Practical Nursing is three semesters for full-time day students, and four semesters for part-time evening students. Included is classroom instruction with concurrent clinical experiences in long-term care facilities as well as in the acute care settings. It is designed to prepare the student for licensure as a practical nurse. Chapter 464 (Nurse Practice Act) of the Florida Statutes defines the practice of practical nursing as the “performance of selected acts, including the administration of treatments and medications, in the care of the ill, injured, or infirm and promotion of wellness, maintenance of health, and prevention of illness of others under the direction of a registered nurse, a licensed physician, a licensed osteopathic physician, a licensed pediatric physician, or a licensed dentist. This program requires fulltime enrollment. Night classes available.
Practical Nursing Mission Statement
The Practical Nursing Program is committed to providing a high standard of quality nursing education to all students. This will be accomplished by providing a good foundation in basic nursing knowledge and skills, critical thinking and personal qualities. Through cooperative team efforts, our graduate practical nurses will be: successful in their certification requirements; be prepared for entry level nursing positions; adopt measures that ensure the safe practice of nursing; show sensitivity to cultural diversity; promote health habits that contribute to total wellness; and, become lifelong learners.