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Nursing: Practical Nursing (P.N.)

Career and Technical Program

Nursing: Practical Nursing (P.N.)
Nursing: Practical Nursing (P.N.)
Nursing: Practical Nursing (P.N.)
Nursing: Practical Nursing (P.N.)
Nursing: Practical Nursing (P.N.)
Nursing: Practical Nursing (P.N.)
Nursing: Practical Nursing (P.N.)

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An application to the Licensed Practical Nursing program (PN) is available during the following time frame:

  • Mid-November through Mid-January for August admission of each year.

An application to the Advanced Placement Nursing program (PN to RN) is available during the following time frame:

  • Mid-February through Mid-April for October admission of each year.

This 11-month program prepares students for entry-level employment as practical nurses (PN) in hospitals, urgent care clinics, physician offices, home health care and long-term facilities.

The curriculum includes basic and clinical foundations of nursing, including medical and surgical nursing, maternal, care of infants and children, psychiatric nursing, pharmacology, and geriatrics.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) to obtain their PN license. Students who wish to continue to the RN level should consult with their advisor for those program requirements. This program has a competitive admission process. See the NIC PN website for application information. This program is offered in cooperation with clinical facilities in Idaho and Washington and the Idaho and Washington Boards of Nursing.

Admission Requirements

Competitive Entry

  1. If HS program or GED in progress, then completion of 12 or more college level credits is required. Final HS transcript or GED must be received prior to starting NURS courses.
  2. Application to the Practical Nursing program.
  3. Minimum grades of C/2.00 must be earned in each of the prerequisite courses required for the program.
    • CAOT-179 (Medical Terminology)
    • PHAR-150 (Introduction to Pharmacology)
    • ENGL-101 (English Composition)
    • MCTE-102 (Computational Skills for Allied Health)
    • BIOL-175 (Human Biology)
    • PSYC-101 (Introduction to Psychology)

  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/2.00 or higher within seven 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 Assistant courses.
  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.


Wendy R. McIntosh
Nursing Advisor
(208) 769-3373
Meyer Health & Sciences Building Room 255


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