Practical Nursing Curriculum and Courses
  • Practical Nursing Curriculum

    The curriculum for the Associate in Science in Practical Nursing program at Remington College is designed to help students gain the skills necessary to become licensed practical nurses.(1) Licensed practical nurses typically do the following; perform patient care, monitor patients' health and report patients' status and concerns to registered nurses and doctors.

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    Remington College offers hands-on training within our dedicated labs and clinicals so that you can practice using the tools and equipment used by licensed practical nurses and gain real-world experience before you graduate.

    Practical Nursing Core Courses(2)

    • Introduction to Practical Nursing 
      This course will explain the role of the practical nurse as a provider of care, client advocate, teacher and communicator. History of the role of the practical nurse within the healthcare community is reviewed for currency. Communication skills necessary to establish and participate in therapeutic relationships with clients, family members, and coworkers are stressed. Various critical thinking and decision making skills are discussed. Concepts illustrating how the practical nurse is accountable for the ethical, legal and professional dimensions of the practice of nursing are reviewed, focusing on the laws relating to the practice of practical nursing, as defined by the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nursing Examiners, including the Louisiana Revised Statutes, Title 37, Chapter 11, Subpart II- Practical Nurses, and LAC 46: XLVII Nursing, Subpart I- Practical Nurses.

    • Anatomy and Physiology I 
      The purpose of this first of two courses is to review basic human anatomy and physiology necessary to safely and effectively provide nursing care. Both normal and abnormal functions and deviations are discussed. This course is designed to give the student a broad informational background in basic anatomy and physiology to facilitate the application of nursing care to patients.

    • Nutrition
      This course explores diet and nutrition principles for therapeutic application, describing the role of nutrition in health promotion as well as disease prevention. Nutritional needs throughout the life cycle and factors influencing food patterns are discussed. Various clinical diseases are described with the relevant therapeutic diets reviewed.

    • Essential Skills for Practical Nursing 
      This course is designed to help students develop the skills essential for successful academic work within the practical nursing program. Students are provided instruction to improve reading of healthcare textbooks, writing for professional purposes, utilization of math concepts commonly associated with the practice of nursing, and practical strategies for success.

    • Nursing Fundamentals I 
      This is the first course of two that introduces fundamental medical- surgical nursing principles and skills. These nursing practice concepts use an interdisciplinary approach to providing care to adult and elderly clients requiring practical nursing care. The nursing process will be introduced to assist in the adaptation of care plans and implementation of planned care in the clinical setting. The course presents principles of health promotion, maintenance, and restoration across the life span.

    • Nursing Fundamentals I Clinical 
      This first lab course of two provides the student with practice and clinical application of practical nursing skill fundamentals for the adult client. The emphasis is on skill attainment through mastery of beginning competency.
      Students must satisfactorily perform all assigned skills to successfully complete the course.

    • Pharmacology I 
      This first course of three will explain the role of the practical nurse in relationship to pharmacology. The student will learn about drug classifications, source, actions, side effects, adverse reactions, contraindications and dosage. Principles of medication administration are emphasized, in addition to procedures, regulations, and legal issues. The course will review pharmacologic agents used for pain.

    • Anatomy and Physiology 2 
      The purpose of this second of two courses is to review basic human anatomy and physiology necessary to safely and effectively provide nursing care. Both normal and abnormal functions and deviations are discussed. This course is designed to give the student a broad informational background in basic anatomy and physiology to facilitate the application of nursing care to patients.

    • Nursing Fundamentals 2 
      This is the second course of two that introduces fundamental medical surgical nursing principles and skills. These concepts use an interdisciplinary approach to providing care to adult and elderly clients requiring practical nursing care. The nursing process will be introduced to assist in the adaptation of care plans and implementation of planned care in the clinical setting. The course presents principles of health promotion, maintenance, and restoration across the life span.

    • Nursing Fundamentals 2 Clinical 
      This second lab course of two provides the student with practice and clinical application of practical nursing skill fundamentals for the adult client. The emphasis is on skill attainment through mastery of beginning competency. Students must satisfactorily perform all assigned skills to successfully complete the course.

    • Medical Surgical Nursing 1 
      This first of three courses provides information to the practical nursing student on basic medical surgical principles and skills. The use of critical thinking to make problem-solving decisions about medical surgical health care needs will be presented. Concepts presented will be preoperative and postoperative care skills and principles of managing pain and diseases and disorders of the respiratory and immune systems. Use of information technology to provide basic care will be explored in relationship to medical surgical clients. The course will include health promotion and the wellness/illness continuum as well as continuity of care for clients who have common diseases and disorders. The student will learn how to provide basic health teaching to clients with identified disease and disorder health needs, using established teaching plans.

    • Medical Surgical Nursing 1 Clinical 
      This clinical course provides the student with experiences in the care of the medical surgical client experiencing alterations in health status. Emphasis is placed on utilizing critical inquiry to assist in clinical decision-making, particularly with clients experiencing alterations of the respiratory and immune system, in addition to experiencing surgery.

    • Medical Surgical Nursing 1 Clinical
      This second of three courses provides information to the practical nursing student on basic medical surgical principles and skills. The use of critical thinking to make problem-solving decisions about medical surgical health care needs will be presented. Diseases and disorders of the respiratory, hematologic, cardiovascular, sensory, gastrointestinal and neurologic systems will be presented. Use of information technology to provide basic care will be explored in relationship to medical surgical clients. The course will include health promotion and the wellness/illness continuum as well as continuity of care for clients who have common diseases and disorders. The student will learn how to provide basic health teaching to clients with identified disease and disorder health needs, using established teaching plans.

    • Medical Surgical Nursing 2 Clinical 
      This clinical course provides the student with experiences in the care of the adult client experiencing alterations in health status. Emphasis is placed on utilizing critical inquiry to assist in clinical decision-making, particularly with clients experiencing alterations of the respiratory, hematologic, cardiovascular.

    • Pharmacology 2 
      This second course of three will explain the role of the practical nurse in relationship to pharmacology. The student will learn about drug classifications, source, actions, side effects, adverse reactions, contraindications and dosage. Principles of medication administration are emphasized, in addition to procedures, regulations, and legal issues. The course will review pharmacologic agents in the following disease categories: diabetes, cardiac, respiratory, infections, gastrointestinal and central nervous system.

    • Mental Health Nursing 
      This course focuses on the application of nursing process in meeting needs of clients in psychiatric/mental health settings. The role of the LPN in recognizing and actively addressing issues related to protection of clients, providing basic health teaching for clients with identified health needs, and using modified plans of care is stressed. Establishing and participating in therapeutic relationships are included. The course presents principles of health promotion, maintenance, and restoration across the life span. Mental illness in a non-psychiatric setting as well as a psychiatric setting will be discussed.

    • Mental Health Nursing Clinical
      This clinical course provides the student with experiences in the care of the mental health client experiencing alterations in health status. Emphasis is placed on utilizing critical inquiry to assist in clinical decision-making and priority problem-solving.

    • Medical Surgical Nursing 3 
      This third of three courses provides information to the practical nursing student on basic medical surgical principles and skills. The use of critical thinking to make problem-solving decisions about medical surgical health care needs will be presented. Diseases and disorders of the musculoskeletal, endocrine, urologic and reproductive systems will be presented. Peripheral parenteral nutrition versus total parenteral nutrition is discussed. Use of information technology to provide basic care will be explored in relationship to medical surgical clients. The course will include health promotion and the wellness/illness continuum as well as continuity of care for clients who have common diseases and disorders. The student will learn how to provide basic health teaching to clients with identified disease and disorder health needs, using established teaching plans.

    • Medical Surgical Nursing 3 Clinical 
      This clinical course provides the student with experiences in the care of the adult client experiencing alterations in health status. Emphasis is placed on utilizing critical inquiry to assist in clinical decision-making, particularly with clients experiencing alterations of the musculoskeletal, endocrine, urologic and reproductive systems.

    • Personal, Family and Community Health 
      This course includes discussions on the concepts of health, illness and stressors and their impact on human growth and development milestones, spanning from infant through geriatric clients. Health and illness from the perspective of resources available for the individual, family and the community are reviewed.

    • Microbiology 
      The basic principles of microbiology are introduced, including types of pathogenic microorganisms, fundamental concepts of epidemiology and spread of disease, disease prevention through immunization, community health and infection control techniques, and characteristics of various infectious processes. Students will be introduced to concepts of microbial identification in the patient care setting, including proper collection of culture specimens, and the use of culture and sensitivity results in guiding antimicrobial treatment. Pharmacologic and other treatments for infectious processes will be discussed and will be related to concepts of microbial resistance to chemotherapeutic agents.

    • Pharmacology 3 
      This third course of three will explain the role of the practical nurse in relationship to pharmacology. The student will learn about drug classifications, source, actions, side effects, adverse reactions, contraindications and dosage. Principles of medication administration are emphasized, in addition to procedures, regulations, and legal issues. The course will review pharmacologic agents used for cancer and pregnancy. Intravenous calculations, appropriate administration techniques and maintenance of peripheral and central lines are also covered.

    • Maternal/Child Nursing 
      This course teaches both obstetrical nursing and child health nursing along a continuum. The first part of the course introduces the practical nursing student to the study of the reproductive systems and maternal health nursing. The study will include maternity care in a healthy pregnancy with emphasis on physical safety and emotionally satisfying outcomes for both the mother and baby. The second part of the course will identify health promotion and disease prevention unique to the pediatric client. Study of principles and skills to assist children to achieve and maintain an optimum level of health and development and treating and rehabilitating children who have health deviations will be included.

    • Maternal/Child Nursing Clinical 
      This clinical course provides the student with experiences in the care of the perinatal and pediatric clients experiencing alterations in health status. Emphasis is placed on utilizing critical inquiry to assist in clinical decision-making and priority problem-solving.

    • Leadership Clinical 
      This course assists the student to successfully transition to the role of licensed practical nurse within the context of the collaborative healthcare team. Learning experiences will focus on leadership concepts such as delegation, time management, legal and ethical issues, teamwork and collaboration, communication and conflict management and resolution in a variety of clinical experiences. Interactive applications are introduced within a context of patient centered care and evidence-based practice to assist the student in applying concepts to clinical behaviors within the long-term care setting.

    • Gerontological Nursing 
      This course emphasizes health promotion and care of the older adult. The student will study wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention as well as theories of aging and its relationship to older adult health care needs. Common nursing practices for providing care to the older adult will be presented. A review of how the body changes in the aging process will be presented in relationship to common concerns and nursing interventions needed for the care of the older adult.

    • Gerontological Nursing Clinical 
      This clinical course provides the student with experiences in the care of the gerontologic client experiencing alterations in health status. Emphasis is placed on utilizing critical inquiry to assist in clinical decision-making.

    • Complex Medical Surgical Nursing 4 
      This clinical course provides the student with experiences in the care of the adult client experiencing alterations in health status. Emphasis is placed on utilizing critical inquiry to assist in clinical decision-making and priority problem solving, particuarly with adult clients experiencing complications from multiple system dysfunction.

    • Career Readiness 
      This course reviews selected topics including NCLEX preparation skills, role transition and preparation for finding, interviewing and evaluating job opportunities. The role of the LPN in recognizing and actively addressing issues related to advocacy of patients and appropriate problem-solving and decision-making required of a practical nurse are stressed. The law relating to the practice of practical nursing as defined by the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners, including the Louisiana Revised Statutes, Title 37, Chapter 11, Subpart II- Practical Nurses, and LAC 46:XLVII, Nursing, Subpart I-Practical Nurses is again reviewed.

    • Pharmacology 4 and IV Practice 
      Students will learn the indications and contraindications for a variety of commonly-administered isotonic, hypertonic and hypotonic intravenous fluids. Emphasis will also be placed on therapeutic agents that are administered by the intravenous route, including antibiotics and various electrolyte solutions. The administration of blood and blood products will be introduced, with a focus on blood typing, cross match and compatibility issues. Learning experiences will include hands-on training in venipuncture techniques, identification and selection of specific IV fluids, setup and maintenance of IV delivery systems, and programming and maintenance of electronic infusion devices.