Practical Nursing Program

For an information packet or any questions regarding the Practical Nursing Program please contact Jane Irwin at or call 814-359-2582 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm

Enrollment Information

Click Here to Download the 2015-16 Practical Nursing student handbook.

Click Here to Download information about this year’s PN program and application information.

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Click Here to download the current financial aid handbook for CPI’s Practical Nursing Program.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the graduate, based on preparation, knowledge skills, understanding and as a member of the health team functioning under the supervision of a licensed professional nurse, licensed physician or licensed dentist, shall consistently use sound nursing judgment to:

  1. Assess the clients biopsychosocial and spiritual needs in order to coordinate nursing care in all settings
  2. Analyze collaboratively with the professional nurse to develop the nursing diagnosis
  3. Contribute to the development of nursing care plans to facilitate expected client outcomes
  4. Assist the client of any age in meeting his/her biopsychosocial spiritual needs
    • Employ effective communication skills
    • Demonstrate a mastery of selected nursing skills
    • Organize comprehensive nursing care
    • Provide safe nursing care
    • Utilize the clients family as a support system
    • Participate in health teaching of client and family
  5. Participate in evaluating achievement of expected outcomes
    • Participate in modification of plans of nursing care
    • Participate in evaluation of the teaching/learning process
  6. Demonstrate accountability for personal, vocational and professional behavior
    • Independently seek new learning experiences
    • Identify own strengths and weaknesses for improvement of the practice of nursing

Admission of Classes

Full-time classes are admitted in January and August of each year and a Part-Time Class admitted every two years.


Admission Requirements


  • Graduate of an approved or accredited high school or its equivalent as evaluated by the Department of Education


  • Satisfactory completion of pre-admission test
  • Satisfactory References
  • Satisfactory physical exam with required lab tests, drug screen & immunizations
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record History & Child Abuse Clearance


Admission Procedure

  1. Submit a completed application form with application fee
  2. Take pre-admission test at CPI
  3. Submit high school transcript, GED or other course grades to school
  4. Submit two (2) personal references on appropriate forms
  5. Have a personal interview with the coordinator
  6. Obtain CPR certification before admission
  7. Submit current criminal record check and Child Abuse Clearance submitted before admission
  8. Complete physical exam, drug screen, lab tests and immunizations

Advanced Placement Policy

Qualified applicants may be permitted to challenge Level and/or Level II for the purpose of advanced placement. Applications are reviewed on an individual basis.



Length of Program: 12 months, 1560 hours, including vacation/holidays


Fundamentals of Nursing

  • 68 Theory hours
  • 26 lab/176 Clinical hours
  • 270 Total hours

This course includes a theoretical approach to the history of nursing, legal and ethical aspects in practical nursing and the health care delivery system with the emphasis on the role of the practical nurse in this system.. The nursing process is introduced and utilized to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care. The nursing process is also utilized to write nursing care plans. The teaching of the basic health practices to clients and families is also introduced in this course. Basic nursing skills are taught in theory, practiced in the laboratory and implemented in the nursing of clients in an extended care facility.

Behavioral Science

  • 20 Theory hours

This course is designed to introduce the concept of human needs. Client behaviors and nurse-patient interactions are included. The theories of personality development are explored. The course also includes the communication process and selected information regarding aging, death and dying. The spiritual aspect is discussed and the nurses role in assessment of spiritual needs and care is defined. This course is a preparation for Behavioral Science II.

Biological Science I

  • 66 Theory Hours

This course introduces basic principles of chemistry and physics in the first unit. The course also introduces the basic concepts of the structure and function of the body. It serves as a prerequisite for certain fundamental concepts offered in Level I. Systems covered are musculoskeletal, integumentary, digestive, cardiovascular, excretory and respiratory. The introduction to microorganisms; kinds, growth, destruction, infection and control will be in this unit. This unit is designed to increase student awareness of microorganisms and their part in the maintenance of health. The last unit emphasizes the relationship of food and drugs to wellness.



Biological Science II

  • 35 Theory Hours

This course is a continuation of Biological Science I. The presentation of the remaining systems, reproduction, nervous, sensory and endocrine, plus the basis of fluids and electrolytes is designed to enhance the students; learning of Medical-Surgical and Maternal Child Nursing courses offered in this level.

Behavioral Science II

  • 17 Theory Hours

This course deals with types, roles and development of the family unit. It introduces growth and development of the individual from infancy to adulthood and eventually to death.

Medical/Surgical Nursing I

  • 76 Theory hours
  • 4 Lab/128 Clinical hours
  • 208 Total hours

This course presents the application of the nursing process to medical/surgical nursing. The course includes theory and experience in giving safe and effective care to adult clients with a variety of medical and surgical disorders. Included is an independent learning program of the mathematics required in medication calculation. The course emphasizes pre and post operative nursing care using the nursing process and presents an introduction to the major symptoms, treatment and nursing care of disorders of all the body systems. Preventative as well as restorative care are stressed.

Maternal-Child Nursing I

  • 36 Theory
  • 112 Clinical
  • 148 hours

This course presents the application of the nursing process to maternal child nursing. The course presents the normal process of pregnancy, labor and delivery and postpartum. The needs of the expectant and new mother are discussed, covering both physical and emotional aspects. With the normal process there is introduction of selected aspects with treatment and nursing care. Fetal development is studied, including factors influencing this process. The course covers nursing care of newborns, including normal characteristics and common disorders. Experience is given in the care of clients with a normal labor and delivery. It also covers care of the hospitalized child.

The students care for newborns and hospitalized children.



Medical-Surgical Nursing II

  • 60 Theory hours
  • 112 Clinical hours
  • 172 Total hours

This course presents the application of the nursing process to medical ? surgical nursing. The course includes the theory necessary to provide safe and effective care to adult clients with a variety of more complex medical and surgical disorders. The student learns to utilize the nursing process to assist the client need biopsychosocial needs. Health maintenance of adult clients is included. The course also includes the nursing care of clients with disorders of the reproductive, genito-urinary, digestive, endocrine, musculoskeletal and sensory systems. Preventative as well as restorative care is emphasized.

Maternal-Child Nursing II

  • 28 Theory hours
  • 96 Clinical hours
  • 124 Total hours

This course presents the application of the nursing process to Maternal-Child .

The course includes a study of the problems, complications and health care during the antepartum period, labor, delivery and the puerperium. Problems of both mother and child will be considered. Family planning is presented. Along with the study of common medical and surgical disorders of children and adolescents. The problems of death and dying, rape, suicide and teenage pregnancy are discussed. The nursing process is used to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care adapted to maternal, child or adolescent client.

Experience is provided in the care of clients with obstetrical complications, hospitalized children and adolescents. The student will visit a day care center with special needs children and a pediatric mental health unit.

Pharmacology I

  • 32 Theory hours
  • 12 lab/32 Clinical hours
  • 76 Total hours

This course of study deals with the practical nurse's responsibility, legal implications and quality assurance in the administration of medications, allergy preparations and intravenous fluids, as well as, the calculations of dosages. It emphasizes the nursing process in the administration of drugs and fluids. A review of therapeutic communications, fundamental nursing skills, anatomy of the circulatory and integumentary systems and the physiology of fluids and electrolytes are included in this course. This course includes the administration of medication to selected clients in the clinical setting under close supervision.

Client instruction of medications, actions and side affects is emphasized.



Medical/Surgical Nursing III

  • 79 Theory hours
  • 288 Clinical hours
  • 367 Total hours

This course provides a theoretical basis and clinical experiences with clients having a variety of medical-surgical nursing problems of the cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous system. Health maintenance for adult clients is included. Emergency care, including CPR and first aid concepts, is part of the study. Students will visit home health & community nursing services.

Pharmacology II

  • 28 Theory hours
  • 16 Clinical hours
  • 44 Total hours

This course provides a background in pharmacodynamics of common medications according to body systems. Additional experience in the administration of medications is included.

Issues & Trends

  • 13 Theory hours

This course is geared to the student preparing for graduation. Leadership, nursing, organizations, licensure and present day issues and trends in nursing are focused upon to prepare the graduate for his/her role in nursing.


Cooperating Agencies

  • Centre Crest Nursing Home
  • Mt. Nittany Medical Center
  • Lock Haven Hospital

Health Requirements

A normal physical exam must be submitted prior to entering the program with a TB skin test, CBC, urinalysis, rubella, rubeola, varicella and Hepatitis B titers/immunization. A drug screen is also required.


Financial Aid

The program is approved for Higher Education Loans and PELL Grants. Students may qualify for financial aid. For information, please contact CPI’s financial aid office at 814.359.2793 (262).


Housing and Transportation

Students assume complete responsibility for housing and transportation


Graduation & Employment Opportunities

A diploma is presented after satisfactory completion of the program. Graduates are eligible to apply for the state licensing examination.

Employment includes areas of private duty, hospitals, nursing homes, doctors' and dentists' offices, industries, public health agencies and military service.

The PA law requires that each applicant furnish proof that he/she if of good moral character. By law, the State Board of Nursing cannot issue a license to a person convicted of a felony under the Controlled Substances, Device and Cosmetic Act unless ten (10) years have passed since date of conviction or other Board qualifications are met. As of July 1, 1998 any person who is convicted of a felony or two or more misdemeanors may not be employed in a home health care agency, home health organization which provides care to a care-dependent individual in the individuals place of residence, long-term nursing facility, older adult living center or person care home. (PA Code, Chapter 21)

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CPI's Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.
The terms in this brochure are subject to change without notice. Revised Aug. 2006


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