Practical Nursing (Diploma)
As a vital member of the healthcare team, the Practical Nurse combines nursing skill with human understanding to care for both chronically and acutely ill patients in a variety of settings.
Certain procedures and skills are required to work as a Practical Nurse. These skills are first practiced in the nursing laboratory and then in the clinical setting under the direct supervision of a licensed nursing instructor. All students must demonstrate these skills with safety and proficiency in order to proceed in the program.
Due to the nature of clinical work and possible contact with infectious diseases, before going to clinical, students must have documentation of:
- Current negative TB skin test within one month of program start or chest x-ray if history of testing is positive.
- Verification of immunity or vaccination for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and varicella (chicken pox). If born prior to 1957, you do not need verification.
- Tetanus-diphtheria (Td) immunization within the last 10 years.
- Series of Hepatitis B immunizations or positive Hepatitis B titer or signed declination (waiver form).
The immunization requirements are based on the clinical facility requirements and may change without notice.
Note: The Kansas State Board of Nursing may deny licensure to persons who have been guilty of a misdemeanor involving an illegal drug offense unless the applicant or licensee establishes sufficient rehabilitation to warrant the public trust (KSA 65-1120), except that notwithstanding KSA 74-120 no license, certificate of qualification or authorization to practice nursing as a Licensed Professional Nurse, as a Licensed Practical Nurse, as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, or Registered Nurse Anesthetist shall be granted to a person with a felony conviction for a crime against persons as specified in article 34 or chapter 21 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated and acts amendatory thereof or supplemental thereto.
- Provide safe, caring, and compassionate nursing care to diverse patients across the lifespan in various healthcare settings using evidenced based practice to improve outcomes.
- Function as a competent, entry-level healthcare provider applying leadership and management skills and embracing ethical and legal principles in the provision of culturally appropriate nursing care.
- Collaborate with members of the inter-professional healthcare team to provide optimal care for diverse patients and their families.
- Communicate effectively through verbal, nonverbal and technological methods with patients, families and members of the inter-professional healthcare team.
The objective is to prepare students with sufficient theoretical knowledge and specialized practical skills to qualify for an entry-level position as a member of the nursing staff in an acute-care hospital, extended-care facility, physician’s office, or other healthcare agency. Upon completion, graduates will be able to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination–Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN). Students in the Practical Nursing program should be aware that graduation does not guarantee eligibility to take the NCLEX-PN exam.
The Missouri State Board of Nursing may refuse to issue or reinstate any certificate of registration or authority, permit or license required pursuant to this chapter* for one or any combination of causes stated in subsection 2 of Section 335.066 of the Missouri Revisor Statutes or the board may, as a condition to issuing or reinstating any such permit or license, require a person to submit himself or herself for identification, intervention, treatment, or monitoring by the intervention program and alternative program as provided in section 335.067. The board shall notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the refusal and shall advise the applicant of his or her right to file a complaint with the administrative hearing commission. Section 335.066 of the Missouri Revisor Statutes can be found at https://revisor.mo.gov/main/Home.aspx.
Registration and certification requirements for taking and passing these examinations are not controlled by Concorde, but by outside agencies, and are subject to change by the agency without notice. Therefore, Concorde cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take this exam9.50, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.