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Practical Nursing

United Tribes Technical College

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 for Nurses 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.

Application to the AASPN program is a separate process from the college. All applications and required documents must be received on or prior to the November 15th deadline for those who wish to begin in January.

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 health care 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.

NCLEX-PN Pass Rates

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

NCLEX-PN Pass Rates
UTTC Nursing StudentsStatewideNational
Total DeliveredTotal Passed% Pass Rate% Pass Rate% Pass Rate
2016 - 201777100%95.92%83.85%
2017 - 201866100%95.65%86.55%
Admission Requirements

Acceptance to UTTC and acceptance in to the AAS Practical Nursing program are two separate processes. Application packets for the nursing program are distributed the first week of October. The application packet must be completed and submitted to the Nursing Department no later than November 15 of each year.

The applicant to the UTTC AASPN program must meet the following criteria for acceptance consideration:

  1. Meet all UTTC admission criteria;
  2. If English is a second language, the applicant is required to complete an English proficiency exam (TOEFL) and meet the benchmark score.
  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 admission deadline.