Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing

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Competence. Caring. Compassion.

Campbellsville University School of Nursing provides education to students seeking entry into the nursing profession as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Upon successful completion of the curriculum requirements, students will become Licensed Practical Nurses “LPN” by successfully passing the NCLEX-PN exam. LPNs are valued in the healthcare community and can serve in many diverse roles. Within 3 semesters you will be a working professional within primary care clinics, acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, and more!

The mission of the Practical Nursing program at Campbellsville University is to motivate students to apply clinical judgement and critical thinking skills acquired through knowledge and experience.  Our nursing students and graduates will uphold the dignity, respect, and culturally diverse values of all persons, lead and empower others through Christian service, and promote health through innovative and holistic care.

Licensed Practical Nurses provide services such as medication and treatment administration, obtaining vital signs, supervision of nurse aides and ancillary personnel, and development of medical histories. Contact the Campbellsville University School of Nursing to learn more about our nursing programs and how to prepare for a rewarding career in nursing. You can realize your dream of becoming an LPN by calling today!

  • Enrollment in the Practical Nursing program are limited due to resources and the large volume of applicants.
  • Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the Practical Nursing program. Applicants must be officially accepted into the program prior to enrolling in any nursing course.

Applying to the School of Nursing

How to Apply
In addition to admission to the university, the School of Nursing has specific admission criteria and application processes that must be met. Please schedule an appointment today to start that process.
Admission Requirements

  • A minimum score of 80 on the National League for Nursing (NLN) Pre-licensure Examination
  • Successful completion of an SRNA course with certification. This certification must be active, in good standing, without restrictions.
  • Current CPR Certification by the American Heart Association for Healthcare Providers Basic Life Support (BLS).
  • Required immunizations are up-to-date.

In order to be considered for admission or to be retained in the program after admission all applicants should possess:

  • Sufficient visual acuity, such as needed in the accurate preparation and administration of medications, and for the observation necessary for patient assessment and nursing care.
  • Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health team and to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices such as cardiac monitor, stethoscope, IV infusion pumps, etc.
  • Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement the skills, including the manipulation of equipment, required in meeting health needs.
  • Sufficient communication skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the individual’s interest.
  • Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement care for individuals.

NLN Testing is REQUIRED
Prior to applying to the School of Nursing, NLN testing is required.

Upcoming NLN testing dates:

Campbellsville Location

  • Nov. 2, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Nov. 9, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Jan. 11, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Feb. 29, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Mar. 14, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Apr. 4, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

Harrodsburg Location

  • Sept. 28, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Oct. 12, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Oct. 26, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Nov. 2, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Nov. 9, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Nov. 23, 2019 at 8:00 a.m
  • Jan. 25, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Feb. 8, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Mar. 28, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Apr. 25, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

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Pre-Admission Conference Date is REQUIRED

All students seeking Admission must attend a PAC (Pre-Admission Conference) prior to application. 

Upcoming PAC dates:

Campbellsville Location

  • Oct.1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Oct. 8, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Oct. 24, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Oct. 28, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Spring 2021 PAC dates: TBA

Harrodsburg Location

  • Oct. 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Oct. 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Oct. 21, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Oct. 24, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.


Curriculum Requirements

Certificate in Practical Nursing
The Certificate in Practical Nursing requires 48 program hours.
Required Courses

Spring Semester – 17 hrs

PN 100  Fundamentals of Practical Nursing
PSY 111 General Psychology
PN 120 Human Sciences for Nursing
PN 110 Fundamental Mathematics for Nursing
PN 101 Adult Health Nursing I

Summer Semester – 16 hrs

PN 201 Adult Health Nursing II
ENG 111 Freshman Composition I
PN 200 Pharmacology
PN 203 Maternal and Pediatric Nursing

Fall Semester – 15 hrs

NUR 200 Psychiatric Nursing
PN 301 Adult Health Nursing III
PN 304 Professional Nursing Capstone

Course Descriptions

PN 100 – Foundations of Practical Nursing: (5 Hours) This course focuses on the basic nursing care needs of the adult client, according to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Students will learn holistic care of the physical, spiritual, emotional, and psychosocial needs of the client across the lifespan. Emphasis will be placed on safe, effective care that addresses client safety, communication, cultural awareness, and legal and ethical issues in nursing. Students will be introduced to nursing process and the scope of practice for practical nursing. Students will learn the importance of documentation and interdisciplinary communication in the clinical setting. An intravenous therapy seminar that meets the Kentucky Board of Nursing requirements is included in this course. In the clinical component of this course, students will be introduced to psychomotor and assessment skills needed to meet the basic human needs of clients.  Co-requisite: PN 120, PSY 111.

PSY 111 – General Psychology: (3 Hours)This is an introductory course in psychology designed to acquaint students with such topics as psychological research, physiological processes, learning, development, and theories of personality.

PN 120 – Human Sciences for Nursing: (5 Hours) This course focuses on the normal anatomy and physiology of the human body. The development and function of body systems including their interactions with each other will be discussed. Emphasis will also be given to alterations in structure and function of body systems as well as the body as a whole system. A laboratory component will be included.  Co-requisite: PN 100, PN 110, PN 101

PN 110 –  Fundamental Mathematics for Nursing: (1 Hour)This course focuses on mathematical principles, including; but not limited to fractions; decimal fractions; ratio, proportion, and percentages; international system of units and non-international system measures; and calculation methodologies, such as dimensional analysis, as they relate to measurements and calculations inherently encountered and applied in the delivery of safe nursing practice.  Pre-requisite: PN 100; Co-requisite: PN 101, PN 120 

PN 101 – Adult Health Nursing I: (3 Hours) This course addresses health and wellness in the aging adult client. Healthy aging will be discussed, along with psychosocial concerns associated with aging.  Students will identify safety and security concerns for the older adult client and will recognize community agencies and facilities that provide a continuum of care to elderly clients including hospitals, home care, assisted living, long-term care, and hospice care.  Students will participate in a clinical rotation in a setting that provides basic geriatric care, using skills sets attained in PN 100.  Pre-requisite: PN 100; Co-requisite: PN 120, PN 110 

PN 201 – Adult Health Nursing II: (6 Hours) This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide nursing care to adult patients in the acute care setting. The course focuses on nursing care before, during and after surgical procedures and treatment of acute and chronic medical conditions requiring hospitalization. Students will participate in a clinical rotation in a setting that provides acute care, using skills sets attained in PN 100.  Pre-requisite: PN 100, PN 120, PN 110, PN 101; Co-requisite: ENG 111.

ENG 111 – Freshman Composition I: (3 Hours) A course in writing as a recursive process involving the discovery and communication of meaning.  The students write, revise, and edit texts with the aim of communicating with various audiences of readers.  Students whose final grades are lower than “C” must retake ENG 111 the next semester.

PN 200 – Pharmacology: (3 Hours) This course provides the student with knowledge of specific drug groups, classifications, generic nomenclature, pharmacological interventions, therapeutic effects, adverse effects, contraindications, and expected outcomes of medication therapies. Students will learn and practice how to administer drugs correctly and safely. Students will learn and practice dimensional analysis arithmetic to master drug calculations needed to ensure safe dosing when administering medications.  Pre-requisite: PN 100, PN 120, PN 110, PN 101, PN 201;   Co-requisite: PN 302

PN 302 – Maternity and Pediatric Nursing: (4 Hours) This course explores health promotion and illness prevention of women from the prenatal to postnatal period and the growth and development of the newborn from conception to adolescence. Normal growth and development, as well as, deviations from normal, are explored in the course. The focus is on nursing care concepts necessary to provide a safe, effective care environment for the mother, newborn and child. Students will participate in clinical rotation in a setting that provides maternal, newborn, and pediatric care, using skills sets attained in PN 100.  Pre-requisite: PN 100, PN 120, PN 110, PN 101, PN 201; Co-requisite: PN 200

PN 303 – Psychiatric Nursing: (3 Hours) This course will explore mental health and psychopathological issues across the life span and the nurse’s role in promoting mental health for psychiatric and behavioral phenomena. Concepts related to safety, quality of care, ethical/legal issues, addictive illnesses, community support, effective communication and treatment modalities is discussed. Students will participate in a clinical rotation in a setting that provides psychiatric care.  Pre-requisite: PN 100, PN 120, PN 110, PN 101, PN 201, PSY 111, PN 200, PN 302; Co-requisite: PN 301

PN 301 – Adult Health Nursing III: (6 Hours) This course focuses on health promotion, health maintenance and disease prevention among populations. The course assists students to recognize and analyze the interrelationships between individuals, families, population groups, and communities in determining the health status of each.  Diverse roles of the community and public health nurse are examined. The impact of political, economic, social, environmental, cultural concerns, rural and home health care delivery is discussed. Students will participate in a clinical rotation in a setting that provides community health care, using skills sets attained in PN 100.  Pre-requisite: PN 100, PN 120, PN 110, PN 101, PN 201, PN 200, PN 302; Co-requisite: PN 303

PN 304 – Practical Nursing Capstone: (6 Hours) This course will address professional nursing standards, laws and ethical principles, safe practice, communication, and leadership.  Students will be guided through the processes associated with preparing for and taking the NCLEX-PN, seeking a nursing position, and transition from a nursing student to an entry level professional nurse. A 120-hour practicum will be completed within this course in accordance with the regulations of the Kentucky Board of Nursing.  Pre-requisite: PN 100, ENG 111, PN 120, PN 110, PN 101, PN 201, PSY 111, PN 200, PN 302, PN 303, PN 301.


Program Contact

Program Locations
The Practical Nursing program is offered in Campbellsville and Harrodsburg.
Campbellsville Contact

Dawn Whaley
Program Secretary
School of Nursing, Campbellsville

(270) 789-5136

Harrodsburg Contact

Nancy Holland
Program Secretary
School of Nursing, Harrodsburg

(859) 605-1389 Ext 9012


Approximate Cost of the Practical Nursing Program

Cost Item1st Semester2nd Semester3rd SemesterRefund Policy
$399.00 charged per Credit Hour for Tuition Includes:
ExamSoft
Standardized Testing Package (HESI)-To include: case studies; patient reviews; practice tests; adaptive quizzing; and testing for each subject and exit exams.
Background Checks-One background check prior to each semester. Tracking Service- Track immunizations; CPR Certification; TB Screening, etc. for clinical facilities.
Uniforms-Two Uniforms/Name Badge/Lab Coat.
Skills Packs-All items needed to perform skills throughout the program.
Textbooks- All required textbooks/Nursing Central.
Drug Screens-One per semester; random screening, as requested, or as needed.
Professional Liability Insurance-Coverage for each semester.
NCLEX-PN® Review Course (HURST)
$6,783.00$6,384.00$5,985.00See Handbook
Room/Board$4,850.00$4,850.00$4,850.00See Handbook
H-Burg Room/Board$3,600.00$3,600.00$3,600.00See Handbook
Shoes$75.00 N/A N/AStudent Purchase
Watch with Second Hand$30.00 N/A N/AStudent Purchase
Immunizations/TB Screening- Testing/Annual Physical Examination/CPRCost Varies Depending on VendorRenewal Fees VaryRenewal Fees VaryStudent Purchase
Laptop Cost Varies N/A N/AStudent Purchase
Personal Health Insurance Cost Varies Depending on VendorRenewal Fees VaryRenewal Fees VaryStudent Purchase
Pinning Costs (Hat, Lamp and Pin) N/A N/A$65.00Student Purchase/Non-Refundable
Clinical Parking Fees/Clinical Agency Name Badge FeesVaries by SiteVaries by SiteVaries by SiteStudent Purchase