NCLEX-PN Review Course Material

It takes detailed study and hard work on the part of the aspirant to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. The LPN program completes in 12-18 months. The curriculum of the program may vary in different nursing schools; however, the primary content of the NCLEX-prep course remains the same. In this article, you will get an overview of the coursework of the LPN classes.

LPN Programs

LPN training programs are divided into two components – theoretical and clinical. The theoretical LPN classes focus on the fundamentals of nursing through textbook knowledge, and the clinical courses equip students with real-world nursing skills through hands-on practice. The curriculum of the LPN program broadly covers the following topics:

  • Introduction of Pharmacology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Intravenous Therapy
  • General Psychology
  • Therapeutic Nutrition
  • Geriatric, Pediatric, and/or Maternal Nursing
  • Patient Safety
  • Medical Administration
  • Infection Control and Prevention
  • Cultural, Ethical and Legal Aspects of Nursing

Content Distribution

The study curriculum of the NCLEX-PN program is divided into the following four major categories:

1. Psychosocial Integrity

Covers 9-15% of the NCLEX-PN examination

2. Health Promotion and Maintenance

Covers 6-12% of the test

3. Safe and Effective Care Environment

Sub-categorized into Safety and Infection Control (10-16% questions) and Coordinated Care (covers 18-24%)

4. Physiological Integrity

Sub-categorized into the following:

  • Pharmacological Therapies (covers 10-16%)
  • Physiological Adaptation (covers 7-13%)
  • Reduction of Risk Potential (covers 9-15%)
  • Basic Care and Comfort (covers 7-13%)

Content Distribution for the NCLEX-PN Exam

Content Overview

1. Psychosocial Integrity

It introduces students with ways to provide comfort and care, promote well-being and physical health, manage health alterations of clients and reduce risk potential for them.

  • Physiological Adaptation

The potential nurses learn to provide care for patients suffering from acute, life-threatening or chronic ailments. It covers a wide range of topics, including Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalances, Unexpected Response to Therapies, Medical Emergencies, Basic Pathophysiology, Alterations in Body Systems, etc.

  • Reduction of Risk Potential

Aspirants learn to reduce the risk of developing health problems or complications related to diagnostic tests, treatments and medical procedures. The content includes Therapeutic Procedures, Diagnostic Tests, Potential for Complications from Health Alterations and Surgical Procedures, Potential for Alterations in Body Systems, Laboratory Values, Abnormalities/Changes in Vital Signs, and Potential for Complications of Treatments/ Diagnostic Tests/Procedures.

  • Pharmacological Therapies

Students learn to monitor patients and administer medications. The content comprises Expected Actions/Outcomes, Pharmacological Pain Management, Medication Administration, Contraindications/Adverse Effects/Interactions/ Side Effects, Dosage Calculations.

  • Basic Care and Comfort

It teaches students about how to assist the patients in managing health alterations, and provide care and comfort. It comprises Nonpharmacological Comfort Interventions, Mobility/Immobility, Nutrition, and Oral Hydration, Assistive Devices, Personal Hygiene, etc.

2. Health Promotion and Maintenance

Nursing students are provided knowledge on early detection and prevention of health problems. The content includes Community Resources, Developmental Stages and Transitions, High-Risk Behaviors, Aging Process, Ante/Intra/Postpartum, and Newborn Care, Self-care, Lifestyle Choices, Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, Data Collection Techniques, etc.

3. Safe and Effective Care Environment

This coursework is sub-categorized in the following two learning areas:

  • Safety and Infection Control

It covers Reporting of Event/Incident/Variance/Irregular Occurrence, Least Restrictive Restraints and Safety Devices, Security Plan, Error/Injury/Accident Prevention, Handling Hazardous and Infectious Materials, Emergency Response Plan, Transmission-Based Precautions/Standard Precautions/Surgical Asepsis, Home Safety, Ergonomic Principles, and Safe Use of Equipment.

  • Coordinated Care

The potential nurses collaborate with the healthcare team to provide adequate patient care. The coursework includes Resource Management, Collaboration with Interdisciplinary Team, Establishing Priorities, Concepts of Management and Supervision, Client Care Assignments, Information Technology, Advance Directives, Continuity of Care, Confidentiality/Information Security, Client Rights, Ethical Practice, Referral Process, Informed Consent, Legal Responsibilities, Performance Improvement (Quality Improvement), and Advocacy.

4. Physiological Integrity

The coursework focuses on instilling knowledge about social and mental well-being of clients, and includes Grief and Loss, Support Systems, Coping Mechanisms, Mental Health Concepts, Abuse or Neglect, End-of-Life Concepts, Crisis Intervention, Sensory/Perceptual Alterations, Religious and Spiritual Influences on Health, Chemical and Other Dependencies, Therapeutic Communication, Therapeutic Environment, Cultural Awareness, Stress Management, and Behavioral Management.

Online Courses for Nursing Students

The NCSBN Learning Extension of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing offers online nursing continuing education and NCLEX review courses for faculty, nurses, students and member boards. The course has been designed by the experts of the nursing community and covers a wide range of practice topics.

The online NCLEX-PN Review content helps aspirants understand the difficult topics in detail and grasp important nursing concepts. The material consists of approximately 1,300 NCLEX-style questions including hot-spot, fill in the blanks, and multiple choice items. Below is the list of course content:

  • PN Introduction and Pretest – 1 Lesson
  • Coordinated Care – 1 Lesson
  • Safety & Infection Control – 1 Lesson
  • Health Promotion and Maintenance – 1 Lesson
  • Psychosocial Integrity – 1 Lesson
  • Basic Care and Comfort – 1 Lesson
  • Pharmacological Therapies – 4 Lessons
    • Pharmacological Therapies
    • Classification of Medications by Body System
    • Classification of Medications by Health Status
    • Post-test
  • Reduction of Risk Potential – 1 Lesson
  • Physiological Adaptation – 13 Lessons
    • Cardiovascular
    • Respiratory
    • Neurological
    • Gastrointestinal
    • Genitourinary
    • Endocrine
    • Orthopedic
    • Oncology
    • Emergency
    • Pediatrics
    • Complicated Obstetrics
    • Integumentary
    • Post-test

In addition to the above content, the NCLEX-PN Review also contains PN Practice Question Banks

LPN Supervisory Course

This course prepares the Licensed Practical Nurses for the supervisory role. The course must be approved by the state board of nursing and must be completed by the LPN within the first six months of getting hired. If you fail to take up this course within six months of employment, you will have to submit the LPN Supervisory Waiver Form mentioning the reason for not completing the course.

Aspirants study the following topics:.

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Team Building
  • Interpersonal Relationship Skills
  • Assignment Development
  • Principles of Delegation
  • Effective Communication
  • Strategy Formulation

LPN Refresher Course

LPN refresher course is particularly for those LPNs who want to update their nursing skills and knowledge, return to the nursing practice after a gap or reactivate their licensure. The curriculum generally comprises advanced medical technologies, concepts and theory, anatomy, physiology, ethical situations, etc. It also includes 100-200 hours of clinical practice.