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  • Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) program completed with 76 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 three steps on the nursing career ladder:

  1. Practical Nurse program (11 month curriculum)
  2. Associate Degree Nurse 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

The program consists of 76 hours of training which is a combination of classroom instruction, lab instruction, and hands-on clinical practice. Each instructional cycle allows time for intensive and individualized instruction. The course is normally delivered in a format that involves attending class full-time for two weeks. At the conclusion of the two-week education, students will receive four college credits and will be qualified to take the National Nurse Aid Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination, consisting of both a written and skills test.

CNA for credit classes are offered in 8 week sessions at the Grand Forks Air Force Base and online. CNA courses are taken along with the students other prerequisite coursework for the nursing program. See the course schedule for dates and times.

CNA non-credit classes offered on the following dates:

September 8-19, 2014
December 1-12, 2014
March 2-13, 2015
June 8-19, 2015

Classes begin at 8:00 am and are held in the Erlandson Building at Lake Region State College.

If registering for credit please follow the admission process if you have not already, or if for non-credit register here

CNA Exam
At the conclusion of the two-week training program, students will be qualified to take the North Dakota Nurse Assistant Certification exam. Successful completion of this test qualifies students to work as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA).

Financial Matters
Some long-term care facilities partner with LRSC to make Nurse Assistant training available. Students who plan to complete only the Nurse Assistant program are not eligible for federal financial aid.

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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.

Prerequisite Skills

CPR certification for healthcare provider
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
ENGL 110
Composition I

NURS 124
Clinical Practice II**
NURS 127
Practical Nursing II: Introduction to Medical Surgical Nursing
NURS 145
Practical Nursing II: Introduction to Maternal Child Nursing
PHRM 215
Introduction to Pharmacology 3
Summer Semester

NURS 126 Clinical Nursing III** 3
NURS 129 Practical Nursing III 3
ENGL 110
Composition I or
PSYC 250
Developmental Psychology

*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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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.

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:

  • Choose your student type. If unsure of your student type clickherefor more information
  • A one time application fee of $35 is required

2. High School Transcript Request Form or GED test results
3. ACTorCompass Testing
4. College Transcripts, if applicable:

  • College transcripts can be requested from Registrar's Office of the institution granting the credits, or
  • Order transcripts from theNational Student Clearinghouse. Cost is $5 per transcript with a possible fee for shipping and handling

5. Practical Nursing (PN) Application

  • letter of intent summarizing past work experience and reasons for entering the practical nursing program
  • a current skill certificate for CPR
  • transcript(s) for prerequisite courses completed or in progress (see prerequisites tab)
  • three (3) letters of reference

Students currently enrolled in the Practical Nurse program, or persons who are Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) can apply for the Associate Degree Nurse (ADN) program (step 6):

6.a. For LPNs NOT enrolled at Lake Region State College, complete steps 1-4.
   b. Associate Degree Nurse (ADN) Application

  • letter of intent summarizing past work experience and reasons for seeking entry into the ADN program
  • three (3) letters of reference
  • transcript(s) for prerequisite courses completed or in progress (see prerequisites tab)

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Program Prerequisites

Prerequisites for Admission to the Practical Nurse Program:

  • Current CPR for Health Care Providers Certification
    contact Lake Region Ambulance Service at (701) 662-8916
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.50
  • MATH 102 Intermediate Algebra or MATH ACT 21-23 or Compass 49-66 algebraic domain, not pre-algebraic domain/ASSET/Accuplacer exam equivalent within the last 5 years upon date of application. 
  • Dakota Nursing Program at Lake Region State Collete does not accept ASSET, ACCUPLACER, or SAT.
  • All students are encouraged to take MATH 103 College Algebra
  • College success skills verified by ACT composite of 19 or COMPASS of 75; or completion of 12 or more nursing prerequisites and nursing program course work credits (Nurse GPA 2.75)
  • All applicants are required to complete the most current Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI), standardized Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) prior to application deadlines.
    a. Applicants are allowed two (2) attempts at the TEAS exam with a minimum of 4 weeks between attempts.
    b. The best score achieved, of two attempts, may be submitted.

Prerequisites for Admission to the Associate Nurse Degree Program: 

  • Proof of completion of the following with a grade of C or better
    and combined GPA of 2.75 or better
  • PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology
  • BIOL 220 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 221 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • PHRM 215 Introduction to Pharmacology
    (completed not more than 5 years before admission to ADN program)

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