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Practical Nursing

Award: Diploma
Length: Two Semesters
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.

Student Profile
• Good people skills
• Genuine desire to care for people
• Communication skills
• Possess background in math & science
Students will take courses from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.
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The following prerequisite courses must be completed
prior to the Fall semester.
Course #
Title Credits
Medical Terminology
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO167-A Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
Elective Math*

Fall Semester


BIO170-A Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO172-A Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
PNN659-C Fundamentals of Nursing 8
PNN648-C Nursing Concepts I
ENG105-A Composition I 3

Spring Semester


PNN660-C Practical Nursing IA 6
PNN661-C Practical Nursing IB 5
PNN650-C Nursing Concepts IIA 1
Nursing Concepts IIB 1
PPSY121-A Developmental Psychology 3
BIO151-A Nutrition 3

*You may select any math course with a suffix of A.

NOTE: To advance or graduate in the Practical Nursing Program you must receive a “C” or above in all coursework.

Nursing courses with a clinical component may not be taken by a person: 
    a. Who has been denied licensure by the board 
    b. Whose license is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in any United States jurisdiction 
    c. Whose license/registration is currently suspended, surrendered, or revoked in another country due to disciplinary action


Melanie Wynja

PN Instructor
Instructor at NCC since: 2003
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Ruth Hobson
Director/ADN Instructor
Instructor at NCC since: 2000
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Kemla Prathan
PN Instructor

Instructor at NCC since: 2014
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Debra Kleinwolterink
Instructor - Nursing
Instructor at NCC since: 2015
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Nancy Popkes
Instructor - Nursing

Instructor at NCC since: 2016
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Kim Simkims
Instructor - Nursing
Instructor at NCC since: 2016
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712-301-2573 or 712-301-1401
Call 800-352-4907

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at