Practical Nursing Program Orientation. WELCOME!. On behalf of the NWTC Administration and NWTC Practical Nursing Program instructors, Welcome to NWTC and the Practical Nursing Program! We sincerely thank you for choosing NWTC as your college for education.
On behalf of the
NWTC Practical Nursing Program instructors,
Welcome to NWTC and the Practical Nursing Program!
We sincerely thank you for choosing NWTC as your college for education.
The NWTC Practical Nursing program is accredited by:
Wisconsin Board of Nursing
Dept. of Regulation & Licensing
1400 East Washington St.
P.O. Box 8935
All students are eligible to apply to the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing to take the Wisconsin State Board Examination for licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
When you have obtained your license as a Practical Nurse, your title will then be “Licensed Practical Nurse” (LPN)
Prior to that licensure:
During the Practical Nursing Program, your title is a “Student Practical Nurse” (SPN).
Upon Graduation, your title is a “Graduate Practical Nurse” (GPN).
Note: You are NOT allowed to use the title of LPN until you have successfully completed your licensure exam.
Upon completion and graduation from the NWTC Practical Nursing program, you will obtain a Technical Diploma.
The Practical Nursing program on a full time track is consider a three semester program.
The Practical Nursing program on a part time track is consider a six semester program.
Both education tracks will complete 30 credits of course education.
Many students question that the curriculum of the first year of the PN program and ADN program are identically the same.
The course titles, credits and learning objectives are identical. The major difference is the “face to face” time the student as with his/her instructor during allotted theories.
The PN program had DOUBLE the amount of theory time allowed.
(The ADN program covers the same theory content in ½ the amount of time!!)
As the Program Instructors and NWTC Administration, we want to see ALL students succeed.
It is with our experience working with students that guide us in providing you factors to consider PRIOR to your program start date.
As indicated in the previous content, successful completion of ALL first semester course work is required in order to progress to the second semester.
The flow of the content in ALL of the identified program courses are complex and content flows quickly in each course.
This requires significant student preparation outside of the classroom.
The general rule of study is:
For every one credit, allow two hours (minimally) of independent study time.
1.Students are discouraged from attempting to work full-time while in the full time or part time program tracks.
2. Major life events: Wedding, childbirth, family vacations (may prevent lack of program progression)
3. Consider RELIABLE arrangements for child care. (Back-up arrangements are also highly recommended)
NOTE: If ANY of these items are NOT complete, this could jeopardize your entry into the first clinical: PN-Nursing Intro to Clinical Practice.
It is also your responsibility to keep these items “current” throughout the program.
IF failure to keep any of these items current, may result in lack of clinical progression. (Example: expired TB skin test or CPR card)
All students are encouraged to enroll in the NWTC on-line math course. This course is offered as a “self paced” course. It significantly will assist you in the math requirements of the program. The text book accompanying this course is a great reference!
This course is offered two times each semester. Please contact the Health Science Office for dates and times!
The first semester PN-Nursing Skills is NOT a review of CNA skills. It is required that ALL students will be efficient in the CNA skill requirements. This course is open to ANY practicing CNA or the individual that has not utilized his/her CNA skills approximately for one year prior to program entry. **Great way to see if your CNA practice is current!
This course allows you to become familiar with medical terminology identified in the program courses.
*Note: Telephone numbers for the services listed above will be addressed at the end of this power point.
Especially the first day of classes!!....
Please consider this mandatory..A significant amount of material will be addressed in each course from the theory instructor facilitating the course.
Specific items not limited to include: course description, course calendar, course expectations.
*Attendance is expected in all courses. Excessive absenteeism can jeopardize program progression.
Do not procrastinate! Studying for each class begins the FIRST day of class!
Please keep your name, phone number(s), address, CURRENT with the NWTC Registration department.
It is difficult to provide appropriate program or campus correspondence without current contact information.
We want you to feel welcomed to YOUR campus..take a stroll and see what your campus has to offer you!
Example on the Green Bay campus: The (SC) Student Center Building is a great starting point!..this building contains the Counseling Center, Assessment Center, Special Needs Office, Cafeteria, Red-Rock Cafe’ and Bookstore!
Kay Tupala, Dean of Health Sciences
Office: Health Science Building (3rd floor)
Telephone: (920) 498-5482
Cindy Theys, Nursing Program & Clinical Coordinator
Office: Health Science Building (3rd floor)
Telephone: (920) 498-7141
Your time you spend with us in the NWTC Practical Nursing Program is considered the most important “job” you will have...
Consider this educational opportunity as a
“short term commitment for a lifelong reward”...
It is in this time you are preparing, with our guidance for employment of which you have selected ....the profession of Nursing!
What an HONOR!
We ask you to take the experience sincerely and seriously.
We look forward in meeting and working with you during your education journey!
NWTC Administration & PN Program Instructors