Attend an upcoming information session and learn about Edmonds Community College's Practical Nursing program. Applications are being accepted for fall quarter 2014.
You can get your questions answered about the Practical Nursing program during your choice of six information sessions in Woodway Hall 101 on campus, 20000 68th Ave. W. Learn about requirements, documentation, courses, and TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) testing for the Practical Nursing program.
The financial aid deadline is June 1, and the deadline to apply is June 20. Classes begin in September. Find out more and download an application at www.edcc.edu/lpn.
The seven-quarter, part-time program takes 21 months to complete. It is designed for working students who hold a valid Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) license in Washington state and are currently working in direct patient care professions such as nursing assistants, medical assistants, or surgical technicians. The Practical Nursing program prepares individuals to become Licensed Practical Nurses, and graduates receive a certificate of proficiency in practical nursing.
"They are building on the experience they already have in health care," said Nursing Program Director Kyra McCoy. "Their nursing assistant certification is the first step on their nursing career ladder, and this program is the next step toward their eventual career goal."
Students will integrate theory and practice throughout the nursing program. Theory courses will be taught using online and in-class instruction. Students will apply their theoretical knowledge during laboratory experiences on campus one to two evenings per week and during clinical experiences caring for patients in long-term care facilities, acute care hospitals, and community agencies.
Edmonds CC's Practical Nursing program is the only one of its kind in Washington state. "It's the only option for part-time practical nursing study for those who need to continue to work while going to school," said McCoy. "After graduation, they can work as an LPN, which is a significant pay increase, as they continue on with their education to become a Registered Nurse with a bachelor's degree."
After graduation, individuals must take and pass the N-CLEX PN examination to be licensed by the state as a practical nurse. Licensed graduates are qualified for employment as entry-level staff in long-term care facilities, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and home care agencies.
"Many of the LPNs in our state are approaching retirement age," said McCoy. "A shrinking nursing workforce will continue to drive the demand for more nurses. Washington's aging population is also an important factor, as LPNs are the primary nursing care providers in elder-care settings."
Students may also choose classes that allow them to continue their studies in a Registered Nurse program.
The nursing program has admission requirements beyond those necessary for general admission to the college.