To be considered for admission to tehepre-
licensure program, English as a second
language (ESL) applicants must achieve
minimum scores on teh TOEFL internet-
based test (TOEFL iBT).
Upon successful completion, students
graduate with a Certificate in Practical
Nursing. Students then become eligible to
apply to take the NCLEX-PN™.
Students must have an LRSC email account.
Some courses/components may be offered
in online format.
Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) -
The program is designed to be a 1 + 1
nursing program in which completion
of the first year of the program meets
the requirements for a practical nursing
certificate and completion of the second
year of this program meets the requirements
for an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN).
First year students in the Practical Nursing
Program may continue to the ADN program
if they meet continuation criteria. The
program also accepts advanced standing
students with LPN or who have completed
Paramedic to ADN courses.
The ADN curriculum prepares individuals
with the knowledge, abilities, and skills
to practice nursing independently and
interdependently through application of
the nursing process to provide safe nursing
care to individuals and families across the
lifespan in a variety of settings. Students
in the ADN program will receive classroom
instruction and clinical practice in adult
health, maternal child, community health,
and psychosocial nursing.
North Dakota requires all registered nurses
to pass a licensing exam after completing a
state approved nursing program. Graduates
of the Associate Degree Nursing Program
are eligible to apply to take the National
Council Licensure Examination™ (NCLEX-
RN), which is required for practice as a
Registered Nurse. Employment opportunities
include acute care centers, long-term care
facilities, clinics, outpatient offices, industry,
and community agencies. Graduates
may transfer many of the credits earned
in the Associate Degree program to a
Baccalaureate Nursing Program.
The ADN program is offered in collaboration
between four colleges: Lake Region State
College, Williston State College, Bismarck
State College, and Dakota College at
Bottineau. The Dakota Nursing Program is
approved by the North Dakota State Board
Prerequisites for the Associate in Applied
Science in Associate Degree Nursing:
Copy of unrestricted LPN License
(United States) or a student in the
Dakota Nursing Program Practical
Nursing Certificate Program
Current CPR Certification for Health