Online Practical Nursing Courses at Accredited Schools

CDI College is effective at equipping students via its practical nursing courses to be successful practical nurses, nurses, nurse practitioners, natural health practitioners, etc. and connect them to future employers. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, at present there are 2,583,770 people employed as registered nurses alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $66,530. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses make on average $40,900 per year and there are about 728,670 of them employed today.

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Practical Nursing Courses at CDI College

Program Name: Practical Nursing
PN Student Success Strategies
Course Number PN1000
Credits 20.0

This course will cover the fundamental roles, responsibilities, and expectations of PN students and PN faculty members in this highly intensive educational program. There will be an emphasis on students taking an active role in their own learning. There will also be coverage of essay and research report writing, understanding plagiarism, referencing, and citations. This course will develop student skills so that they are able to maximize learning in theory and lab coursework (i.e. listening skills development, effective note-taking) and are able to practice effective study strategies outside of class. Tips for time and stress management will be overviewed. Group theory and effective work in groups will also be introduced in this course

Health I
Course Number PN1010
Credits 36.0

This course introduces the learner to the concept of health as a dynamic, non-static process, rather than a goal. Viewed within the context of Canadian society, health is seen as a holistic process on which our daily choices have a significant effect. The integration of body, mind, and spirit will be examined in order to develop an appreciation for the idea that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an impact on our state of health, and that health is comprised of six dimensions, each of which impacts well-being. Health promotion will be examined throughout the lifespan

Healing I
Course Number PN1020
Credits 36.0

This course will provide the learner with the opportunity to explore healing as a holistic process. In doing so, the following concepts will be examined: complimentary approaches to healing, common challenges to the healing process, the needs of persons with disabilities from a healing perspective, the concept of primary health care as a method of promoting healing, and basic Pharmacology

Human Relationships I
Course Number PN1030
Credits 24.0

This course will provide opportunities for participants to examine and practice the importance of caring within the context of human relationships; their own interpersonal style and how it affects others; interpersonal skills necessary to establish helping relationships; the phases of helping relationships between nurses and their clients; effective communication skills in groups; and ways of adapting communication when interacting with the physically and/or mentally disabled person

Professional Growth I
Course Number PN1040
Credits 24.0

This course introduces the learner to the evolution and position of practical nursing as a health profession within the health care system. It focuses on the legal, ethical, and philosophical bases for practice. The PN role, inter-disciplinary team, partnership, delegation, reporting and documenting are discussed. This course also explores reflective writing, practice, and critical thinking skills

Nursing Arts I
Course Number PN1060
Credits 120.0

This course emphasizes the development of basic nursing skills that support health promotion. The classroom and laboratory components will assist the learner in acquiring the basic knowledge and skills of nursing assessment of health and environment, promotion of independence, activity, comfort, and personal care skills. This course is intended to help learners integrate theory from other courses with selected clients. Organizational skills, safety to practice and therapeutic communication are underlying themes of Nursing Arts

Practicum I: Community
Course Number PN1070
Credits 75.0

This three-week community practicum provides the learner with an opportunity to integrate the theory from semester 1 into practice. It offers the learner experience in working with individuals who are disabled in a variety of community settings including residential care, community care, palliative care, ambulatory care, daycare, and respite care

Health II
Course Number PN2010
Credits 18.0

Society is bombarded with a variety of myths, stereotypes, and prejudices related to aging. To gain a more factual picture of aging, we will explore the process and theories of aging. In particular, we will examine the demographic profile of the older adult, along with issues such as the aging family, personal adjustments required by the aging individual, and community resources available for the aging person. Health promotion and wellness in the older adult is a major theme. Gerophamacology will be addressed in this course

Healing II
Course Number PN2020
Credits 72.0

This course introduces the learner to gerontology, gerontological nursing, and the legal and ethical considerations related to caring for the older adult. It examines the age-related diseases in all body systems including psychogeriactric disorders and associated nursing interventions

Human Relationships II
Course Number PN2030
Credits 27.0

This course focuses on effective communication with the older adult. While it is generally agreed that the ability to communicate is an essential ingredient of being with others, age-related changes often interfere with the process. The nurse needs to learn not only to communicate effectively with the older adult on a one to one basis, but also needs to understand the benefits of group communications to the psychosocial well being of the older adult. In addition, this course emphasizes the importance of effective communication and leadership skills with co-workers in long-term care settings

Professional Issues I
Course Number PN2040
Credits 18.0

This Course Is A Further Exploration Of The Legal And Ethical Responsibilities Of The Lpn, Along A View Towards The Standards Of Practice, Competencies, Code Of Ethics, And The Scope Of Practice Of Other Regulated Health Professionals. An Analysis Of The Roles Of The Regulatory Bodies, Including The Clpnbc And The Rnabc Will Be Conducted. Learners Will Also Increase Their Understanding Of The Process, Procedures, And Expectations Of Pn Exam Registration And Licensing

Nursing Arts II
Course Number PN2060
Credits 90.0

This course emphasizes the development of practical nursing competencies in order to promote health and healing when caring for the older adult. Clients are viewed from a holistic perspective based on an accurate and comprehensive assessment of their unique needs. Laboratory and clinical experience component with promote integration of theory of practice

Practicum II: Gerontology
Course Number PN2070
Credits 180.0

This six-week practicum in intended to provide the student with a supervised experiences which will enhance the learner’s ability to integrate theory to practice in caring for the older adult in diverse care settings. Some examples include adult day centers, intermediate care, extended care, special needs units /psychogeriatric care

Health III
Course Number PN3010
Credits 45.0

This course focuses on the promotion of health for individuals across the lifespan in acute care. Health promotion programs will be examined. The role of the practical nurse in supporting and assisting clients in acquiring information is explored to include the maternal and child client group. The responsibilities of accurate reporting and documenting will be discussed. The nurse also needs to understand the collaboration between various health sectors in order to ease transition when clients enter or leave acute care. Opportunities for client teaching and learning will be stressed

Healing III
Course Number PN3020
Credits 63.0

This course emphasizes the promotion of healing of individuals across the lifespan in acute care and chronic diseases. The practical nurse must understand the pathophysiolgy, clinical manifestations and the appropriate nursing interventions to plan and deliver care for clients

Professional Issues II
Course Number PN3040
Credits 18.0

This course is intended to prepare the student for the role of a licensed practical nurse. It further explores his/her role as an advocate and partner. Issues such as Standards of Practice and professional and union affiliations in practical nursing are discussed. Being an effective team member, change theory, and lifelong learning are explored

Nursing Arts III
Course Number PN3060
Credits 90.0

This course emphasizes the development of nursing skills in the promotion of health and healing when caring or individuals who require acute nursing interventions. Building on the theory and practice from semesters I & II, a nursing process approach to the management of care is reinforced while integrating new knowledge and technical skills relevant in an acute care setting. The focus is on performing accurate, comprehensive nursing assessments and using the nursing process to determine care for clients requiring acute care across the lifespan. Opportunities for client teaching and learning will be stressed. The laboratory setting as well as the hospital setting will provide the opportunity for integration of theory to practice

Practicum III: Acute Care
Course Number PN3070
Credits 180.0

This five-week practicum provides the student with experience, which will enhance his/her ability to integrate and build on theory and practice in caring for individuals across the lifespan who require acute nursing interventions. The selection of learning experiences should be based client acuity and complexity. The distinct role of the practical nurse as a partner, collaborator and advocate with the health care team and the client needs to be emphasized

Preceptorship / Grad Preparation
Course Number PN3000
Credits 25.0

This One Week Course Is Developed Specifically To Prepare The Practical Nursing Student For Preceptorship And Clinical Work After Graduation. Guidance Will Also Be Given To The Student In Filling Out Forms Required To Apply For The National Exam (cpnre) And For Clpnbc Licensing

Course Number PN3080
Credits 180.0

The intent of the preceptorship is to provide transition for the learner from student to graduate. During this time, the student will work closely with a preceptor who will guide the student as a facilitator, teacher, and as a mentor to help the student gain further insights, awareness and knowledge through the realities of the work setting. Program instructors will collaborate with the preceptor and learner to facilitate the preceptorship

Human Anatomy and Physiology
Course Number MAP150
Credits 4.0

This course provides students with opportunities to gain knowledge and understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Emphasis is given to various homeostatic mechanisms that promote human adaptation and survival. Selected disorders associated with the body systems are included.

Program description: CDI College stands out among practical nursing schools for its commitment to quality education and the success of our students. Nursing, in Canada and around the world, is a highly respected and in-demand profession. A Practical Nurse is a valued member of any healthcare team. You need the right education to learn the nursing skills you'll need to thrive in workplaces like hospitals, clinics, schools, or long-term facilities.

CDI College's 51-week training program thoroughly prepares students to enter a satisfying career as a practical nurse. The curriculum covers both practical and academic components to nursing education. The Nursing Arts courses teach students both holistic and clinical nursing placements in medical centres, acute care facilities, and gerontology wards. At the end of the program, students participate in a preceptorship and job search training in order to launch their practical nursing careers.

Practical Nursing Courses by State & City

Top 20 US Practical Nursing Schools (campus and online)

University of Pennsylvania
Total Programs 188
Number of Subjects 140
Rank in USA 5th
University of Southern California
Total Programs 251
Number of Subjects 166
Rank in USA 10th
Vanderbilt University
Total Programs 144
Number of Subjects 81
Rank in USA 17th
Boston College
Total Programs 112
Number of Subjects 94
Rank in USA 29th
Emory University
Total Programs 112
Number of Subjects 89
Rank in USA 30th
University of California-Davis
Total Programs 160
Number of Subjects 114
Rank in USA 41st
Michigan State University
Total Programs 220
Number of Subjects 164
Rank in USA 45th
University of Miami
Total Programs 177
Number of Subjects 151
Rank in USA 69th
University of Rochester
Total Programs 145
Number of Subjects 102
Rank in USA 76th
Case Western Reserve University
Total Programs 134
Number of Subjects 101
Rank in USA 87th
University of Vermont
Total Programs 141
Number of Subjects 127
Rank in USA 113th
Loyola University Chicago
Total Programs 160
Number of Subjects 125
Rank in USA 144th
University of North Carolina-Wilmington
Total Programs 93
Number of Subjects 101
Rank in USA 151st
University of San Diego
Total Programs 88
Number of Subjects 92
Rank in USA 155th
Duquesne University
Total Programs 152
Number of Subjects 127
Rank in USA 166th
Seattle University
Total Programs 106
Number of Subjects 118
Rank in USA 169th
Frankford Hospital School of Nursing
Total Programs 2
Number of Subjects 6
Rank in USA 173rd
St Joseph's College of Nursing at St Joseph's Hospital Health Center
Total Programs 2
Number of Subjects 6
Rank in USA 181st
Valparaiso University
Total Programs 117
Number of Subjects 105
Rank in USA 188th
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
Total Programs 202
Number of Subjects 152
Rank in USA 194th