Total credit hours: 47
Note: Admission into the Practical Nurse Education program is limited. Students must complete the admissions requirements as outlined in the admissions packet in order for them to be eligible for selection. Meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee placement into the Practical Nurse Education program. Interested students should contact the admissions office for more information.
The Practical Nursing curriculum provides knowledge and skills to integrate safety and quality into nursing care to meet the needs of the holistic individual which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.
Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes safe, individualized nursing care and participation in the interdisciplinary team while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.
Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation/long term care/home health facilities, clinics, and physicians’ offices.
Director of Nursing: Stefanie Smoot
Davidson-Davie Practical Nurse Education Program NCLEX-PN results 2019: 100%
Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate may be eligible to apply to take the licensure examination required to become a licensed practical nurse and should possess the knowledge, fundamental skills, and attitudes to:
- Provide evidence-based clinically competent nursing care in a culturally sensitive manner.
- Use communication and information technology effectively and appropriately.
- Work in interdisciplinary teams.
- Contribute to continuous improvement of the health care system.
- Demonstrate ethical and legal behavior in all professional activities.
The following are admissions criteria for applicants to the Practical Nurse Education (PNE) program.
- Provide evidence of achieving a HS diploma. This can be achieved through providing copies of high school transcripts or high school equivalency.
- Demonstrate English and mathematics “college readiness” levels, via college-level English/math courses or by completion of or waiver credit for specified “transition” or co-requisite courses.
- Take the ATI TEAS and achieve a minimum score of 62.
- Complete the application process as described in the Practical Nursing Education (PNE) Program Enrollment Packet and be conditionally accepted into the Practical Nursing Education program.
- Complete an approved Nurse Aide I training course and be listed as a Nurse Aide I with no substantiated findings prior to the first day of the Fall semester.
NOTE: Meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee placement into the Practical Nurse Education program.
Clinical Clearance Requirements
A criminal background check, drug screen, and up-to-date immunizations are required by the clinical site prior to participation in the clinical component. If any clinical facility denies a student’s participation in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program. Applicants for initial nursing licensure in North Carolina must complete a criminal background check as well.
A student must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses in the PNE program in order to progress in the program
In addition to Davidson-Davie requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of this profession. PNE Technical Standards (PDF opens in new window)
Students wishing to transfer courses into the Practical Nurse Education program must submit official transcripts to the records office. The decision regarding transfer credit for NUR courses is made by the Director of Nursing, in consultation with members of the Nursing faculty. Syllabi for courses for which credit is requested may be required. Transfer credit must be evaluated by the program and is not guaranteed.
Students who graduate from the Practical Nurse Education program can transition into the LPN to ADN nursing program option after meeting the established working requirements. Once a student earns their ADN they can choose to take advantage of the Uniform Articulation Agreement for RN to BSN program and continue their education through enrolling in RN to BSN programs at universities across North Carolina.
Note: Students cannot take NUR prefix courses without being accepted through selective criteria. Once students start NUR prefix courses, they MUST stay continually enrolled in NUR prefix courses. Students who drop NUR prefix courses may be removed from the program.