The Course of Study
Faculty has developed the PN program based on the program philosophy,
state-mandated competencies, employer needs, program outcomes, national
accreditation standards, and educational outcomes of learning.
The PN program of learning is taught over twelve (12) months divided into
blocks of progressive study.
There is a logical, sequential progression of courses to prepare students for
the NCLEX-PN and practice in a variety of settings. The coursework complies with
the curriculum framework model and established competencies. The conceptual
threads are integrated in each course and in the clinical evaluation tools.
The courses of study, a brief description of each required course, and specific
program objectives are listed in the Delaware Institute of Health Sciences
Accurate program information is available on request. Course
sequencing may vary depending on the availability of clinical facilities and
experiences. The curriculum tracking sheets in student folders document student
achievement as they progress through the course of study. Faculty maintains a
departmental record on each student. Records are confidential and secured in
locked PN faculty offices. Permanent grade records are entered electronically
into the database system with back up in the Student Services offices.
The program of learning and curriculum addresses major national trends in the
delivery of nursing care and local needs. Faculty integrates sociological,
demographic, cultural, ethical, and economic issues across the curriculum.
National trends, which are evident in the Delaware and metropolitan area,
recognized by faculty and presented to the students, include:
- the growth of alternative options in health care including home health nursing
and community health services.
- increased incidence of blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases.
- the growth of corporate owned health care agencies, proprietary schools, and
- the influence of strong cultural and religious practices.
- a shortened hospital stay and expansion of out-patient services.
- the increased acuity level of hospitalized patients.
- the emphasis on controlling increasing health care costs and equity of care.
- the growth of managed care delivery systems.
- the use of Nurse Information Systems, nursing educational software, and
Computer proficiency is an expectation for all graduates. The PN program
integrates technology across the curriculum and uses Computer Assisted
Instruction (CAI) software. The purpose of CAI material is to enhance and
accelerate learning. Students should be aware that nursing research supports
that students learn 30-50% faster and retain as much as 80% more information
from appropriate software.
All students have access to the computer lab.
Faculty will provide specific rules and directions on the use of the computer
lab and will make assignments for research using the Internet and certain
software. No food or drinks are allowed in the computer lab per school policy.
Faculty will schedule mandatory computer lab time. Simulations of the NCLEX-PN
exam for licensure are available throughout the program to prepare students and
enable individuals to practice this testing format and gain competence. The HESI
PN Exit exam in the last level will provide students with a standardized
opportunity to evaluate their achievements prior to graduation and is the basis
for development of realistic remedial study plan. Students should plan time in
their weekly schedule outside of class time in the computer lab to master
competencies and prepare for NCLEX-PN.
All faculty have desktop computers and voice mail in their offices. The phone
numbers are listed in the course syllabi and are given the first day of class.
Students may email faculty, realizing that faculty might not respond immediately
if they are in the clinical area or away from their office. Some class
assignments and information will be exchanged via computer.
In the last semester of the program, a mandatory comprehensive NCLEX-PN
review is presented to prepare students for licensure. These contact hours are
part of the Nursing Transition course. At this time, the students come together
with a consultant for a two or three day review of content and testing
strategies. Students are required to attend as this is part of the Nursing
Transition course contact hours. An additional registration fee is paid for the
review to cover the consultant's fee, review texts, breaks and related items.
Graduates are also welcomed back to review concepts and prepare for NCLEX-PN.