Diploma - Practical Nursing

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If you would like an opportunity to prepare for a career in nursing, you could begin by selecting a practical nurse education program through which you could gain the necessary skills. ECPI University's School of Health Science presents the Diploma in Practical Nursing program. Learn more information about it here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Diploma in Practical Nursing program at ECPI University is designed to teach nursing fundamentals, including pharmacology and anatomy. As a student nurse, you will have opportunities to learn to provide basic care for patients who are ill or recuperating from any number of ailments. Skills that you could acquire include taking vital signs, dressing wounds, giving injections, and attending to patients' personal hygiene. By law, prospective practical and vocational nurses must be licensed before they can practice. Your program coursework is designed to prepare you to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). This program is available at select ECPI University campuses.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Prior to enrolling in the Diploma in Practical Nursing program at ECPI University, you must have a high school diploma or GED. As an applicant to the program, you must be able to sit and stand for extended amounts of time, and you should be capable of lifting 50 pounds or more. Computer proficiency is also important.

What Are the Course Requirements?

There are 48 semester credit hours in this Diploma in Practical Nursing program. Course requirements may vary slightly by campus. Please contact ECPI University for up-to-date program information.

Core Curriculum Courses

Course Code Course Title
FRS 114 Freshman Orientation
MED 164 Anatomy & Physiology I
MED 165 Anatomy & Physiology II
NUR 107 Dosage Calculations
NUR 101 Foundations of Nursing I
NUR 102 Foundations of Nursing II
NUR 104 Foundations of Nursing III
NUR 105 Foundations of Nursing IV
NUR 149 Pharmacology I
NUR 152 Pharmacology II
NUR 190 Medical Surgical Nursing I
NUR 201 Medical Surgical Nursing II
NUR 208 Medical Surgical Nursing I
NUR 210 Acute Care Nursing I
NUR 211 Acute Care Nursing II
NUR 213 Acute Care Nursing III
NUR 232 Nursing Leadership
PSY 108 Normal Lifespan

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Once you have satisfied all educational requirements and obtained a state license, you could pursue entry-level positions in the field. You could seek employment with hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health care agencies, or medical practices. You might apply for opportunities such as:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse
  • Private Duty Nurse
  • Office Nurse

Advanced Degrees

After working as a practical nurse, you might decide you'd like the opportunity to pursue more advanced nursing opportunities. Practical nurses who obtain education and licensure as registered nurses could increase their critical-thinking skills and could be able to seek greater responsibilities. Some educational program options include:

  • Associate Degree in Nursing (RN)
  • LPN to RN Completion Program (Associate of Applied Science in Nursing)