The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 12 percent increase in employment for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), especially in metropolitan areas. A decade or more ago, LPN graduates had the guarantee of employment in acute care settings, such as clinics and hospitals. However, due to higher educational standards for hospital employees, the majority of graduates are forced to take up positions in long-term care settings, such as home health and nursing homes. In your preparation to join the ranks of committed and professional practical nurses in these settings, you must complete a North Dakota Board of Nursing approved program, pass the National Council Licensure Exam, and meet the requirements for licensure.
LPN classes will not only prepare you for the licensure exam but also support the development of vital skills that will enable you to function as part of the health care team. Your responsibilities will include measuring and recording vital signs, the administration of medication, assisting patients with personal care, cleaning and dressing wounds, performing patient assessments, collecting samples for lab tests, and supervising nursing assistants. You should be physically capable of managing the strenuous duties of a nurse, including bending and lifting and standing for long hours. Compassion, patience, flexibility, excellent communication, and sound judgment are some other traits that will help you to succeed. LPN programs in Nevada might include an option to bridge to the associate degree nurse program, so you can qualify to become a registered nurse with an additional nine months of study.
Sakakawea Medical Center
The Practical Nursing Program at Sakakawea Medical Center leads to a Practical Nursing Certificate that will enable graduates to take the NCLEX for Practical Nurse Licensure. The curriculum includes theory and practical instruction in a skills lab and medical facilities. Through collaboration with three other colleges, the Center is able to broadcast the theory using Interactive Television Network (IVN). The skills lab and clinical rotations are conducted on site at the Center. Areas of study include Anatomy and Physiology I, Introduction to Psychology, Foundations of Nursing, Practical Nursing I, Clinical Practice I, Anatomy and Physiology II, Developmental Psychology, Practical Nursing II: Introduction to Medical Surgical Nursing, Introduction to Maternal/Child Nursing Clinical Practice II, and Introduction to Pharmacology. The final semester will cover Practical Nursing III, Clinical Practice III, and Composition I or Development Psychology. Tests and quizzes will be delivered online. Classes meet Tuesday and Thursdays for theory in the fall and spring semesters. The lab sessions are on Wednesdays in the fall, and clinical sessions are on Wednesdays in the spring. Since the coursework is intensive, working more than 20 hours per week is not recommended. The program can be completed in 11 months – 3 semesters. Students are admitted at the end of August and complete the program in mid-July. The class size is limited to 4 to 6 students. Program graduates have the option to continue their study and earn an Associate Degree in Nursing after an additional nine months of study.
- Have current CPR certification for BLS Provider
- Complete the math requirements
- Achieve an ACT composite score of 19 or complete 12 credit hours of nursing program coursework with a GPA of 2.75 or higher
- Earn a minimum GPA of 2.75 and a minimum grade C for the required nursing courses
- Have a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.50
- Take and pass the TEAS with a score of Basic level or higher
- Non-native English speakers must take and pass the TOEFL exam
- Must be 18 years or older
- Submit a completed application to the Center and a separate application for the nursing program
- Have current CPR certification for BLS Provider (AHA) or CPR/Healthcare Provider (Red Cross)
- Complete a background check and drug screen
- Have current immunization – MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, TB test, Tdap, and Seasonal Flu
Tuition and fees will cost approximately $6,000 to $7,100. Additional costs include uniforms, equipment, textbooks, ATI, program fee, lab fee, background check, immunization, drug screen, and state exam fee.
- Website: https://www.smcnd.org/dakota-nursing-program
- Address: 510 8th Ave NE; Hazen, North Dakota
- Phone: (701) 748-2225
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: N/A
Bismarck State College
The Practical Nursing program at Bismarck State College of offered in collaboration with Dakota College at Bottineau, Lake Region State College, and Williston State College. It is offered as part of a career ladder program that starts with nursing assistant training and ends with the Associate Degree Nurse. The required theory is delivered both on campus and through Interactive Video Network also on campus. The lab practice will give students the opportunities to develop skills before commencing the clinical rotation in a health care facility. The practical nursing curriculum includes classroom theory and practical experiences and covers 42 credits. Course topics include Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology I Lab, Introduction to Psychology, Foundations of Nursing, Practical Nursing I, Clinical Practice I, Anatomy and Physiology II, Anatomy and Physiology II Lab, Developmental Psychology, Introduction to Pharmacology, Practical Nursing II: Introduction to Medical Surgical Nursing, Introduction to Maternal Child Nursing, and Clinical Practice II. Final semester courses include College Composition I, Clinical Practice III, and Practical Nursing III. The duration of the program is 11 months. Graduates will be eligible to take the NCLEX for licensure as a Practical Nurse.
- Submit an application for admission to Bismarck State College before applying to the nursing program
- Have a high school diploma or GED certificate indicating a GPA of 2.5 or greater. The school will accept 12 credits of college-level classes will be accepted instead of the high school GPA.
- Must be 18 years or older
- Have current CPR Certification for Healthcare Provider
- Demonstrate math skill readiness – complete the developmental math course with a grade C or better or obtain satisfactory scores for ACT/PLAN/SAY and or Accuplacer
- Complete the TEAS prior to application deadlines
- Submit transcripts of any required college courses completed
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher for all college courses
- Demonstrate English proficiency
The program will cost $10,781 for students who complete the requirements within the allocated time.
- Website: http://catalog.bismarckstate.edu/catalog/degrees/career-technical-education/nursing/nursing-practical-nursing-certificate/
- Address: 1500 Edwards Ave, Bismarck, ND 58506
- Phone: 701-224-5400
- Toll-Free: 1-800-445-5073
- NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: N/A