Somerset Community College - Albany Ext.
1273 KY Highway 90 W
Albany, Kentucky 42602
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LPN Program Details
The Somerset Community College (SCC) Practical Nursing Program has been in existence since 1979. The first two classes were an extension of the Danville School of Practical Nursing. In 1981, the school was granted a license from the Kentucky State Board of Nursing to become an approved Practical Nursing Program. Currently, SCC hosts three sister sites for the Practical Nursing Program, Somerset North Campus, Laurel North Campus and the Clinton Center.
The Practical Nursing Program prepares individuals to practice within the legal scope of practical nursing under the supervision of a registered nurse, physician, or dentist. Use of the nursing process at the practical nursing level toward the maintenance of health and prevention of illness, the observation and nursing care of persons experiencing changes in their health processes, and the evaluation of health practices of patients are emphasized.
The curriculum extends over a three- semester period, including classroom instruction correlated with guided clinical practice at affiliated health care agencies. This three-semester period begins after the completion of the required pre-requisites. Classroom instruction in theory and basic nursing skills is provided on campus. Under the guidance of program faculty, students gain valuable experience in the care of clients of all ages in a variety of health care settings. Transportation to these agencies is the responsibility of the student.
Acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program is contingent based upon the applicant meeting the basic requirements for college and program admission. In order to be considered for the program, a letter of intent must be submitted to the Program Coordinator by April 1st for Fall admission and November 1st for Spring admission. A selective admissions process is used to determine the applicant’s eligibility for enrollment.
In order to progress through the Practical Nursing Program, the student must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale and successfully complete each course with a “C” or better. Current CPR and immunization requirements must also be maintained throughout the program.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will receive either a diploma or a GOTS (General Occupational and Technical Studies) degree from SCC, depending on which education route was chosen. The graduate is then eligible to write the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) to take the state Practical Nursing board exam. The Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) may deny a nursing graduate admission to the NLEX-PN Exam if an individual has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony that involves acts that bear directly on the qualifications of the graduate to practice nursing. Following initial licensure by examination, the practical nurse is eligible to practice practical nursing by endorsement in Kentucky and other states under the conditions stipulated by those states. The Kentucky Board of Nursing defines the “Licensed Practical Nurse” as one who is licensed under the provisions of KRS 314 to engage in licensed practical nursing. “Licensed Practical Nursing” is defined as the performance of acts requiring knowledge and skills such as are taught or acquired in schools for practical nursing.