Practical Nursing : Emily Griffith Technical College

Practical Nursing

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) provide hands-on care to patients under the supervision of Registered Nurses (RNs) and physicians. LPNs are in charge of basic bedside care for patients, including taking vital signs, treating bedsores, preparing and giving injections, applying dressings, monitoring catheters and more.

You will learn how to give direct patient care in a multi-disciplinary healthcare setting. You’ll start learning and practicing essential skills immediately in our nursing skills lab and then move on to 4 different clinical placement internships in local healthcare facilities, totaling 400-hours.

Emily Griffith Technical College is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Nursing Education (ACEN).

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3390 Peachtree Rd, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(P) 404-975-5000

Students who complete the program are qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN Examination). If you successfully complete the IV Therapy for LPNs course, you are eligible for IV certification by the Colorado State Board of Nursing. 

Program Requirements: In order to apply for the Practical Nursing program, you will need to complete several prerequisite courses and submit an Admissions Portfolio. You must also already be certified as a Nurse Assistant (CNA) or have completed a CNA program within the last year or have completed a Medical Assistant (MA) program.

What Can I Do with an Emily Griffith Practical Nursing Certificate?

Graduates use their certificate to work as an LPN in:

  • Ambulatory Care Centers
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Hospital Systems
  • Correctional Care
  • Long-term Care Facilities

Students who complete their LPN can also go on to other careers in the healthcare field, including Registered Nurse (RN), Nurse Practitioner (NP), Physician’s Assistant (PA) and administrative roles. 

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$13,079
Approximate cost. Additional material and book fees may apply
11 Months
Full Time
Program length
1/09/2023
Next Start Date
1/10/23
Available Start Dates
16 Months
Part Time
Program length
1/09/2023
Next Start Date
1/10/23
Available Start Dates
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Course Information

Required Courses

NUR 1002 Alterations in Adult Health

Provides acquisition of basic nursing theory, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care to diverse adult patients experiencing common health alterations requiring medical/surgical interventions. The course introduces Practical Nursing and incorporates the legal and ethical responsibilities of the Practical Nurse.

Start Date: 02/28/2023
NUR 1002 Alterations in Adult Health

Provides acquisition of basic nursing theory, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care to diverse adult patients experiencing common health alterations requiring medical/surgical interventions. The course introduces Practical Nursing and incorporates the legal and ethical responsibilities of the Practical Nurse.

Start Date: 01/10/2023
NUR 1003 Basic Health Assessment for thePractical Nurse

Provides the theoretical knowledge and psychomotor skills used by the Practical Nurse performing a basic assessment of health status of stable adult patients with predictable outcomes, including collecting, reporting, and recording objective/subjective data, observing conditions or changes in condition, and differentiating normal from abnormal findings. Principles of therapeutic communication and patient teaching are included. Includes practice collecting basic assessment data in the nursing skills laboratory.

Start Date: 01/10/2023
NUR 1003 Basic Health Assessment for thePractical Nurse

Provides the theoretical knowledge and psychomotor skills used by the Practical Nurse performing a basic assessment of health status of stable adult patients with predictable outcomes, including collecting, reporting, and recording objective/subjective data, observing conditions or changes in condition, and differentiating normal from abnormal findings. Principles of therapeutic communication and patient teaching are included. Includes practice collecting basic assessment data in the nursing skills laboratory.

Start Date: 05/02/2023
NUR 1005 Practial Nursing Arts and Skills

Employs basic nursing theory and applies that theory and theory from other co-requisite nursing courses to the performance of nursing skills. Communication, collaboration, and critical thinking necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care are applied to the care of patients across the lifespan with stable and predictable outcomes. The course applies guidelines related to the professional, legal, and ethical scope of practice of the Practical Nurse, including demonstrating safe performance of all psychomotor skills.

Start Date: 01/09/2023
NUR 1005 Practial Nursing Arts and Skills

Employs basic nursing theory and applies that theory and theory from other co-requisite nursing courses to the performance of nursing skills. Communication, collaboration, and critical thinking necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care are applied to the care of patients across the lifespan with stable and predictable outcomes. The course applies guidelines related to the professional, legal, and ethical scope of practice of the Practical Nurse, including demonstrating safe performance of all psychomotor skills.

Start Date: 01/12/2023
NUR 1010 Pharmacology for Practical Nursing

Categorizes basic principles of pharmacology, including major drug classifications using prototype drugs, principles of medication administration including best practices for safe, quality,and patient-centered care. Discusses the legal and ethical responsibilities of the Practical Nurse related to medication administration. Application of this content is used throughout the program nursing courses.

Start Date: 01/09/2023
NUR 1015 Basic Concepts of Mental HealthNursing

Applies knowledge of basic nursing theory, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care to diverse patients at various levels of mental health promotion and mental illness management. The course incorporates the legal and ethical responsibilities of the Practical Nurse in the care of patients with mental health issues.

Start Date: 04/05/2023
NUR 1016 Basic Concepts of Geriatric Nursing

Applies and expands the knowledge and skills learned in the previous and concurrent courses to provide for the acquisition of basic nursing theory, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking necessary for safe, patient-centered nursing care to older adults. The course incorporates the legal and ethical responsibilities of the Practical Nurse in the care of older adults.

Start Date: 05/03/2023
NUR 1070 Clinical I

Offers the clinical practicum to apply the related nursing theory.

Start Date: 04/10/2023
NUR 1070 Clinical I

Offers the clinical practicum to apply the related nursing theory.

Start Date: 02/11/2023
NUR 1071 Clinical 2

Offers the clinical practicum to apply the related nursing theory.

Start Date: 05/22/2023
EMILY’S STORIES


“Emily Griffith is a good place to study,” says Gabriella. “Teachers are very nice and they help you all of the time when you have questions.”

Gabriella Montes has wanted to be a nurse ever since she was a little girl. She moved to Colorado when she was 11 from Ciudad Juarez in Mexico. When one of her brothers got sick a few years ago, she gave him one of her kidneys. “Helping him then and in the future is one of my biggest motivations for becoming an LPN,” explains Gabriella. 

She has been working in healthcare in a variety of roles. She completed training in Medical Bilingual Assisting with Pima Medical Institute as well as Nurse Assisting with Lutheran Family Services. She has work experience as a bilingual Medical Assistant and a phlebotomist, and she currently works as a CNA. But she still wanted to become a full-fledged nurse. 

A friend recommended the Practical Nursing program at Emily Griffith, but she needed some help with the reading and math tests. So she took classes in our Adult Education program. 

“Emily Griffith is a good place to study,” says Gabriella. “Teachers are very nice and they help you all of the time when you have questions.”

There’s also a special place called the Student Success Center where everybody can study. That’s where she goes to study extra hours before class starts.

Gabriella recently passed the math test to get into the LPN program thanks to the help she received through the Adult Education program. She says it has been challenging to balance work, family, and school but she says, “It’s not easy but with time and dedication, you can do it!” 

Her advice to other students? “Don’t let anyone stop you!” 

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