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  • Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) program completed with 75 hours of training
    • Offered as non-credit or for credit
    • Offered at Devils Lake Campus, Online Learning and Grand Forks Air Force Base
  • Practical Nurse (PN) Certificate with 11 month curriculum
  • Associate Degree Nurse (ADN) with 9 month curriculum, following PN program or current LPNs
  • PN and ADN are offered at Devils Lake Campus and Mayville State campus
  • PN is now offered at our new Grand Forks location!
  • Eligible for Financial Aid


Program Description 

The Nursing program provides the knowledge and skills students will need to enter a challenging career in nursing. Upon acceptance into the program, students will receive classroom study and supervised experience in caring for patients in a variety of healthcare setting including hospitals, acute care centers, long-term care facilities, home care agencies and clinics. 

As a partner in the Dakota Nursing Program, Lake Region State College offers education for multiple steps on the nursing career ladder:

  1. Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
  2. Paramedic to Nurse bridge program
  3. Practical Nurse (LPN) program (11 month curriculum)
  4. Associate Degree Nurse (RN) program (9 month curriculum)

Graduates are prepared to sit for national licensure exams and, with passing scores, qualify for employment as CNAs, LPNs, or RNs.

"I’m excited about Lake Region State College’s nursing program. As Nursing Supervisor at Altru Clinic-Lake Region, I have witnessed the high quality nurses this program produces, both in clinical situations and through the employment process. The nurses are well trained and demonstrate positive attitudes and a strong work ethic. LRSC’s nursing program allows for local training of area residents wishing a career change, adding maturity to this program and they are “familiar faces” to many of our patients. I feel we are very fortunate to have a local nursing program of this caliber, especially in the midst of a nation wide nursing shortage," -Cheryl Fischer, BSN


The Nursing program is approved and regulated by the State Board of Nursing.

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Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Program

Put your compassion to work and become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) with classes from TrainND Northeast and Lake Region State College in Devils Lake or Grand Forks, North Dakota. Click here to learn more!

Current CNA courses:



Face-to-Face Course Dates (Non-Credit):

July 23-27, 30-31, 2018; August 1, 6-7, 2018

Lecture & Lab:  July 23-17:  8:00AM - 5:00PM; July 30-31:  8:00AM - 4:30PM; August 1:  8:00AM - 12:00PM

Clinicals:  August 6 & 7: 6:30AM to 3:00PM

Lecture and labs are held at  Bergstrom Technical Center, Lake Region State College, Devils Lake, ND. Clinicals will take place at Eventide Heartland Care Center, Devils Lake, ND.
Register online or contact TrainND Northeast at 701-662-1578.

Online CNA Course Dates (Non-Credit):

October 8 - November 3, 2018; November 10, 11, 17, 18

Required face-to-face labs: November 10 & 11: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Required face-to-face clinicals: November 17 & 18: 6:30AM - 3:00PM

Labs are held at the Bergstrom Technical Center, Lake Region State College, 1801 College Dr N, Devils Lake, ND.  Clinicals will be held at Eventide Heartland Care Center, Devils Lake, ND.
Register online or contact TrainND Northeast at 701-662-1578.


8-week Face-to-Face Course Dates (For Credit):

October 23 - December 13, 2018; Tuesdays & Thursdays - 4:45PM to 9:00PM Clinicals: One Weekend in December (AM shift)
Lecture is held at the Grand Forks Air Force Base.  Labs are held at the Lake Region State College Nursing Education Center, 1425 Columbia Rd S, Grand Forks, ND.  Clinicals will be held at Valley Eldercare Center, Grand Forks, ND.
 Register by contacting the LRSC GFAFB office at 701-662-1671.

CNA Exam

At the conclusion of the training program, students will be qualified to take the National Nurse Aid Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam (also known as the "state test"). Successful completion of this test qualifies students to work as a Certified Nurse Assistant.

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Practical Nurse (PN) Course Overview

Applicants to the Dakota Nursing Program are carefully screened to provide the best candidates possible for employment in healthcare facilities. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with the earliest receiving priority consideration. The Practical Nurse program at Lake Region State College provides the knowledge and skills you need to enter a challenging career in nursing. Upon acceptance into the program, you will receive classroom study and supervised experience in caring for patients in a variety of healthcare settings.

North Dakota requires that graduates of state-approved practical nurse programs pass a licensing exam before they may practice as Licensed Practical Nurses. Graduates of LRSC's Practical Nurse program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN).

Graduates who meet continuation criteria may continue their studies in the Associate Degree Nurse (ADN) program at Lake Region State College, or transfer many of their credits to baccalaureate programs at other higher education institutions.

Program Prerequisites

Prerequisites and Checklist for Admission into the Practical Nurse Program

  • For CPR Certification contact TrainND at 701-662-1578
  • Dakota Nursing Program at Lake Region State College does not accept ASSET.
  • All students are encouraged to take MATH 103 College Algebra


Prerequisite Skills
CPR certification for BLS provider (4)
Academic and math readiness verified by test scores and coursework
TOEFL required for ESL applicants verified by test scores
Fall Semester
BIOL 220 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
NURS 120 Foundations of Nursing 3
NURS 121 Practical Nursing I 3
NURS 122 Clinical Practice I** 3
Spring Semester
BIOL 221 Anatomy and Physiology II* 4
PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology* or 3
ENGL 110 Composition I
NURS 124 Clinical Practice II** 3
NURS 127 Practical Nursing II: Introduction to Medical Surgical Nursing 2
NURS 145 Practical Nursing II: Introduction to Maternal Child Nursing 2
PHRM 215 Introduction to Pharmacology* 3
Summer Semester
NURS 126 Clinical Nursing III** 3
NURS 129 Practical Nursing III 3
ENGL 110 Composition I 3
PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology 3

*Must be taken within 7 years of acceptance into the program
**Ratio of credit hours to clinical hours is 1:3

Note: Developmental Psychology and Composition I may be taken prior to or at any time during the PN program.

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A grant from the Dakota Medical Foundation has created LRSC’s new Paramedic to Nurse Program. We will begin offering this program starting Spring 2016. The experienced paramedic will need to successfully complete the three bridge nursing classes (bridge curriculum) with a C or better, and the general education classes listed below, with a C or better, to be eligible for the Associate Degree Registered Nursing License in the state of North Dakota.

Paramedic to Nurse Bridge Program Application

The following general education classes are required:

  • Bio 220 Anatomy & Physiology 1
  • Bio 221 Anatomy & Physiology 2
  • Psych 111 Intro to Psych
  • Psych 250 Developmental Psych
  • ENGL 110 English Comp 1
  • PHRM 215 Intro to Pharmacology (needs to be taken in the last 7 years)


Prerequisite Skills
Algebra PREP 3 or higher
CPR Certification for Health Care Provider
2 years of experience as a paramedic
TOEFL Required for ESL applicants verified by test scores
TEAS Exam with a score of 41.2% or higher
Bridge Program
NURS 201 Nursing Concepts Transition I from the Paramedic (online) 3
NURS 202 Nursing Concepts Transition II from the Paramedic (online) 3
NURS 203 Nursing Practice Transitions from the Paramedic (lab) 3

*** once accepted to the AD program it will be the same curriculum as one currently utilized***


Associate Degree Nurse (ADN) Course Overview

The Associate Degree Nurse Program welcomes applications from Licensed Practical Nurses. The process differs slightly for individual currently enrolled in the Practical Nurse Program and external applicants. The Admission Committee reviews all completed applications; incomplete applications are not reviewed. Applicants will be notified in writing of their acceptance status.

The Associate Degree Nurse (ADN) curriculum will provide the knowledge, abilities and skills you need to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN). Classroom instruction and clinical practice will include adult health nursing, maternal child nursing, community health and psychosocial nursing. Students will then be prepared to deliver safe nursing care to individuals and families across their lifespan in a variety of settings.

North Dakota requires nurses to pass a licensing exam after completing a state-approved nursing program. Graduates of the Associate Degree Nurse program are required to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) before they may practice as Registered Nurses. ATI Comp Predictor verified by test scores.

Program Prerequisites

Prerequisites and Checklist for Admission into the Associate Degree Nurse Program


Fall Semester

NURS 224 Professional Development 4
NURS 225 Alterations in Health I 3
NURS 226 Maternal Child Nursing 3
NURS 227 Clinical Application I* 4
BIOL 202 Microbiology 4
Spring Semester

NURS 228 Alterations in Health II 4
NURS 229 Health Promotion and Psychology 2
NURS 237 Clinical Application* 5
NURS 259 Role Transition 1
ENGL 120 College Composition II or
ENGL 125 Introduction to Professional Writing or
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3



*Ratio of credit hours to clinical hours is 1:3

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Admission Process

  1. Application for Admission:
    1. Choose your student type. If unsure of your student type click here for more information
      A one time application fee of $35 is required
    2. High School Transcript Request Form or GED test results
    3. ACT or ACCUPLACER Testing
    4. College Transcripts, if applicable:
      • College transcripts can be requested from Registrar's Office of the institution granting the credits,
      • Order transcripts from the National Student Clearinghouse. Cost is $5 per transcript with a possible fee for shipping and handling
  2. After being accepted to Lake Region State College, apply to the Dakota Nursing Program. Students current enrolled may skip Step 1.  Dakota Nursing Program (DNP) Application

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