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Health Career Institute



 

Vice President

Marie Kelley, M.N.Sc., R.N.

Program Accreditations

The AHA Training Center is approved by the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Program.

The Continuing Education Program is approved by the Louisiana State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Centerís Commission on Accreditation as a Continuing Education Provider.

The Nursing Assistant Program is approved by the Department of Health and Hospitals for the education and certification examination of nursing assistants.

Graduates of the Phlebotomy Program meet all requirements of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists to sit for the National Certification Examination for Phlebotomist.

The Practical Nursing Program is accredited by the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners.

Purpose

The Health Career Institute seeks to contribute toward meeting the health care needs of the community by offering planned educational activities designed to update knowledge and skill, prepare the learner to practice in different areas of expertise by learning new skills, and/or promote personal growth/enrichment for individuals in the healthcare profession and the community.

Full-time Staff

Susie Brown, B.S.N., R.N., MBA/HCM, Director Clinical Programs
Rebecca A. Giuliante, M.S., R.N., LMT, CEP Director AHA Training Center and Program Development
Shantelle Steib-Dennis, B.S., M.Ed., Director of Continuing Education
Denice Dorsey,  A.S., B.S., Manager of Operations, Health Career Institute

Full-time Faculty

Donna Bonfanti, M.S.N., R.N.
LaToya Briggs, B.S.N., R.N.
Michelle George, B.S.N., R.N.
Tressa Harris, M.S.N., R.N.
Johnette Kay, B.S.N., R.N.
Elizabeth Pelham, A.D., L.P.N.
Laurie Speed, M.S.N., R.N.
Monica Young, B.S.N., R.N.

Keilah Baker, B.S.N., R.N.


Clinical Faculty

Cecile Hughes, B.S.N., R.N.
Linda Leblanc, B.S.N., R.N.
Melissa Robertson, B.S.N., R.N.

Calendar of Offerings

The Health Career Institute offers a variety of certificate and diploma programs to prepare individuals to practice in a wide range of health-related occupations. Annual needs assessments identify regional shortages in health care personnel and to ensure offering training programs to fill these job needs.

A calendar of offerings is published on the Our Lady of the Lake Health Career Institute web page to provide advance notice of programs. A copy of the calendar and further information about individual programs may be obtained by contacting the Health Career Institute at (225) 768-1762 or by visiting the Collegeís Web site (www.ololcollege.edu).

American Heart Association Training Center

The Health Career Institute includes a training center for American Heart Associationís (AHA) Emergency Cardiac Care Programming. This training center offers (AHA) to the professional and general public courses in emergency care. Initial and renewal AHA courses for health professionals include Healthcare Provider Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Cardiac Life Support (PALS). American Heart Association courses for the general community include Heartsaver Adult and Pediatric CPR, Heartsaver Adult and Pediatric CPR with Automatic External Defibrillation (Heartsaver AED), Family & Friends CPR, and Heartsaver First Aid, as well as BLS, ACLS, and PALS. Instructor training courses for each ECC course are offered for AHA Instructor Certification.

The Training Center maintains AHA instructor lists and is responsible for the quality assurance of courses provided by these instructors at eight training sites throughout Louisiana. The AHA Training Center currently manages nine training sites with a total of over 400 certified AHA instructors.

Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program

The Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program is an evening course offered each semester. The program prepares students for employment in long-term care facilities, home health agencies and hospitals where basic bedside nursing care is needed. Classroom instruction includes introduction to health care, basic nursing skills, body structure and function, infection control, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the job-seeking process. Students participate in clinical activities under the supervision of the instructor, both in the skills lab and in clinical facilities. Upon completion of this program, a student is eligible for certification and registry as a nursing assistant in the State of Louisiana. The program has been approved by the Department of Health and Hospitals. The HCI has been approved as a testing site for CNA certification. Graduates of this Certified Nursing Assistant Program, who also meet admission requirements, may be eligible for transfer credit into the Health Career Instituteís Practical Nursing Program.

Admission Requirements

  1. Completion of an application and payment of an application fee. The application form is available at the OLOL Health Career Institute, 5220 Essen Lane or from the Collegeís Office of Admissions, 5414 Brittany Drive.
  2. Graduation from high school or completion of a high school equivalency diploma (General Education Development-GED). Official high school transcripts or certification of GED is required.
  3. Completion of letter of application describing the student's unique attributes and reasons for seeking this educational program. Application deadline is July 15 for fall classes, December 1 for spring classes, and May 1 for summer classes.


Application deadline is July 15 for fall classes; December 1 for spring classes, and May 1 for summer classes.

The Admissions Committee will consider past academic performance as well as the individuality of the applicant. The College may also consider program demand and availability of clinical resources when making admission decisions.

Once accepted into the program, a student must complete the Health and Safety Packet. Students will not be permitted to attend class until this requirement is met.

Certified Nursing Assistant Sample Curriculum

  • HCNA 1710 - Introduction to Health Care
  • HCNA 1715 - Clinical Care Concepts

 (6 Credit Hours)

(96 Theory Hours)

(96 Clinical Hours)

Continuing Education Program

Continuing Education prepares a variety of specific programs and educational activities for health care professionals and the general public. These programs may be designed to award Continuing Education (CE) Credits (CEUs), CNE or in some cases may be taken for CEUs in place of college credit.

Our Lady of the Lake Health Career Institute is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Louisiana State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Centerís Commission on Accreditation.

Professional course offerings for nursing, allied health and other CE credit include such topics as: pain, cancer, asthma, diabetes, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Alzheimerís Disease, safe medication administration, critical thinking, cardiology, national safety standards, EKG, pediatric assessment, critical care and other topics.

Yearly symposia/conferences are offered through Continuing Education. These offerings cover a wide array of healthcare related topics including but not limited to certification review courses, cardiology, critical incident stress management and medical/surgical nurse-related subject matter.

We realize a professionalís education doesnít stop when licensure is obtained. Programs are designed to meet the unique needs of a particular target audience, industry, or occupation. We can customize courses to meet specialized needs; develop unique courses, conferences, and workshops tailored to your organizationís priorities; provide flexible training times; offer cost effective group training. Please contact Shantelle Steib-Dennis at (225) 768-1708.

Phlebotomy Program

The Phlebotomy Program is a 13 week certificate program consisting of  80 classroom hours and 120 clinical hours. Classroom hours are scheduled two evenings per week. Clinical hours are arranged over a three week period during the day at various healthcare agencies and laboratories. The program prepares students for employment in agencies where there is a need to obtain blood specimens. At the completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the National Phlebotomy Certification Exam.

Admission Requirements

  1. Graduation from high school or completion of a high school equivalency diploma (General Education Development-GED) with an average score of 500 or better. Official high school transcripts or certification of GED is required.
  2. Completion of letter of application describing the student's unique attributes and reasons for seeking this educational program.
  3. Completion of an application and payment of an application fee. 

The applicantís past academic performance and individuality will be considered by the Admissions Committee. The College may also consider program demand and availability of clinical resources when making admissions decisions.

Once accepted into the program, the student must complete the Health and Safety Packet. Students will not be permitted to attend class until this requirement is met.

Application deadline is July 15 for fall admission; December 1 for spring admission; and May 1 for summer admission.

Practical Nursing (PN) Program

Diploma Ė Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing Program consists of four semesters, which include both classroom instruction and supervised clinical activities in accredited hospitals, nursing homes and other health care agencies. The program is approved by Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners (LSBPNE). The curriculum is based upon specific requirements as set forth by LSBPNE. A class is admitted each fall and spring semester.

The PN program was developed as an articulation program to facilitate the future completion of an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ASN).  The Diploma in Practical Nursing includes 13 academic credits and 40 technical credits.  The 13 academic credits included in the PN curriculum are required courses in the ASN program at OLOLC.  Graduates of the Health Career Instituteís Practical Nursing Program who wish to extend their course of studies to complete an Associate of Science degree in nursing must complete an additional 18 academic credits to meet all ASN academic program requirements for consideration for admission. Graduates who meet ALL admission requirements for the LPN-RN Transition program of the School of Nursing are guaranteed admission to the program.

Purpose

The Practical Nursing Program prepares students for employment in health care facilities, agencies and hospitals where basic bedside nursing care is needed. The licensed practical nurse works under the direction of a licensed physician, optometrist or dentist acting individually or as a part of a health care team under the direction of a registered nurse. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the student is prepared to sit for the national licensure exam for Licensed Practical Nursing.

The curriculum has been developed utilizing the nursing process and incorporating the concepts of holistic nursing, hierarchy of needs, stress and adaptation, creative problem-solving and psychosocial development. The program is based on the career ladder concept, allowing students the option of becoming certified nursing assistants at the completion of the first semester. Graduates of the PN program are educationally and experientially advantaged to consider furthering their nursing education through the LPN-RN program in the School of Nursing at OLOLC.

Objectives

Upon completion of the Practical Nursing Program the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of the LPN as specified by the nursing practice act and function within this scope.
  2. Integrate spiritual, socioeconomic and developmental concepts and values in providing individualized care for patients, families and groups experiencing common health problems.
  3. Apply knowledge from biopsychosocial and nursing sciences as the basics for beginning practice as a practical nurse.
  4. Utilize the specialized knowledge and skills within the framework of the nursing process to meet the health needs of people in a variety of settings under the direction of qualified health professionals.
  5. Safeguard the confidential information acquired, from any source about the patient and her/his family or significant other.
  6. Communicate with clients, families, significant others and other health team members in the delivery of healthcare.
  7. Practice within the profession's legal scope and ethical boundaries to meet the healthcare needs of individuals, families and groups in a variety of health care settings.
  8. Collaborate with other health team members to provide care for individuals in a variety of healthcare settings.
  9. Assume responsibility for continuing the life long process of personal, professional and educational development.
  10. Utilize appropriate knowledge, skills and abilities in providing safe, competent care in performing nursing functions.

PN Admission Requirements

  1. Completion of an application and payment of an application fee. 
  2. Graduation from high school with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0; OR completion of a high school equivalency diploma (General Education Development-GED) with a minimum average score of 500.
  3. Submission of ACT scores.
  4. Completion of letter of application describing the student's unique attributes and reasons for seeking this educational program.
  5. A certified copy of the studentís birth certificate or a copy of the studentís valid United States passport.

Information about the individuality of the applicant and past academic performance will be considered by the Admissions Committee. The College may also consider program demand and availability of clinical resources when making admission decisions.

Once accepted into the PN Program, the student must complete the following requirements before the start of the first semester:

  1. Completion of the Health and Safety Packet. Students will not be allowed to attend class until this requirement is met.
  2. Fingerprint and criminal background check by Louisiana State Police. The Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners reserves the right to deny a student admission to clinical nursing courses based upon results of a preliminary criminal record check. Students will not be allowed to attend class until this requirement is met.
  3. Applicant must not be currently serving under any court imposed order of supervised probation, work-release or parole in connection with any felony conviction(s), plea agreement or any agreement pursuant to the Louisiana Code of Criminal procedure, Article 893.

Additional information related to the admission process:

  1. A high school transcript may be obtained from the studentís high school. A student should contact her/his high school to obtain an official transcript and to have it sent to Health Career Institute at 5220 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. Alternatively, GED certificate can be obtained from the school district in which the student tested.
  2. ACT Web site: www.act.org to request scores or register for exam; use school code 1621.
  3. A certified copy of a Louisiana birth certificate can be obtained in person or a written request may be submitted to Vital Records Registry, P O Box 60630, New Orleans, LA 70160.
  4. A studentís application will be considered complete when all information is received.

The deadline for receipt of completed admission forms and documents is July 15 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission. Although applications must be received by the deadline, each applicant is encouraged to submit her/his application and all documentation as soon as possible prior to the deadline to ensure ample time for processing. Once all information has been received, the student will be notified of her/his status.

Admission with Advanced Standing

For students requesting admission to OLOLCPractical Nursing Program with credit from other institutions, it will be necessary to evaluate all credits on an individual basis. An official transcript of all credits earned and a description of the courses must be provided.

Credit will be given for any courses that have the same competencies as courses required in the OLOLCPractical Nursing Program curriculum and for which the student received a passing grade of ďC" (80%) or better. The awarding of credit is the responsibility of the receiving institution. A student who has withdrawn from an approved or accredited practical nursing program within the previous four years may be considered for advanced placement in the OLOLCPractical Nursing program. The Practical Nursing Program faculty and the Vice-President for Career Training will review all requests for advanced standing on a case-by-case basis.

Admission requirements for advanced standing:

  1. Schedule a meeting with the program director.
  2. Submit PN application to the Health Career Institute.
  3. Meet all requirements for initial admission to OLOLCPractical Nursing Program.
  4. Have withdrawn or left the previous Practical Nursing Program or RN program in good standing.
  5. Provide official transcript from the previously attended institution(s).
  6. Provide official program description, curriculum pattern, course description, a detailed course outline and skills list for all previous nursing courses completed.
  7. Nursing courses or units considered for transfer credit must have been completed within four years of request for Practical Nursing program advanced standing admission with advanced standing, with a minimum grade of 80% or ďC."
  8. Repeat all content from transferred courses, in which the student has failed or received a grade of 79.99 or less.
  9. Successfully complete skills verification check-off by Practical Nursing program faculty.
  10. Basic and advanced math application will be evaluated both didactically and in the lab setting before full credit is given for previous clinical and/or lab hours.
  11. In order to meet the requirement for graduation from OLOLCstudents admitted with advanced standing must:
    a. Fulfill the residency requirement of OLOLC, which is 16 credit hours for the Practical Nursing Program;
    b.
    Obtain a minimum grade of ďC" (80%) or better in all course work attempted.

Much of the communication between OLOLCand the student will be via mail and email. It is the student's responsibility to notify the College of changes in address. 

The decision about whether a student qualifies for advanced standing will depend upon the readiness of the student for entry into the program, as well as space availability. There is no separate class for students with advanced standing. Placement is made into one of the ongoing classes after review, provided there is a vacancy.

A proposed Advanced Standing Plan is developed following evaluation of the transcript and previous program content; confirmation that a student has successfully met admission requirements for OLOLC; and confirmation that placement is possible. The Plan must meet final approval of Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners before the student may register for courses.

All records of advanced standing status, admission tests, course of study and program achievement will be maintained in the student file.

Federal Student Aid Enrollment Standards

The minimum enrollment standards for federal student aid are defined below for students enrolled in the Practical Nursing program, regardless of the institution's definition.

Enrollment Status

Fall and Spring

Summer

Full time

12 or more credits

9 or more credits

Quarter time

9-11 credits

7-8 credits

Half time

6-8 credits

5-6 credits

Less than half time

1-5 credits

1-4 credits

Requirements for Graduation

A diploma for Practical Nursing is awarded when the following conditions have been met:

  1. Completion all required courses, with completion of the nursing courses within four years from the time of first admission;
  2. Achievement of a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on all required course work;
  3. Completion of all required standardized achievement examinations; 
  4. Clearance of all indebtedness to OLOLCincluding the return of all materials borrowed from the College Library; and
  5. Fulfillment of OLOLC residency requirements of at least 13 credit hours in the PN curriculum.

Attendance at graduation is strongly recommended.

Licensure

Upon completion of the program the graduate is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). The examination is designed to test knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of practical nursing at the entry level. Upon successful completion of this examination, the graduate becomes licensed to legally practice as a licensed practical nurse in the State of Louisiana. Each graduate must apply to the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners (LSBPNE) for licensure.

The LSBPNE authorizes candidates to take the NCLEX-PN and provides the NCLEX registration form to the OLOLCHealth Career Institute for distribution to students.

The LSBPNE reserves the right to disapprove the taking of the NCLEX-PN by persons having had disciplinary action, arrest or impairment.

Applicants for licensure who have had a disciplinary action, arrest or impairment must provide documentation of the circumstances of the action, arrest or impairment to the LSBPNE. Questions regarding eligibility to take the examination should be directed to the LSBPNE.

Practical Nursing Program Curriculum Plan

Semester 1

Credit Hours

Semester 2

Credit Hours

ACSM 1110

1

BIOL 2310

3

CHEM 1310

3

HCLP 1725

1

HCCS 1110

1

HCLP 1726

1

HCLP 1715

4

HCLP 1730

4

HCMA 0010

1

HCLP 1731

3

HCMT 1110

1

HCLP 1735

1

HCNA 1710

2

 

 

Semester Credit Hours

13

Semester Credit Hours

13

 

 

 

 

Semester 3

Credit Hours

Semester 4

Credit Hours

BIOL 2311

3

HCLP 1745

2

BIOL 2320

3

HCLP 1750

2

HCLP 1727

1

HCLP 1755

7

HCLP 1732

4

 

 

HCLP 1740

2

 

 

Semester Credit Hours

13

Semester Credit Hours

11


Note: HCLP courses are awarded technical credit and are not applied toward associate or baccalaureate degrees at OLOLC.