Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing Courses

Award: Diploma
Program Start: Fall, Spring
Enrollment Status: Full-time or part-time

The Practical Nursing program requires a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following list of courses is from the current catalog year, organized in the suggested sequence of study for a full-time student, and is subject to change.

Part-time students, visit with a program advisor for a modified sequence of study.

If you are a current student your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. View your Program Evaluation to see your specific program requirements and to search and register for classes.

Required Background Screenings to Participate in Clinicals

As a student in a health program at Hawkeye Community College you will be required to complete the following background screenings to participate in clinicals:

  • a criminal background check,
  • sex offender registry,
  • child abuse registry, and
  • dependent adult registry.

The outcome could possibly affect your opportunities to participate in the clinical setting.

Program Notes

  • General education courses, marked as gen ed , can be completed during any semester and are recommended to be completed before full admittance into the program.

  • You must be CPR certified and have a health physical on file at Hawkeye prior to the first day of clinical course work.

  • You must achieve a minimum "C" grade in all courses required to complete the program.

Semester 1
BIO159 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology -OR- [GEN ED] 3
BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab -AND- 4
BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 4
PNN103 Nursing Calculations 2
PNN132 Nursing Fundamentals I -OR- 3
PNN100 Nursing Assistant 3
PNN133 Nursing Fundamentals II 3
PNN161 Introduction to Client Care 1
PNN270 Introduction to Nutrition [GEN ED] 2
PSY111 Introduction to Psychology [GEN ED] 3

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Total Credits 17
Semester 2
COM781 Written Communication in the Workplace -OR- [GEN ED] 3
ENG105 Composition I 3
PNN541 Medical Surgical Nursing A 5
PNN542 Medical Surgical Nursing B 5
PNN543 Foundations of Clinical Practices 3

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Total Credits 16
Semester 3
PNN311 PN Issues and Trends 1
PNN343 Nursing Perspectives Through the Lifespan 3
PNN401 Mental Health Nursing 1
PNN431 Maternal Child Nursing I 2
PNN722 Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical 2

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Total Credits 9

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 159
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Program Advisor

Valerie Millsap
Grundy Hall 158
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Candace Croft
Grundy Hall 159
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