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Practical nurse students attend pinning ceremony

By   Erin Wood

Lake Region State College held a pinning ceremony for its practical nurse students July 18. Fourteen students completed the practical nurse program in Devils Lake.

The nursing program at Lake Region State College is part of the Dakota Nursing Program.

The demand for qualified, safe, and effective nurses is critical throughout North Dakota. 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 Dakota Nursing Program includes Bismarck State College, Lake Region State College, Dakota College at Bottineau, and Williston State College.

The Dakota Nursing Program at LRSC provides a one-year practical nurse program and two-year associate degree nurse (2-year RN) program.  Lake Region State College has offered nursing education at a distance to Langdon, Grafton, Cooperstown, Carrington, and Northwood in the past. Lake Region State College currently offers its practical nurse and associate degree nurse (RN) programs at its campus in Devils Lake and in Mayville.

Practical Nurse education also will start in Grand Forks this fall. 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.

Established in 1941, Lake Region State College is a comprehensive community college. The college offers education in a variety of career and technical programs including wind energy technology, automotive technology, electronics, sign language interpreting, precision ag, business degrees, and associate arts (transfer) degree for those planning to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree. Besides offering courses and degrees at its campus in Devils Lake, the college offers its peace officer training program in Minot each spring, Grand Forks and Fargo each summer; nursing program in Mayville; is part of the Grand Forks Air Force Base Education Center; has a program called LAUNCH! that serves students in Grand Forks planning on transferring to UND; numerous degrees and courses online; and early entry and dual credit courses for eligible high school students.