The Practical Nursing Diploma Program is available only at our Kittery and South Portland, Maine campus locations.
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Practical Nursing is a vital branch of the main nursing field of study. This licensed health-care professional, known as an LPN, works directly with sick, injured, or disabled patients in a number of health care settings and under the supervision of a licensed physician or registered nurse. Typically, these individuals are not only sympathetic to a patient’s needs, but actively use their expertise to assist them with bedside care and basic medical needs, such as dressing, bathing, eating, and personal hygiene.
Demand for Practical Nurses demonstrates good, overall job prospects, with position increases estimated to be 21 percent from 2008 to 2018* as the need for additional medical personnel with accredited training increases in relation to the number of patients in an aging population.
The specialized Practical Nursing Courses at InterCoast prepare you with the educational tools and training required to work in this important role and prepares you for eligibility in applying to your state of residency Board of Nursing for completion of the Practical Nursing licensure exam or NCLEX-PN.
What can I expect to learn in Practical Nursing School?
As a student, you will benefit from an intense curriculum of comprehensive classroom instruction under the supervision and guidance of caring instructors. In class, you will develop a working knowledge of fundamentals and trends in nursing, anatomy and physiology, various laboratory procedures and disease control perimeters, as well as critical thinking and interpersonal relations.
Clinical rotations will follow classroom learning, completed in an environment conducive to practicing hands-on techniques, and generally putting to use the skills you have learned in class. This may include, but is not limited to, bedside manners, recording of patient data, administration of injections or medication, wound cleaning, and generally helping improve a patient’s overall well-being and comfort level.
The NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) is an examination for the licensing of Practical Nurses in the United States. It is developed and owned by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN). NCSBN administers these examinations on behalf of its member boards. To ensure public protection, the board of nursing requires a candidate for licensure to pass the appropriate NCLEX-PN for Practical Nurses.