The Practical Nursing Program at Union County College is a four semester program leading to a Certificate. Nursing courses may be offered during the day, evening and/or weekend. College courses may be taken during the evening, weekend hours or as distance education, as available. For all students, clinical rotations may be scheduled during the day, evening, and/or weekend hours in order to obtain optimum patient care experiences.
The curriculum incorporates theoretical knowledge from the biological and social sciences into the nursing framework. Students are able to apply information acquired in the classroom and skills laboratory to clinical patient care experiences.
Graduates of this program are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN examination for Practical Nurse licensure. Licensed Practical Nurses provide patient care in a variety of health care agencies under the direction of a Registered Nurse, and/or physician or dentist.
Students in the Practical Nursing program are required to have the following in order to participate in clinical nursing courses:
- Criminal background check clearance
- CPR certification for the Healthcare provider
- Malpractice insurance
- Completed health records
- Official uniform
Consideration for Practical Nursing Enrollment
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
- Provide holistic care to patients from diverse multi-cultural backgrounds, experiencing a variety of self-care needs, within the context of the nursing process;
- Collaborate with other members of the health care team;
- Demonstrate accountability by practicing nursing within a legal and ethical framework;
- Use effective verbal and written communication skills when interacting with patients, families, and other members of the health care team;
- Assume accountability for personal and professional growth;
- Apply clinical reasoning in interactions with patients, families, and other members of the health care team;
- Incorporate contemporary knowledge and tools from nursing and the biological and social sciences into the care provided to patients at different developmental levels throughout the life span.
Criminal History Background Check
All students enrolled in the Practical Nursing program are required to have a clear criminal history background check to participate in clinical care experiences. The background check is mandated by all clinical agencies and must be completed prior to enrollment in PNU 190 . Eligible students will be provided with information regarding the approved vendor for this service. Please be aware that any history of criminal activity may prevent participation in clinical experiences at clinical affiliating agencies.
It is the students’ responsibility to notify the nursing program of any change in their criminal status.
The Practical Nursing Program at Union County College has received accreditation from the NJ Board of Nursing and from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) through 2019.
Applicants and current students may contact the Board of Nursing and/or ACEN with inquiries or concerns regarding the nursing program at the:
New Jersey Board of Nursing
124 Halsey Street
PO Box 45010
Newark, NJ 07101
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(404) 975-5000 Fax: (404) 975-5020