Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

RN Refresher

The RN/LPN Refresher course is designed to provide meaningful instruction and practice for the inactive nurse to assist in the development of skills and knowledge required to assume a position as a staff nurse on a medical surgical unit.  Contemporary nursing activities such as the role of the RN and LPN will be covered in theory class with the opportunity to practice and develop nursing skills in a hospital setting.

Program Requirement: Students must have a current Pennsylvania Nursing License or confirmation of past licensing through validation with the PA State Board of Nursing.  Each candidate participating in the clinical experience is required to provide criminal and child abuse background check and immunization verification.  Information can be found at Background checks and Child abuse clearance.  This information is covered in detail at the “mandatory orientation session” prior to acceptance into program.  See immunization information.

License Reactivation Students: The student must contact the PA Board of Nursing at 717.783.7142 to receive the “PA board of Nursing Reactivation Requirements Information” booklet prior to acceptance into the program.  The student with an “inactive license” will be required to take and pass an NLN test at the completion of this program for license reactivation.  One seating for the NLN is included in the tuition.

Additional Information: Malpractice insurance is included in tuition.  Testing is planned throughout the program and students must maintain a 76% class average as well as passing the clinical component to receive a certificate.  Textbooks are required for students; they will be available the first week of class.  Tuition does not include book cost.  Attendance is mandatory; there will be only one excused clinical absence with a required make up day.  All clinical time must be satisfied in order to receive a certificate and/or sit for the NLN.  All medical requirements must be complete and on file with CCAC prior to attending clinical.

Competencies/Skills to be Learned

  • A working knowledge of the role of registered and licensed practical nurses in a medical/surgical setting
  • An increased understanding of pharmacology and medical terminology
  • The ability to identify and diagnose various illnesses
  • Improved communication and problem-solving skills
  • An awareness of trends and legislation in the medical arena
  • An expanded awareness of the nursing process
  • Specific topics could include any of the following:
  • Legal and Ethical affects; Pharmacology; GI Disorders; Nutrition; CPR 
  • IV Therapy; Musculoskeletal System
  • AIDS; TB; hematology and Oncology
  • Geriatrics; Liver and Biliary
  • Renal System; Computer uses in health care
  • Gynecological Disorders; STD
  • Pediatric Basics; Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders
  • Neurology; Psychology Review
  • Maternity Review; Professional Preparedness

Suggestions for completing immunization requirements for RN/LPN Refresher-Reactivation Program

  • If you have an HMO or other managed-care plan, start there.
  • If not, start with the Allegheny County Health Department.  If you have a record of your past immunizations, take the record with you along with the immunization form

Course Information

Mandatory Orientation: Orientation is September 15, 2014, 10:00AM at Boyce Campus. Attendance is required and student must be registered for the course.

Course Registration: Registration can be completed on line or by phoning the call-in-center 412.369.3701.
Registration Deadline: Please register before September 12, 2014.

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Boyce Campus
September 29, 2014
December 11, 2014

First Week
Monday & Tuesday
8:30AM – 4:30PM
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
9:00AM – 1:00PM 

       Remaining Weeks:
Monday & Tuesday 
7:00AM – 3:30PM
Wednesday & Thursday
9:00AM – 1:00PM

Contact Information:
Marilynn J Toth
Coordinator, Health
Education Programs