• Practical Nursing Certificate Curriculum

  • *Restricted Entry Certificate

    Catalog Year 2018-2019*

    *Information regarding the requirements for this Restricted Entry program is available by accessing the Practical Nursing page.

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    The Practical Nursing program at Mt. Hood Community College is four terms in length. The majority of the Practical Nursing courses are offered online, or evenings and weekends. All labs and clinical are offered on site. Upon completion of program requirements, students earn a Certificate of Completion and will be eligible to apply and take the Practical Nurse National Council Licensure Examination (PN-NCLEX). Licensure is granted through the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

    This program curriculum will prepare students for the ever-changing field of practical nursing within a variety of healthcare settings. The program focuses on the practical nursing role of providing care under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician in acute care, long term care and clinic healthcare settings. Curriculum includes coursework from the biological and applied sciences including anatomy and physiology, social sciences and humanities. Students study fundamental principles and procedures of practical nursing, medication administration, infection control, pharmacology and the practical nurse’s contribution to the nursing process. Coursework includes theoretical nursing concepts that address the practical nurse role in patient teaching and the delivery of nursing skills according to current standards of practice. Curriculum threads include care of the client throughout the life span, legal and ethical responsibilities of the licensed practical nurse and working within an interdisciplinary team.

    Program Outcomes

    At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

    • Demonstrate a personal commitment to service and the profession of nursing
    • Demonstrate ethical and legal behavior in nursing practice
    • Apply logic and problem solving skills when implementing the plan of care
    • Provide culturally sensitive care across the lifespan to individuals within a diverse society
    • Apply established principles of health promotion and preventive health care
    • Use communication and information technology
    • Provide clinically competent care through use of established standards and practice guidelines
    • Use clear and effective therapeutic communication with clients, families, members of the healthcare team, and others
    • Function as a member of the healthcare team.

    Application to the Practical Nursing program: Prospective students must satisfactorily meet admission program criteria and the application deadline to be considered for admission. Specific requirements and application packets are available at mhcc.edu/PracticalNursing. Program information sessions are offered on a regular basis; dates and places are listed on the website at mhcc.edu/NursingContact/. Students are encouraged to address further questions about the program and/or requirements to MHCC’s Academic Advising and Transfer Office, 503-491-7315.

    Application Requirements Pre-program Courses (2018 - 2019)
    Courses noted with an asterisk (*) must be completed prior to application, the remainder will need to be completed before beginning the Practical Nursing program. The following list of courses is intended for students taking their preparatory courses at MHCC.

    Note: All pre-program requirements must be completed with a grade of “C” or better and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required.

    Pre-program Courses
    Course Number
    Course Title
    BI121 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology I1* 4
    BI122 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
    CIS120L Computer Concepts Lab I1* 1
    MTH0656 Beginning Algebra II (or higher) 3* 4
    WR121 English Composition4 4
    RD115 Reading for College Success5 * 3

    Please check course descriptions for prerequisite information.

    1Bi231, BI232 and BI233 may be substituted for BI121 and BI122.
    2 Applicants who have not completed CIS120L may take a challenge exam to fulfill this requirement. Please note, the challenge credit will be recorded as an “S” (satisfactory) grade and will not be included in the GPA calculation. For more information regarding the challenge exam process, please go to https://www.mhcc.edu/challenge
    3A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)
    4Students who have taken this course prior to summer 2010 may use the three-credit version to satisfy the WR121.
    5Students must take RD115 or place into RD117 on the College Placement Test (CPT)
    6Students can also complete MTH058

    Additional Application Requirements

    • Current Certified Nursing Assistant Card documentation (CNA) issued by a State Board of Nursing

    The following curriculum is for students admitted to the program beginning Spring 2018

    Note: All certificate requirements must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
    In addition, students must complete the following before starting the Practical Nursing courses:

    • American Heart Association healthcare provider CPR course
    • Immunization - completion of all required immunizations as listed in the application packet
    • Pass the criminal background check

    Accommodations are available by following the procedures established by MHCC Disabilities Services Office.

    First Quarter (Spring 2018)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    AH110 Medical Language for Healthcare Settings1 2
    PN100 Introduction to Practical Nursing Theory 4
    PN100L Introduction to Practical Nursing Lab 2
    PN104 Pharmacology in Practical Nursing I 2
    PN111 Nursing Success Strategies 2
    Second Quarter (Summer 2018)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    PN101 Foundations of Practical Nursing 5
    PN101L Foundations of Practical Nursing Lab 4
    PN105 Pharmacology in Practical Nursing II 3
    Third Quarter (Fall 2018)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    PN102 Fundamentals of Adult Care 7
    PN102L Fundamentals of Adult Care Lab 4
    PSY237 Human Development2 4
    Fourth Quarter (Winter 2019)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    PN103 Advanced and Specialty Practical Nursing 7
    PN103L Advanced and Specialty Practical Nursing Lab 6
    Total Credits 603

    1 PSY201 is a prerequisite to PSY237 if taken at MHCC.
    2Total credits include general education requirements included in the pre-program requirements.

    Please check the MHCC Practical Nursing website for any curricular changes that have occurred since the catalog was published.