• Practical Nursing

    Coordinator: Crystal Oldham                                  Instructors:    Hollie Hild and Taylor Weese


    Program Misson Statement

    The goal of the Hillyard Technical Center Practical Nursing Program is to maintain a supportive learning environment which promotes students’ critical thinking, professional accountability, and ethical decision making.  The program provides students with the knowledge, entry-level skills, and technical training necessary for the promotion of health and in the care of persons who are ill, injured, or experiencing alterations in normal health processes, and/or continue in their pursuit of higher education.

    Program Decription 

    The Practical Nursing Program integrates content and concepts in biological, physical, social and behavioral sciences. Nursing science is based upon the nursing process and integrates theory and clinical instruction to encompass the promotion, maintenance and restoration of physical and mental health and the prevention of illness throughout the life cycle. Supervised clinical instruction is provided at various health care settings. 
    The program is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing, the State Department of Education, and sponsored by the School District of St. Joseph. 
    The students completing the program will receive a certificate of completion. Graduates are elibigle to apply to the State Board of Nursing to take the national licensing examination. Only the State Board of Nursing can grant permission to take the examination. Passage of the licensure examination qualifies the individual as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Licensing does not guarantee employment
    as a Licensed Practical Nurse. 

    This course is approximately eleven (11) months in length, or 45 weeks, not including the winter holiday and vacation time. Classes meet five days per week at the Hillyard Technical Center classrooms. Classes are held between 7:00 A.M.. and 2:30 P.M.. However, times are subject to change. Clinical site education hours are typically 6:30 A.M.. to 2:30 P.M.. However, clinical education hours may vary by assignment.  

  •  Cost of Attendance:  Approximately $13,000 (This includes all text books, supplies, and state board registration and examination fees.)

    Prerequisites:  Human Anatomy & Physiology.  A transferable course must include a laboratory experience and cover all body systems. It is strongly recommended that you take Human Anatomy and Physiology for college credit, to make articulation easier with RN programs. Prerequisites must be completed by the third week of July, in the year you plan to start in the program.  A grade of C or above is required for prerequisites.
    Selection Criteria: Application file must be complete with transcripts/GED, pre-entrance assessment results and three references, to be considered.  Call to confirm file is complete.  Applicants are rated by: grade point average; pre-entrance assessment results; Human Anatomy and Physiology grade, if completed; Medical Terminology, if completed; transcript grades in science and math, if taken; three references, and health care work experience. 
    Application to the Program
    • Completed Adult Program Application form
    • Non-refundable $35 application fee
    • Pre-entrance exam (TEAS)
    • Official high school or GED transcript
    • Any post-secondary transcripts if applicable
    • Three reference letter (must use the forms provided)
    • Signed Confidential Release waiver 
    Requirements For Admission
    • Applicants must be 18 years of age
    • Must have transportation to the clinical sites that can be up to 75 miles away from St. Joseph. 
    • Pre-entrance TEAS score of 50 or above
    • Must have High School diploma or High School Equivalency (HSE)
    • Completion and pass grade of "C" or better in Human Anatomy & Physiology (with lab) prior to start of class
    • Selected applicants must participate in an on-site interview 
    Admission Process:
    Admission into Hillyard technical Center's Practical Nursing Training program is competitive. All completed applications that meet the "Requirements for Admission" will be ranked in an objective, numerical format. The top scoring applicants will be interviewed for a class position. During the interview you will be asked to write a 200-300 word essay on why you want to be accepted into the Practical Nursing program.
    Hillyard Technical Center follows the St. Joseph School District calendar, which can be found under the 'District Info' tab on their website homepage.
  • Semester 1
    Personal Vocational Concepts/Communications
    Nutrition and Diet Therapy
    Fundamentals of Nursing
    Geriatric Nursing
    Medical Surgical Nursing I
    Clinical I
    Semester 2
    IV Therapy
    Pediatric Nursing
    Growth and Development
    Medical Surgical Nursing II
    Maternal and Newborn Nursing
    Leadership and Management 
    Mental Health Nursing
    Clinical II
  • National Licensing Examination Pass Rates
    2019: 100%
    2018: 89.5%
    2017:  92.3%
    2016:  75.86%
    2015:  79.17%
    2014:  100% 
    2013:  82.76%
    2012:  88.89%
    2011:  92.59%
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