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2023-2024 General Catalog Archived 
2023-2024 General Catalog Archived [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Practical Nurse Education, Diploma

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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%

Program Outcomes

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:

  1. Provide evidence-based clinically competent nursing care in a culturally sensitive manner.
  2. Use communication and information technology effectively and appropriately.
  3. Work in interdisciplinary teams.
  4. Contribute to continuous improvement of the health care system.
  5. Demonstrate ethical and legal behavior in all professional activities.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

The following are admissions criteria for applicants to the Practical Nurse Education (PNE) program.

  1. Provide evidence of achieving a HS diploma. This can be achieved through providing copies of high school transcripts or high school equivalency.
  2. 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.
  3. Take the ATI TEAS and achieve a minimum score of 62.
  4. Provide evidence of the successful completion of Anatomy and Physiology courses.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Progression Requirements

Nursing students are subject to the same probation and suspension policies as all other students enrolled in the College.  Additional criteria apply to nursing students. Please refer to the Nursing Program handbook for information about progression, probation, and suspension

Since requirements for progression in the nursing program are in addition to the general requirements of the College, a student suspended from the program is not necessarily suspended from the College. Students who are eligible to do so may continue in their supporting courses and apply for readmission to the nursing program at a later time or may elect to change their major. (updated 7/11/23)

Technical Standards

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)  

Transfer Options

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.

Curriculum Guide

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.

The following courses must be completed before taking NUR-prefix courses:

  • BIO 168  Anatomy and Physiology I (CAA) Credit Hours: 4.00
  • BIO 169  Anatomy and Physiology II (CAA) Credit Hours: 4.00

First Fall

First Spring

First Summer

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