Practical Nursing (LPN)
There is a great need for skilled nurses in the healthcare field today! Ruby’s Academy for Health Occupations was established to provide an education in today’s dynamic and expanding healthcare field.
The objective of the Practical Nursing Program is to provide a positive learning environment; to offer quality and affordable education; to demonstrate that learning is a lifelong process; to demonstrate that change and growth is ongoing in itself, the environment and the healthcare industry; to provide the theoretical knowledge and clinical instruction necessary to prepare the program completer to obtain licensure as an LPN.
The Licensed Practical Nurse program at Ruby’s Academy for Health Occupations prepares students for careers in hospitals, convalescent centers, clinics, home care, and physicians’ offices. The program focuses on preparing individuals to assist in providing general nursing care under the direction of a healthcare professional.
Beyond the Classroom:
Throughout the Practical Nursing program students will be required to expand their knowledge through clinical application. The program instruction consists of instruction in the classroom, clinical labs, and in varied clinical sites. This includes but is not limited to acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, birthing centers, physicians’ offices, and outpatient surgical centers.
1350 hours/ approx. 13 months- full time
Monday- Thursday 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
1 Saturday per month 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Be a minimum of 18 years of age
- Submit proof of high school diploma, GED, or validated foreign equivalent
- Submit copies of any postsecondary certificates of health related courses taken. Example: CORE, PCT, PCA, HHA, Medical Terminology, CAN, MA
- Submit official transcripts of college degrees. All documentation should be sent to:
Coordinator, Practical Nursing Program
Ruby’s Academy for Health Occupations
4343 West Sunrise Boulevard
Plantation, FL 33313
- Take and achieve the minimum scores on the TABE (Testing of Adult Basic Education)
You must achieve a passing score of a 12th grade level in Reading, Language, and Math. The cost of the test is $25.00. A study guide is available for purchase. TABE scores are good for two (2) years from date of testing. Students not achieving the minimum grade of 12.0 in any area will be encouraged to remediate in the needed area (s) and to re-take the test. You must wait at least one month to retake the TABE unless you provide proof of successful remediation.
- Complete an application and submit the required NON-REFUNDABLE application fee of $150.00
- Upon acceptance into the program practical nursing students must complete a Level II, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Criminal Background Check which includes being fingerprinted; the fee for this testing is about $77.50.
Weighing the Options:
Should I pursue a degree or diploma?
There are two academic tracks that a student can take before sitting for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-PN) and ultimately becoming a licensed practical nurse: associate degree or diploma.
With the cost of tuition rising, many have debated the value of general classes which have their history in a traditional liberal arts education. These types of courses can be useful for building a foundation of lifetime skills and/ or credits towards furthering your education. On the contrary, you could choose a more specialized track with a faster route to your new career where you will build skills through your work experience. Choosing a more specialized track will result in a quicker potential completion time, smaller financial investment, and equivalent salary expectations to those with an associate’s degree.
The demand for nurses is always rising. That is an economic fact that will always remain the same. Job openings for licensed practical nurses are expected to grow by 22% through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These critical entry-level nursing positions provide direct patient care as well as support to doctors and registered nurses.
Program Breakdown by Subjects:
Program Clock Hours
PN 106 – Fundamentals of Nursing – 74 hours
PN 104 – Professional Adjust/Communication – 36 hours
PN 108 – Anatomy and Physiology – 60 hours
PN 110 – Growth & Development – 24 hours
PN 112 – Nutrition and – 16 hours
PN 200 – Pharmacology I (Math) – 24 hours
PN 204 – Medical Surgical Nursing I – 110 hours
PN 206 – Mental Health Nursing – 40 hours
PN 300 – Pharmacology II ( Med. Admin.) – 36 hours
PN 302 – Geriatric Nursing – 24 hours
PN 304 – Maternal/ Newborn Nursing – 50 hours
PN 306 – Pediatric Nursing – 40 hours
PN 400 – Medical Surgical Nursing II – 110 hours
PN 402 – Transition to Graduate – 30 hours
Clinical Hours – 442
Clinical Simulation Hours – 234
Total Hours – 1350
A diploma is issued at the successful completion of the program in accordance with state guidelines. Graduates are encouraged to take the NCLEX-PN licensure examination. The Florida State Board of Nursing will issue a license to those who pass the examination.
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