The Chester County Intermediate Unit Practical Nursing Program consists of 1,635 hours of study with new classes starting a minimum of twice each year. The total hours are broken up into four levels, each equating to 393 to 414 hours in length. Each level consists of individual courses that stress the nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. Each course must be completed successfully and in sequence with any emergency closures (e.g. weather-related closures) made up. 


    Level I

    Fundamentals of Nursing: Includes the theory of the nursing process and its application to patient care. Focus is on basic nursing skills, elements of microbiology, and nutrition.

    Anatomy and Physiology: Includes the study of the structure and function of the body. Identifies abnormal body function, physiologic changes in aging and applicable medication.

    Pharmacology: Includes study of the calculation and administration of medications. Discusses drug classifications and drug actions.

    Foundations in Nursing Education: Explores personality development, relationships, and the role of the practical nurse in society and as a member of the health care team.


    Level II

    Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing: Includes classification of diseases; diagnostics and treatment methods. Discusses nursing care of the surgical and oncology patient.

    Medical-Surgical Nursing I: Includes scientific principles in caring for the medical and/or surgical patients with moderately complex health problems with introduction to EKG.


    Level III

    Maternal and Child Health Nursing: Discusses the normal and abnormal aspects of pregnancy, childbirth and the six-week post-delivery period. Includes a study of growth, development and childhood related illnesses.

    Medical-Surgical Nursing II: Includes scientific principles in caring for medical and/or surgical patients with moderately complex health problems. 


    Level IV

    Medical-Surgical Nursing III: Includes scientific principals of nursing for neurological, psychiatric, geriatric and the mentally challenged patient.

    Issues in Nursing Practice: Includes a leadership component, employment preparation, ethics, legal issues, NCLEX and licensing preparation.

    I.V. Therapy: Includes the scientific principles of I.V. therapy. Includes central lines, phlebotomy, theory and lab practice.


    Clinical experience is concurrent and sequential with classroom instruction through the cooperation of sites such as the Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital, Brandywine Hospital, Pocopson Home, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and community care experiences.


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    Some students with past nursing experience/schooling may be able to test into advanced placement. Click here to learn more about advanced placement.