If service to others appeals to you, then practical nursing will offer you a fulfilling career. Both men and women find employment opportunities as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
One class of thirty is admitted each August for a twelve month course. The program is conducted at the McDowell Career and Technology Center with clinical affiliation at McDowell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Welch Community Hospital, Princeton Community Hospital, Southern Highlands Mental Health Center, Tug River Health Clinic and McDowell County Public Health Department.
This is a full time educational program. Study outside of normal class hours is required for successful program completion. Students may expect to devote at least fifteen hours weekly in outside study. Students must maintain a 80 average in each subject and perform satisfactorily in the clinical area. A student must exhibit behavior that is conducive to the highest standards of care for the welfare of patients in their care. The affiliating agency has the right to refuse student affiliations if a student’s performance is less than desirable.
The curriculum is divided into units of study which proceed from the simple to complex including theory and clinical experience. Subjects include Basic Sciences, Social Sciences, Fundamental Skills, Pharmacology, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Maternity Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Geriatrics, and Computer Technology