Dakota Practical Nursing Program Certificate (CP)
Required program credits: 43
Minimum required credits for Certificate: 30
The Dakota Practical Nursing Program prepares students to work as licensed practical nurses (LPN) under the supervision of a registered nurse, physician, or dentist. LPNs perform acts utilizing specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities for people in a variety of settings (2003 ND Nurse Practices Act). Employment is found in hospitals, nursing homes, health centers, and clinics, as well as in a variety of other settings. This program of study leads to a Certificate. Upon completion of the program, the individual is qualified to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses, as required by the North Dakota State Board of Nursing for licensure as an LPN. Graduates may apply to the Dakota Associate Degree Nursing Program at the consortium colleges or transfer many of the credits earned to another community college or university. The Dakota Practical Nursing Program is offered in collaboration between four colleges: Bismarck State College, Lake Region State College, Dakota College-Bottineau, and Williston State College.
Students in the Practical Nursing Program will be required to attend summer school. Students enrolled in programs that require attendance during summer term in order to graduate must consider additional financial planning in order to meet costs during the summer term.
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CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION:
Admission to the Practical Nursing Program is on a competitive basis. The following criteria must be met to be considered for admission:
1. Admission to Williston State College.
2. Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent with a 2.5 GPA or higher.
3. Proof of current CPR training for health care providers from the American Heart Association or the Red Cross.
4. UNIV 100 | COLLEGE STRATEGIES or UNIV 101 | COLLEGE TRANSITIONS as determined by college advisor.
5. ENGL 110 | COLLEGE COMPOSITION I.
6. Student must have completed at minimum ASC 093 with a "Satisfactory" grade or "C" or better so they are prepared to enter MATH 103 College Algebra (or higher math courses), OR equivalent scores for ACT/PLAN/SAT/COMPASS. (Math Skills Readiness must be completed within 5 years of application).
7. ACT composite score of 19 (or COMPASS test with comparable scores).
8. Completion of ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a score of basic level or higher.
9. ATI PN Comprehensive Predictor report with a score of 92% or higher.
10. Minimum overall GPA of 2.50.
11. Minimum GPA of 2.75 in all prerequisite and program requirements.
12. If taken earlier, Pharmacology, Developmental Psychology, Required Math, and Anatomy and Physiology I & II and laboratories must not be older than seven years from the date of entrance to the nursing program.
13. For those of whom English is not their native language (including international and/or U.S. residents), additional language proficiency requirements must be met by successfully passing the TOEFL exam.
14. Prior to entering class all students must pass a drug screening exam and criminal background check.
15. Completion of candidate interview.
Application forms for admission to the Dakota Nursing Program may be obtained from the Nursing Department in January. The admissions committee will review the application and qualifications of each individual.
Students will be notified in writing of their acceptance status. The number of students admitted will vary by location.
- Teamwork & Communication - Participate as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team through effective communication in the delivery and management of client care.
- Professionalism & Leadership - Incorporate professional standards and scope of practice as a certificate practical nurse while pursuing professional growth within legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks.
- Client-Centered Care - Provide culturally competent care for clients while promoting their self-determination and integrity.
- Evidence-Based Practice & Nursing Judgment - Utilize the nursing process, science, and clinical reasoning to provide quality evidenced-based client care.
- Quality Improvement & Safety - Employ evidence based decision making to deliver safe and effective client care and to evaluate client outcomes.
- Informatics - Utilize appropriate technology to communicate effectively and manage information in the delivery of client care.
BIOL 220 | ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I L/L (4 credits)
BIOL 221 | ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II L/L (4 credits)
ENGL 110 | COLLEGE COMPOSITION I (3 credits)
NURS 120 | FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING (3 credits)
NURS 121 | PRACTICAL NURSING I (3 credits)
NURS 122 | CLINICAL PRACTICE I (3 credits)
NURS 124 | CLINICAL PRACTICE II (3 credits)
NURS 126 | CLINICAL PRACTICE III (3 credits)
NURS 127 | PRACTICAL NURSING II: INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING (2 credits)
NURS 129 | PRACTICAL NURSING III (4 credits)
NURS 145 | INTRODUCTION TO MATERNAL-CHILD NURSING (2 credits)
PHRM 215 | INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY (3 credits)
PSYC 111 | INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (3 credits)
PSYC 250 | DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 credits)
*In addition to the above program specific requirements, please see the general graduation requirements for CTE programs.
Upon completion of the 11 month program, students will be eligible for a Certificate in Practical Nursing.
Students must have an e-mail account and access to reliable high speed Internet. Some course components may be offered in an online format. Classes will be presented using a variety of technology. Students must complete the 43 credits with a 2.75 GPA or higher.
Clinical experiences are supervised by WSC nursing faculty. Clinical experiences will be provided at CHI St. Alexius Health - Williston Medical Center, local clinics, Bethel Lutheran Home in Williston, ND, the State Hospital in Jamestown, ND, and at other specified locations.
Opportunity for validation of student achievement of specific course objectives by alternate methods is provided by the Nursing Department. Nursing faculty will review each situation on an individual basis. For further information, contact the Nursing Program Coordinator.