Develop the skills needed to provide provisional care for individuals, families or communities with basic health care needs in our three-term Practical Nursing (PN) program. After completing the program, you'll become eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) licensure exam. Licensed practical nurses have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, from hospitals and rehabilitation centers to long-term care facilities.
Nurses need in-depth training and practical experience to best care for their patients and communicate with other medical professionals. Additionally, they need to be able to help their clients understand the care they're receiving.
Through hands-on classroom training and supervised clinical experience, you'll acquire the critical thinking, communication and practical skills needed to thrive as a nurse. Prepare for these real-life situations while earning your diploma in our PN program.
Program Acceptance Requirements
In order to qualify for the Iowa Lakes Practical Nursing Diploma program, applicants need to
complete the following:
- Attain a high school diploma with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or GED mean score equivalent or college GPA of 2.0 from 7 credits of college level science course work attaining a grade C or higher.
- Attain a grade C or higher in Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab (BIO-168), 4 credits.
- Pass a 75 Hour Certified Nursing Assistant (HSC-172) course or proof of working as a CNA. Documentation must be submitted to the Nursing Program.
- ACT or Accuplacer Results:
• A composite score of 18 or equivalent exam (Compass, ASSET, Accuplacer)
• The composite score is based upon English, reading, mathematics and science scores. The additional "Writing Test" is not required.
• Request that the ACT sends official results to the Iowa Lakes Admissions Office. Hand delivered results will not be accepted.
• Register for the ACT exam by visiting http://www.actstudent.org. Register for Accuplacer by contacting the Iowa Lakes Community College Success Center.
Practical Nursing Program Outcomes
Provider of Care
- Utilize the nursing process to provide ethically safe patient care within the scope of practice for the registered nurse.
- Deliver appropriate, individualized nursing skills.
Member of the Profession of Nursing
- Demonstrate professionalism in the role of the registered nurse within the healthcare system.
- Demonstrates critical thinking skills through implementation of Evidence Based Practice.
Manager of Care
- Use communication techniques in providing culturally competent care throughout the life span.
- Apply knowledge of health promotion and maintenance across the life span.
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