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Diploma in Practical Nursing Offered at Hocking College

by Melinda Casilli on March 2, 2022

If you want a rewarding career in a growing, in-demand field that allows you to make a difference daily, then the Practical Nursing Program at Hocking College is for you. 

What is a Practical Nurse?

A Practical Nurse (PN) manages the daily care of patients. PN's have a variety of job duties while also helping make patients more comfortable. They take patients' blood pressure, pulse rate, help patients eat, change bandages, catheters, record details of the patient's health and report any changes in a patient to the doctor or nurse in charge. 

PNs need to have good communication skills because they work very closely with patients and their families. They will often be the ones explaining instructions or procedures. Putting someone at ease and helping patients understand their care is very important. 

The work environment for PNs is often fast-paced, where no two days are alike. Good organizational skills are also important to have to help PNs stay on top of all their daily tasks.

Where can a Practical Nurse work?

PNs work in a variety of locations. They can work in schools, home health care organizations, nursing homes, physician's offices, and state, federal, and private hospitals. 

Getting Started

Hocking College offers a Diploma in Practical Nursing that takes three semesters to complete. Students will take courses in the fundamentals of nursing, geriatrics, obstetrics, and medical surgical nursing. Students also take classes in anatomy and physiology, psychology, pharmacology, and writing skills. There is hands-on learning through the nursing skills lab and then transitioning to long-term care or hospitals. The Diploma in Practical Nursing program at Hocking College is accredited by the Ohio Board Of Nursing. 

To get started on your way to helping others, you need to have a high school diploma or GED. Then you must take the TEAS exam to be considered for admission to the program. Once students are accepted into the program and before clinicals, students must complete CPR for the Professional Rescuer from an approved provider. A drug screen, physical, and background check will also be completed once accepted into the program.

For students entering the program in the Summer of 2022, the file completion deadline is April 1, 2022. Orientation will take place on April 15, 2022. 

For more information contact the admissions office at admissions@hocking.edu or call at 740-753-7050.

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