History of the Practical Nursing Program

Lawson State's PN Program, like it's RN Program, celebrates one of the highest pass rates in the state on NCLEX and has a celebrated history of sustainability with proven results.  In 1973, the Practical Nursing Program was founded at (formerly Bessemer State Technical College) now Lawson State Community College (2005) under the Department of Health Professions.
The program is designed to education both men and women to become Practical Nurses (PN), prepared for nursing practice and to be eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Licensure as a PN (NCLEX-PN). Graduates are encouraged to write the NCLEX-PN examination within 45 days of graduation.

Nursing education is comprised of both general education and nursing courses. Utilizing planned learning experiences, the curriculum for the PN program is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and technical skills necessary for competent practice. These experiences progress from simple to complex and emphasize the acquisition of skills and the application of scientific principles necessary in caring for individual or groups of individuals who are located along the health-illness continuum and are at various stages in the developmental process. The focus of the nursing education program is to prepare a registered nurse who functions as a self-directed individual, and who accepts responsibility and accountability for his/her personal and professional behavior.

Through an organized sequence of planned guided learning experiences, students are provided a solid foundation upon which to develop cognitive, psychomotor, and affective abilities necessary to make sound nursing decisions and to practice competently as a practical nurse. The curriculum plan provides for the acquisition of knowledge, attitudes, and skills inherent in the roles basic to practical nursing practice including the roles of provider of care, manager of care, and member within the discipline of nursing. Graduates of the PN program are strongly encouraged to pursue advanced professional degrees.

Practical Nursing Program Information

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The Practical Nursing Program consists of three (3) sequential semesters. In the curriculum outline below you will notice the general education courses as part of the curriculum. Faculty advise students to complete all general education courses prior to entering the PN program.

Below you will find the current PN Curriculum Outline.  Information regarding the upcoming curriculum change will be posted when approved by ACEN.

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Term 1
MTH 100 or higher (Can be taken prior to Term 1, but not after) 3 - - 3 3
BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (Can be taken prior to Term 1, but not after) 3 1 - 4 5
NUR 102 Fundamentals of Nursing 3 2 1 6 12
NUR 103 Health Assessment - 1 - 1 3
NUR 104 Introduction to Pharmacology - 1 - 1 3
                                           Term Total  9 5 1 15  27 
Term 2
ENG 101 English Composition(Can be taken prior to Term 1, but not after Term 2) 3 - - 3 3
BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (Can be taken prior to Term 1, but not after Term 2) 3 1 1 4 5
NUR 105 Adult Health Nursing 5 1 2 8 14
NUR 106 Maternal/Child Nursing 4 - 1 5 7
                                           Term Total 15 2  3  20  29 
Term 3
NUR 107 Adult/Child Nursing 5 - 3 8 14
NUR 108 Psychosocial Nursing 2 - 1 3 5
NUR 109 Role Transition for the Practical Nurse 2 1 - 3 5
                                           Term Total 2  1  4  14  24 
Total Hours 33 8 8 49 80

Please click here for a printable PN Curriculum Outline. **Earn Extra Points for when you apply by taking BIO103 Principles of Biology, HPS103 Foundational Competencies for Health Professions and MTH186 Dosage Calculations. Click HERE to learn more information about the application point system.