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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 by Jan. 25, 2013. 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 Medical Center, local extended care facilities, physician offices, and the Idaho Division of Professional-Technical Education.
Admission Procedures Application Deadline: Jan. 25, 2013 for acceptance into fall 2013. In addition to the regular college admissions requirements, students applying for the Practical Nursing program need to complete a Nursing application, which consists of: 1. Application for Admission to NIC (if not already complete). New and former students must complete the formal admissions process as listed for Degree Seeking (Matriculating) students. 2. NIC Admission application fee (if not previously paid). 3. Practical Nursing Program Application. 4. Results from the entrance exam (see application packet for information on scheduling the exam). 5. High school and college transcripts. 6. Applicants who have attended any other nursing program must submit a recommendation from an instructor or administrator of that program.
Currently enrolled students should already have an application fee and transcripts on file. Application packets for the Practical Nursing program will be available at the NIC Admissions Office and on the NIC Practical Nursing website two months prior to the application deadline.
Admission Requirements 1. High school diploma or GED.2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 calculated on all courses which meet the curriculum requirements for the Practical Nursing certificate.3. Prerequisite Courses: The following courses must be successfully completed by June 30 of the year application for admission is made: a. CHEM-105 (General, Organic and Biochemistry), or one year of high school chemistry with lab, with a grade of C/2.0 or higher each grading period. b. MATH-102 (Computational Skills for Allied Health). No substitutions are accepted. c. PSYC-101 (Introduction to Psychology) d. ENGL-099 (Fundamentals for Writing) or ENGL-101 (English Composition), or NIC assessment scores, taken within two years prior to application for admission to the program, indicating placement above ENGL-099. e. CAOT-179 (Medical Terminology) or its approved equivalent with a grade of C/2.00 or better.4. Applicants must have a valid Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate from any state and submit it by the application deadline (Jan. 25, 2013). The only acceptable documentation will be a copy of the state issued certificate.5. Minimum grades of C/2.00 must be earned in each of the courses required for the program.6. The NIC Admissions Office will determine if previous college courses will be acceptable for transfer.7. A criminal background check will be required upon acceptance into the practical nursing program. Violations which appear on the criminal background check may result in denied access to clinical sites and therefore inability to complete the program.