This career major prepares the student to become a licensed practical nurse, who is an important member of the health care team while working under the supervision or direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician or dentist. Students will learn the role of the LPN and how to care for a variety of patients including geriatric, pediatric, oncology, and pre/post—operative patients. Students will learn how to identify patient disease and disorder processes, engage in appropriate interventions and evaluate nursing care. Graduates of this career major will be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN and become licensed through the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.
The instructional focus of the program is on the process of learning how to learn. Learning is enhanced in a collaborative environment characterized by active, responsible student involvement and instructors who function as facilitators, experts, and resources. Students are responsible for their own learning, while faculty are responsible for maintaining an expert knowledge base, managing the learning environment to the maximum benefit of the learner, and implementing teaching strategies and methodologies to meet student learning styles.
The PN program proceeds at a very fast pace. To be successful, students should expect to spend a minimum of 20-25 hours per week studying outside of class and clinical time. The program has 1508 hours of instruction.
Required Prerequisites: Applicants must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma (or HiSET, GED, etc.), be up to date on immunizations, and complete the Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers course from the American Heart Association.
Applications are accepted online and by mail every spring for classes starting in July and August. Click here for additional information about the PN Application.