Pratt Community College Nursing Program Review
Pratt Community College (PCC) is a two-year comprehensive community college that is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The school boasts an active student life that is possible through different clubs and organizations. It also has strong partnerships with other schools to facilitate many distance learning programs. PCC was named on a recent President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its active role of participating in community service.
Students interested in nursing can choose courses that lead to training and qualification as a Practical Nurse (PN). There is also a RN Refresher Course. Students that complete the PN level can then enter the ADN level. The same applies to any licensed practical nurse (LPN) that wants to enter the ADN program if space is available. It is possible to choose between on campus and hybrid courses to complete different nursing programs at PCC offered at the Pratt and Winfield campuses.
PN Completion Program
This program is currently being offered at the Pratt and Winfield campuses. The program was formerly known as the CNA to LPN Program and is divided into two parts: the CNA to LPN portion and the ADN Completion Program portion. The PN Completion Program is offered in the first year of the course and the ADN Program in the second year. It is a traditional class with admissions only once each year. After successful completion, students must take and pass the LPN Licensure Exam before they can enter the second phase of the program. The program is accredited by the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN).
Throughout the program all students are required to complete clinical hours at numerous health care facilities in the state of Kansas. The school prepares and presents the clinical dates at the beginning of the program. These are subject to change depending on the availability of space at the clinical facilities.
Hybrid PN Program
Students that opt for the hybrid class must be Kansas residents. This is a 30-week program that prepares the foundation for an Associate Degree in Nursing which can be achieved within nine additional months. During the last six weeks of the program students are exposed to various clinical experiences which are possible through the affiliations established with various health care facilities in Kansas. Students do not have to complete all pre-requisite courses prior to submitting their application to PCC, but are expected to pass all with a minimum grade of “C”.
ADN Completion Program
The ADN Program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). It is open to students that are licensed practical nurses and want to expand the number of opportunities they can tap into in the nursing field. Only students that pass the LPN Licensure Exam and are not hindered in any form to undertake roles as a LPN can enter the program. The program is believed to be the largest in the state of Kansas. After successful completion, students can take the NCLEX-RN® and to apply for RN licensure. As with the PN Completion Program, all students must complete clinical hours which aresupervised by a clinical instructor and performed in a wide range of clinical facilities in Kansas.
Hybrid ADN Completion Program
This program is open to all types of students that are eligible to apply and not just Kansas residents. All students are required to take the nursing transition course before they take the first course in the program. The course is designed to help them make the transition between the content and knowledge they have as a LPN to a RN.
ADN Completion Program for PN and Paramedic
This program is open to the PN or paramedic that wants to complete their ADN. Paramedics that enter the program must have a license and demonstrate that they are graduates from a Council of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP) based on the National Standard EMT-P Curriculum. It is also possible to demonstrate this through a Kansas approved program. The entire program is delivered online and laboratory and clinical time completed through face-to-face lecturers. This is a self pace program with strict deadlines that allow students to manage both academic and family life.
RN Refresher Course
This is a two part course that is offered to licensed nurses that are not hindered from practicing and have been away from the nursing sector for at least 5 years. The first part of the program begins in fall and ends in the first part of the spring term. The second part starts in the spring term and ends at the end of it. The course also consists of an online theory portion and a clinical skills/simulation lab and clinical portion. Students must complete 180 clinical hours which are split evenly across Part I and Part II. All students are expected to meet at the Pratt Community College Campus to complete four full days of skills review and simulation training. The 32 hours will be counted as part of the clinical time the students must complete.
Medication Aide Certification (CMA)
This program is accredited by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. It is open to students that have a Current State Nurse Aide Certification license and have a negative TB test among other admission requirements. The content of the course prepares students to work in nursing home and any other setting that requires Medication Aide License to administer medication. Students will acquire the necessary skills to be fully equipped to undertake gerontology heath care and medication procedures. The course is offered online and students also receive face-to-face lecture during the one night a week classes at the PCC campus.
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
Students interested in working in long term care facilities or hospitals as nursing aides will receive the necessary training through this course. The course meets the requirement established by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and is offered online with one night weekly meeting at the PCC main campus. Students must be at least 16-years-old, text negative for TB and complete the State Application to enter the program.
Home Health Aide
This course is open to Certified Nurse Aides that want to build on their knowledge and training to provide health care in client’s homes. After successful completion, graduates are fully equipped to undertake roles related to caring for the elderly and disabled in a home setting. The course meets the requirements established by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and is open to students that have a current state Nurse Aide Certification license.
Medication Aide Update
This is a one credit hour course that is open to Certified Medication Aides that want to meet the requirements for continued education established by the Kansas Department of Health & Environment for the certification of Medication Aide. Only students that have a current state Nurse Aide Certification license and current state Medication Aide Certification license can apply.
Intravenous Fluid Therapy Course
A licensed practical nurse (LPN) that wants to acquire intravenous skills to undertake roles in Long Term care and hospitals will receive the necessary training in this course. The program is only open to students that have a current LPN license. During the course the LPN will work under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN) and will be trained to perform limited scope of intravenous fluid therapy.
This is an online course that is approved by the Kansas Department of Health & Environment. It prepares students to work with the activity program nursing homes in the state of Kansas.
Activity Restorative Services
This course is designed for students interested in rehabilitation nursing. Throughout the program, they will learn about all the areas of rehabilitation for adult patient/client. After successful completion, they can undertake roles in Long Term care and many other health care facilities that require professionals with knowledge about rehabilitation care.
Certified Nurse Aide Refresher
A CNA that has not been employed in the last 24 months and want to gain training and clinical exposure to start working can do this course. It is a refresher course aimed at the professional that wants to work as a CNA again provided they have a valid Kansas State Nurse Aide Certification.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
This course is aimed at health care professionals that want to acquire CPR skills or maintain them. During the program, students are exposed to all the various techniques for adult and pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation. In addition to this, they are also taught the ethical and legal considerations in CPR among other areas.
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