• Practical Nursing

    Coordinator: Crystal Odham                                  Instructors:    Lyndsey Bailey and Taylor Weese


     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 conditionally 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. 
  • Course Description and Curriculum

    This course is approximately eleven (11) months in length, or 45 weeks, not including the winter hiliday and vation 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.  

    Hillyard Technical Center follows the St. Joseph School District calendar, which can be found under the 'District Info' tab on their website homepage.
    Valid High School Dipolma or High School Equivalency (HSE)
    Human Anatomy & Physiology
    Requirements For Admission
    • Applicants muset by 18 years of age
    • Must have transportation to the clinical sites that can be up to 75 mils away from St. Joseph. Must score at a level on pre-entrance assessment that indicates ability for academic success (50 or above)
    • Must have High School diploma or High School Equivalency (HSE)
    • Must have a minimum HS grade point average of 2.5
    • 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.
  • Semester 1
    Personal Vocational Concepts
    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
    2017:  92.3%
    2016:  75.86%
    2015:  79.17%
    2014:  100% 
    2013:  82.76%
    2012:  88.89%
    2011:  92.59%
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