c. Phase III (Transition to Practice).
(1) Critical care.
(3) National Council Licensure Examination review and testing.
The Practical Nurse Course is a 52-week training program conducted in three
phases. Phase I is 8 weeks in length and is conducted at the U.S. Army Academy of
Health Sciences (AHS), Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Phases II and III are a total of 44
weeks in length and are conducted at one of five designated MTFs in the continental
United States (CONUS). Phase II sites are:
Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia.
Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC.
Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Washington.
William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss, Texas.
a. Phase I.
(1) Orientation to the practical nurse course. During orientation, an
assessment of the student's academic knowledge will be completed. Academic
confidence training and instruction in techniques of effective learning is given in order to
enhance learning potential. An overview of practical nursing discusses organizations
and publications for practical nurses and the history and trends of practical nursing.
The standards of nursing practice and the duties and responsibilities of the practical
nurse are discussed with the role of the practical nurse as a member of the health care
team. Some of the many career opportunities for practical nurses are also presented to
(2) Basic sciences for practical nurses. An introduction to the basic sciences
for practical nurses is presented. Topics included are nursing and medical terminology,
nutrition, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, and pharmacological