PRACTICAL NURSING FAQ

Practical Nursing FAQ

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What is the employment outlook for nurses?

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Excellent. Rapid employment growth is projected in the health care industries. LPNs work in a variety of settings including long-term, home health, clinics, and hospitals.

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What is the average hourly income for nurses?

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According to the 2012 Kansas Wage Survey, (klic.dol.ks.gov) LPNs earned an average hourly wage of $18.

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What is the job description?

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Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) care for the sick, injured, convalescent, and disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. Most LPNs provide basic care and monitor patient vital signs and reactions to medications and treatments. Additional duties vary by medical setting.

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Where can I learn more about this career?

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More information can be found in the Occupation Outlook Handbook (www.bls.gov/oco) and the Kansas Department of Labor (http://laborstats.dol.ks.gov).

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After I graduate from HCC PN nursing program can I transfer to a RN program?

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Yes. Upon completion of this program, students earn a Certificate in Practical Nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Students who pass NCLEX-PN have the ability to move up the nursing education ladder with minimal repetition.

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How is the program accredited?

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This program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (www.NLNAC.org) and approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing (www.KSBN.org).

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What Makes the Program Unique?

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The HCC PN program's NCLEX pass rate continues to surpass the national pass rate. An advisory board of employers meets regularly to provide direction for the program, ensuring that students receive the education needed to prepare for entry into the workforce. The PN Program provides high-fidelity simulation experiences throughout the curriculum.

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Where do I attend the program?

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Students attend the program in McPherson, Kansas.

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What Kind of Training and Education is Available?

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The HCC/AVS Practical Nursing Program combines theory taught in the classroom with practical experience learned in lab and clinical settings.

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What hours are clinical?

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Clinical varies between clinical sites. You may have to be at the site as early as 5:30 A.M. Evening and night time clinical experiences may also be required. A schedule will be provided each semester.

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Where will I go to do my clinical?

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Clinical will be held in the surrounding areas (i.e. Hutchinson, McPherson, Moundridge, Salina, Junction City, etc.).

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What programs are available?

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The full-time program meets Tuesday through Friday for 12 months. The part-time program generally meets two times a week with a few weeks throughout the program meeting three times weekly for 18 months. Upon completion of either of these programs, students earn a Certificate in Practical Nursing.

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Do I have to have a high school diploma or GED for LPN nursing?

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You must have a high school diploma or GED to apply for Licensure as a Practical Nurse in the state of Kansas and therefore are required to provide copies with your application.

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Do I need to be CPR certified?

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Yes. You need to be certified in a healthcare provider course.

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What are the prerequisites for entry into the PN program?

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1) General Psychology (3 cr hr), grade of C or better.
2) Human Anatomy & Physiology (6 cr hr, lab included) within last 5 years, grade of C or better.
1) and 2) must be completed by May 30th (full-time) and July 30th (part-time).

3) Medical Terminology (3 cr hr).
4) Human Growth & Development (3 cr hr).
3) and 4) must be completed by July 30th (full-time) and December 20th (part-time).

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Are there federal grants or loans available?

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Yes. Complete the application at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Go to www.hutchcc.edu/finaid for additional information.

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Do I have to write an essay?

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Yes. See application for directions.

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When do I apply?

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Submit an application obtained from the PN program at www.hutchcc.edu/lpn or by calling 620-245-0202. Full-time Program applications are accepted August 1 through January 15. The Part-time Program applications are accepted April 1 through September 15.