Practical Nursing

For More Information Contact:
Jan Lynch, MSN, RN
Department Chair
Phone: 701.221.1715

The Practical Nursing (PN) department offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Practical Nursing (AASPN). The first semester includes a pre-nursing Introduction to Nursing Course, with classroom theory and skill labs, and a Pharmacology course. Students apply to the program during the fall semester they are enrolled in pre-nursing coursework. Upon admission to the program, (which begins in spring semester) students accompany nursing faculty into a variety of clinical settings as they learn about nursing care provided to adults and children in the classroom. Upon completion of the program, graduates apply to take the national council licensure exam (NCLEX-PN). Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are employed in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, home health, mental and community settings under the direction of registered nurses and physicians.

The UTTC AASPN Program is conditionally approved by the North Dakota Board of Nursing (NDBON),

  UTTC Nursing Students Statewide
  Total Delivered Total Passed % Pass Rate Total Delivered Total Passed % Pass Rate
2016-2017 7 7 100% 147 141 95.92%

Program Outcomes

The AASPN graduate will be prepared to:

  1. Utilize the nursing process, with guidance, to provide safe client-centered nursing care and teaching, to meet the healthcare needs of individuals over the lifespan.
  2. Apply evidence-based principles with the bio-psycho-social-spiritual and cultural aspects of nursing science to the practice of nursing.
  3. Apply technology and principles of therapeutic communication to interactions with individuals and families, and collaborate with members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
  4. Practice within legal and ethical guidelines.
  5. Demonstrate preparation to take the NCLEX-PN licensure exam.
  6. Perform the expected entry-level roles of the practical nurse.

Job Projections

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Practical Nursing AAS Degree Plan

Course Offerings

Course Code Course Description Credits
Fall Offerings
NUR 101 Introduction to Nursing 2
NUR 206 Pharmacology for Nurses 2
NUR 214 Adult Health Nursing 10
NUR 231 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 2
Spring Offerings
NUR 101 Introduction to Nursing 2
NUR 201 Drug Calculations 1
NUR 203 Health Assessment 3
NUR 204 Basic Concepts of Nursing 5
NUR 245 Maternal Child Nursing 6
NUR 250 NCLEX Review (Lab) 1
NUR 298 Career Success for Nurses 2

Admission Requirements

The applicant to the practical nursing program must meet the following criteria for acceptance consideration:

  1. Meet all UTTC admission criteria;
  2. Demonstrate the physical capabilities to perform nursing skills and functions of the nursing profession;
  3. Successful completion of: BIO 220, and NUR 101, and NUR 206;
  4. Attain and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5; and
  5. Provide, or sign a release to obtain, a criminal background check report that shows the applicant has not been convicted of any felony is not on a health care abuse registry; and has not been convicted of a crime against a child. To be placed in a clinical setting, a complete background check may be required to be submitted to the clinical facility. Other criminal activity present in the background check, such as theft of property, may prevent the student from being placed in the clinical facility.  Placement in a clinical facility is at the discretion of the facility.

Clinical Placement Requirements:

The UTTC AASPN program has affiliation agreements with the health care facilities for clinical experiences. These agreements require students, to meet acceptable criminal background checks, and unannounced drug/alcohol screenings. Affiliation agreements require results of criminal background checks and drug/alcohol reports be shared with clinical facilities as well as evidence of health and vaccination/immunity status. Program nursing courses require successful completion of clinical experiences to pass those courses. Students who are unable to meet clinical placement requirements are not qualified for program coursework. Students in the program who do not maintain clinical requirements must withdraw from nursing courses.

Program Admission Selection Policy:

All admission requirements must be met for consideration for admission to the UTTC AASPN program. Selection of applicants is a process that includes priority given to Native Americans, an applicant’s academic records, and records evidencing personal conduct. The number of applicants considered for admission must be within the numbers approved by our accreditation bodies. Eligible applicants who are not admitted may reapply to the program prior to the next program prior to the next program admission deadline.


The United Tribes Technical College’s Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing Program is dedicated to providing quality education for nursing students in a culturally diverse environment that serves all tribal nations.

Philosophy Statement

We believe that each individual is a unique person, a bio-psycho-social-spiritual being with an individual background, intellectual ability and concept of self.

Individuals become members of a society, an enduring and social group within which they develop organized patterns of relationships through interaction with one another. At the same time, rights and self-worth are maintained by individuals within this society.

When some individuals within a society become unified, a community develops. There are many, often diverse communities within society. Traditions and patterns of behavior that characterize a particular community are seen as its culture, which provides cohesiveness for the community. Changes may occur. These may be guided or may occur spontaneously.

Nursing like other professions becomes an outgrowth of the society it serves. The purpose of nursing is that of caring as it promotes health and healing. It is a dynamic and scientific discipline dominated by a spirit of service along with a respect for human beings, their dignity, and cultural differences.

The UTTC nursing faculty believes the graduate to be a health care provider and a manager of care committed to caring and to professional growth, one who utilizes the nursing process in collaboration with a registered nurse, advanced practice registered nurse, or licensed practitioner. Together they gather input from the consumer and other members of the community. Health and social issues are seen to be interactive. The approach is multidisciplinary with a board-integrated knowledge base. Graduates are increasingly providing nursing care to the elderly, in community and outpatient settings, and with vulnerable populations.

The teaching-learning process in this program presumes a faculty committed to empowering others, and to educating students to their personal satisfaction and to their professional success.

Nursing education is further characterized by attaining designated outcomes within a holistic mode at the same time recognizing that its graduates will often function not only in an inpatient setting but also in community-based, community-focused healthcare systems, e.g. schools, community clinics, and populations. Graduates will participate in managed care situations where the individual and the family have primary responsibility for health care decisions, and critical thinking skills are essential. There will be education projects where faculty and students together provide services. Prevention will be stressed and beginning leadership/managerial skills will have been learned.

Education will be seen as a life-long process. As education and practice become more closely integrated, research projects will be developed so as to involve all levels of nursing. The research will also clarify the meaning of a consumer-driven health system, and the science of nursing must ever be expanding.

The need for quality nursing service is critical. It is the belief of UTTC and nursing faculty that this situation can be improved collaboratively with other healthcare professionals through the integration of the UTTC Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing graduate into the healthcare marketplace.

United Tribes Technical College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religious preference, or membership or nonmembership, except as allowed by the Indian preference provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. Further, UTTC does not discriminate in its admissions, access to and conduct of educational programs and activities. Discrimination is prohibited on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, handicap, or marital and parental status.