Allied Health-Practical Nursing - Associate Degree Program Manager

About the Program

Earning an associate degree in the Allied Health-Practical Nursing program prepares students for career advancement by combining a career certificate program with general education courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer applications, humanities, and the social sciences.  The Allied Health curriculum requires 16 credit hours per semester for two semesters.  The Practical Nursing program is three semesters, which includes clinical hours beginning in the first semester.  You will receive the education and training to successfully pass the Pennsylvania licensure examination (NCLEX®-PN).  

Upon completion of the program, students have the option to begin their career as a Licensed Practical Nurse or transfer their degree to a four-year college or university into a Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse bridge program, or bachelor degree program in Nursing.


Career Opportunities

Students who hold a degree in Allied Health-Practical Nursing can work in many areas, including
  • Doctor’s offices
  • Home healthcare
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Multi-doctor practices
  • Prison health care systems
  • Psychiatric clinics
  • Substance abuse clinics

Curriculum Summary



Term 1 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
SIT203 Basic Office Software Applications3
HUM140 Critical Thinking in the Modern Age3
ENG108 English Composition3
BIO105 General Biology3
BIO106 General Biology Lab1

Term 2 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
ENG215 Analytical Writing3
COM108 Communications and Social Interaction3
PSY109 Human Growth and Development3
MTH130 Mathematics for Health Care Professionals3

Term 3 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
CHM105 General Chemistry3
CHM106 General Chemistry Lab1
MTH207 Statistics3

Term 4 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
BIO133 Human Anatomy and Physiology for Practical Nurses4
NUR105 Introduction to Nursing Practice8
NUR115 Pharmacology for Practical Nurses3
NUR111 Role Development of the PN I1

Term 5 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
NUR113 Intravenous Therapy2
NUR102 Nursing Practice I16

Term 6 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
NUR103 Nursing Practice II14
NUR116 Role Development of the Practical Nurse II2

Term 1 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
SIT203 Basic Office Software Applications3
HUM140 Critical Thinking in the Modern Age3
ENG108 English Composition3
BIO105 General Biology3
BIO106 General Biology Lab1

Term 2 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
ENG215 Analytical Writing3
COM108 Communications and Social Interaction3
PSY109 Human Growth and Development3
MTH130 Mathematics for Health Care Professionals3

Term 3 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
CHM105 General Chemistry3
CHM106 General Chemistry Lab1
MTH207 Statistics3

Term 4 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
BIO133 Human Anatomy and Physiology for Practical Nurses4
NUR105 Introduction to Nursing Practice8
NUR115 Pharmacology for Practical Nurses3
NUR111 Role Development of the PN I1

Term 5 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
NUR113 Intravenous Therapy2
NUR102 Nursing Practice I16

Term 6 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
NUR103 Nursing Practice II14
NUR116 Role Development of the Practical Nurse II2

Program Objectives

Students pursuing an A.S. Degree in AHT can expect maximum opportunities for health care professionals in Clinical Medical Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, Pharmacy Technician or Practical Nursing by continuing their collegiate education. The A.S. in AHT Degree provides students with additional knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that will enhance their career mobility in the health care setting. This degree also prepares students to pursue further education at the bachelor’s degree level.

Program Objectives
  • The major objectives of an A.S. Degree in AHT are as follows:
  • Provide students the opportunity to explore the allied health field prior to committing to a specific clinical discipline
  • Provide graduates of P.I.T. Certificate programs in Clinical Medical Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, Pharmacy Technician, and Practical Nursing the opportunity to gain the added expertise needed to expand their professional roles in the health care system
  • Broaden the knowledge base in the health care professional’s discipline
  • Enable students to build a curriculum in concert with their personal, educational, and employment goals
  • Provide students with a seamless transition to continue their education at the bachelor’s degree level

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Practical Nursing

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