2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
    Apr 17, 2024  
2014-2015 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing - Nursing Education Program Practical Nurse Certificate of Proficiency

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PGM Code - 326A  

Program Description This program prepares individuals to become licensed practical nurses. Throughout the program, students integrate experience caring for patients in acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, and community agencies. Graduates receive a certificate of proficiency in Practical Nursing. After graduation, individuals must take and pass the NCLEX PN examination to be licensed by the state as a practical nurse. Licensed graduates are qualified for employment as entry level staff in long-term care facilities, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and home care agencies.

This seven quarter part time program is designed for students who hold valid Washington state Certified Nursing Assistant license and are currently working in a direct patient care profession such as nursing assistant, medical assistant, or surgical technician.

This program is by application only; admission requirements:

  • Complete an application form for admission to the practical nursing program
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in prerequisite classes
  • Two professional recommendations
  • National criminal background check
  • Current Certified Nursing Assistant licensure in Washington state
  • Minimum of six months recent patient care work experience
  • Complete TEAS V Test
  • Document technology skills

To view supplemental information and download an application form please go to: www.edcc.edu/lpn

Students planning to continue on to an RN program must meet the laddering requirements of the school to which they plan to apply AND should consider completing BIOL& 260 and MATH& 146.

Common Course Numbering Please refer to www.edcc.edu/ccn for more information.

Credit / Grade Requirements The certificate requires successful completion of 72 credits. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in all college level courses as well as achieve a minimum grade of 3.0 in each NURS course.

Cultural Diversity Requirement All students earning a degree or certificate of 45 credits or more must meet a cultural diversity (CD) requirement by taking at least five (5) credits of CD courses. To learn more, go to Academic Information – Cultural Diversity Requirement  in the online academic catalog.

Students Are Advised To

  • Plan their schedule several quarters in advance in order to accommodate courses that are offered only once or twice a year,
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning,
  • Communicate with an academic adviser, and
  • Submit an Evaluation Request - Transfer Credits Form (available in Enrollment Services) to activate the process of transferring credits to Edmonds CC.

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted online by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. Note: Applications for summer quarter are due by the 8th day of the quarter.

College Resources
College Website | www.edcc.edu
How to Enroll | www.edcc.edu/es
Transfer Center | www.edcc.edu/transfer
College Bookstore | www.edcc.edu/bookstore
Advising Appointments | 425.640.1458

Advisers for this program are
Kyra McCoy | kyra.mccoy@edcc.edu | 425.640.1990
Connie Lockwood | connie.lockwood@edcc.edu| 425.640.1691

Department Website
NURS | www.edcc.edu/lpn

Advising Note This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic adviser. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds CC certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

Certificate Prerequisites (27 credits)

Some courses have additional requirements; see course descriptions for more information. Prerequisites may be taken at any college, provided they are equivalent to the course listed. See the supplemental information sheet for course equivalencies. Minimum GPA of 2.75 in the following prerequisites courses, with no less than 2.0 in any single course, is required to be considered for admission to the program.

Prerequisite Signatures

Adviser’s Signature and Date

Dean’s Signature and Date

General Education Requirements (10 credits)

Program Requirements (62 credits)


  • Behave with commitment, accountability, and integrity in the practice of nursing according to the legal and ethical standards for a licensed practical nurse.
  • Apply sound interpersonal and therapeutic communication skills to communicate and collaborate effectively with clients, families, support persons, and other members of the healthcare team.
  • Collect holistic assessment data from all available sources and document and communicate this data to members of the healthcare team.
  • Employ critical thinking skills to collaborate with members of the healthcare team to assist in: developing nursing diagnoses, establishing client outcomes, planning and implementing nursing care, evaluating outcomes, and revising nursing care based on established nursing diagnoses and collaborative problems.
  • Demonstrate respect and empathy while providing safe, therapeutic, individualized nursing care according to the established care plan.
  • Demonstrate competency in technical nursing skills, information literacy skills, and application of scientific knowledge in all aspects of client care.
  • Understand the role of the practical nurse in delegation, supervision, and collaboration with members of the healthcare team to manage resources and personnel in the delivery of nursing care to achieve client outcomes while supporting organizational outcomes.
  • Prepare a plan for role transition to obtain an entry level position in the field, including opportunities for future career development through continuing education, and further professional education in nursing through the associate, baccalaureate and graduate levels.



Dean’s Signature and Date Adviser’s Signature and Date
Eff: summer 2014  |  Rev: 05/14  

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