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Lake Region State College

Practical Nursing -

Designed to provide

the knowledge and skills necessary for

students to enter a challenging career in

nursing. This high-quality education meets

the requirements for a Certificate in Practical


Students in the Practical Nursing Program

will receive classroom study and supervised

experience in caring for patients in a variety

of health care settings including hospital,

long-term care, home care agencies, and

clinics. Students are taught to practice

within the scope of a practical nurse while

under the supervision of a registered nurse.

They are taught to use the nursing process

at the practical-nursing level.

North Dakota requires all Practical Nurses

to pass a licensing exam after completing a

state approved practical nursing program.

Graduates are eligible to apply to take the

National Council Licensure Examination™

(NCLEX-PN), which is required for practice

as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Employment

opportunities include clinics, acute practice,

long-term care practice, and community-

based practice. Graduates may continue in

the Associate Degree Nursing Program if

they meet continuation criteria. Graduates

may also transfer many of the credits earned

to another higher education institution.

Prerequisites for the Certificate in Practical

Nursing Program:

High School Diploma or GED

Students must be 18 years of age by

December 31st of the year they start

the program

Current CPR card for Health Care


Proof of Math Skill Readiness completed

within 5 years of application. Students

must have completed at minimum the

developmental math courses with “C”

or better so they are prepared to enter

MATH 103 College Algebra (or higher

math course), or equivalent scores for

Academic Information

ACT (21 OR HIGHER), PLAN-Math (19

or higher), SAT Critical Reading + Math

(990 or higher), COMPASS in Algebraic

Domain (52 or higher), or Accuplacer

(116 or higher)

Proof of Academic Readiness with

an ACT composite score of 19 or

completion of 12 credits of nursing

program coursework (this includes any

program pre-requisites and program

required general education courses)

with CPA of 2.75 or higher

Overall cumulative GPA for all college

courses completed must be 2.50 or


Application and admission to the college

is required before applying to the

nursing program, there is an application

for the college and an application to the

nursing program

Experience working in a healthcare

enviornment is encouraged before

submitting an application to the nursing


Guidelines for approval include:

High School GPA of 2.5 or greater or

If a student has completed 12 credits

of college level courses included in

the program requirements, the college

GPA will be considered instead of the

high school GPA. Nursing GPA for any

completed required nursing program

courses must be 2.75 or higher

Overall GPA for all college courses

completed must be 2.5 or higher

No required course may have a grade

lower then 2.0 (C)

If a student repeats a required science

course, a grade of 2.0 (C) or higher

must be obtained in the first repeat

(BIOL 202, BIOL 220, or BIOL 221)

Critical courses completed more than

seven years prior to program application

must be repeated (BIOL 221, PSYC 111,

and PSYC 250)