The Practical Nursing Program at the Illinois College of Nursing is a certificate/diploma program which will give each student the knowledge and skills needed to successfully work in a healthcare setting as a Practical Nurse. This program is 1100 clock hours and takes approximately 1 year to complete. The Practical Nursing program we offer incorporates biological sciences, social sciences, nursing theory and clinical experience through classroom instruction, laboratory simulations, externships in clinical settings such as hospitals and nursing care facilities, and online practice and exam preparation to deliver the educational instruction required to take the NCLEX-PN exam.
BIOLOGY 110: Anatomy and Physiology I
This course will introduce concepts of normal body structure and function, human growth and development and principles of nutrition. Focus will be applied to the structure and function of cells, tissues, the integumentary, muscular, skeletal and nervous systems.
BIOLOGY 111: Anatomy and Physiology II
This course is a continuation of Biology 110. This course will continue to examine normal body structure and function, human growth and development and principles of nutrition specifically for the respiratory, cardio-vascular, reproductive, urinary, digestive and endocrine systems and how it relates to nursing.
NURSING 101: Fundamentals of Nursing
This course focuses on the fundamental principles and skills for practical nursing. The course content includes math and science, medical terminology, knowledge of the healthcare system, legal and ethical responsibilities, safety practices, principles of infection control, first aid, basic patient care competencies, human growth and development, principles of nutrition, basic communication skills, and employability skills.
NURSING 102: Adult/Geriatric Nursing
This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills required for the care and management of the Adult client. The course will focus on acute and chronic conditions affecting adults including, signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests, treatment and care. Principles of nutrition and pharmacology are continuous throughout the course.
NURSING 103: Medical-Surgical Nursing
This course gives an introduction to medical surgical nursing and pharmacology. The course will provide students with the knowledge and skills required for the management of common, acute and chronic, medical and surgical conditions. Principles of pharmacology as it pertains to medical surgical nursing will also be presented in the course.
NURSING 104: Maternal/Newborn Nursing
This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills required for the care and management of child bearing women and newborns. The course will focus on the normal and abnormal pregnancy, labor and delivery, the peurperium and the newborn. Principles of normal growth and development, psychosocial considerations, conditions related to the female reproductive and urinary systems, nursing care of mother and infant throughout the maternity cycle and pharmacology are continuous throughout the course.
Nursing 105: Pediatric Nursing
This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills required for the care and management of the pediatric client. The course will focus on common illnesses occurring in childhood. Principles of pharmacology are continuous throughout the course.
Nursing 106: Pharmacology
This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills required for effective and safe medication administrations via oral, topical, subcutaneous, intradermal and intramuscular routes, knowledge of drug names (generic and trade), classifications, safety categories, indications, action, pharmacokinetics, contraindications and precautions, adverse reactions and side effects, interactions, routes of administration, dosage, availability, patient assessment, lab test considerations, implementation, patient/family teaching and evaluation.