The Practical Nursing Program at Ashland Community and Technical College is now accepting applications for the Fall Semester 2012 class, and March 1 is the application deadline.
"Practical Nursing is a good program for people from ages 18 to 50 plus who want a healthcare career that requires just three semesters of college," said Elizabeth McGinnis, ACTC assistant professor and program coordinator.
Accredited by the Kentucky Board of Nursing, the diploma program combines classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences. The program provides the knowledge and skills needed for a career as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). An LPN monitors, evaluates and responds to patient needs under the direction of a Registered Nurse or physician.
Under the guidance of faculty, students gain experience in the care of clients of all ages in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, health care facilities, long-term care facilities, child care centers and physician's offices.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council of Licensing Practical Nursing examination. ACTC graduates have high pass rates on the exam, McGinnis said. Once licensed, they can find employment as LPNs in hospitals, nursing homes or convalescent care centers, physicians' and dentists offices and in various other health care agencies.
Graduates may also choose to continue their education. "For many students, practical nursing is a stepping stone to other health careers," said McGinnis. "With a practical nursing diploma, they have a good foundation for future education in the nursing field."
Practical Nursing is a selective admission program, and prospective students need to complete an application for the program. Applicants must submit an ACTC application, program application, scores from the ACT or COMPASS test, and transcripts from other colleges attended.
Applications are available online at ashland.kctcs.edu under Academics, Programs of Study, Licensed Practical Nursing. Applications can be turned in at the Admissions Office at the College Drive Campus and the Student Services Offices at the Technology Drive Campus.
For more information, contact Professor McGinnis, 606-326-2150, 800-928-4256 ext. 62150 or email: Ewood0017@kctcs.edu.