Practical Nursing

Program Description

The Practical Nursing program is designed to prepare the student to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. The program consists of both classroom instruction and supervised clinical activities in accredited hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care agencies.

Since man is a biological, psychological, and spiritual being who is evolving across the life span, it is essential that nursing needs be met by caring, supportive persons who recognize the many facets and who respect individuality. The program content has been developed utilizing the Administrative Rules for the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners (LSBPNE). The nursing program incorporates the concepts of holistic nursing, hierarchy of needs, stress and adaptation, creative problem-solving, and psychosocial development.

Students who are unable to complete the Practical Nursing Program may be awarded a Certificate in Nursing Assistant if they satisfactorily complete and can demonstrate the competencies of OBRA skills, as determined by the instructor, and complete a minimum of 40 hours of clinical activities.

Upon graduation, the student is awarded a diploma and is eligible to take the National Council of State Boards Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Practical Nurses.

Students should note that some courses have prerequisites, which must be successfully completed before enrolling into upper level courses. All course work must be completed with at least 80% or above for program progression and completion.

Students entering the Practical Nursing program will be enrolled in the AAS degree and be advised to follow the mapped curriculum which matriculates students using a cohort model. Students completing the required ANUR coursework and opting not to complete the general education courses will earn the technical diploma. Students completing the required general education coursework will graduate with the AAS degree. Graduates will be eligible to apply for licensure by examination to practice as a practical nurse. LSBPNE does not require students to complete the AAS degree to apply for licensure.

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Curriculum

Practical Nursing-513901-AAS
Course No. Course Title Lecture Lab Total Credit Hrs
Semester 1
ANUR 1040 PN Anatomy & Physiology 5 0 5
ANUR 1233 Nursing Fundamentals I 3 1 4
ANUR 1240 Nursing Fundamentals II 3 1 4
ANUR 1350 Introduction to Health Care 3 0 3
16
Semester 2
ANUR 2103 Basic Nutrition 2 0 2
ANUR 2110 Medical-Surgical Nursing Concepts I 5 0 5
ANUR 2112 Medical-Surgical Nursing Clinical Applications I 0 3 3
ANUR 2323 Pediatric Nursing 2 0.5 2.5
12.5
Semester 3
ANUR 1450 Basic Pharmacology 4 0 4
ANUR 2223 Mental Health Nursing Concepts 2 0.5 2.5
6.5
Semester 4
ANUR 2210 Medical-Surgical Nursing Concepts II 5 0 5
ANUR 2212 Medical-Surgical Nursing Clinical Applications II 0 3 3
ANUR 2230 IV Therapy Concepts 3 0 3
ANUR 2243 Maternal/Neonate Nursing 2 0.5 2.5
13.5
Semester 5
ANUR 2310 Medical-Surgical Nursing Concepts III 5 0 5
ANUR 2312 Medical-Surgical Nursing Clinical Applications III 0 3 3
ANUR 2340 Advanced Pharmacology 3 0 3
ANUR 2353 Practical Nursing Professionalism 2 0.5 2.5
13.5
Semester 6
General Ed English Composition 3 0 3
General Ed Mathematics 3 0 3
General Ed Humanities 3 0 3
General Ed Social/Behavioral Science 3 0 3
General Ed Biological Science 3 0 3
15
AAS – Practical Nursing   77
Total Clock Hours 1740
Practical Nursing-513901-Diploma Certificate Options
Course No. Course Title Lecture Lab Total Credit Hrs
Semester 1
ANUR 1040 PN Anatomy & Physiology 5 0 5
ANUR 1233 Nursing Fundamentals I 3 1 4
ANUR 1240 Nursing Fundamentals II 3 1 4
ANUR 1350 Introduction to Health Care 3 0 3
16
Semester 2
ANUR 2103 Basic Nutrition 2 0 2
ANUR 2110 Medical Surgical Nursing Concepts I 5 0 5
ANUR 2112 Medical Surgical Nursing Clinical Applications I 0 3 3
ANUR 2323 Pediatric Nursing 2 .5 2.5
12.5
Semester 3
ANUR 1450 Basic Pharmacology 4 0 4
ANUR 2223 Mental Health Nursing Concepts 2 .5 2.5
6.5
Semester 4
ANUR 2210 Medical-Surgical Nursing Concepts II 5 0 5
ANUR 2212 Medical-Surgical Nursing Clinical Applications II 0 3 3
ANUR 2230 IV Therapy Concepts 3 0 3
ANUR 2243 Maternal/Neonate Nursing 2 .5 2.5
13.5
Semester 5
ANUR 2310 Medical-Surgical Nursing Concepts III 5 0 5
ANUR 2312 Medical-Surgical Nursing Clinical Applications III 0 3 3
ANUR 2340 Advanced Pharmacology 3 0 3
ANUR 2353 Practical Nursing Professionalism 2 0.5 2.5
TD – Practical Nursing (62) 13.5
Total Clock Hours 1515

*The order of classes is subject to change.

Program Information

CIP Code: 513901

Program Type: Associate of Applied Science

Program Length: 77 Semester Credit Hours

Program Resources

Practical Nursing NCLEX Passage Rate
Term Lake Charles Lamar Salter Morgan Smith Oakdale
May 2019 95.45% 100%
December 2019 93.33% 100%
May 2020 83.33%
December 2020 100% 100%
May 2021 93.33%
December 2021 100% 100%
May 2022 92.31% 100%
December 2022 100%
May 2023 100% 82% 100%
December 2023
Practical Nursing New Class Start Times by Semester and Location
Location Semester
Lake Charles and Lamar Salter Every Fall Semester
Morgan Smith and Oakdale Fall 2023
Morgan Smith and Oakdale Fall 2025
Morgan Smith and Oakdale Fall 2027

Contact Information

Racheal Bilbo, MSN, RN

Practical Nursing Program Coordinator

Lake Charles Campus

(337) 421-6594 ext. 4511

racheal.bilbo@sowela.edu

Jenae Cormier, BSN, RN

Practical Nursing Program Coordinator

Jennings Instructional Site

(337) 824-4812 ext. 4660

jenae.cormier@sowela.edu

Gary Soileau, ADN, RN

Practical Nursing Program Coordinator

Oakdale Instructional Site

(318) 335-3944 ext. 4561

gary.soileau@sowela.edu

Britney Fox, BSN, RN

Practical Nursing Program Coordinator

(337) 537-3135 ext. 2211

britney.fox@sowela.edu

3820 Senator J. Bennett Johnston Avenue
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70615
(337) 421-6565
(800) 256-0483
info@sowela.edu

Mon-Thu: 7:45 AM to 4:15 PM
Friday: 7:45 AM to 12:00 PM
(337) 421-6550

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Title IX Officer

Candy Parker

candy.parker@sowela.edu

(337) 421-6510 or (800) 256-0483

3820 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, LA 70615

ADA Officer

Maegan Lewis

maegan.lewis@sowela.edu

(337) 421-6952 or (800) 256-0483

3850 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, LA 70615

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