Master Plan of Instruction
Practical Nursing
Annamaria Linton, Catherine
Smith and Pam LaBud, Instructors
Beth Thornton, HSE Department Coordinator
2001 Kurt Street, Eustis, FL 32726 - 352.589.2250
2022 - 2023
he mission of Lake Technical College is to be an integral component of the economic growth and development in
ur communities by offering a variety of high quality career-education and training opportunities.
ake Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, genetic
nformation, age, pregnancy, disability, or marital status in its educational programs, services or activities, or in its
iring or employment practices. The district also provides access to its facilities to the Boy Scouts and other
atriotic youth groups, as required by the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act, or any other youth group listed
in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society.
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Practical Nursing Program
Welcome to the Lake Technical College Health Science Education Department’s Practical Nursing (PN) program. Your
future holds a rewarding and challenging health career!
This Master Plan has been prepared to help students orient to the school and understand the requirements of the Practical
Nursing program.
This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content. This content is aligned with
challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for careers in the Health
Science career cluster and further education. In addition, it provides technical skill proficiency, competency-based learning,
higher-order reasoning, problem-solving skills, work attitudes, employability skills, and knowledge of all aspects of Health
This program is designed to prepare students for employment as licensed practical nurses. The program is approved by
the Florida State Board of Nursing (BON) so the graduate may apply to take the examination to practice as a Licensed
Practical Nurse.
The content includes, but is not limited to, theoretical instruction and clinical experience in medical, surgical, obstetric,
pediatric, mental health, and geriatric nursing; theoretical instruction and clinical experience in acute care, long term care
and community settings; theoretical instruction and clinical application of role and function; personal, family and community
health concepts; nutrition; human growth and development over the life span; body structure and function; interpersonal
relationship skills, mental health concepts; pharmacology and administration of medications; legal and ethical aspects of
practice; and current issues in nursing.
We will do everything in our power to make this educational experience both enjoyable and challenging. We believe that
faculty and students have reciprocal rights and duties toward each other in the education process. We will strive to instruct,
motivate, demonstrate, guide, and encourage students and facilitate learning; and we believe students must desire and
seek knowledge, display professional behavior, demonstrate initiative by participating in their own learning, demonstrate
understanding, and always strive to give the best care possible.
All faculty are registered nurses with years of clinical experience. Please feel free to call on us for help at any time.
The mission of the Health Science Education Department is to prepare students to meet the health care needs of a growing
and diverse population, while serving as productive members of our local, state, national, and international communities.
We believe that nursing is both a science and an art that includes the promotion and maintenance of optimum health
standards as well as the care and rehabilitation of the sick and the teaching of appropriate health care. It is our belief that
the practical nurse is an essential and distinct part of the health care team. We further believe that qualified students can
learn to become beginning practitioners in the following situations:
1. Meeting the patient's needs with skill under minimal supervision in subacute settings.
2. Assisting the professional registered nurse or physician under direct supervision when the needs of the patient require
more complex judgments, skills, and techniques.
We believe the curriculum must have a unified and organized pattern. The educational experiences should be meaningful
and build from simple to complex and should provide opportunities to apply new learning directly to real life situations or
nursing practice. All facts and concepts drawn from physical, biological, and social sciences should be selected because
of their direct importance to the process of learning to care for patients.
We believe that continuous evaluation of a student’s progress is necessary in measuring the effectiveness of instruction
and in achieving the stated objectives of the program.
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We believe that Practical Nursing education is a continuous process that must continue after completion of the program
and throughout the LPN’s career to keep the practitioner accountable for and alert to current trends and practices in the
health field and to develop leadership potential.
The Practical Nursing program admission policy requires that applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have a high
school diploma or GED and must be academically, physically, and emotionally capable of meeting the demands of the
program chosen. Applicants make initial application through the Admissions Office.
The Practical Nursing program has the following minimum admission requirements. Students must:
1. Complete an LTC online application.
2. Be at least 18 years of age.
3. Have a standard high school diploma or its equivalent (GED).
4. Meet the definition of Good Moral Character and be able to perform Essential Physical and Emotional requirements.
5. If applicable, provide verification of application for financial aid or a signed waiver statement.
6. Meet the minimum levels on the nursing entrance exam – Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
7. Submit copies of any postsecondary certificates or transcripts.
8. Submit proof of a physical exam prior to the start of the program. The physical must document negative 2-step
Tuberculin test and/or chest x-ray (within one year’s time), recent Tetanus inoculation and booster required once per
10 years, current MMR immunizations and Hepatitis B vaccination as well as two Varicella vaccines or a blood test
verifying immunity. A flu shot is required during flu season.
9. Submit a completed residency form with documentation to Admissions.
10. Have a negative drug screen (to be conducted at the start of the program and randomly during the program).
11. Have a level two criminal background report (owned by LTC) without any felony convictions prior to the start of the
12. The Florida Board of Nursing does have specific requirements for students related to potential reasons for
disqualification for application for licensure. This is readily accessible on the Florida Board of Nursing (FBON) website.
Several Florida Statutes also govern candidacy for licensure and are accessible on-line and through the FBON
When the requirements have been met and documented, the applicant's packet is considered complete. Consideration for
selection will be based on the applicant's test scores, academic achievement, work experience, health-related professional
experience and TEAS test score results.
Acceptance and continuance in the program is conditional based upon results of a physical exam, background check
without any felonies regardless of adjudication, and random drug screens.
Instructions for receiving a background check are included at the end of the acceptance packet. While there are many
companies that provide this service, this is provided as reliable and low-cost method.
All applicants for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs 450 hours or more, with the exception of Florida Law
Enforcement Academy applicants, take a state mandated basic skills evaluation prior to enrollment. Basic skills
evaluation scores must be valid at the time of enrollment. Testers must be 16 years of age or older.
If a student has met or exceeded standard scores on one area of one test, they may use another test to meet the
additional skill area requirements. It is acceptable to combine test scores from more than one test. (Rule 6A-10.315,
Assessment instruments meeting this requirement include:
A common placement test where a minimum score has been achieved and is valid for 2 years from the date
of testing pursuant to Rule 6A-10.0315, F.A.C.:
Florida Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)
SAT, The College Board
ACT with Writing or ACT, Inc.
Per 2020, FS 1008.30 - Common placement testing for public post
secondary education and Rule 6a-10.040, the
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following common placement tests have no expiration date:
Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Forms 11 & 12, 2017;
Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) GOALS 900 Series, 2019,and,
2014 GED® Tests: Reasoning through Language Arts and/or Mathematics Reasoning where a
minimum score (145) as required in Rule 6A-6A.6.021, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) has been
attained on each test.
Applicants transferring appropriately leveled TABE,CASAS GOALS, GED® test sections, or other common placement
tests must do so by having an official score report sent directly to the Admissions Office prior to enrollment in the
program. Scores brought by hand will be accepted only if the document provided by the outside testing center is in a
sealed envelope.
Several exemptions to basic skills are accepted. In order to be exempt, a student must submit official documentation to a
career advisor for verification of an exemption:
1. Applicants who possess a documented degree in applied science (AAS) level or higher;
2. Applicants who earned a Florida standard high school diploma, 2007 or later (see withdrawal codes for standard);
3. Applicants who are serving as an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services;
4. Documented passing scores on state-designated industry certification tests may be used;
5. Any student enrolled in an apprenticeship program that is registered with FDOE in accordance with Chapter 446.
6. Mandated basic skills evaluation exit scores may be waived for documented special needs students as per Florida
Remediation of Basic Skills
According to Florida Department of Education rules, students who do not meet basic skills exit scores may only
retest after 60 documented hours of remediation or three months if no documented remediation is available.
Students may not retake the same test version for six months. We, therefore, strongly recommend that students
test early, especially for licensure programs, in order to allow time for remediation and retesting should the need
Students who do not meet the minimum basic skills exit scores set by the Florida Department of Education for their
program must begin attending remediation classes prior to or at the time of enrollment in a Career and Technical
Education program and make acceptable progress as determined by the AAAE faculty member. It is highly
recommended students meet state mandated basic skills requirements by the time they have completed 50% of their
program. Students who do not meet state mandated basic skills exit scores may not receive a certificate of completion as
per Florida Department of Education rules.
Some basic skills test scores are only good for two years and must be valid during at the time of enrollment. Basic skills
test scores that expire during continuous enrollment remain valid until the end of such enrollment. Under continuous
enrollment, students must be enrolled at least 50% of each semester. Continuous enrollment applies to attendance in a
single program.
The TABE exit scores for this program are: Reading 11; Math 11; and Language 11.
Lake Technical College requires that students entering the Practical Nursing program take the Test of Essential Academic
Skills (TEAS). This test assists in determining the student’s readiness for the rigorous challenges of the nursing curriculum.
Lake Technical College offers the opportunity for students to take the TEAS at its Eustis campus Testing Center. Contact
the Admissions Department for more information on this testing schedule. NOTE: If an applicant has taken the TEAS at
Lake Technical College, or elsewhere, Lake Technical College will accept the results for two (2) years after the testing
date. Students are encouraged to retake the exam, if they feel better results can be achieved.
In order to sit for the licensure exam, (NCLEX-PN), the student must:
1. Be in good mental and physical health.
2. Have a standard high school diploma or the equivalent.
3. Have comprehension of the English language, written and oral, sufficient to take the State Board Exam written in
4. Have a valid United States social security number.
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By law, applicants must notify the State Board of Nursing (BON) of any previous arrest record in which he/she
was convicted and found guilty regardless of adjudication before being allowed to sit for the State Board exams.
Prior to application for examination, convicted felons must obtain a "restoration of their civil rights" in order to be eligible
to sit for the examination. If an applicant has been convicted of any offense other than a minor traffic violation, the applicant
shall submit arrest and court records stating the nature of the offense and final disposition of the case so that a
determination can be made by the Board whether the offense relates to the practice of nursing or to the ability to practice
nursing. The SBN reserves the right to take disciplinary action before granting permission to sit for the licensure exam in
accordance with Florida State Statutes.
Health related occupations are demanding, both physically and emotionally. Before entering a program in the health field,
it is important to review the following tasks which have been established. Their performance is essential for success in the
NOTE: The safety and well-being of our students is a primary concern. Students are responsible for self-reporting any
medical conditions, illnesses, or injuries which may affect performance of the required essential tasks to the program
faculty in a timely manner. The reporting of these conditions is for your safety as well as the safety of those we care for
and interact with. A determination can then be made regarding the possible need for medical clearance from a physician,
to determine if the student’s level of participation in the program requires modification.
In the event that a student is deemed to have a medical condition, illness, or injury which may prevent, or hinder the
student from performing the required essential tasks, medical evaluation and clearance from a licensed physician, a nurse
practitioner, or a physician’s assistant will be required to continue participation in the Practical Nursing program. See
faculty or Health Science Education Department Chair for documentation requirements.
According to Florida Statutes, nurses must be screened through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)
PRIOR to employment and must meet the standards of good moral character. A history of the following offenses
DISQUALIFIES a nurse from employment:
Physical Requirements
Mental and Emotional Requirements
Ability to perform repetitive tasks
Ability to perform effective, high quality CPR
Ability to manage a high level of stress utilizing
healthy coping mechanisms
Ability to walk the equivalent of 5 miles per day
Ability to walk up several flights of stairs
Ability to reach above shoulder level
Ability to interpret audible sounds of distress
Ability to make fast decisions under high
Ability to cope with the anger/fear/hostility of
others in a calm manner
Ability to understand English (writing/verbally).
Ability to communicate in English (writing/verbally).
Ability to project comprehensible, audible verbal
communications to a distance of at least 4 feet.
Ability to demonstrate high degree of manual dexterity
Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time
Ability to work with chemicals and detergents
Ability to demonstrate critical thinking skills
Ability to work in a team or group
Ability to cope in culturally diverse settings and
with associated behaviors
Ability to adapt to shift work
Ability to demonstrate a high degree of patience
Ability to work alone
Ability to tolerate exposure to dust and odors
Ability to grip (hand movement) to complete skills
within the scope of LPN and DOE standards
Ability to concentrate without assistance and
Ability to cope with confrontation
Ability to comply with proper body mechanics during
performance of skills and patient care; to include, but
not be limited to bending, pulling, pushing, twisting,
kneeling, etc.
Ability to lift a minimum of 25 lbs. using proper body
Ability to handle multiple priorities in a stressful
Ability to assist with problem resolution
Ability to work in areas that are close and crowded
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Obscene literature
Assault to a minor
Sexual battery
Vehicular homicide
Lewd and lascivious behavior
Lewd and indecent exposure
Child abuse/aggravated child abuse
Aggravated Assault
Abuse/neglect of disabled adult or elderly
Exploitation of disabled adult or elderly
False Imprisonment
Sexual performance by a child
Negligent treatment of children
Killing of unborn child by injury to mother
Fraudulent sale of controlled substance
Theft, robbery and related crimes if the offense is
a felony
Prohibited acts of a person in familiar or custodial
authority on a child
Relating to drug abuse prevention and control, if
offense was a felony or if other person involved
was a minor
Due to contracts with many of the clinical sites that are used for student patient care and the Florida Statutes, Lake
Technical College does not accept any person with a felony conviction into the Practical Nursing Program. This includes
ALL convictions, guilty pleas and/or nolo contendere pleas to any felony violation, regardless of adjudication or
years since the time of conviction, except as outlined below.
In addition, the Florida Legislature outlines applicable laws related to licensure. It is prudent for all students to review this
information as well as critical licensure information. The Florida Board of Nursing outlines information on the website.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Pursuant to Florida Statutes, you may not, based upon background, be eligible for licensure.
This information is outlined in the Florida Statutes accessible on line.
The Agency for Health Care Administration (ACHA) requires all employees whose responsibilities may require them to
provide personal care or services to patients and/or residents or have access to their living area or personal property to
undergo a background screening. A student whose background screening reveals prior arrest incidents may be counseled
regarding potential employment opportunities.
The healthcare profession recognizes that substance abuse among its members is a serious problem that may
compromise the ability of the abuser and jeopardize the safety of patients entrusted to their care. The College, in its effort
to maintain high standards of education and clinical practice and to comply with requirements mandated by cooperating
clinical facilities, has implemented a drug-testing program. The purpose of the drug testing is to identify students who may
be chemically impaired and unable to perform expected duties causing concern for the health and safety of the student
and/or those under his/her care. If at any time during a pre-clinical screening, random screening or reasonable cause
screening, a student refuses to be tested, the student will be withdrawn from the program. If at any time the student’s drug
test is positive and has not been medically approved, the student will be withdrawn from the program. If at any time the
students drug test is negative dilute, the student will immediately repeat the drug test. NOTE: Students are responsible for
payment of all fees related to drug screening.
Personal injury/school accident insurance is required for all Career and Technical Education students. This insurance is
provided through Lake Technical College at the rate of $1.50 a month. The accident insurance fee will be charged to
students per payment period.
Health programs with clinical experiences require liability insurance in conjunction with requirements by the healthcare
facilities. The liability insurance fee is charged to students at the time of enrollment.
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Federal and state legislation requires the provision of accommodations for students with disabilities as identified on the
secondary student’s IEP or 504 plan or postsecondary student’s accommodations plan to meet individual needs to ensure
equal access. Postsecondary students with disabilities must self-identify, present documentation, request accommodations
if needed, and develop a plan with their postsecondary provider.
Students desiring accommodations or updates to their accommodations are encouraged to self-identify as early in the
program as possible. In order to receive disability accommodations, students must self-disclose the disability to the Special
Populations Coordinator and provide documentation that clearly shows evidence of a disability and applicable
accommodations. The Special Populations Coordinator will schedule a meeting with the student and faculty to discuss the
documented disability and applicable accommodations.
Accommodations received in postsecondary education may differ from those received in secondary education.
Accommodations change the way the student is instructed. Students with disabilities may need accommodations in such
areas as instructional methods and materials, assignments, assessments, time demands, schedules, learning environment,
assistive technology and special communication systems. Documentation of the accommodation requested and provided
is maintained in a confidential file.
Students in need of academic accommodations for a disability may consult with the Special Populations Coordinator to
arrange appropriate accommodations. Students are required to give reasonable notice (typically 5 working days) prior to
requesting an accommodation.
Tuition is charged to adult students at a rate established by the State legislature. Current fee information is available in the
Admissions Office. Tuition is waived for eligible high school, career dual enrolled students. Tuition is due prior to the first
day of each payment period based on the Lake Technical College payment calendar. Failure to pay fees at the time class
begins will result in not being able to attend class and/or clinical.
In an effort to develop appropriate professional skills, students are expected to attend all class sessions. As is expected in
the workplace, when it is necessary to be absent due to illness or emergency situations, the student MUST notify the
faculty directly at least ONE HOUR PRIOR to the start of class/clinical on the date of absence unless extenuating
circumstance occurs. Failure to comply with notification will be reflected in the professional skill grade for the day. The
student attendance policy for each postsecondary program is consistent with industry standards.
Failure of notification and/or no-call, no show will result in:
1. First occurrence-A written counseling and discussion with HSE Coordinator (Clinical or Professional grade will be
affected for the week)
2. Second occurrence- any of the following may occur:
A Student Intervention Team (SIT) meeting may be scheduled.
Clinical Probation
Professional Probation
3. Possible dismissal from the program for the third no-call will result in an automatic (SIT) meeting
Campus attendance is kept via a computerized system. It is the responsibility of the student to log in and out in order to
receive credit for class time. This allows the school to keep accurate attendance records for the actual number of hours and
minutes attended. Faculty are not expected to manually enter student attendance. Only one override is permitted for failure
to log in or out. Therefore, failure of a student to log in and out may result in a documented absence. Logging in or out for
another student or having another student log in or out is unacceptable behavior and may result in dismissal. All scheduled
class and clinical hours will be reported for attendance. Make-up time will not be accepted except as approved by the
Executive Director of Lake Technical College.
Excessive Absences
Excessive absences may result in an unsatisfactory knowledge, skills, and/or professional skills grade and can result in
termination from the program.
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A student who is absent for six (6) consecutive class and/or clinical sessions will be withdrawn from enrollment in his/her
program. A student withdrawn for absenteeism must petition administration to return. A student having medical
documentation or documentation of an extenuating circumstance does not need to petition to return. Students exhibiting a
pattern of consecutive absences less than six days will be subject to dismissal as determined by a Student Intervention
Team. Withdrawn students must re-apply and re-register for the next PN program, when space is available
It is the responsibility of each student to be aware of their absences (LTC is a clock hour institution, therefore attendance is
tracked minute by minute). Students may monitor their attendance using the student web portal located in the LTC website.
A total of 67.5 hours (5% of the program hours) is the maximum hours for students may miss. At the point a student misses
this time, they will be exited from the program. This time is not to be considered vacation or PTO time, but rather used for
emergencies that may arise during the program.
Absenteeism of 15 hours requires meeting and written counseling with Instructor
Absenteeism of 30 hours requires meeting and written counseling with Instructor and HSE Coordinator
Absenteeism of 45 hours requires Student Intervention Team (SIT) meeting to find an intervention that will lead to
At the end of the SIT meeting the student may be placed on probation. The purpose of probation is to formally notify and
appropriately document an existing condition that may be jeopardizing the ability of a student to successfully complete the
Practical Nursing program.
Lake Technical College does not want students to attend class or clinical when injured, ill or altered mental state. Doing so
may be a detriment to the student, patients, fellow classmates, faculty, and other staff. The faculty reserve the right to
dismiss a student early from class or clinical if they feel the student is not able to perform the expected tasks due
to his/her injury or illness or behaviors. If any absences during the course of the program are a result of an illness or
injury, the student may not return to class/clinical until they are cleared in writing to return to class/clinical with no
restrictions by a licensed independent practitioner (MD, PA or ARNP). The HSE coordinator may use their discretion as
to whether or not an illness will require physician clearance.
ALL injuries will require clearance in writing from a physician.
Consequences of being placed on probation:
1. Placed on Behavior Contract – With scheduled follow up meeting to determine progress
2. May be required to attend remediation sessions.
3. Jeopardize enrollment in the class
4. Become ineligible for the Practical Nursing Assist Loan (PAL)
Probationary status will terminate when terms of the probation have been met.
Students on probation for excessive absences may continue in the program only as long as they are making satisfactory
progress in the theory and clinical areas, and that the excessive absences are due to extenuating circumstances such as
hospitalization, emergency surgery, or extreme personal hardship. Excessive absences will impact the professional skills
grade and/or may result in withdrawal from the program. Any specific requirements attached to the probationary status
will be discussed at that time and will become part of the written contract. Students have the right to appeal by following
the school Grievance Policy.
Because this is a licensure program, the student must successfully complete a minimum of 1282.5 (5%) of the 1350 hours
in the program. If the student does not complete the minimum of 1282.5 hours, the student will be required to re-enroll
and pay tuition for those hours needed to meet minimum requirements. Do note that space must be available. A student
may also apply for a waiver which, if granted by the Executive Director of Lake Technical College, may allow make
up time for extenuating circumstances. The faculty must have both the space and availability for the student to complete
all missed hours to meet program requirements. Practical Nursing program completer’s name will be submitted to the
State Board of Nursing only AFTER all requirements of the program are satisfied.
Late/Absent and Leaving Early
In the medical workplace the word tardy has been replaced with late/absent. If the nurse is not present, they are considered
late/absent from their job and preparation for a replacement to assume patient care will begin by managers. As in the
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workplace, students are expected to clock in and be in their seats or at clinical promptly in the morning, after break, and
after lunch. Students are expected to notify the faculty at least one hour before the start of class of any anticipated
The program is preparing students for a professional work setting, therefore, it is important that the student understand
that continuation of chronic late/absence/early departures may result in Lowering the professional skills grade,
Clinical Grade, formal Student Intervention Meeting, or being withdrawn from the program.
Late/Absent Clinical setting- If a student is late to class or clinical setting and has notified the instructor prior to the start of
class or clinical time, they will be allowed to stay and it will be reflected in the student’s Clinical skills grade. Time absent
will be deducted from clinical hours. If there is not appropriate notification it will result in a no call, no show and be graded
accordingly. See below for clarification regarding
2 late occurrences – requires meeting and written counseling with Instructor
3 late occurrences – requires meeting and written counseling with Instructor and HSE Coordinator
4 or greater occurrences – requires Student Intervention Team (SIT) meeting to find intervention for success
Leaving Early
Students must notify the faculty as soon as possible if they have to leave early. Students who need to leave clinical for
emergencies, or other approved reasons, may not return until the next scheduled day unless approved by the HSE
Coordinator or designee.
Leaving Campus during School Hours
For safety reasons, students will notify their faculty when leaving campus early. Students are encouraged to bring
lunch/dinner but may leave campus for lunch provided this is done within the allotted time.
The Practical Nursing program is a rigorous 1350-hour program of education consisting of 675 classroom hours and 675
clinical hours. Remediation, additional skills practice, make up exams are arranged with faculty. Hours of clinical
instruction may begin as early as 6:30 a.m. Based upon the ability of clinical sites to accommodate students, clinical
rotations may also include weekends. Clinical Schedules will be given soon after the faculty have arranged it with clinical
sites. Students are expected to plan accordingly, to include ensuring he/she has reliable transportation to and from all
clinical sites.
Lake Technical College makes every effort to provide a safe environment for all students, visitors, faculty and staff. Basic
safety standards, which will include fire drills, weather drills, equipment usage, and traffic regulations, will be covered in
the program orientation. These basic safety standards will be reinforced throughout the program enrollment. See the
current school catalog for additional campus safety information.
Teaching Methods
At Lake Technical College, we strive to meet the needs of all learners. Pre- and post-testing, lecture, demonstration and
return, group interaction, web-based learning platforms, skills lab testing, required reading and written assignments, oral
reports, role playing, question and answer, unit examinations, skill practice, anatomical models and charts, self-directed
learning activity packages, clinical experience and field trips are among the teaching methods utilized.
Online Access
Technology is an integral part of our daily lives. From smart phones to electronic tablets, these devices are becoming items
that many cannot function without. In addition, the Internet is changing the way education is delivered. Lake Technical
College strives to ensure that our students are able to compete in this technology driven world. With this in mind, it is
recommended that students have an online presence and access to the internet.
It is also important that students have an email address that they check on a regular basis. A lot of information may come
to you through your email, so it is important that you check it regularly. If you do not have an email address, there are
numerous services that provide FREE email addresses. Please make sure your faculty have a current, working email
address for you. See your faculty for more information.
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Canvas is a Learning Management System (LMS) that is used exclusively as a means for faculty and student
communication. It is expected that all students complete the registration process as appropriate and monitor their LMS
account routinely for critical communication.
Social Media
The advent of social media has created a world-wide communication medium for persons of all ages. While extremely
popular, these websites have also created their own set of “not-so-popular” problems such as cyber-stalking, identity theft,
cyber-bullying, cyber-cheating (posting of exam, or other course material), and a host of other nebulous challenges that
users may face. Another reality associated with social media is its far-reaching consequences for those who share posts
that may be seen by others as inappropriate.
Potential employers, current employers, civic, or educational organizations you may be associated with, and many others
are looking at social media sites for information that may tell them things about an individual. Students should also be
cautioned on how private their social media content really is – despite the settings on an account. All social media sites
are potentially vulnerable. A simple search of how to view pages that are set as “private” for a popular social media
website yielded numerous responses for ways to view the content. Everything from blogs to online videos offer to explain
how to accomplish this task.
Students in all programs need to be cognizant of the fact that most professions rely on great moral character. It is
recommended that when using social media, assume that all posts will be seen/read by everyone with access to the
Program Safety
The Practical Nursing Program provides real-world experiences that prepare students to become licensed nurses. Faculty
will discuss and enforce safety practices for the classroom, laboratory and clinical settings. Continuous implementation
of safety principles will occur throughout the length of the program. Each student will demonstrate skills in the lab
environment and must meet competency standards, to include proficient safety practices associated with all skills, prior to
performance in the clinical setting. A student who is not deemed safe in the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting by
any program faculty will be removed from that environment and remediated on the identified practice(s). Repeated
observance of unsafe practice(s) could lead to a formal Student Intervention Team meeting and may result in a behavioral
plan and/or dismissal from the program.
IMPORTANT: An overnight shift may not be worked prior to any classroom time or on campus lab activity.
Overnight constitutes any shift beginning/occurring on or after 8 pm through 6 am
Class performance, skills performance, pre- and post-testing, unit examinations, practical test evaluation (laboratory and
clinical), required written and workbook assignments, on-line postings, , Exam testing, clinical observation of performance
objectives during clinical experiences, decision making, attendance, professional skills, Elsevier content and achievement
of entry-level competencies and other methods are used for evaluation.
Work Based Activities
Work-based learning activities play an integral part of the curriculum of Lake Technical College’s programs. These
activities are planned with two objectives in mind. First, the activity provides students with the opportunity to develop and
apply a “real world” experience using the knowledge and skills attained in the program. Second, the activity provides the
faculty with objective input from potential employers or customers of program graduates. Each work-based activity has a
written instructional plan outlining objectives, experiences, competencies and evaluation required during the activity.
Clinical Experience/Practicum
Students will receive clinical experience under the direct supervision of their faculty and/or preceptor. Instructors will
evaluate clinical competency for eligibility of observational experience
Clinical Rotations and Skill Performance
Students must demonstrate the performance of all advanced skills in the simulated setting prior to utilizing these skills in
the clinical practice setting.
Advanced skills are skills that are specific to the PN role and not associated with activities of daily living. Once the student
has successfully mastered a practical nursing skill and is checked off by an instructor the student may perform the skill in
the practice setting under the supervision of their instructor.
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Once deemed competent to perform a practical nursing skill in both the simulated and practice setting the student may
perform the skill under the direct supervision of the responsible nurse or instructor.
NOTE: Any student performing advanced skills or administering medication(s) independently is subject to immediate
dismissal. Should this occur, the student will be sent home and may not return to the clinical area or to the classroom
pending a SIT (Student Intervention Team) meeting. Dismissal may occur at the time of the meeting.
Experience Opportunities
Opportunities to participate in clinical experiences alongside professional nurses may be assigned as part of the Practical
Nursing program. Volunteer experiences may be available to students as part of their program training. These
opportunities are designed to give the student actual hands-on experience performing a variety of nursing-related tasks.
Length and type of experiences may vary. This assignment is per instructor’s discretion.
Lake Technical College is a postsecondary institution designed to provide trained individuals to industry. The grading scale
for the Practical Nursing program reflects industry standards, as recommended by the Licensed Practical Nursing Advisory
Committee. The Licensed Practical Nursing Advisory Committee is comprised of industry professionals with current
industry knowledge, and approved by the administration of Lake Technical College.
Program grades are based on three criteria: Knowledge, Skills and Professional Skills (Work Habits). Each area counts
as one-third of the final grade for the grading period. Classroom, laboratory, and clinical performance will be included in
grades. A student must maintain a 77% average for each unit within the PN course and in each overall PN course (PN
Foundations 1, PN Foundations 2, Medical Surgical Nursing 1, Medical Surgical Nursing 2, Comprehensive Nursing and
Transitional Skills) within each area of knowledge, skills and professional skills to remain in the program,
KNOWLEDGE (33 1/3% of the grade)
The Knowledge grade is based on written exams, assignments and projects.
All unit exams account for 60% of the PN Foundations 1, PN Foundations 2, Medical Surgical Nursing 1,
Medical Surgical Nursing 2, and Comprehensive Nursing and Transitional Skills course knowledge grade.
The HESI exam (as applicable) and/or the final exam will account for 30% of the PN Foundations 1, PN
Foundations 2, Medical Surgical Nursing 1, Medical Surgical Nursing 2, Comprehensive Nursing and
Transitional Skills course knowledge grade.
Grading Scale for the Practical Nursing Program:
93-100 Outstanding Progress
85-92 Average Progress
77-84 Passing
< 77 Failing
HESI Grading for 2022-2023
1000 and greater 100
950 95
900-949 90
850 85
800-849 80
700-750 77
650-699 70
600-649 65
550-599 60
500-549 55
450-499 50
400-450 45
Below 400 40
Homework assignments, quizzes, presentations and projects account for the remaining 10% of the knowledge
1. If the homework, presentations or project is not submitted by the deadline date and time, 20 points will be
deducted from the grade.
2. Extra credit projects are not permissible.
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3. Projects, case studies, presentations, and oral reports, if assigned, are homework assignments unless
otherwise specifically designated by the course syllabus. Homework assignments are graded and account for
10% of the knowledge grade.
The Medication Math Examination, during PN Foundations 2, requires a minimum passing grade of 85%. If the
student does not pass the Medication Math Examination, remediation is required followed by a second attempt,
which will be scheduled by the faculty in a timely manner. A student who is unsuccessful on the second attempt
will have a Student Intervention Meeting (SIT) which may result in dismissal.
Testing procedures:
No drinks or food in computer lab
No cell phones or apple watches on person during testing in computer lab or classroom ( this could lead to
Paper will be given to student for scratch paper. No books or papers may be near student during testing.
Instructor may ask for jackets to be removed for testing.
According to testing design best practices, the following rules apply for tests given on content/subject material.
1. Extra credit questions are not permissible.
2. Grades cannot exceed 100%.
3. Exam questions:
Questions that are not answered correctly by the majority of the class will be reviewed by the instructor. This does
NOT constitute automatic exclusion of the question(s) from the exam. This determination is made at the
instructor’s discretion.
If after review it is determined that question(s) needs to be excluded, then all student grades will be
Students who answered excluded question(s) correctly will not be penalized for providing correct answer(s) and
will be given the intended points for the excluded question.
A student who earned a 100% prior to exclusion of any question(s) cannot carry-over or “bank” points for other
exam, or assignment. Points awarded to student(s) will only apply to exam associated with exclusion(s).
4. Missed Tests
If a test is not taken at the same time or day of the scheduled test, 10 points are deducted. Based on
documentation of extenuating circumstances, after review, the department coordinator may waive this penalty.
Missed test requires mandatory discussion with faculty on first day of return to classroom regarding date to take
test. Appointments to take missed tests must be scheduled through the faculty.
Missed tests must be taken within 5 scheduled school days (classroom and clinical). Failure to show to take the
missed test will result in a zero grade. Any exceptions must be approved by the Department Coordinator
Missed tests are not generally scheduled during class/clinical time. It may require time from the student, outside
scheduled class time
5. Remediation and Retesting (Pathways to Success)
Score of 77% or higher-student is not allowed to retest to earn a better score.
If a student scores 76% or lower, the student is highly encouraged to immediately confer with the Student
Success Counselor to analyze the test materials, study tools available and the student’s study situation.
Score 71%-76%-student will have the understanding this is a below criteria grade and the student may request
remediation with instructor.
Score of 70 or lower requires remediation.
Remediation and retesting must be completed within approximate
ly one week of the exam Student may not
retake after the next exam in the course has been given. Instructor has the ability to review reason for not
completing exam within expected time frame with HSE coordinator for any re-evaluation of retesting.
Process for remediation and retesting:
o Student will meet with HSE instructor to review the questions that the student missed. The remediation will
focus on the content missed to help ensure student knowledge of content and may include various teaching
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methods from instructor. When remediation is completed, students who have a score of 70% or lower must
complete the retake exam.
o If successful, the student earns a 77% score instead of the failing grade. If the student scores below a 77%,
the higher of the two grades will be earned.
A maximum of 2 remediation tests are allowed per each PN course (PN Foundations 1, PN Foundations 2,
Medical Surgical Nursing 1, Medical Surgical Nursing 2,) (1 remediation tests are allowed for Comprehensive
Nursing and Transitional Skills). Students who continue to have tests with scores below 77% will be strongly
encouraged to work with the Student Success Counselor to bring their grade up above the failing mark. At the
end of any PN course, students with academic grade below 77% will be dismissed from the program.
HESI scores for Final Exit HESI during Comprehensive course:
o Retesting is mandatory for all students with a HESI score <850 on the final exit exam. Grades and name
submission to the Board of Nursing will be held until complete.
o Student Self-Remediation should begin as soon as possible using HESI student access, Saunders NCLEX
review, or adaptive quizzing
Remediation (Pathway to Success)
Your faculty are committed to your success in this program. To that end, opportunities for extra practice of skills,
assistance with academics and remediation are available. Remediation sessions are initiated by the student and
scheduled by the instructor. Students who want extra help are expected to arrive on time and ready to learn at the time of
the appointment with the instructor. One missed appointment is allowed. More than one will result in a meeting with the
Health Science Coordinator.
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS (Work Habits) (33 1/3% of the grade)
Effective professional skills are the cornerstone to successful employment. Students are expected to demonstrate
productive professional skills during all phases of enrollment. Faculty will work with students who need assistance in this
area to improve the overall possibility for successful employment.
The Professional Skills grade is based on the following 10 categories. On a daily basis in the classroom, each category
will be evaluated based on established criteria and the student will earn up to 10 points in each category. A minimum
Professional Skills grade of 77% per each PN course (PN Foundations 1, PN Foundations 2, Medical Surgical Nursing
1, Medical Surgical Nursing 2, Comprehensive Nursing and Transitional Skills) is required to remain in and successfully
complete the PN program. Professional skills will also be evaluated as part of the clinical skills grade (see next section).
Attendance: Attends class for all scheduled hours assigned, arrives/leaves on time, contributes to class
discussion and is actively involved in all activities.
Character: Displays academic integrity (inclusive of not committing plagiarism), trustworthiness,
dependability, reliability, self-discipline, and self-responsibility.
Teamwork: Respects the rights of others; is a team worker; is cooperative; ensures confidentiality in all
classroom, clinical and other matters; demonstrates professional behavior in interactions with peers,
preceptors, and faculty.
Appearance: Displays appropriate dress, grooming, hygiene, and wears full regulation uniform of the
Attitude: Displays a willingness to cooperate and accept constructive criticism; sets realistic
expectations; approaches assignments with interest and initiative.
Productivity: Follows safety practices; conserves materials and supplies; maintains equipment; stays on
task and utilizes time constructively; demonstrates proactive learning through involvement in activities
and contributions to class discussions.
Organization: Manifests skill in prioritizing and management of time and stress; demonstrates flexibility in
handling change; completes assignments on time; uses work time appropriately.
Communication: Contacts faculty to report concerns; notifies faculty of tardy/absence before start of
class; seeks clarification and understanding through appropriat
e, pertinent questions, appropriate tone of
Leadership: Displays leadership skills; appropriately handles conflict and concerns; demonstrates
problem-solving capability; maintains appropriate relationships with supervisors/faculty and peers; follows
the chain of command.
Respect: (Professionalism) Deals appropriately with cultural/racial diversity; does not engage in
harassment of any kind to include but not limited to verbal, nonverbal, and written; addresses faculty and
peers in appropriate tone and with appropriate language to include but not limited to electronic (email,
text, etc.) communications.
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SKILLS (Clinical) (33 1/3% of the grade)
The Skills grade is based on performance in the lab and clinical settings, with evaluation. Skills rubric will be given at the
beginning of each course with the expectation of nursing and employment skills that are required to be completed with
competency by the end of the course. Instructors with meet with students half way through each course to notify students
of their competency standing. If instructor observes and evaluates skills are not competent to continue in Clinical rotation
a Student Intervention Team meeting will occur with behavior contract or possible dismissal from program.
A minimum Skills grade of 77% per each PN course (PN Foundations 1, PN Foundations 2, Medical Surgical Nursing 1,
Medical Surgical Nursing 2, Comprehensive Nursing and Transitional Skills) is required to remain in and successfully
complete the PN program.
All Clinical Skills and the Safe Medication Administration Check Off must be passed by the third attempt. If a
third attempt is necessary, the student will be evaluated by two faculty members. A Clinical Skills failure,
including failure of the Safe Medication Administration Check Off, is considered a clinical failure.
Medication Errors may result in dismissal from the program. In the event the student is permitted to remain in the
program, the following are required:
o Student will receive immediate counseling and will be exited from the clinical site.
o The student must pass a repeats Lab based skill check off before returning to the clinical setting.
o The instructor will directly monitor the student for completion of the first medication passing the clinical
setting after occurrence.
Program Progress
Students are required to complete the program of training within the hours allotted by the State of Florida for completion.
Progress must be at a rate that will allow completion of the program within the number of hours stated in the Curriculum
Framework (
Failure to progress at this rate may impact financial aid and will require the student to meet with the program faculty,
Health Science Education chairperson, a College advisor and an administrator by way of a SIT meeting in order to
identify an appropriate completion point or to assist the student in selecting a more appropriate training program.
Final accumulative grade for course can be found on Canvas gradebook. (The academic testing, homework and project
grade may have to be calculated to obtain the correct 331/3%) Any student having minimal passing scores in clinical or
academic will have a one on one conference with instructor outlining a path for success in the next course Once the
instructor posts the grades the student can find written final grades for course using the student web portal. If at any time
during the grading period a student’s academic and/or clinical progress falls below the expected standard or the student
does not show satisfactory academic progress, the student will be counseled as to the steps required to bring the grade
to a satisfactory level before the end of the PN course. The student will be referred to counseling and, if necessary, to a
Student Intervention Team (SIT) meeting to review the appropriateness of program placement.
Students must meet the following program requirements for certification:
Achieve required TABE scores or allowable exemption
Successfully complete all competencies specified in the program State of Florida curriculum framework for the
year in which the student began program, unless the student is rejoining a program at a later date, where the
current class year DOE standards must be met.
Maintain at least a 77% average in each area of Knowledge, Skills and Professional Skills
Demonstrate proficiency in all program competencies listed in the DOE standards and stated in the Master Plan
of Instruction
Attend at least 1281.5 of the 1350 program hours.
Reasons for Withdrawal
Unsatisfactory academic, simulation/skills lab or clinical work.
Lack of aptitude for nursing as demonstrated by unsafe performance and poor professional judgment in the clinical
area such as, but not limited to, endangering a patient's safety by:
o Violating standard safety practices in the care of patients.
o Delaying care that is within the student’s realm of ability and/or knowledge.
o Performing skills or procedures beyond the realm of the student's ability and/or knowledge.
o Any student performing advanced skills or administering medication(s) independently is subject to immediate
dismissal. Should this occur, then student will be sent home and may not return to the clinical area or to the
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classroom pending a SIT (Student Intervention Team) meeting. Dismissal may occur at the time of the
o Failure to perform patient identification using two identifiers PRIOR to administering any medication.
NOTE: Standard procedure is to ask the patient their name and date of birth, check their patient
identification bracelet and compare to the medical record. When speaking to the patient you say, “Tell me
your name and DOB”, not “Are you Susie Smith born 9-9-1999?”
Being found in any restricted or unauthorized area.
Unethical conduct such as fraud, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, breach of confidentiality (HIPPA violation);
inappropriate nurse/patient interaction or interpersonal relation; or aggressive, disrespectful, or dishonest behavior
to any school or hospital staff member, physician, patient, or other student, defined as follows:
Aggressive behavior is defined as a forceful, self-assertive action or attitude that is expressed physically, verbally,
non-verbally, or symbolically and is manifested by physical, verbal, or emotionally abusive or destructive acts
towards oneself or others. No bullying will be tolerated.
Dishonest behavior is defined as an untruthful, untrustworthy, or unreliable action.
Disrespectful behavior.
Cheating in any manner.
o Sharing, posting, photographing, or copying test material/graded content, in any way, will not be tolerated.
o Plagiarism will not be tolerated.
o Cell phone or Apple watch on person while test is being given in testing lab or classroom
Withdrawal from a hospital or participating agency as the result of due process proceedings based upon a written
request from the agency that the student be withdrawn.
Violations of the attendance policy.
Failure to satisfy identified probationary requirements within the stated time.
Failure to comply with requirements as stated in the Master Plan of Instruction.
At the direction of the Practical Nursing faculty and administration, students who withdraw from the Practical Nursing
program, in good standing, may be considered for re-admission at a later date. Students will be allowed to repeat only one
time unless authorized by administration. Students exited for clinical failure or behavior will be considered for readmission
upon submission of an appeal. NOTE: ALL re-entry requests will also depend on space availability within the
program the student is requesting to return to and the program curriculum must be the identical state provided
curriculum prescribed.
Readmission is contingent upon the following:
Students re-applying may be admitted on a space available basis.
o Applicants must reenter the program at the beginning of Practical Nursing Foundation 1, Practical Nursing
Foundation 2, Medical Surgical Nursing 1, Medical Surgical Nursing 2 and Comprehensive Nursing or
Transitional Skills dependent upon the time of course exit. Under Extenuating circumstances administration
may allow reentry at point of exit.
o Upon reentry, the student will be responsible for the balance of requirements concurrent with the program
schedule. If applicable updated versions of text, workbook, online access are required.
o The curriculum framework for the year of re-entry must align with the framework for the year of exit.
Transfer Students
The individual must satisfy all admission criteria required by the school and the PN program. From the previous nursing
school, an official transcript of grades and a letter of recommendation from the program director and one faculty are
required. Credit for courses taken at public institutions will be awarded based upon the state common course-numbering
guidelines (see catalog for details). Courses from private or out-of-state institutions will be evaluated based upon curricula
and transferred grades (77% minimum) by the chairperson and guidance counselor.
Applicants from Other Health Care Disciplines
Previous experience and education will be evaluated on an individual basis and credit will be given for courses deemed
appropriate based on curriculum content.
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Students who attend Lake Tech shall dress in a manner appropriate for the job in which they are receiving training,
including any special protective gear and professional uniforms. All clothing, makeup, and jewelry must be clean, neat,
modest, in good repair, appropriately sized, and be neither distracting nor offensive. Students are expected to display
their valid student ID, or have on their person when unable to display due to safety in the program, at all times.
Practical Nursing Uniform Guidelines
Appropriate dress for the program shall consist of what is generally acceptable dress in health care facilities in the Lake
County area. This is evaluated annually by healthcare industry leaders at the HSE advisory council. The uniform is to be
worn with pride and dignity, and good grooming must be carefully observed. Appropriate dress will constitute a portion of
each student’s professional skills grade. The Program Coordinator will make final decision regarding any appearance
related concerns. Specifically, this means all Practical Nursing students will wear the following in the clinical and
classroom setting:
Practical Nursing Dress Guidelines
Appropriate dress for the program shall consist of what is generally acceptable dress in health care facilities in the Lake
County area. The uniform is to be worn with pride and dignity, and good grooming must be carefully observed. Appropriate
dress will constitute a portion of each student’s professional skill or clinical grade. The Program Coordinator will make final
decision regarding any appearance related concerns. Specifically, this means all Practical Nursing students will wear the
following in the clinical and classroom setting:
Scrubs – approved LTC monogramed red scrub top and black scrub pants. All uniforms must be clean and free
from wrinkles and stains.
Jacket or undershirtapproved black scrub jackets with LTC Monogram may be worn over uniforms, no sweat-
shirts or hoodies.
Students may wear a solid black Under Armor style t-shirt or long sleeve shirt under thei