Nursing

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 multiple steps on the nursing career ladder:

  • Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
  • Paramedic to Nurse program
  • Practical Nurse (LPN) program (11 month curriculum)
  • Associate Degree Nurse (RN) 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.

Offered in Devils Lake, Mayville, and Grand Forks

Get started early

Students pursuing nursing degrees often complete several required academic courses while waiting to start the program. This early start allows students to concentrate on nursing skills courses once accepted into the nursing program. Early start courses include:

  • ENGL 110: College Composition I
  • PSYC 111: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 250: Developmental Psychology
  • PHRM 215: Introduction to Pharmacology
  • BIOL 220 & 221: Anatomy and Physiology I & II
  • ENGL 120, ENGL 125 or COMM 110 (Associate Degree ONLY)
  • BIOL 202: Microbiology (Associate Degree ONLY)
  • Submit copy of CPR Certification Card to register

Practical Nurse Certificate (LPN)

The Practical Nurse program at LRSC 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 including hospitals, acute care centers, long-term care facilities, home care agencies, and clinics. During the eleven-month certificate program, you will be taught practical nursing skills under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.

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.

PN Prerequisites
CPR certification for health care provider
TEAS Exam with required score
Successful completion of 12 college credits or ACT composite score of 19
Testing at College Algebra (MATH 103) or higher
TOEFL required for ESL applicants verified by test scores
Courses
BIOL 220 Anatomy & Physiology I* 4
BIOL 221 Anatomy & Physiology II* 4
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
NURS 120 Foundations of Nursing 3
NURS 121 Practical Nursing I 3
NURS 122 Clinical Nursing I** 3
NURS 124 Clinical Nursing II** 3
NURS 126 Clinical Nursing III** 3
NURS 127 Practical Nursing II 2
NURS 129 Practical Nursing III 3
NURS 145 Introduction to Maternal Child Nurse 2
PHRM 215 Introduction to Pharmacology* 3
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology 3
 *must be completed within 7 years of acceptance into nursing program
**ration of credit hours to clinical hours is 1:3

Paramedic to Nurse Program

Paramedic to Nurse Program gives experienced paramedics an opportunity to transition their career to nursing through specialized bridge courses. Students must have 2 years experience as a paramedic and complete the nursing program prerequisites to be accepted into the program. Completion of the bridge program and required general education courses, with a C or better, will make the student eligible to move into the Associate Degree program and gain a Registered Nursing License in the state of North Dakota.

Paramedic to Nurse Bridge Program Application

Paramedic to Nurse Prerequisites
Two (2) years experience as a paramedic
General Education Courses
BIOL 220 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIOL 221 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
PHRM 215 Introduction to Pharmacology* 3
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology 3
Bridge Courses
NURS 201 Nursing Concepts Transition I from the Paramedic 3
NURS 202 Nursing Concepts Transition II from the Paramedic 3
NURS 203 Nursing Practice Transitions from the Paramedic** 3
*must be completed within 7 years of acceptance into nursing program
**ration of credit hours to clinical hours is 1:3

Associate Degree Nurse (RN)

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.

ADN Prerequisites
CPR certification for health care provider
Comprehensive Predictor needs to come in at 92%
LPN Certificate or 2 years experience as a paramedic
All of the general education courses or nationally registered paramedic with all the general education credits and the nine (9) credits from the following courses: NURS 201, 202 & 203
Courses
BIOL 202 Microbiology 4
ENGL 120, ENGL 125 or COMM 110   3
NURS 224 Professional Development 2
NURS 225 Alterations in Health I 3
NURS 226 Maternal Child Nursing 3
NURS 227 Clinical Application I** 4
NURS 228 Alterations in Health II 4
NURS 229 Health Promotion and Psychology 2
NURS 237 Clinical Application II** 5
NURS 259 Role Transition 1
**ration of credit hours to clinical hours is 1:3
For more information on the Dakota Nursing Program and program prerequisites, go to DakotaNursing.org.
For CPR Certification contact TrainND at 701-662-1578.
Dakota Nursing Program at Lake Region State College does not accept ASSET.