Dorsey Schools, a provider of quality career training and education for over 80 years, has recently announced plans to expand its Practical Nursing program. Dorsey Schools began offering its Practical Nurse program in 2011 and since inception, scores of students have graduated and started their new career as a Practical Nurse. John Barnes, President and CEO of Dorsey Schools commented on the expansion by stating, “Our Practical Nurse program is another great example of how we’re helping men and women in Michigan train for a new career and learn valuable skills in a-in a high-demand field. We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our students as well as our instructors and staff who have put so much into our Practical Nurse program here at Dorsey.” At present, the Practical Nurse program at Dorsey Schools currently admits 48-students annually. In 2015, the plan is to admit in upwards of 100 students and over 150 in 2016.
The Practical Nurse Training Program at Dorsey Schools
The Practical Nurse program at Dorsey Schools is designed to prepare students in the cognitive, psychomotor, and behavioral learning areas for a career as a practical nurse. The curriculum of the Practical Nurse program is designed to challenge students to solve problems, develop critical thinking skills, and to understand various issues of today’s healthcare communities such as ethical, legal, moral and cultural. Courses in the Practical Nurse program include (but are not limited to) Medical Terminology/Anatomy and Physiology, Practical Nursing Fundamentals, Practical Nursing Health Assessment, Pharmacology/Medication Delivery, Geriatric Nursing, Medical/Surgical Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, and Maternal/Newborn Nursing. Students also participate in clinical training which provides real-life situations where classroom theory can be applied to the practice of nursing. Students are placed in a variety of clinical settings throughout the Practical Nurse program, allowing them to be exposed to a variety of experiences with diverse populations, organizations, and agencies.
Upon successful completion of the Practical Nurse program at Dorsey Schools, provided all requirements for graduation are met, the graduate receives a certificate in Practical Nursing and will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam. Licensure as a Practical Nurse is required for employment in this field.
Practical Nurse Career Outlook
Practical Nurses are among the most in-demand positions in today's health care field. These professionals provide direct patient care under the direction of registered nurses and doctors. Typical job responsibilities include taking vital signs, preparing and administering injections, collecting samples for testing, and a host of other practical nursing duties required by the health care facility’s leading physician or registered nurses. Once licensed, jobs in this field can be found in hospitals, outpatient facilities, long-term care facilities, clinics, home care services, and other healthcare facilities.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected job outlook for Licensed Practical Nurses is expected to grow by 25% from 2012 to 2022, which is faster than average for all occupations.*
To learn more about the Practical Nurse Program at Dorsey Schools, you may call our Madison Heights campus directly at (248) 588-9660 or request information here.
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, please visit www.dorsey.edu/disclosures.php.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm (visited March 23, 2015)..