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Nursing - Dakota Practical Nursing Program

Curriculum:

The Dakota Practical Nursing Program prepares students to work as licensed practical nurses (LPN) under the supervision of a registered nurse, physician, or dentist. LPN‘s perform acts utilizing specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities for people in a variety of settings (2003 ND Nurse Practices Act). Employment is found in hospitals, nursing homes, health centers, and clinics, as well as in a variety of other settings. This program of study leads to a Certificate. Upon completion of the program, the individual is qualified to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses, as required by the North Dakota State Board of Nursing for licensure as an LPN. Graduates may apply to the Dakota Associate Degree Nursing Program at the consortium colleges or transfer many of the credits earned to another community college or university. The Dakota Practical Nursing Program is offered in collaboration between five colleges: Fort Berthold Community College, Bismarck State College, Lake Region State College, Minot State University-Bottineau, Williston State College.   Students in the Practical Nursing Program will be required to attend summer school. Students enrolled in programs that require attendance during summer term in order to graduate, must consider additional financial planning in order to meet costs during the summer term.

The summer semester is considered the 3rd term in an academic year. Students should work with the Financial Aid Office before the previous fall semester to plan for expected costs.

Mission of the Practical Nursing Program:

The mission of the Dakota Nursing Program is to provide quality undergraduate education, which prepares graduates for nursing practice in multiply structured, culturally diverse health care settings for clients across the lifespan.

The mission is consistent with the missions of the consortium colleges (Fort Berthold Community College, Williston State College, Lake Region State College, Bismarck State College, and Minot State University-Bottineau). The curriculum is based on liberal arts and biological sciences and integrates nursing content and clinical experiences. Nursing faculty strive to provide a learning environment which promotes active participation, a spirit of inquiry, self-development, and sound, knowledge-based decision making. Integral to goal attainment of the nursing program is the continuing development of alliances in the community, which strengthen the college‘s mission to provide services that will improve quality of life for individuals of the communities they serve.

Purpose of the Practical Nursing Program:

The Practical Nursing Curriculum prepares individuals with the knowledge, abilities and skills to provide basic nursing care to individuals across the life span. Students will participate in the application of safe nursing care in a dependent manner under the supervision of a registered nurse, advanced practice nurse, or a licensed practitioner to meet the basic health needs of individuals. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN), which is required for practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Employment opportunities include acute care practice, long term care practice, and community-based practice.

Program Outcomes:

The Dakota Practical Nursing Program will:

1. Produce safe, competent practical nurses capable of passing the State Board Examination for Licensed Practical Nurses.

2. Serve as the foundation for further professional advancement and lifelong learning.

3. Assist in meeting the need in the community and greater surrounding area for licensed practical nurses.

Graduate Outcomes:

These outcomes describe the consortium expectations for graduates from the Dakota Practical Nursing Program. The graduate will:

1. Utilize the nursing process with guidance, to provide basic nursing care in meeting the human health needs of individuals across the lifespan with diverse cultural backgrounds.

2. Apply principals of social, biological, behavioral, and nursing sciences to the practice of nursing to identify the physical, psychological, and cognitive human needs of individuals along the health-illness continuum.

3. Demonstrate verbal, written and therapeutic communication when caring for individuals and interacting with families.

4. Practice within the ethical and legal framework for the practical nurse. Function as an interdisciplinary team member by participating, planning, and implementing nursing care for clients with stable or predictable health problems and assisting with clients whose conditions are critical or unpredictable.

Practical Nursing Certificate
Professional Course Requirements:
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • CNA Training and Certification in North Dakota (See Below)
  • Proof of current CPR Certification for Health Care Providers
  • ENGL 110 Composition I
  • CHEM 115-Introductory Chemistry L/L
  • High School Algebra or Beginning Algebra (ASC-92) or the COMPASS math score of 30 or ACT math score of 16.
  • ACT composite score of 19 or COMPASS test with an equivalent score (minimum writing score of 75 and minimum score of 75) is required of students who have not completed 12 credits of classes included in the program requirements.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 in prerequisite and program requirements. An overall GPA of 2.50 of all college courses taken.
  • If taken earlier Anatomy and Physiology I & II L/L, Developmental Psychology, and Pharmacology courses must not be older than 5 years upon date of entrance to the nursing program.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 by those students who have completed 12 credits of classes included in the program requirements.
  • An overall GPA of 2. 50 of all college courses taken.
Certificate Requirements:
  • 16 credits completed in residence
  • 2.50 (c) grade point average 2.75 to articulate to ADN program
  • 20 total Credits
  • Minimum grade of "C" in a program courses
General Education Requirements:
  • 5 General Education Credits

Fort Berthold Community College CNA Training Program

  • 80 Hours over 9 Days:
  • Registration and paperwork
  • Introduction to class and Long Term Care (LTC)
  • Long Term Care Nursing Assistant: Communication & Interpersonal skills
  • Long Term Care Resident: Respecting Resident‘s Rights
  • Promoting Residents‘ independence
  • Training the resident in self care according to the resident‘s abilities.
  • Range of Motion
  • Anatomy and Adapting to Physical Changes
  • Body Mechanics and Lab
  • Providing Restorative Care
  • Alzheimer‘s Disease, Mental Health & Related Disorders
  • Infection Control and Lab
  • Nutrition
  • Managing information
  • Developing Interpersonal skills
  • Personal Care Skills
  • Bathing and Personal Care
  • Intake and Output
  • Safety and Emergencies Procedures
  • Common Health Problems
  • Clinical Day
  • Death and Dying
2008-2009 Curriculum
Degree: Associate of Science
Credit Hours Required: 64

Pre-Requisite classes:
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CHEM 115 Intro To Chemistry
COMP 110 Composition I
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Fall
BIOL 220 Anatomy and Physiology I
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology
NURS 120 Foundations of Nursing
NURS 121 Practical Nursing I
NURS 122 Clinical Practice I
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Spring
BIOL 221 Anatomy and Physiology II
PHRM 215 Introduction to Pharmacology
PSYC 250 Development Psychology
NURS 127 Practical Nursing II
NURS 145 Intro to Maternal Child Nursing
NURS 124 Clinical Practice II
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Summer
NURS 129 Practical Nursing III
NURS 126 Clinical Practice III
IS 210 Native American Health Perspectives
7 credits
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4
3
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-
4
3
3
3
Total 16
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4
3
3
2
2
3
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4
3
3

Upon successful completion of the above curriculum, students will receive a Certificate in Practical Nursing. The Dakota Nursing Program is a collaborative effort between FBCC, BSC, LRSC, MSU-B, and WSC.

Students must have an e-mail account. Some course components may be offered in a an on-line format. Classes will be presented using a variety of technology.

Clinical experiences are supervised by Fort Berthold Community College faculty. Clinical experiences will be provided at Williston, Stanley, I.H.S., Parshall, Watford City and at other specified locations.

NOTE*** Opportunity for validation of student achievement of specific course objectives by alternate methods is provided by the nursing department. Nursing faculty will review each situation on an individual basis. For further information contact the nursing program coordinator.


Nursing - Associate Degree RN

Requirements For Entry Into The Dakota Nursing Program - Associate Of Applied Science In Nursing

This application is for current DNP students only.

Description

The Dakota Nursing Program is an educational program that results in an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing. Graduates are then eligible to apply to write the North Dakota State Board Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Prerequisites

These provisions must be met before the application is submitted. Applicant is a student in the Dakota Nursing Program Practical Nursing Certificate Program.

  • Current CPR Certification for Health Care Providers, must be updated to remain current throughout program.
  • Completion of Pre-Requisite College Courses with a composite GPA of 2.75 or greater and a minimum grade of 2.0 (C):
    • ENGL 110
    • CHEM 115/115L
    • BIOL 220/220L
    • BIOL 221/221L
    • PSYC 111
    • PSYC 250
    • PHRM 215
    • All PN Nursing Courses

PHRM 215 - Introduction to Pharmacology must have been taken within five years of admission to the program.

If the student has completed Microbiology that grade must be a minimum of C and will be computed into the composite GPA for Nursing Program courses.

Guidelines for approval include:
  1. Composite GPA for pre-requisite and any completed required nursing program courses must be 2.75 or higher
  2. No pre-requisite or required course may have a grade lower than 2.0 (C).
  3. If a student repeats a required science course, a grade of 2.0 (C) or higher must be obtained in the first repeat.

GPA minimum of 2.75 for all completed college courses.

External Admission

For current LPN’s only. If your goal is to become an RN and you are not currently an LPN, please complete the Dakota Nursing Program APPLICATION PROCESS FOR PRACTICAL NURSING.

Description

The Dakota Nursing Program is an educational program that results in an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing. Graduates are then eligible to apply to write the North Dakota State Board Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

*REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY INTO THE DAKOTA NURSING PROGRAM – ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE IN NURSING

Prerequisites

These provisions must be met before an application is submitted.

  • Copy of unrestricted LPN License (United States) or a student in the Dakota Nursing Program Practical Nursing Certificate Program.
  • Current CPR Certification for Health Care Providers, must be updated to remain current throughout program
  • Completion of Pre-Requisite College Courses with a composite GPA of 2.75 or greater and a minimum grade of 2.0 (C):
    • ENGL 110
    • CHEM 115/115L
    • BIOL 220/220L
    • BIOL 221/221L
    • PSYC 111
    • PSYC 250
    • PHRM 215
    • All PN Nursing Courses

PHRM 215 - Introduction to Pharmacology must have been taken within five years of admission to the program.

If the student has completed Microbiology that grade must be a minimum of C and will be computed into the composite GPA for Nursing Program courses.

Guidelines for approval include:
  1. Composite GPA for pre-requisite and any completed required courses must be 2.5 or higher
  2. No pre-requisite or required course may have a grade lower than 2.0 (C).
  3. If a student repeats a required science course, a grade of 2.0 or higher must be obtained in the first repeat.

GPA minimum of 2.75 for all completed college courses.

 

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