Fall semester entry
If you are a people person and enjoy caring for others, Practical Nursing could be the field for you.
The Practical Nursing program prepares you to provide comprehensive care for clients’ physical and psychosocial needs. Nursing courses provide basic knowledge and skills in the medical-surgical, geriatric, maternity, pediatric, and mental health nursing areas. Courses also focus on care giving, communication, teaching, professional, and managerial roles. Local health facilities provide the opportunity to participate in supervised clinical/preceptor experience.
Your acceptance to the Practical Nursing program is contingent upon successful completion of a nursing application packet and the program entrance assessment and HESI A2. In addition, you must have a high school diploma (with a 2.0 grade point average) or a High School Equivalency Diploma. You must complete prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or higher. You also need three years of science completed at the high school or post high school level (with a grade of “C” or better). An academic background in life sciences is recommended.
You must hold a 75-hour Certified Nurse Aide Certificate prior to taking Fundamentals of Nursing, PNN659.
A health assessment, current immunization records, child and dependent adult abuse, criminal background check, and the CPR for healthcare providers course is required before you can begin clinical practice. To become a Licensed Practical Nurse, you must pass the NCLEX (license) exam. Practical Nursing graduates have exceptional pass rates for the NCLEX-PN exam.
Where will I get a job?
Hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, home healthcare, wellness centers, schools, and insurance companies.
How much $ will I make?
The starting salary in northwest Iowa is $14–$16/hour.
What kind of classes will I take?
You will have a combination of Theory, Lab, Clinical, and Preceptor Hours.
What’s unique about this program?
NCC graduates have consistently scored at or above the national and state average on the NCLEX exam.
• Good people skills
• Genuine desire to care for people
• Communication skills
• Possess background in math & science