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CTE Nursing Program Announces 87 Students



In recognition of Career and Technical Education (CTE) month, Dakota College is proud to announce eighty-four students in the Associate of Applied Science and Practical Nursing programs. Dakota College at Bottineau’s practicum is a member of the Dakota Nursing Program, a consortium of four community college nursing departments which work together to offer a common curriculum for a Practical Nursing Certificate (3 semester program) and for an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing (2 semester program). 

Dakota College at Bottineau is slated to pin thirty-seven Associate Nursing students in May 2020 and forty-seven Practical Nursing students in July 2020. The program works to meet North Dakota’s growing need for nurses by providing these degree programs on the campuses of four two-year colleges and numerous satellite sites across the state. This spring’s Dakota College at Bottineau graduates are from the Minot, Valley City, Rugby and Bottineau campuses. The program collaborates with medical centers across the state where students gain practical experience. The nursing program has proven successful, as graduates consistently score higher than the national average on exit exams.

After students graduate from Practical Nursing (LPN) or Associate Degree in Nursing program (AD-RN), the final steps in becoming a licensed nurse is sitting for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s (NCSBN) NCLEX licensing examination. The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) tests a student’s knowledge and aptitude in safe and effective care environments, health promotion and maintenance, psychosocial integrity, and physiological integrity to practice nursing. Graduating students are eligible to take the NCLEX for licensing to begin their career as a Licensed or Registered Nurse.