Angela Beasley BA, RN
Sherri Andrews MSN, RN
Susan Burnette BSN, RN
Grade Level(s): 12-Adult
Credit: 3 Units Yearly
Prerequisites: Application and Placement Test
Practical nursing is a vocation in which the qualified person is prepared to provide nursing care for patients in relatively stable situations with a minimum amount of supervision from the registered nurse and to function as an assistant to the registered nurse in more complex nursing situations. The practical nursing program is18 months in length. The first nine months of instruction is received at Bedford Science and Technology Center during the senior year in high school, which earns the student three units of high school credit for the year. In the fall of the following year, the student begins a nine month combined classroom and clinical work experience at Carillion Bedford Memorial Hospital. Criminal background check and drug screening are required. Students will have assigned learning experiences in the care of medical, surgical, pediatric, mental health, obstetric patients, and newborn infants.
Graduates of the school are eligible to take the State Board Examination for a Practical Nursing license. This course is recommended for students interested in the following careers: Registered nurse, surgical nurse, nurse practitioner, hospice nurse, labor and delivery nurse, infection control nurse, etc.