Nursing

Offered in Devils Lake, Mayville, and Grand Forks

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 bridge 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.

Practical Nurse (PN) Course Overview
Applicants to the Dakota Nursing Program are carefully screened to provide the best candidates possible for employment in healthcare facilities. 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.

Program Prerequisites
Prerequisites and Checklist for Admission into the Practical Nurse Program

For CPR Certification contact TrainND at 701-662-1578
Dakota Nursing Program at Lake Region State College does not accept ASSET.
All students are encouraged to take MATH 103 College Algebra

PR certification for BLS provider -4
Academic and math readiness verified by test scores and coursework  
TOEFL required for ESL applicants verified by test scores  
Fall Semester    
BIOL 220 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
NURS 120 Foundations of Nursing 3
NURS 121 Practical Nursing I 3
NURS 122 Clinical Practice I** 3
Spring Semester    
BIOL 221 Anatomy and Physiology II* 4
PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology* >or 3
ENGL 110 Composition I  
NURS 124 Clinical Practice II** 3
NURS 127 Practical Nursing II: Introduction to Medical Surgical Nursing 2
NURS 145 Practical Nursing II: Introduction to Maternal Child Nursing 2
PHRM 215 Introduction to Pharmacology* 3
Summer Semester    
NURS 126 Clinical Nursing III** 3
NURS 129 Practical Nursing III 3
ENGL 110 Composition I 3
PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology 3
*Must be taken within 7 years of acceptance into the program    
**Ratio of credit hours to clinical hours is 1:3    

 

 

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.

Program Prerequisites
Prerequisites and Checklist for Admission into the Associate Degree Nurse Program

Fall Semester    
NURS 224 Professional Development 4
NURS 225 Alterations in Health I 3
NURS 226 Maternal Child Nursing 3
NURS 227 Clinical Application I* 4
BIOL 202 Microbiology 4
Spring Semester    
NURS 228 Alterations in Health II 4
NURS 229 Health Promotion and Psychology 2
NURS 237 Clinical Application* 5
NURS 259 Role Transition 1
ENGL 120 College Composition II or  
ENGL 125 Introduction to Professional Writing or  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3

 

 

*Ratio of credit hours to clinical hours is 1:3

 

The experienced paramedic will need to successfully complete the three bridge nursing classes (bridge curriculum) with a C or better, and the general education classes listed below, with a C or better, to be eligible for the Associate Degree Registered Nursing License in the state of North Dakota.

Paramedic to Nurse Bridge Program Application

The following general education classes are required:

  • Bio 220 Anatomy & Physiology 1
  • Bio 221 Anatomy & Physiology 2
  • Psych 111 Intro to Psych
  • Psych 250 Developmental Psych
  • ENGL 110 English Comp 1
  • PHRM 215 Intro to Pharmacology (needs to be taken in the last 7 years)

 

Prerequisite Skills    
Algebra PREP 3 or higher  
CPR Certification for Health Care Provider  
2 years of experience as a paramedic  
TOEFL Required for ESL applicants verified by test scores  
TEAS Exam with a score of 41.2% or higher  
Bridge Program    
NURS 201 Nursing Concepts Transition I from the Paramedic (online) 3
NURS 202 Nursing Concepts Transition II from the Paramedic (online) 3
NURS 203 Nursing Practice Transitions from the Paramedic (lab) 3