughout the lifespan. You will explore the normal pregnancy experience along with selected alterations, care of the normal newborn with selected alterations, and health and illness of children and adolescents.

    Transition to Practical Nursing Practice

    In this course, you will address issues that have broad implications in the practice of nursing for licensed practical nurses. As a manager of care for selected patients, you will address principles related to coordination of care, prioritization, evidence-based practice and quality improvement.

    Introduction to Pharmacology

    In this course, you will study selected classes of drugs, which includes: names, uses, mechanism of actions, systemic effects, adverse effects, compatibilities, contraindications and nursing implications.

    Psychosocial Concepts in Practical Nursing

    In this course, you will address therapeutic and interdisciplinary communication concepts as well as the management of patients with normal psychosocial functioning and selected common psychiatric and behavioral conditions. 

    Nutrition

    This course will focus on the concepts of nutrition therapy and help you to understand and apply nutrition therapy with nursing interventions to assist selected patients in adapting to alterations in human functioning and health.

    Integrating Practical Nursing Concepts

    In this course, you will address physiological integrity of individuals with acute and chronic diseases across the lifespan, with a focus on basic care and comfort, pharmacological and parenteral therapies and a reduction of risk potential.

    Practical Nursing Clinical I

    In this course, you will focus on the initial skills needed to care for the patient. The clinical laboratory and long-term care will be used as practice settings.

    Medical-Surgical Practical Nursing I

    In this course, you will focus on applying the skills needed to care for selected adult patients. The long-term care area will be used as the practice setting.

    Medical-Surgical Practical Nursing II

    In this course, you will focus on applying the skills needed to care for selected adult patients. Long-term care with skilled units and acute hospital sites will be used as practice setting. 

    Maternal-Child Practical Nursing Clinical

    In this course, you will focus on applying the skills needed to care for selected patients across the life span from fertilization through young adult. Acute-care, clinics, daycares and schools will be used as practice settings.

    Transition to Practical Nursing Practical Clinical

    In this course you will focus on applying the skills needed to act as manager of care for selected patients. The student will apply principles related to coordination of care and selected safety and infection control principles. Long term care facilities and clinics will be used as practice settings.

    Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary.

    To earn your practical nursing certificate, you must take 35 credit hours of major program courses and seven credit hours of supporting courses.

    Professional Licensure Requirements

    After completing the PNC program at College of Saint Mary, graduates must apply for licensure and successfully complete the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). The requirements for licensure may vary by state. The link below will provide the state requirements for a LPN/LVN license.

    Professional Licensure Requirements

    The Assurance of Accreditation

    The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society.  College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

    The practical nursing program has Nebraska State Board of Nursing approval.

    Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

    • High school transcript with GPA and class rank. Unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.0
    • Program Prerequisite of college level English 101
    • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students. Students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfers.
    • $30 application fee

     

    More Questions? Contact enroll [at] csm.edu (Enrollment Services)

    Academic Description

    Earn Your License and Start Working in Nursing in Just One Year

    Practical Nursing Certificate

    Now prepare for entry level practice in nursing and complete your certificate in just one year! College of Saint Mary offers a practical nursing certificate program. Our graduates generally earn state licensure pass rates at or above the national average.

    NCLEX-PN Pass Rates

    College of Saint Mary strives to ensure success academically and professionally to each of our students. In addition, our national accreditor expects a high degree of success. One way to measure this success is through our licensure examination pass rates (NCLEX-PN). Licensure examination pass rates are calculated by the annual performance on the NCLEX-PN for all first-time test-takers only. College of Saint Mary has established the expected level of achievement for licensure examination pass rates to be that 80% of our students will pass the NCLEX-PN on the first attempt.

    Year NCLEX-PN Pass Rates
    2020 91.67%
    2019 66.67%
    2018 88.89%
    2017 86.36%

    College of Saint Mary strives to ensure success academically and professionally for each of our students. In addition, our national accreditor expects a high degree of success. One way to measure this success is through our program completion rates. Program completion rates are calculated by finding the percentage of students who graduate within 150% of the stated program length beginning with enrollment in the first nursing course. College of Saint Mary has established the expected level of achievement to be that 70% of our students will graduate within 150% of the stated program length beginning with the first nursing course.

    Year Program Completion Rates
    2020 42%
    2019 69%
    2018 68%
    2017 74%

     

    Student Practical Nursing Certificate Program - Student Manual 

    Job Placement Rates

    College of Saint Mary recognizes the importance for our graduates to begin their careers shortly after graduation. The job placement rate is the percentage of graduates, within 6-months of graduation, employed in a position for which the program prepared them. College of Saint Mary has established the expected level of achievement to be that 80% of graduates will be employed in a position for which the program prepared them within 6-months of graduation.

  • Job placement data will be collected beginning with the 2021 graduating cohort.
  • Accreditation

    The Assurance of Accreditation

    The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society.  College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

    The practical nursing program has Nebraska State Board of Nursing approval.

    Admissions Requirements

    Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

    • High school transcript with GPA and class rank. Unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.0
    • Program Prerequisite of college level English 101
    • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students. Students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfers.
    • $30 application fee

     

    More Questions? Contact enroll [at] csm.edu (Enrollment Services)

    Curriculum

    Required Courses in Your Major

    Program of Study

    BIO 120 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology

    An introductory study of the cells, tissue and organ systems of the human organism. Nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, and excretory physiology will be emphasized.

    BIO 121 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology Lab

    Using a hands-on approach, students will explore major anatomical and physiological concepts. Cytological and anatomical concepts will be investigated through models. Physiological concepts will be examined through in-class experiments as well as dissection of preserved pigs, and cadaver observation.

    Introduction to Practical Nursing I

    This course will introduce basic concepts and skills related to categories of normal human functioning including growth and development, selected alterations in categories of human functioning, nursing process, teaching/learning and professional development related to the care of adult patients.

    Medical-Surgical Practical Nursing I

    This course will expand your knowledge of health promotion of the young, middle and older adult, as well as the adaptation by the patient during acute and chronic illnesses. The selected alterations in categories of human function that will be studied include protect, sensory/perceptual, nutrition and elimination, growth and development and fluid-gas transport.

    Medical-Surgical Practical Nursing II

    This course will expand your knowledge of health promotion of the young, middle and older adult, as well as the adaptation by the patient during acute and chronic illnesses. Practical nursing care surrounding emergent and urgent care situations will also be discussed.

    Maternal-Child Practical Nursing

    This course will expand your knowledge of health promotion and disease process throughout the lifespan. You will explore the normal pregnancy experience along with selected alterations, care of the normal newborn with selected alterations, and health and illness of children and adolescents.

    Transition to Practical Nursing Practice

    In this course, you will address issues that have broad implications in the practice of nursing for licensed practical nurses. As a manager of care for selected patients, you will address principles related to coordination of care, prioritization, evidence-based practice and quality improvement.

    Introduction to Pharmacology

    In this course, you will study selected classes of drugs, which includes: names, uses, mechanism of actions, systemic effects, adverse effects, compatibilities, contraindications and nursing implications.

    Psychosocial Concepts in Practical Nursing

    In this course, you will address therapeutic and interdisciplinary communication concepts as well as the management of patients with normal psychosocial functioning and selected common psychiatric and behavioral conditions. 

    Nutrition

    This course will focus on the concepts of nutrition therapy and help you to understand and apply nutrition therapy with nursing interventions to assist selected patients in adapting to alterations in human functioning and health.

    Integrating Practical Nursing Concepts

    In this course, you will address physiological integrity of individuals with acute and chronic diseases across the lifespan, with a focus on basic care and comfort, pharmacological and parenteral therapies and a reduction of risk potential.

    Practical Nursing Clinical I

    In this course, you will focus on the initial skills needed to care for the patient. The clinical laboratory and long-term care will be used as practice settings.

    Medical-Surgical Practical Nursing I

    In this course, you will focus on applying the skills needed to care for selected adult patients. The long-term care area will be used as the practice setting.

    Medical-Surgical Practical Nursing II

    In this course, you will focus on applying the skills needed to care for selected adult patients. Long-term care with skilled units and acute hospital sites will be used as practice setting. 

    Maternal-Child Practical Nursing Clinical

    In this course, you will focus on applying the skills needed to care for selected patients across the life span from fertilization through young adult. Acute-care, clinics, daycares and schools will be used as practice settings.

    Transition to Practical Nursing Practical Clinical

    In this course you will focus on applying the skills needed to act as manager of care for selected patients. The student will apply principles related to coordination of care and selected safety and infection control principles. Long term care facilities and clinics will be used as practice settings.

    Degree Requirements

    Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary.

    To earn your practical nursing certificate, you must take 35 credit hours of major program courses and seven credit hours of supporting courses.

    Professional Licensure Requirements

    After completing the PNC program at College of Saint Mary, graduates must apply for licensure and successfully complete the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). The requirements for licensure may vary by state. The link below will provide the state requirements for a LPN/LVN license.

    Professional Licensure Requirements