Licensed Practical Nurse Program - Fact Sheet/Consumer Information

The faculty of Holy Name Medical Center Sister Claire Tynan School of Practical Nursing believes that our mission, in harmony with the philosophy of Holy Name Medical Center, is to promote respect for the worth and uniqueness of the individual learner and to create and maintain an environment in which the development of each student as a person and as a professional can take place.

The education of nurses has always been an integral aspect of the Holy Name Medical Center healthcare community. Holy Name Medical Center Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in 1925. The School of Practical Nursing was opened in 1972. The School of Practical Nursing is a highly competitive 12-month practical nurse certificate program.

The School of Practical Nursing is accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing.

The academic year extends from early September for all prerequisite courses to Late December of the following year. The Practical Nursing courses are delivered over three semesters (15 weeks each). Students have recesses/scheduled vacations throughout the school year. The rigorous nursing curriculum courses are taught at the school, with some clinical affiliations at other health care facilities.

Qualified graduates of the Licensed Practical Nurse program may apply for articulation into the school's RN program or in a school of their choice.

The LPN-to-RN Pathway is a course bridging the knowledge and skills acquired through LPN education to professional nursing practice. The course is designed to facilitate successful entry of licensed practical nurses into the Holy Name Medical Center Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing Registered Nurse Program. This pathway introduces the LPN-to-RN student into the role of a professional registered nurse, as it relates to communication, legal/ethical standards, nursing process, concept mapping, test-taking skills, critical thinking skills, medication calculation, health and physical assessment, and technology.

Admission Requirements

It is the applicant's responsibility to submit the following information, transcripts and documents to the Admissions Office of Holy Name Medical Center Sister Claire Tynan School of Nursing.

  1.   Completion of the Application for Admission form and submission of the non-refundable application fee of $75.
  2.   Results of Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) - a score of 50 percent or above in all areas.
  3.   Official transcripts from all schools attended after high school must be submitted as a part of your admission packet. Submit official high   school transcript or G.E.D if haven't attended college.
  4.   Evaluation of educational transcripts by World Education Services for students educated in a foreign country.
  5.   Must registrar and attend a mandatory Information Session.

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(Application updates are completed once the applicant registers from the TEAS exam).

Please Note: The deadline for submitting a completed admission application to the RN, LPN-RN or LPN program tracks has been extended to June 1, 2020. The successful achievement of a minimum score on the TEAS exam is an admission requirement for all program tracks.

Additional Program Requirements

  • Students must be physically capable of fulfilling the objectives of the nursing program. The School will make reasonable accommodations to assist a student with a disability in advancing through the program. Students should have sensory function adequate for client assessment and care, and must possess the physical status to provide all aspects of nursing care in a safe manner.
  • In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the School of Practical Nursing will make reasonable accommodations for students with learning disabilities. These accommodations may include allowing students additional time to complete examinations. The need for special accommodations must be made known during the admission interview and the student must provide evidence of same in writing prior to the beginning of the program.
  • All nursing students must have CPR, a Basic Life Support (BLS) from the American Heart Association only prior to the first nursing course

Health Requirements

  • A complete physical examination-including 2-step Mantoux Test, CBC, urinalysis and dates of immunizations-is required before actual admission to the School of Practical Nursing. All necessary forms are forwarded to the applicant soon after notification of acceptance to the School. Health forms and proof of immunizations (laboratory titers for immunity of MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B) must be submitted to the School before the first day of class. We strongly advise all students to have health insurance, proof of which must be brought to the School of Nursing Health Officer, who will file it with the student's health record. The School does not provide insurance.

Professional Liability Insurance

  • All students are required to carry current liability insurance. Policy must be provided prior to the start of the first Practical Nursing Course.

Criminal Background Check Information

  • Pursuant to The Joint Commission Standard (HRT-20), it is now a mandatory requirement that a criminal background check be completed on all students before acceptance into the School of Nursing. The School informs the student that a criminal history background check, including fingerprinting, is a prerequisite to licensure.

Drug Screening

  • In keeping with the mandate to uphold the highest standards of patient safety and to maintain quality nursing practice, the School of Nursing has adopted a drug-free environment. Therefore, as a condition of admission, each candidate will be required to submit to a drug test and if requested, to have additional tests once enrolled.

Admission to the School of Practical Nursing is contingent upon clearance from the criminal background check and results of drug screening.

Holy Name SON Course Sequence – PN Program

Semester Credits Lecture Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Hours
First term – Fall (15 wk.)
BIO 171 – A/P I 4 45 30 - 75
Ps 151 Intro to Psych 3 45 - - 45
Cm 116 English Comp 3 45 - - 45
Total= 10 credits
Second term – Spring (15 wk.)
Bio 172 – A/P II 4 45 30 - 75
PN 101 – Fundamentals of Nursing 8 90 30 45 165
Total= 12 credits
Third Term – Summer (15 wk.)
PN 102 – Adult Health I/ Health Promotion Across the life span 10 105 - 135 240
Ps 235 Life Span Development 3 45 - - 45
Total= 13 credits
Fourth Term – Fall (15 wk.)
PN 201 Adult Health II/ Transition into Practice/Management of Patient Care 12 120 - 180 300
Total= 12 credits
Program Total 30 (PN) credits 315 30 360 705
17 Gen Ed credits 225 60 285
Total= 990