By Erin WoodThe Dakota Nursing Program has been producing outstanding, highly qualified nursing graduates since it started in 2004.
The Dakota Nursing Program is a consortium of 5 colleges which includes Bismarck State College, Lake Region State College, Dakota College Bottineau, Williston State College and Fort Berthold Community College. The Dakota Nursing Program provides a certificate practical nurse program and two-year associate degree nurse (2-year RN) program.
Lake Region State College has provided practical nursing education to Langdon, Grafton, Cooperstown, Carrington, and Northwood in the past. Two years ago, a site in Mayville also was launched with a practical nursing program the first year, and now both practical nursing and associate degree RN program.
Students have been very successful in LRSC’s nursing program. Students take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) after completing coursework. The pass rate has been 100 percent for the practical nurse class and more than 95 percent for the associate degree nurse program.
“We are pleased to announce that we continue this tradition of having highly successful graduates,” said Karen Clementich, nursing coordinator at LRSC.
A new class of Associate Degree and Practical nursing students will start courses later this summer at all DNP sites to prepare for a career high in demand in North Dakota and nationwide.
The demand for qualified, safe, and effective nurses is critical throughout North Dakota - most visibly in rural areas. That need spurred the creation of the Dakota Nursing Program in 2004 - whose mission and vision is to respond to the nursing needs of the people of North Dakota by delivering a high-quality nursing educational program to students through innovative instruction.
The program reaches students with a combination of face-to-face lab/clinical classes and video networking at sites across the state to educate future nurses.
"We're reaching the students who already are working in the rural communities and raising families, so uprooting themselves to study at a university away from home is difficult. The Dakota Nursing Program is a high quality, accessible option," said Julie Traynor, director of the Dakota Nursing Program.