Mineral County School of Practical Nursing
600 Harley O. Staggers Sr. Drive ~ Keyser, WV 26726
Phone (304) 788 - 4240, ext. 16, 17, or 25 ~ Fax (304) 788 - 4243
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The Mineral County School of Practical Nursing is operated by the
Mineral County Technical Center as an Adult Preparatory Program and is
funded by the Bureau of Adult and Technical Education of the West
Virginia Department of Education. The program is a comprehensive
twelve-month course of instruction in practical nursing accredited by
the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed
Practical Nurses. Mineral County Technical Center is
accredited by The Council of Occupational Education.
Students receive classroom and clinical instruction in a
wide variety of settings. The school is affiliated with area hospitals,
nursing homes, and other health care facilities. These agencies are an integral part of the educational program, with more
than half of the program hours spent in these locations. Students
provide their own transportation to school and to the clinical sites.
Each January, a class of 25 students is admitted. Applications
for enrollment are accepted May 1 through July 31. Applicants
must have a high school diploma or GED and are required to take a
pre-admission examination. Scores are ranked in numerical order and are
a major consideration in the final student selection process. Completion
of a medical terminology course within
five years with a grade of B or higher is required to be completed by
December 1. Prerequiste coursework in mathematics is required for each
student accepted into the program. This math prerequisite
course is offered at the
Technical Center over a 10-week period from late September
to early December at no additional cost to accepted students.
It is recommended, particularly for students currently
attending high school, to take the following courses: anatomy
and physiology, chemistry, nutrition, advanced math, and any health
- Age 18 or older
- High school diploma (from a state-accredited school) or GED
- Successful completion of the pre-admission
- Stable physical and mental health
- Sincere interest in providing health care
The admission policy provides a record of the
requirements and procedures necessary for an applicant to qualify for
admission to the Mineral County School of Practical Nursing. The
requirements are in accordance with the admission requirements
recommended by the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed
- Applicants must have a recognized high school
diploma, a high school transcript, or results of the General Education
Development (GED) test showing satisfactory performance. Science-oriented background and advanced math courses are recommended.
- Applicant must obtain a satisfactory score of a minimum
Individual Percentile Rank - Program of 50 on the selected
- Transcripts from secondary schools attended must be
on file in the school office.
- Current immunizations as required by the
Mineral County Health Department Medical Director, including PPD,
varicella, TdaP, MMR, hepatitis B, and influenza, with titers to prove immunity.
- Pre-entrance dental examination and clearance by
- Pre-entrance physical examination and clearance by a primary care provider.
Three professional reference forms must be provided
to the school prior to the interview. Persons completing references must
not be related to the applicant. Appropriate individuals to provide
references include teachers or employers.
- Interested person obtains application by contacting
or visiting school.
- Applicant submits application and registers for the
pre-admission examination. The cost of this exam is $45. (may change
- Applicant takes the pre-admission examination.
- When the pre-admission test results are returned: a.
Applicant who did not make acceptable score is notified. b. Applicant
with satisfactory score is notified and an interview is scheduled.
- Applicant schedules an appointment for an interview.
- Applicant requests official high school and
college transcripts to be mailed to the school.
- Three weeks before interviewing, applicant completes criminal
background check and requests three professional reference forms to be
mailed to school.
- Applicant interviews with members of the faculty and/or advisory committee.
- Selection committee evaluates the applicant's record.
- Applicant is notified of the decision of the
- Applicant responds by sending enrollment form as letter of intent and
pays $50 seat-holding fee by deadline.
- Applicant recommended for admission completes
prerequisite coursework in mathematics at the Technical Center (and
medical terminology course if not already completed.)
- Applicant recommended for admission will receive the
a. History and physical examination form to be completed by the student and his/her primary care
provider by the deadline. This exam requires the
following diagnostic tests: complete blood count (CBC), RPR or STS serology, urine drug
screen, and any other tests or x-rays that may be necessary to clear
b. Immunization form to be completed by his/her primary care
provider, with titers to prove immunity, by the deadline.
c. Dental examination form to be completed by his/her dentist by the deadline.
- Applicant submits completed:
a. History and physical examination forms, which states
applicant is physically and emotionally able to participate in all
classroom and clinical experiences;
b. Immunization form, which indicates that all
immunizations are up to date and titers proving immunity;
c. Dental form,
which indicates that dental health
is satisfactory or that repairs are scheduled.
Applicant must meet health requirements for
- Applicant must meet federal criminal history check requirements for final admission.
- Applicant attends orientation meeting.
- Acceptance and final admission is contingent upon documentation of
health requirements, the results of the criminal background check, and
successful completion of the prerequisite coursework in mathematics and medical terminology coursework with a
minimum grade of 80% in both.
The school cannot refuse to educate anyone who meets the admission
criteria, but applicants must understand that the state board could
deny licensure or the opportunity to sit for the NCLEX-PN examination.
NOTE: THE WEST VIRGINIA STATE BOARD
OF EXAMINERS FOR LICENSED PRACTICAL
NURSES RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE
TO ADMIT APPLICANTS TO THE
LICENSURE EXAMINATION WHO HAVE
BEEN CONVICTED OF A FELONY, ARE
HABITUALLY INTEMPERATE, ADDICTED TO THE USE OF HABIT FORMING DRUGS,
OR ARE MENTALLY INCOMPETENT. THE
APPLICANT WILL BE REQUIRED TO CONTACT THE WEST VIRGINIA STATE BOARD OF
EXAMINERS FOR LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES TO DISCUSS THE POTENTIAL IMPACT
OF A CRIMINAL CONVICTION ON THE APPLICATION AND LICENSURE PROCESS PRIOR TO APPLICATION.
Students of the Mineral County School of Practical Nursing may be
requested to submit to random drug/alcohol screening during the course
of the academic year. Said screening may be requested at any time by
the nursing faculty of the practical nursing program and shall be
performed in accordance with proper chain of custody procedures. The
random drug/alcohol screening shall be performed at the expense of the
student and is included in the tuition costs.
Students are required to follow the procedure, as outlined in the
Mineral County School of Practical Nursing policy book, for submitting
In addition, the faculty has the right to request that the
student to submit to testing if reasonable cause exists. The
student shall agree to submit to drug and alcohol screen testing
to determine whether alcohol, any controlled substances, or
any substances which are mood altering in any way are present in
his/her blood and/or urine. Said testing shall be performed as
soon as possible, following proper chain of custody procedures. Testing
pursuant to probable cause shall be at the expense of
the student and is not included in the tuition cost. Failure to submit to such a reasonable
shall be prima facie evidence of the presence of the
aforementioned substances, and shall be grounds for immediate
dismissal from the practical nursing program.
Cost of the Program
Students are responsible for their own living arrangements
and transportation. Tuition and fees are $6111.00 and includes
uniforms, lab supplies, graduation and some other expenses (see current
tuition and fees schedule). NOTE: All prices are subject to
A pro-rated refund policy based
upon hours completed is used to calculate a refund when any student
withdraws or is withdrawn from the program.
The following items are non-refundable and are not calculated in the
NOTE: Any money owed toward the Federal Pell Grant will be returned first
before any refund is given to any other agency or the student.
- Registration fee
- Books and laptop (become the property of the student on the
first day of class)
- Test fees
Note:The Mineral County Technical Center does not
participate with guaranteed student loan or Stafford loan programs.
- Pell Grant. Available to those who meet the income
criteria; applications are available online at http://www.fafsa.gov .
- Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Available to those
who meet income criteria set up by the Workforce Investment Board.
- Veteran's Administration (VA). Available to those who
meet criteria set up by the Veteran's Administration.
- Rehabilitation Center. Eligibility determined by the
local rehabilitation office.
- Western Maryland Consortium. Available for Maryland
residents who meet criteria set up by the Western Maryland Consortium.
Man is a complex integrated whole with biological,
and spiritual needs. Man's behavior is a result of his interaction with
and is representative of his needs. Man is a finite being with varying
to function in society. He is unique individual who has defined systems
of daily living that reflect his values, culture, motives and
Additionally, each individual has the right to make decisions regarding
his/her health care needs
and to participate in meeting those needs. The profession of nursing
makes a unique contribution
in helping clients, families, and/or groups achieve an optimal level of
in a variety of settings.
"Health is a state of complete physical, mental
and social well-being and
not merely the abscence of disease or infirmity"(WHO, 1971).
Health is described
as a dynamic continuum, with wellness being the highest level of
functioning relative to the individual's internal
and external environment. Illness is an individual state in which one's
to function is recognized as impaired.
Nursing is both an art and a science, founded on a
professional body of knowledge
that integrates concepts from liberal arts and biological, physical,
and social sciences. It is a learned profession based on an
understanding of the human condition
across the life span and the relationship of an individual with others
the environment. Nursing is a dynamic, continually evolving discipline
that employs critical
thinking to integrate increasingly complex knowledge, skills,
technologies, and client care
activities into evidence-based nursing practice. The goal of nursing
for client care is preventing
illness; promoting comfort; protecting, promoting, and restoring
health; and promoting dignity in dying.
The Licensed Practical Nurse is an integral member of
the interdisiciplinary health care team.
The practical nurse uses "specialized knowledge and skills
which meet the health care needs of people in a variety of settings
under the direction of qualified health professionals"(NFLPN
The practical nurse uses the nursing process to collect and organize
relevant health care data, assists in the identification of health
needs/problems throughout the client's life span, and
contributes to the interdisciplinary team in a variety of settings. The
entry-level practical nurse
demonstrates the essential competencies needed to care for clients with
health problems that have predictable outcomes. "Professional
behaviors, within the scope of
nursing practice for a practical nurse, are characterized by adherence
to standards of care,
accountability of one's own actions and behavior, and use of legal and
ethical principles in
nursing practice" (NAPNES, 2007)
Practical nurse education recognizes the need for
trained and competent individuals. The
program of instruction is designed to assist the student in acquiring
the skills to administer evidence-based nursing care to individuals,
families, and communities. Individualized patient care is emphasized to
encourage the development of knowledge, attitudes, and skills essential
Faculty view learning as a process of knowledge acquistion attained
through exposure to
multiple stimuli , occuring at any time and place and leading to
changes in knowledge, behavior,
and attitude. Learning is a continuous process that spans a lifetime.
As one ages and matures,
that person's ability to grasp ideas from his environment changes.
Learning can occur as a result
of a deliberate effort or unconscienciously in a formal or informal
setting. The ability, readiness, motivationn, and responsibility to
learn are seen as characteristics of the adult learner.
The outcome of education is a change in behavior. The
process of education is the provision of experience within a positive
learning atmosphere. The Mineral County School of Practical
Nursing exists to educate students of any age, color, sex, race, creed,
or marital status, who meet
the admission criteria. The curriculum is constructed on basic
principles and developed through guided clinical experiences. Such
principles and experiences should proceed from known to
unknown, simple to complex, and normal to abnormal. Graduates of this
program are eligible to
take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses
(NCLEX-PN) and may
apply for endorsement to practice in other states. The graduate
realizes continuing education is essential to adapt to the changing
patterns of health care.
Upon completion of the Practical Nursing Program, the graduate will:
- Assess basic physical, emotional, spiritual, and
cultural needs of the client.
- Collect data from available resources, including
client, family, health care records, health care team members,
established protocols, and guidelines.
- Utilize information technology in client care.
- Document collected data accurately and concisely.
- Utilize effective communication as a member of an
interdisciplinary team in
reporting and recording observations to appropriate health care
- Safeguard the client's and his family's rights to
dignity and privacy.
- Utilize knowledge of normal values to
identify/intervene to control deviations in health status.
- Assist the client and significant others in the
normal expected stages of growth and development from conception
through advanced old age.
- Provide safe and effective client care and comfort,
according to accepted standards of nursing practice, including
but not limited to client education, appropriateness of health care
provider's orders, environment, acknowledgement and documentation
of practice error, equipment, security alerts, and immunizations.
- Provide evidence-based care to clients with acute,
chronic, or life-threatening physical problems and/or mental illness,
collaborating with health care team members to coordinate delivery of
- Make clinical decisions using knowledge of norms
and data from various sources, and, if necessary, in collaboration with
- Facilitate the client's ability to cope, adapt to,
and/or problem solve situations related to illness or stressful events.
- Administer medications, according to current
standard of practice
including safety checks and evaluation of client's response
- Contribute to the development and/or update of the
plan of care utilizing established nursing diagnoses for client
with common, well-defined health problems.
- Prioritize nursing care needs of client.
- Recognize the client's potential and initiate
preventive measures for complications related to treatments,
procedures, or existing conditions.
- Modify nursing approach based on client's response.
- Supervise and evaluate activities of assistive
- Respond to the unsafe practice of a health care
provider by following
regulation/policy for reporting specific issues.
- Instruct client, based on client's needs/nurse's
level of knowledge, about health promoting/disease preventive
practices, and early detection of health problems.
- Comply with the scope of practice as outlined in the
West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses
Law and Rules.
- Describe the role of the Licensed Practical Nurse in
the health care delivery system.
- Demonstrate responsibilty for continuous personal and
professional growth and education.
- Recognize personal potential and career mobility
- Demonstrate the ability to evaluate self for
the purpose of improving work performance.
- Demonstrate professional standards in dress, behavior, language, and attitude.
- Subscribe to nurse's
code of ethics.
- Function as an advocate for the health care consumer.
Subjects Comprising the Practical
Students learn the technical procedures used in direct patient care.
The course is designed to progress from simple to complex and to enable
students to understand the rationale for various procedures and
treatments. Students are introduced to the nursing process as a method
of problem solving and delivery of client care. Students apply
knowledge of skills and related principles in administration of
treatments and procedures encountered in the health care setting,
within the scope of practical nursing.
Students study the structures of the body and their functions. The
basic organization of the body is first presented; then each system is
discussed, examining the normal function of each organ. Students will
demonstrate their understanding of anatomy during the delivery of care,
including the administration of medication.
Development (Theory Integrated
into Fundamentals, OB, & Peds)
Students learn the basic concepts of growth and development of an
individual from infancy through adulthood. Emphasis is placed
upon basic needs of the family and individual developmental
Information is presented for specific age groups. Students apply the
theoretical concepts during the assessment and care of patients.
Students learn the foundations of nutrition. Topics explored and
explained include national health care goals; the functions and sources
of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins; energy balance; digestion and
metabolism; food supply; and eating disorders. Students demonstrate
their knowledge of basic nutritional requirements to maintain health
during patient care and patient teaching.
Students study medications and their safe administration to patients.
Aspects of drug administration included in the course are: basic
terminology associated with pharmacology; calculation of dosages; basic
classifications of drugs, their therapeutic use, common adverse effects
and precautions related to their administration. Students demonstrate
their ability to safely and accurately administer medications to
patients in various clinical settings.
This course assists students in becoming members of the nursing
team by providing them with a definition of nursing; basic history
of nursing; an understanding of the needs of an individual when ill;
and the ethical and legal responsibilities of the
Licensed Practical Nurse. This course also aids students in the transition to graduate
nurses by enhancing self-understanding, clarifying
dynamics of the health professional-patient relationship, and
developing awareness of the larger societal
and healthcare context in which the relationship
takes place. Concepts of professionalism, communication, delegation,
organization, time management, and critical
thinking are emphasized.
common diseases and disorders of the adult, including symptoms of
illness and methods of diagnosis, treatment and prevention. The
content is presented according to bodily systems and taught
through lecture, discussion, audio visuals, case studies,
demonstration, and supervised
live and virtual clinical experiences. Emphasis is placed on
meeting needs of
individual patients as determined by the nursing process and patient
teaching. Students must perform basic nursing procedures with 100%
accuracy. Students will develop nursing care plans based on
individual patient needs and complete medication summaries to learn
about commonly administered medications. Students demonstrate their
classroom theory by performing appropriate nursing assessments,
identifying common signs and symptoms, identifying patient problems
associated with assigned patient's diagnosis, delivering and
documenting appropriate care, and patient teaching.
Students learn the physiological and emotional aspects of pregnancy,
including physical development of the fetus, importance of prenatal
care, complications of pregnancy, progression of labor, delivery of
infant, and care of the newborn. Students apply this knowledge by
assisting with the admission of a patient in active labor and providing
emotional and physical support to the patient, utilizing techniques
discussed in class; using various monitors to track fetal heart tones
and time uterine contractions; and observing vaginal and/or cesarean
deliveries. Students provide care for post-partum patients,
which includes performing assessments, monitoring for complications, and assisting parents with infant care with the
use of teaching films. Students provide and document care of a newborn,
including assessment of vital signs and feeding.
Students learn the symptoms,
diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and
disorders that commonly occur in children. The students are taught the
care of young patients based on the nursing process. The
information is presented through lecture and discussion, audio visuals,
demonstrations, and live and virtual clinical experiences.
Students develop plans of care based on individual patient needs
and complete medication summaries to assist in their learning about
medications commonly administered to children.
Students also learn to calculate safe dosages of medication for
children. Students demonstrate their comprehension of classroom
performing nursing assessments; identifying signs and symptoms and
patient problems commonly associated with the assigned patient's
medical diagnosis; delivering and documenting appropriate care; and
Students study the behavior exhibited by persons on the continuum of
mental health and illness, including personality development and adjustment to society. This course provides students
with knowledge of principles of mental hygiene and the opportunity for students
to better manage stress and understand their behavior and that of
others. Students are familiarized with community agencies that
provide support and/or therapy for those with mental illness and their
families. Students interact with and observe the behaviors of clients
with various behavioral health disorders, including substance abuse.
Students attend and participate in various group activities and
patient-focused meetings in in-patient and out-patient settings.
into Fundamentals, Med-Surg & Social
Students are introduced to the aging process. The course begins with an
overview of the aging population and age-related disorders. Students
discuss the adjustment of the gerian to degenerative changes, nursing
home placement, and alternatives to placement in long term care
facilities. Concepts relevant to pathophysiology, nutrition,
pharmacology, psychosocial development, and ethical and legal
responsibilities are emphasized. Students are assigned to two clients
(one in a skilled nursing facility and the other living at home), and
are expected to work with the clients to collect a thorough
medical history and physical examination, including a psychosocial
life history. In addition, students complete other assessments
including pressure ulcer risk, discharge planning risk, and
functional assessment forms.
Revised 12/01; 10/03; 12/05; 09/07; 09/09; 10/12; 08/14
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Mineral County School of Practical Nursing
600 Harley O. Staggers Sr. Drive
Keyser, WV 26726
Phone (304) 788 - 4240, ext. 16 or 17
Fax (304) 788 - 4243
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