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GREATER ALTOONA CAREER & TECHNOLOGY CENTER
1500 Fourth Avenue • Altoona, PA 16602 • 814.946.8450
HOURS: Monday thru Friday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

LPN program

LPN program

LPN program

Curriculum

 

LEVEL I 215 Hours Theory; 204 hours clinical

FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING:
This course is designed to introduce the student to basic procedures that are practiced daily
in the care of adult and older adult patients with acute and long-term nursing needs. Basic
principles in the role of the Practical Nurse as a member of the health team are emphasized as
well as the importance of personal health in relation to caring for the patient. Normal nutrition
is presented as related to meeting the dietary needs of the patient. Course includes modules on
communication as well as care of the geriatric patient. C.P.R. certification is a pre-requisite of
the course.

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY:
A progressive course of study designed to provide the student with the fundamental knowledge
of the normal structure and function of the human body and the deviations from normal, as
they apply to nursing. Formal lectures dealing with each system of the body, in conjunction
with laboratory projects and clinical experiences, enable the student to correlate and integrate
theory to the individual patient. Aspects of chemistry. physics, nutrition, and microbiology are
incorporated into the course of study.

LEVEL II 144 Hours Theory; 212 hours clinical

SURGICAL NURSING I:
This course is designed to provide the student with the basic concepts of giving total patient
care to the surgical patient. Pre and post-operative care is emphasized, along with related patient
rehabilitation. An introduction to the principles of asepsis and disinfection is included. A unit
on oncology nursing acquaints the student with the treatments and nursing care of the cancer
patient. In addition, each unit discusses the geriatric patient and specific nursing interventions
related to the care of these patients. Critical thinking and priority setting exercise / case
studies are included in each unit. Clinical experience is scheduled to coincide with theoretical
instruction.

MEDICAL NURSING I:
Basic concepts of total patient care, gerontology, and thanantology are presented as they relate
to the patient, the family unit, and the community. Nursing care related to patients with diseases
and disorders of the Endocrine System. Emphasis is placed on the sociological aspects of nursing
as they relate to major health problems and sources of appropriate community referral agencies.
Theory and clinical experience are integrated. In addition, each unit discusses the geriatric
patient and specific nursing interventions related to the care of these patients. Critical thinking
and priority setting exercise / case studies are included in each unit. Clinical experience is
scheduled to coincide with theoretical instruction.

MATERNAL-CHILD NURSING OBSTETRICS:
Introduction to the basic concepts of obstetrical care includes detailed study and review of
human reproduction systems, conception, and fetal development, care of the mother through
the normal course of prenatal labor and delivery, and post-partum period. Characteristics of the
normal newborn, growth and development, and care of the infant is incorporated along with the
complications of pregnancy. Emphasis is placed upon family teaching throughout the clinical
experience. Clinical experience is scheduled to coincide with theoretical instruction.

MATERNAL-CHILD NURSING PEDIATRICS:
This course is designed to include a progressive study of the child from infancy to adolescence.
Milestones of growth and development, nutritional needs, and the study of disorders and diseases
provide the student with the foundations of nursing care of children. Clinical experience includes
a day in a Day Care Center, a pediatric physician's office, a surge-center, and WIC, which
coincides with theoretical instruction.

LEVEL III 160 Hours Theory; 267 hours clinical

PHARMACOLOGY I:
This course presents an overview of the science of drug therapy including terminology,
abbreviations, math calculations and administration of medications. Theory and clinical
experience is provided in the preparation and administration of topical, enteral, and parenteral
medications. Introduction to intravenous therapy is designed to provide the Practical Nurse with
fundamental knowledge within the LPN scope of practice. Principles of IV therapy, related
anatomy and physiology, clinical monitoring, infection control, principles of drug administration,
and basic IV equipment is included.

SURGICAL NURSING II:
This course includes theory and clinical experience in the application of nursing care to
adult patients with the more common diseases and disorders of circulation, ventilation,
urology, reproduction and documentation. Emphasis is placed on conditions requiring surgical
intervention. Rehabilitative measures, dietary modifications, diagnostic tests, and documentation
round out this course. In addition, each unit discusses the geriatric patient and specific nursing
interventions related to the care of these patients. Critical thinking and priority setting exercise/
case studies are included in each unit. Clinical experience is scheduled to coincide with
theoretical instruction.

MEDICAL NURSING II:
This course includes theory and clinical experience in the application of nursing care to adult
patients with the more common diseases and disorders of circulation, ventilation, urology and
reproduction.

Emphasis is placed on medical treatment rather than surgical intervention. A unit on sexuality
as a health concern increases awareness of total patient care. In addition, each unit discusses the
geriatric patient and specific nursing interventions related to the care of these patients. Critical
thinking and priority setting exercise/case studies are included in each imit. Clinical experience
is scheduled to coincide with theoretical instruction.

LEVEL IV 130 Hours Theory; 232 hours clinical

PHARMACOLOGY II:
This course begins with a review of medication administration, general principles of
pharmacology, and calculation of drug dosages. The course is designed to provide a concise
introduction to pharmacology and presents common drugs used in each drug classification
module, including drug actions, uses, adverse reactions, and nursing management.

SURGICAL NURSING III:
This course includes theory and clinical experience in the application of nursing care to adult
patients with moderately complex nursing needs. Included are the more common diseases and
disorders of the digestive, nervous, integumentary and muscular-skeletal systems. A unit on
professional responsibilities helps prepare the student for the role of Graduate Practical Nurse. In
addition, each unit discusses the geriatric patient and specific nursing interventions related to the
care of these patients. Critical thinking and priority setting exercise / case studies are included in
each unit. Clinical experience is scheduled to coincide with theoretical instruction.

MEDICAL NURSING III:
This course includes theory and clinical experience in the application of nursing care to adult
patients with moderately complex nursing needs. Included are the more common diseases
and disorders of the digestive, nervous, sensory and endocrine systems. A unit on career
opportunities assists the student with the transition from student to graduate. In addition, each
unit discusses the geriatric patient & specific nursing interventions related to the care of these
patients. Critical thinking and priority setting exercise/case studies are included in each unit.
Clinical experience is scheduled to coincide with theoretical instruction.


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