Holmes to offer hybrid Practical Nursing program

Holmes is offering a hybrid Practical Nursing program to begin Spring 2019.
Holmes is offering a hybrid Practical Nursing program to begin Spring 2019.

Holmes Community College is offering a hybrid Practical Nursing program to begin in the spring of 2019. Applications will be accepted Aug. 15 - Oct. 31 and the 15 applicants will be selected in November.

"This is a new program option that we just got approved and we are very excited about it," Vice President of Career-Technical Education Dr. Amy Whittington said. "This will be the first of its kind in our state."

The hybrid program is a part-time program that will run over five semesters starting in the spring of 2019 with the inaugural class graduating in June 2020. All classroom work will be online with lab and clinical work completed face-to-face.

"We hope to attract students who aren't able to attend regular day classes," said Practical Nursing Department Chair Christi Blair. "We would like to select applicants from across the college's district area. The great thing about this program is that the selected students' face-to-face work can be done at whichever Holmes campus they are closest to."

The Practical Nursing program prepares students to assist in providing general nursing care under the direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician or dentist. Intensive preparation for the NCLEX-PN Exam and transitioning from student to employee is provided in the program.

Potential students must have a high school diploma or a High School Equivalency (HSE) certificate and provide official transcripts from all schools/colleges previously attended. Applicants must also have a minimum of a 22 on their ACT to apply, which is higher than required for the traditional Practical Nursing program at Holmes. Although college credit is not required for application to the program, applicants with any college credit must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to be considered for selection.

Admission is selective based on such criteria as: ACT score; college credit GPA; current healthcare licensure - EMT, Paramedic, Certified Nursing Assistant, Surgical Technology and in-district status. College prerequisites are not required.

The program applications will be available online on Aug. 15.

For more information about the program, contact Blair at cblair@holmescc.edu or (662) 472-9173.