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Practical Nursing


Program Synopsis: Practical Nursing is offered at the Advanced Career Education Center at Highland Springs. The Nursing Program’s mission is to teach students to give nursing care with compassion, commitment, and competence. Students are prepared to provide nursing care for clients in a variety of health care settings.

Practical Nursing: Through a combination of classroom training and supervised clinical experience, a student is prepared to give nursing care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. The entire Practical Nursing course is 18 months long. The first phase of 36 weeks is a three-credit class offered to high school seniors and adults. During the first phase, the student can expect to learn Introduction to Nursing, Anatomy and Physiology, Nursing Fundamentals, Nutrition, Pharmacology, Geriatrics, and Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing. The student who successfully completes the first phase progresses to the second phase at St. Mary’s Hospital.


Instructor: Mrs. Mesco


Desired Aptitudes: Solid performance in Math and Science with good interpersonal skills.

Employment Outlook (According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition):


Job Summary

Median Salary
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Licensed practical   and licensed vocational nurses (known as LPNs or LVNs, depending on the state   in which they work) provide basic nursing care. They work under the direction   of registered nurses and doctors. $40,380
Physical Therapists Physical therapists   help people who have injuries or illnesses improve their movement and manage   their pain. They are often an important part of rehabilitation and treatment   of patients with chronic conditions or injuries. $76,310
Physician Assistants Physician   assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine under the direction of   physicians and surgeons. They are formally trained to examine patients,   diagnose injuries and illnesses, and provide treatment. $86,410
Radiation Therapists Radiation therapists   treat cancer and other diseases in patients by giving radiation treatments. $74,980
Registered Nurses Registered nurses   (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public   about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to   patients and their family members. $64,690