Be a Nurse. Make a Difference. The Practical Nursing curriculum prepares you with the knowledge and skills you will need to provide nursing care to children and adults. Students will participate in assessment, planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care. Preparation includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical practice.
We also offer an Associate Degree Nursing program and an Advanced Standing program for Licensed Practical Nurses who have already graduated from a Practical Nursing program and want to obtain an ADN to become a Registered Nurse.
15 – 20
Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) that is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Employment of licensed practical nurses is projected to grow.
Nursing Student Manuals
2020-2022 Nursing Student Manual
In compliance with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, the following standards have been established. According to the nature of the work required in nursing practice and the educational requirements of the nursing curriculum. The student must be able to meet the following:
|Standard||Examples of Necessary Behaviors (not all-inclusive)|
|Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.||Identify cause and effect relationship in actual or simulated clinical situations; analyze data; develop or participate in the development of nursing care plans.|
|Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.||Establish rapport with clients/clients, families and colleagues.|
|Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.||Collect assessment data; explain treatment procedures, initiate health teaching, document and interpret nursing actions and client/client and family responses.|
|Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces.||Moves around in client/client’s rooms, workspaces and treatment areas; administer cardio-pulmonary procedures.|
|Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nursing care.||Move, calibrate, use equipment and supplies; lift, transfer, and position mobile and immobile clients/clients.|
|Auditory ability sufficient to assess and monitor health needs.||Hears monitor alarm, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, cries for help|
|Visual ability sufficient for physical assessment, performance of nursing procedures and maintenance of environmental safety.||Observe client/client responses such as skin color, facial expression, specimen color.|
|Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment and performance of nursing procedures.||Perform palpation, functions, of physical examination and/or those related therapeutic intervention, e.g. insertion of a catheter.|
|Emotional stability and mental alertness in performing nursing care.||Maintain a calm and efficient manner in high stress situations with clients/clients, families and colleagues.|
Employment: Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation and long-term care, home health facilities, clinics, and physicians’ offices.
Salary: The median annual salary for registered nurses was $47,480 per year as of May 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, though conditions vary by area.
Job Responsibilities: A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is a dependent role of nursing, and works under the supervision of medical providers and/or Registered Nurses (RNs). They perform various nursing skills and duties such as taking vital signs and collecting other assessment data. LPNs collect lab specimens, administer medication, ensure patient comfort, and reporting the status of their patients to the RNs. They follow a plan of care developed by the RN.
Tuition for students taking fewer than 16 semester hours is $76.00 per semester hour for in-state students and $268.00 per semester hour for out-of-state students. Students enrolled for six or more semester hours credit will be charged a $30 student activity fee and a $16 technology fee; those enrolled for less than six semester hours will be charged a $15 student activity fee and an $8 technology fee. No student activity will be charged during the Summer Term.
The practical nursing program at Wayne Community College located in Goldsboro, North Carolina is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the practical nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm
ACEN Student Achievement Outcome Data
Licensure Pass Rate (NCLEX-PN)
2018 – 100%
2019 – 87%
2020 – 87%
Students’ Completion Rate
2018 – 86%
2019 – 75%
2020 – 71%