Practical Nursing – Extended

Nursing - Extended

Practical Nursing – Extended General Info

NCC’s Practical Nursing—Extended program was developed to provide a more flexible option for students with other family and work responsibilities.The Practical Nursing—Extended 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 and safe patient care. Local health facilities provide the opportunity to participate in supervised clinical experience. The NCC Nursing Simulation lab provides additional clinical learning experiences.

Your acceptance to the Practical Nursing—Extended program is contingent upon successful completion of a nursing program entrance assessment 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 also complete prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or higher. You also need threeyears 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— Extended graduates have exceptional pass rates for the NCLEX-PN exam.


  • Diploma


  • Three Semesters, No Summer Term
  • Spring semester entry

Student Profile

  • Good people skills
  • Genuine desire to care for people
  • Communication skills
  • Possess background in math & science

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Requirements for this program

Course #TitleCredits
HSC113-EMedical Terminology2
BIO165-AHuman Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIO167-AHuman Anatomy and Physiology I Lab1
PNN648-CNursing Concepts I2
BIO170-AHuman Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIO172-AHuman Anatomy and Physiology II Lab1
PNN659-CFundamentals of Nursing8
PNN660-CPractical Nursing IA6
PNN650-CNursing Concepts IIA1
ENG105-AComposition I3
PNN661-CPractical Nursing IB5
PNN654-CNursing Concepts IIB1
PSY121-ADevelopmental Psychology3

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

NOTE: Satisfactory assessment scores and/or prerequisites are required for some courses.  To advance or graduate in the Extended 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:

  1. Who has been denied licensure by the board
  2. Whose license is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in any United States jurisdiction
  3. Whose license/registration is currently suspended, surrendered, or revoked in another country due to disciplinary action

More Information

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Frequently Asked Questions

Practical Nursing graduates find jobs in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, home healthcare, wellness centers, schools, and insurance companies.
The starting salary in northwest Iowa is $14–$16/hour.
You will have a combination of Theory, Lab, Clinical, and Preceptor Hours.
NCC’s Extended Practical Nursing program was developed to provide a more flexible option for students with other family and work responsibilities.

Student Story Jake Moermond

“I was a paramedic in a hospital and wanted to continue my education. The people at NCC are really friendly and want to help you succeed!”

Practical Nursing—Extended student
Hartley, IA

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office will work with you to reach the goal of attending college. Federal and state programs, scholarships and other funding sources, may be available to help you to afford college. We know there are a lot of questions and stress planning to pay for a college education. The Financial Aid Office staff administers aid programs and counsels students in planning individual methods of meeting college costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for answers to any questions regarding financial aid. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started! Northwest Iowa Community College follows a nationally accepted philosophy in administering financial aid programs.

Your Instructors

Debra Kleinwolterink
Instructor – Nursing

Nancy Popkes
Instructor – Nursing

Kim Simkims
Instructor – Nursing

Laura Lappenga
Instructor – Nursing

Angie shilling
Instructor – Nursing

Jill Cook
Instructor – Nursing

Rebecca Stofferan

Rebecca Stofferan
Instructor – Nursing

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