Multiple options available for nursing degree

19 June 2013

Pratt Community College's nursing program offers a variety of ways and places for students to take multiple levels of classes.

Classes are offered online and on three campuses across the state of Kansas in Pratt, Winfield and Wichita.

Online classes students can go from being a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Paramedic to a Registered Nurse (RN) through our ADN Completion Program. With our WATC Partnership, Certified Nurse Aides (CNA) can become an LPN.

PCC has a partnership with Cowley College and also one with Wichita Area Technical College.

"The partnerships have really allowed us to have opportunities for education which is nice," said Brenda Naasz, Director of Nursing.

WATC and PCC jointly deliver nursing education programs that efficiently produce high-quality LPNs and RNs.

WATC is responsible for the Pratt, Hybrid and WATC PN programs, PCC is in charge of the Winfield PN program.

The partnership with Cowley College allows Cowley to provide all of the pre-requisites required for a nursing degree, while PCC provides the technical nursing classes. Programs offered are the Practical Nurse and ADN Completion Programs.

"We try our best to make sure that all campuses have the same equipment available," Naasz said.

The equipment available at all campuses includes a mock hospital equip with stimulators and Medication Carts for dispensing mock medications.

Naasz added that they are getting Electronic Medical Record Simulation products, so that students are prepared for electronic documentation in their future positions. EMR's (Electronic Medical Records) is mandated by the Federal Government in order for facilities to receive full monetary reimbursement for care.

Many classes have also started using e-books, which Naasz said provides more guidance to the students because instructors can highlight certain areas.

According to Naasz, the nursing departments strength is that they really try and help the students succeed. Examples she gave included instructors working with students if they are struggling on tests, working with the students on ways to stay calm and helping the students find ways to deal with stress.

"We have a great support system that works with the students to help them succeed," she said.

Between the two online groups and the on campus groups, there are up to 180 ADN Completion students and 60 Practical Nursing Students enrolled. The program has a pinning ceremony in the spring and another in the fall.