Nursing: Practical Nursing (P.N.)
This 11-month program prepares students for entry-level
employment as practical nurses in hospitals, home health
care, convalescent homes, and related health service
professions. A technical certificate is awarded upon successful
completion of the program. Students who wish
to continue to the R.N. level should consult with their
advisor for those program requirements.
This program has a selective admission process. Applications
are due each January. See below for details
regarding specific requirements.
Graduates are eligible to take the National Council
Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). Students who
pass the exam are qualified to practice as licensed practical
nurses in Idaho and may apply for licensure in other
states by endorsement.
The curriculum includes basic and clinical foundations
of nursing, medical and surgical nursing, maternal and
infant care, nursing of children, psychiatric nursing,
pharmacology, and geriatrics. The program is offered in
cooperation with Kootenai Health, local extended care
facilities, physician offices, and the Idaho Division of
1. High school diploma or GED.
2. Application to the Practical Nursing program.
3. Minimum grades of C or 2.00 must be earned in each of
the prerequisite courses required for the program.
(General, Organic and Biochemistry)
(Fundamentals for Writing)
(Computational Skills for Allied Health)
(Introduction to Psychology)
*or one year of high school chemistry with lab.
**or ENGL-101 or NIC assessment scores taken within
two years prior to application for admission to the program indicating placement above ENGL-099.
4. All lab science courses which were completed more than
seven years prior to application must be repeated.
5. Obtain a valid Certified Nursing Assistant certificate from
any state by application deadline.
6. Completion of an approved medical terminology course
with a grade of C or 2.00 or higher within three years
prior to application in program.
7. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 calculated
on all courses which meet the curriculum requirements.
This excludes the medical terminology and Certified Nursing
8. Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Results.
9. A criminal background check will be required upon acceptance.
Violations may result in denied access to clinical sites and therefore
inability to complete the program. For questions regarding specific
violations, please contact program director.