Practical Nursing - Diploma

You have a calling to help others, you are compassionate, you want to give back. A career in nursing provides rewards beyond measure.

Other programs in the Nursing pathway are Nursing Aide which is a one-class course offered in afternoons in many locations and in hybrid format to accommodate high school students and working individuals.

Successful completion of the Nursing Diploma program can be completed in Summer, Fall and Spring semesters (11-months) allows the student to test for the NCLEX-PN for licensure as a licensed practical nurse.

Successful completion of the Nursing AAS program can be completed in two years (starting in Summer) allows the student to test for the NCLEX-RN for licensure as a registered nurse.

Nursing is one of the most trusted healthcare professions. Those interested in entering nursing should be caring and compassionate, responsible, detail-oriented and have the ability to manage stress in dealing with patients and families with acute and chronic diseases.

The majority of the nursing workforce today consists of LPN's (Licensed Practical Nurses) and RN's (Registered Nurses). SCC's nursing program offers an educational program for each of these options.

Licensed Practical Nurses work primarily in long-term care settings, physicians' offices, clinics and home health care.

Upon completion of the requirements of the nursing program for the practical nursing diploma option (first three semesters) you are eligible to take the National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) for practical nursing. Successful completion of the NCLEX-PN allows you to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Once achieving the requirements to become an LPN, you may advance to the Associate Degree Nurse career option. Students receiving the PN Diploma and passing the licensure examination may work as an LPN while pursuing the Associate Degree in Nursing.

PREPARATORY NURSING

Many students prep for Nursing by completing the related courses before enrolling in the PNN courses. Before enrolling in any of the preparatory courses, please review the offerings with an Enrollment Specialist.

Developmental Psychology
English Composition I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Microbiology

Admissions standards apply for this program. Please contact the Enrollment Services Office for details.

Board of Nursing Professional Licensure Requirements by State/U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR
https://www.ncsbn.org/14730.htm

The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) allows a nurse to have one multistate license with the ability to practice in the home state and other compact states.
https://www.ncsbn.org/compacts.htm

For specific information regarding program rules and expectations, please view the handbook. View the Program Handbook

Program Outcome and Accreditation Information

View the Gainful Employment Disclosure for Licensed Practical Nurse.

Southeastern Community College Practical/Vocational Nursing and Associate Degree in Nursing programs hold pre-accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. 800-669-1656. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received.

*Additional Health professions student outcomes are available on the Consumer Information page.

West Burlington and Keokuk campus

Curriculum Sequence

Prerequisite Course Title Credit
BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO-173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO-186 Microbiology 4
Semester Total: 12
Summer Semester Course Title Credit
ENG-105 Composition I 3
PNN-160 Introduction to Nursing Practice 2
PSY-121 Developmental Psychology 3
Semester Total: 8
Fall Semester I Course Title Credit
PNN-222 Pharmacology I 1
PNN-534 Nursing I 12.5
Semester Total: 13.5
Spring Semester I Course Title Credit
PNN-311 PN Issues and Trends 1
PNN-535 Nursing II 12
Semester Total: 13
PROGRAM TOTAL: 46.5

BIO-168 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Lecture: 3

Lab: 2

Credit: 4

The first of a two-semester sequence providing a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body for college transfer and/or allied health prerequisites. Topics include body organization; homeostasis; cytology; histology; and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous systems and special senses. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships. Laboratory component includes anatomical studies using microscopy and dissection of selected organisms as well as the study of physiological concepts via experimentation. It is highly recommended that a student complete this series (BIO-168 and BIO-173) at SCC in order to maintain transferability to four-year institutions.

BIO-173 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Lecture: 3

Lab: 2

Credit: 4

Second of a two-semester sequence continuing the comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body for college transfer and/or allied health prerequisites. Includes the study of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic/immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships. Laboratory component includes anatomical studies using microscopy and dissection of selected organisms as well as the study of physiological concepts via experimentation. Prerequisite: BIO-168 with a minimum grade of C.

BIO-186 - Microbiology

Lecture: 3

Lab: 2

Credit: 4

A study of microbial populations and their relationships to the human in health and diseases. 

ENG-105 - Composition I

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A study of the principles of writing. Emphasis on rhetoric, mechanics and development of expository patterns: narration, description illustration, comparison/contrast, classification, process and cause/effect. Required for AA and AS Degrees. Prerequisite: Meet minimum test score requirements.

PNN-160 - Introduction to Nursing Practice

Lecture: 2

Credit: 2

This course provides the student with an introduction to nursing concepts and principles. From a historical perspective, the student will explore the roles and challenges of the nurse in the health care continuum. The nursing process is introduced and serves as the foundation for the development of critical thinking and test taking strategy skills for success in the nursing program. Communication, stress and adaptation, wellness, professional accountability, information technology, time management and priority setting are also introduced. Prerequisites: BIO-168, BIO-173 and BIO-186 with a minimum grade of C or higher. Corequisites: PSY-121 and ENG-105 with a minimum grade of C or higher.

PSY-121 - Developmental Psychology

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A systematic study of life-span development. Individual differences in behavior as well as cultural norms are considered in relation to heredity and environment.

PNN-222 - Pharmacology I

Lecture: 1

Credit: 1

This course introduces the student to the basics of pharmacology. Principles of drug administration and dosage calculation will be introduced. Legal/ethical considerations, as related to drug therapy, are discussed. An overview of drug classifications, drug actions, common adverse reactions and nursing interventions are included. Emphasis is placed on nursing responsibilities in drug therapy. Prerequisites: BIO-168, BIO-173 and BIO-186 with a minimum grade of C or higher. Corequisites: PNN-160 and ENG-105.

PNN-534 - Nursing I

Lecture: 8

Lab: 2

Clinical: 10.5

Credit: 12.5

This course builds on concepts previously presented in the curriculum. A systematic approach is utilized in providing nursing care to individuals, families and groups across the lifespan. The course emphasizes selected common and chronic alterations in health and includes essential content in fundamental nursing concepts and care. An opportunity is provided for students to apply theoretical knowledge, to utilize the nursing process and to practice nursing techniques in clinical settings. Prerequisites: PNN-160, PNN-222, BIO-168, BIO-173 and BIO-186 with a grade of C or higher. Corequisite: PSY-121.

PNN-311 - PN Issues and Trends

Lecture: 1

Credit: 1

This course is an overview of the role of the licensed practical nurse. Ethical and legal responsibilities of the nurse are identified. Levels of practice, licensure, career opportunities, and beginning the job-seeking skills are addressed. Opportunities for professional growth are explored. Prerequisite: PNN-534. Corequisite: BIO-186.

PNN-535 - Nursing II

Lecture: 8

Clinical: 12

Credit: 12

This course continues to incorporate concepts previously presented in the curriculum. A systematic approach is utilized in providing nursing care to individuals, families and groups across the lifespan. This course emphasizes selected common and chronic alterations in health and includes essential content related to maternal-child care. An opportunity is provided for students to apply theoretical knowledge, to utilize the nursing process, and to practice nursing techniques in clinical settings. Prerequisite: PNN-534 with a grade of C or higher. Corequisite: PNN-311.

Kristi Schroeder - Dean of Nursing & Health Professions, (319) 208-5100

Email: kschroeder@scciowa.edu
RN, Augustana Hospital School of Nursing
BSN, University of Phoenix
MSN, University of Phoenix

Maureen Ewinger - Associate Dean of Nursing, (319) 208-5031

Email: mewinger@scciowa.edu
RN, Clinton Community College
BSN, Iowa Wesleyan University
MSN, University of Phoenix
CEN, Certified Emergency Nurse

Tiffany West - Clinical Coordinator-Nursing, (319) 208-5218

Email: twest@scciowa.edu
BA, Luther College
BSN, Western Governors University
MSN-Ed., Western Governors University
CHSE, Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator

Diane Aliprandi - Assistant Professor-Nursing (Keokuk), (319) 313-1978

Email: daliprandi@scciowa.edu
ADN, Southeastern Community College
BSN, Jacksonville University
MSN-Ed., Western Governors University
CCRN, Critical Care Registered Nurse Certification

Alicia Anderson - Instructor-Nursing (West Burlington), (319) 208-5094

Email: aanderson1@scciowa.edu
ADN, Southeastern Community College
BSN, Chamberlain College of Nursing

Madeline Brent - Instructor-Nursing (West Burlington), (319) 208-5033

Email: mbrent@scciowa.edu
AS, Southeastern Community College
BSN, St. Ambrose University

Jami Genkinger - Instructor-Nursing (West Burlington), (319) 208-5131

Email: jgenkinger@scciowa.edu
ADN, Southeastern Community College
BSN, Jacksonville University

Kimberly Hinson - Associate Professor-Nursing (West Burlington), (319) 208-5267

Email: khinson@scciowa.edu
ADN, Southeastern Community College
BSN, Western Governors University
MSN-Ed., Western Governors University
CEN, Certified Emergency Nurse Certification

Becky Johnson - Instructor-Nursing (Keokuk), (319) 313-1979

Email: bjohnson@scciowa.edu
ADN, Southeastern Community College
BSN, Walden University

Deanna Kline - Professor-Nursing (Keokuk), (319) 313-1980

Email: dbkline@scciowa.edu
BSN, University of Nebraska Medical Center
MSN-Ed., Walden University
CCRN, Critical Care Registered Nurse Certification

Tamika Miller - Assistant Professor-Nursing (West Burlington), (319) 208-5264

Email: tmiller@scciowa.edu
ADN, Southeastern Community College
BSN, Iowa Wesleyan College
MSN-Ed., University of Phoenix

Nancy Roed - Professor-Nursing (West Burlington), (319) 208-5223

Email: nroed@scciowa.edu
LPN, Southwestern Community College
ADN, Southeastern Community College
BSN, Iowa Wesleyan College
MSN-Ed., Walden University

Trisha Thomann - Professor-Nursing (West Burlington), (319) 208-5206

Email: tthomann@scciowa.edu
BSN, St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
MSN-Ed., Walden University

Jeanie Titus - Professor-Nursing (West Burlington), (319) 208-5260

Email: jtitus@scciowa.edu
ADN, Carl Sandburg College
BSN, Iowa Wesleyan College
MSN-Ed., Clarkson College

Cecillie Vinson - Instructor-Nursing (Keokuk), (319) 313-1981

Email: cvinson@scciowa.edu
ADN, Southeastern Community College
BSN, Chamberlin College of Nursing
MSN-Ed, Chamberlin University of Nursing

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