The Practical Nursing Program consists of four semesters, which include both classroom instruction and supervised clinical activities in accredited hospitals, nursing homes and other health care agencies. The program is approved by Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners (LSBPNE). The curriculum is based upon specific requirements as set forth by LSBPNE. A class is admitted each fall and spring semester.
The Diploma in Practical Nursing includes 13 academic credits and 40 technical credits. Graduates of the Practical Nursing program who wish to extend their course of studies to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) must complete additional pre-requisite requirements for consideration for admission.
The Practical Nursing Program prepares students for employment in health care facilities, agencies and hospitals where basic bedside nursing care is needed. The licensed practical nurse works under the direction of a licensed physician, optometrist or dentist acting individually or as a part of a health care team under the direction of a registered nurse. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the student is prepared to sit for the national licensure exam for Licensed Practical Nursing.
The curriculum has been developed utilizing the nursing process and incorporating the concepts of holistic nursing, hierarchy of needs, stress and adaptation, creative problem-solving and psychosocial development. The program is based on the career ladder concept, allowing students the option of becoming certified nursing assistants at the completion of the first semester.
Gainful Employment Program Disclosure
PRACTICAL NURSING PROGRAM
Effective July 1, 2011, institutions that participate in Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, must disclose certain information to prospective students related to Title IV-eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment (GE) in a recognized occupation. The Practical Nursing (PN) Diploma Program (CIP 511613) at Our Lady of the Lake College is a recognized GE Program. Information on occupational profile can be found on the U.S. Department of Labor's O*NET Web site.