DCB catalog 2022-24

Career/Technical Curricula 101 Practical Nursing (Certificate) The Dakota Nursing program is a 1 + 1, Practical Nurse Certificate to Associate Degree Nurse (RN) Program. The program is offered through a consortium of four colleges in North Dakota. The member colleges are Bismarck State College (BSC), Dakota College, Lake Region State College (LRSC), and Williston State College (WSC). Classroom education is delivered by instructors on campus and from the other college within the consortium through the Interactive Video Network (IVN) system. Some courses/components will be offered in online format. Laboratory and simulation practice occur at each location. Clinical opportunities are arranged locally. The Practical Nursing Program is designed to provide the knowledge and skill necessary for students to enter a challenging career in nursing. This high-quality education meets the requirements for a Certificate in Practical Nursing. Upon completion of the program, the individual is qualified to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX PN®), as required by the North Dakota State Board of Nursing for licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The student is also able to move into the Associate Degree RN program upon completion if all qualifications are met. As program requirements can change yearly, please refer to our website https://www. dakotacollege.edu/academics/programs/nursing for the most up to date information. Preparation and requirements – Admission to Practical Nurse Program Admission to the program is on a competitive basis. The following are prerequisites for consideration for admission to the Certificate in Practical Nursing: 1. High School Diploma or GED Certificate a. High School GPA of 2.5 or greater. If a student has completed 12 credits of college level classes, the college GPA will be considered instead of the HS GPA. 2. Students must be 18 years of age by December 31st of the year they start the program. 3. Application and admission to the respective college is required before applying to the nursing program. There are two application processes – first to the college and then to the nursing program. When completing the DNP application online, be prepared to upload a 300-600 word Narrative Statement summarizing your education/work experience and how those experiences will help you progress through the nursing program. Also include why you want to be a nurse and why this is a good time in your life to pursue a nursing degree. 4. Current CPR Certification for BLS Provider (American Heart Association) or CPR/ Healthcare Provider (Red Cross) and must be updated to remain current throughout the program. 5. Proof of Math Skill Readiness. Student must have completed at minimum: a. The developmental math course (ASC 093 or other prerequisite math course that would qualify a student to take Math 103) with a grade of Satisfactory or “C” or a higher-level math course (such as MATH 103 College Algebra) or b. Equivalent scores for ACT/PLAN/SAT/COMPASS and/or Accuplacer as listed below and taken within the past 2 years: