Career Major - Practical Nursing

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Northwest Tech offers the following career majors within the Health Science Cluster.

Therapeutic Services Pathway Career Majors

Practical Nursing - Alva Campus only
Core Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology as well as Long Term Care Aide are included in this career major. This career major prepares the student to become a licensed practical nurse, an important member of the health care team who works under the supervision or direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician or dentist. Students will learn the role of the LPN and how to care for a variety of patients including geriatric, pediatric, oncology, and pre/post operative patients. Students will learn how to identify patient problems, identify appropriate interventions and evaluate nursing care. Graduates of this career major will be eligible take the NCLEX-PN and become licensed through the Board of Nursing.

Career Major Length: 1463 hours

SOC Code: 29-2061
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Medical Terminology 45
Trimester 1  
Successful Strategies and Information Technology in Nursing I 30
Anatomy and Physiology 130
Concepts of Nursing 40
Fundamentals of Nursing 160
Pharmacology and Intravenous Therapy Skills 60
Clinical Nursing I 72
Trimester 2  
Nursing Across the Life Span 1 215
Success Strategies and Information Technology in Nursing II 40
Clinical Nursing II 228
Trimester 3  
Nursing Across the Life Span 2 121
Clinical Nursing III 216
Transition to Practice 15
Clinical IV - Role Transition 96
Success Strategies and Information Technology in Nursing III 40


Campus Location: Alva only

Who Can Enroll: Adults

Financial Aid Eligible: Financial Aid Eligibility Pending upon Approval of US Dept. of Ed

Student Organization: Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)

Certificate Options in Program/Majors: Adult classes run from August to May.  Competency certificates are awarded in all majors with the exception of the practical nursing program which is a twelve month program and leads to a diploma in Practical Nursing.  Practical Nursing students also have the opportunity to complete the NCLEX-PN.

Vaccination Policy for Practical Nursing Students: Northwest Technology Center has a vaccination policy for Practical Nursing students only.  Those students must provide

  • Evidence of current immunization to tetanus and MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
  • Evidence of a negative tuberculin skin test or evidence of a negative chest x-ray in the event of a positive tuberculin skin test within the past 12 months
  • Evidence of the first injection of the Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Evidence of positive varicella titer, and
  • Evidence of childhood immunizations

In-District Adult - $5,960
Out-of-District Adult - $8,223

Practical Nursing fees may vary for each student depending on what the student may already have available to them.  Students will not be required to buy items/supplies already available to them if the items/supplies are deemed sufficient for use in the program and are approved as such by the Practical Nursing Director/Instructor. Differences in fees will be approved by the Practical Nursing Director/Instructor will be documented for each student. Please see Practical Nursing information in the Practical Nursing Handbook which can be obtained at the central office in Alva or Fairview, contact the Practical Nursing Director, Diane Duffy at 580-327-0344 or

Salary Range: $12 - $19 per hour

Helpful Attributes and Abilities:

  • Reading and math skills at the 12th grade level or above
  • A positive attitude
  • A general interest in nursing
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to relate to people in a caring, empathetic manner
  • Good eye-hand coordination
  • Good physical and mental health
  • Dependability
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of personality types

Cluster: Health Science

Pathway: Therapeutic Services

Director of Practical Nursing: Diane Duffy

Practical Nursing Instructor: Tara Thomas

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Last updated on 1/19/15