Meridian’s Practical Nursing program can be completed in approximately 12 months. Once licensed, you’ll be ready for work in hospitals, home health, doctor’s offices, long-term care facilities and various health care agencies. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates may apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses.
Practical Nursing training starts a new class each September and March. The competitive application process begins in March for the September start date and in September for the March start date. Prerequisites are required and may take up to six months to complete.
Meridian now offers online training in Medical Math Basics, Medical Terminology, and Anatomy and Physiology. To enroll in the online version of these courses please call the Health Occupations desk at (405) 377-3333 ext. 209 or 211.
Medical Math Basics
An introduction into basic math and the emphasis will be how math is utilized in the health field. Modules will cover basic math including fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, conversions, metric system and dosage calculations. Satisfies prerequisite for Practical Nursing.
Medical Terminology is designed to develop in the students a working knowledge of the language of medicine. Students acquire word building skills by learning prefixes, suffixes, roots and abbreviations. By relating terms to body systems, students identify proper uses of words in a medical environment. Knowledge of medical terminology enhances students’ ability to successfully secure employment or pursue advanced education in healthcare.
Anatomy and Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology for Practical Nursing is the study of the structures and functions of the human body. The areas studied will be an integration of biology and chemistry and will include, but are not limited to: Organization of the Body; Chemical Basis for Life; Cells & Tissues; Integumentary System; Skeletal System; Muscular System; Nervous System; Endocrine System; Blood, Circulatory System; Lymphatic and Immune System; Respiratory System; Digestive System and Metabolism; Urinary System, and Reproductive System. The course may include laboratory experiences.
Long Term Care Aide
Nursing assistants and Long Term Care Aides make valuable contributions in providing health care. Nursing assistants are trained to care for people who are ill or need help in caring for themselves. The care given is always under the guidance and supervision of licensed health care providers such as nurses or physicians. The competencies needed to successfully complete the objectives for this course are identified from the skill standards produced by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education’s Testing Division for the Health Certification Project of the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
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For more information on the program, including the application and required supplemental materials visit meridiantech.edu/lpn.