Founded in 2002, the Harris Casel Institute provides allied health training programs for students interested in entering the healthcare field. In all of their nursing training programs, students train through a combination of theoretical coursework and hands-on clinical work, providing them with a thorough and well-rounded education in the fields of their choice.
One of the nursing training programs offered at Casel is the practical nursing training program, which prepares students for licensure as a practical nurse. These healthcare professionals work primarily in hospitals and long-term care facilities, where they:
- Check vital signs
- Provide basic patient care
- Assist with activities of daily living (grooming, dressing, feeding)
- Keep patient records
Practical Nursing Training Program
Students enrolled in the practical nursing training program at Casel will receive the training needed to earn their professional license and thrive in the field after graduation. Coursework in this program includes:
- The role of the practical nurse
- Medical / surgical nursing
- Nursing care for pediatric, obstetric and geriatric patients
- Infection control
- Human growth and development
- Medical terminology
Every student in the practical nursing training program will also participate in a series of clinical externships to develop their hands-on expertise and provide them with opportunities to enhance their communication skills. These externships will take place in a variety of medical facilities, including those specializing in pediatrics, obstetrics, community health, medical surgical nursing, mental health and geriatric care. Students will also train in the Casel student lab, where they’ll have opportunities to work on mannequins and their classmates.
At the conclusion of the practical nursing program, students will be eligible to take the Florida Licensing Exam for Practical Nurses and begin their new careers as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). With a 25 percent growth rate in LPN jobs anticipated over the next decade, graduates should find many job opportunities available to them as they begin their new careers in the healthcare field.