Medical Corpsman To Practical Nurse Certificate
Turn your military medical experience into a PN certificate
- Credit hours: 10
- Stackable to degree: No
- Career options: Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
Transition to being a practical nurse with this 10-credit-hour certificate program, which is designed for current medical corpsmen. After completing this two-semester program, you’ll qualify for employment in a variety of settings such as long-term care facilities, medical office groups, school nursing offices, home care, hospices and homes for people with disabilities.
You’ll work closely alongside highly trained faculty members who regularly engage in professional development opportunities to provide cutting-edge teaching methods and clinical information. Get hands-on experience practicing your skills in Harper College’s Nursing Laboratory, a state-of-the-art simulated clinical environment.
Upon completion of the program, you’ll qualify to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) and apply for Illinois licensure as a practical nurse.
This is a limited-enrollment program. Please review this program's admission criteria and process (see below).
Certificate program requirements
This 10 credit-hour certificate program is designed to educate the Medical Corpsman to become a practical nurse. This Medical Corpsman to Practical Nurse certificate program addresses the difference in competencies between the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program and those of a practical nursing program as delineated in the Illinois Nurse Practice Act. The successful completion of the Medical Corpsman to Practical Nurse certificate program qualifies the graduate to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) and application for Illinois licensure as a practical nurse. Legal limitations could prohibit an individual from taking this licensing examination. Questions regarding these restrictions should be directed to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations at 217.782.8556. Opportunities for employment are found in settings such as long-term care facilities, medical office groups, school nursing, home care, hospice and homes for people with disabilities. Because of the nature of clinical experiences and individual instruction required in this program, specialized technology and equipment necessary to offer this program, a higher tuition rate is assessed for career specific courses. These include courses with NUR prefix. Tuition for these courses in this program is 200 percent of the standard tuition rate NOTE: All students wishing to sit for the NCLEX-PN must have earned a High School Diploma or equivalency. Admission Requirements: Students who apply for this limited enrollment program are obligated to meet current admission requirements and follow program curriculum as defined at the time of acceptance to the program. Successful completion of the METC Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program* within the last five years. If more than 5 years, at least one year of experience using corpsman skills within the last five years. *Navy B-300-0010 Hospital Corpsman (HM-0000), Air Force Phase 1 (L8AQJ4N031 01AA), Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice Course (4N031)
Admission into the Medical Corpsman to Practical Nursing program is required. A grade of C or better in all courses is required for all students.
|NUR 213||Advanced Pharmacology||2|
Description: Builds on pharmacology content begun in previous coursework (either NUR 111 or HSC 165). Discusses pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of the major classifications of medications at an advanced level in order to understand the pharmacological activity within each classification. Incorporates the principles of safe drug administration. NOTE: This course is designed for nursing students. (formerly HSC 201)
Prerequisite: BIO 135 and HSC 165, or BIO 160 and NUR 110 or HSC 112 and HSC 165 with grades of C or better, or prior or concurrent enrollment in NUR 101, or admission into the Medical Corpsman–PNC Program.
A grade of C or better in all courses is required for all students.
|NUR 170||Medical Corpsman Skill Competency||2|
Description: Provides the student with the opportunity to learn, practice and apply basic knowledge and skills to the provision of client care in the laboratory and clinical setting. Students will apply critical thinking, professional communication, and Neuman Systems Model when understanding skills required to provide care for clients in any health care setting.
Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in NUR 213 with a grade of C or better, and admission into the Medical Corpsman to Practical Nursing Program.
THIRD SEMESTER (SUMMER):
A grade of C or better in all courses is required of all students.
|NUR 198||Medical Corpsman to Practical Nurse||6|
Description: Addresses differences in competencies between the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program and those of a practical nursing program as delineated in the Illinois Nurse Practice Act. Upon successful course completion, students will be awarded a Medical Corpsman to Practical Nurse Certificate and be eligible to sit for the practical nurse licensing exam (NCLEX-PN).
Prerequisite: NUR 170 and NUR 213 with grades of C or better.
Student achievement outcome data
Military Corpsman to Practical Nursing Certificate Program
Students Completing the Military Corpsman to Practical Nursing Certificate Program
1st Time Pass Rate on NCLEX-PN Licensure Exam (Jan-Dec)
Graduates obtaining a job
Military Corpsman to Practical Nursing Program approved by:
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
320 West Washington
Springfield, IL 62786
Admission criteria and process
Please note: This program has selective admission requirements. The information provided on this page is subject to change.
|Status||Start Term||Application Window|
- Review program and policy information
- Review program overview, curriculum and outcomes (see above)
- Health requirements
- Functional abilities unique to the Nursing program
- Learn about admission requirements
- Currently unavailable
- Apply to Harper if you have not previously done so
Students interested in nursing may also be interested in:
- Nursing (RN) AAS Degree
- Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certificate
- Practical Nursing (PN) Certificate
Please note: This course is not financial aid eligible.