Practical Nursing

 

NEW CHANGES for Anoka Technical College Practical Nursing program beginning Fall 2014!
Graduate in one year!
EARN a 38-Credit Diploma!
IN 2-semesters with a full-time course sequence plan!

NEW Admission Guidelines click here for details! 
Applications will be accepted during application periods twice each year for fall and spring program starts.

Fall 2014 Applications accepted beginning May 22, 2014.
  • Completed application packets are accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full. 
  • Please be sure to follow admissions guidelines - incomplete applications will not be processed.  

  • Applications will NOT be accepted before 8:00 a.m. on May 22, 2014

  • Submit completed application packets in person to Enrollment Services Office, Room 117.

 

 
Important Dates and Information
 Nursing Program Information Sessions
 Date  Time  Room
 Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:00 p.m.  250
 Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:30 p.m.  211
 
TEAS Testing Dates
Tests at Anoka Technical College Testing Center
 Date Check-in Time Test Time  Room
 Wednesday, April 9, 2014 12:00 - Noon 12:30 p.m. 190
 Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 190
 Friday, April 25, 2014 8:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 190
 Wednesday, April 30, 2014 8:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 190
 Wednesday, May 7, 2014 12:00 - Noon 12:30 p.m. 190
 Wednesday, May 14, 2014 8:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 190
 Wednesday, May 28, 2014 8:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 190
 Wednesday, June 11, 2014 12:00 - Noon 12:30 p.m. 190
 For more information click here: TEAS Information Sheet
Orientation/Registration for Students Accepted in Program
 Date  Start  Room
 Wednesday, June 18, 2014  1:00 p.m. (allow 3 hours)  

 If you have attended a registration session please arrive at
3:00 p.m. for faculty advising.

Dates may be added and are subject to change, check back here and check back often.

 

 

PDF  Practical Nursing Handbook

 

 

Prerequisites

Also see Admission Guidelines.

Also see Graduation Requirements.

Admission Guidelines

 

2014-2015 Admission Guidelines

Steps to Admission to the Practical Nursing Program

You must complete all steps of the admissions process to be admitted into the Practical Nursing program.  Please read the full explanations below this checklist.

  1. Apply to ATC and be admitted to the College
  2. Complete the CPR requirement
  3. Complete the Accuplacer Assessments and the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V)
  4. Submit the immunization requirement document

The following prerequisites must be completed and submitted as an entire package to the Enrollment Services Department prior to admission to the ATC Practical Nursing program.   All required documents must be submitted in person as an entire package; the Enrollment Services Department will be unable to accept them via mail, online, or fax.

1.    CPR Requirement – (MUST BE CURRENT at time of application and through entire program; Online certifications do not meet this requirement)

American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider OR
American Red Cross CPR for Professional Rescuers OR
Current
First Responders card

2.       Successfully complete accuplacer assessment requirement

Score of 81 or higher on the Arithmetic portion of the accuplacer test taken within the past 2 years
OR Anoka Technical College MATH 0801 with a grade of “B” or better within the past 2 years.

Score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the accuplacer test taken within the past 2 years
OR Anoka Technical College ENGL 0101 with a grade of “C” or better within the past 2 years.

Score of 78 or higher on the Reading Comp portion of the accuplacer test taken within the past 2 years
OR Anoka Technical College READ 0900 with a grade of “C” or better within the past 2 years.

3.     Successfully complete Test of Essential Academic Skills, version V, requirement (TEAS V)

Score of 45 or higher on the TEAS test, version V only (TEAS V)
There is a cost associated with the test. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay this fee.

4.      Completed Student Record of Immunization form.  This requirement cannot be waived. Must be signed and/or stamped by a health provider. This form can be found on the Practical Nursing website under Forms.

Apply in person to ATC Enrollment Services Department once all prerequisites are successfully completed.   All required documents must be submitted in person as an entire package; the Enrollment Services Department will be unable to accept them via mail, online, or fax.

You will be admitted, on a space available basis, into the Practical Nursing program as a diploma seeking student.

Information to Note for Accepted Students:

a. After acceptance, you will be required to submit tuberculin testing results or documentation of freedom from tuberculosis infection. You may also be required to provide proof of an annual influenza vaccination.

b. After acceptance, you will sign a document affirming that you have current health insurance coverage.

Background Study

State law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and/or residents at a health care facility have a background study conducted by the state. A student who is disqualified as a result of a background check will not be allowed to enter the program major. A student must receive a “Background Study Clearance” within 90 days preceding the start of clinical or fieldwork courses to be placed at a partnering facility. Any student failing to receive clearance will be disqualified from enrollment in the course. Arrests, charges, or convictions of criminal offenses may cause a student to fail a background study. If a student is disqualified, the student has the right to request reconsideration of the disqualification. It is the responsibility of the student to request consideration by the MN Department of Health Commissioner if he or she chooses to do so. An applicant is considered to be disqualified while in the reconsideration process.

Credits

Practical Nursing 2014-2015
Program Requirements

 Course # Course Title Credits 
 HLTH 1005    Anatomy and Physiology
 MATH 1010 Dosage Calculations for Health Care Professionals
 NURS 1400 Foundations of Nursing  3
 NURS 1405 Foundations of Nursing Lab  2
 NURS 1410  Health Promotion Across the Lifespan I 
 NURS 1420 Clinical Application I 
 NURS 1500 Transition to Nursing Practice 
 NURS 1510 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan II 
 NURS 1515 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan II Lab 
 NURS 1520 Clinical Application II 
 NURS 1530 Psychosocial Nursing 
 NURS 1540 Family Centered Nursing Care 
 NURS 1545 Family Centered Nursing Care Clinical Application 
 ENGL 1105 Composition I 
   Total Required Credits 38 

Full-Time Sequence

FULL-TIME Sequence
ONE YEAR PROGRAM
First Semester
Course #  Course Name Credits
NURS 1400 Foundations of Nursing
3
NURS 1405 Foundations of Nursing Lab
2
NURS 1410 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan I
4
NURS 1420 Clinical Application I
2
HLTH 1005 Anatomy and Physiology
4
MATH 1010 Dosage Calculations for Health Care Professionals
1
TOTAL
16
   
ENGL 1105 Composition I - MUST be taken prior to semester 2  4
Second Semester
NURS 1500 Transition to Nursing Practice
2
NURS 1510 Health Promotion Across Lifespan II
5
NURS 1515 Health Promotion Across Lifespan II Lab
2
NURS 1520 Clinical Application II
5
NURS 1530 Psychosocial Nursing 
NURS 1540 Family Centered Nursing Care 
NURS 1545 Family Centered Nursing Care Clinical Application
TOTAL
18

 

Accreditation

The Anoka Technical College Practical Nursing (PN) program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and is specifically designed to train graduates for the specialized field of Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN).

The program is pursuing candidacy status by January 2016 and accreditation with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326.

Competencies

Upon completion of the Anoka Technical College Practical Nursing program the graduate will display the following role specific graduate competencies:

DOCUMENTATION / CONFIDENTIALITY: Identify, demonstrate, and appreciate the use of information technology to accurately document patient care while consistently safeguarding confidential health information.

INFORMATICS: Identify, demonstrate, and value the use of technology to access reliable information and resources that support patient care, reduce reliance on memory, and enhance competency within the practice setting.

MANAGING CARE: Identify, demonstrate, and appreciate one's role managing care (planning and organizing) in providing quality nursing care under the direction of a RN or licensed HCP.

ASSIGN/MONITOR: Identify, assign nursing tasks/activities to other LPN’s, assign and monitor nursing tasks/activities to Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP) and accept accountability for the PN scope of practice.

PRIORITIZATION OF CARE: Describe, demonstrate, and value the ability to prioritize care in delivering quality, patient centered nursing care across the lifespan.

NURSING JUDGMENT: Identify, use, and appreciate evidence based care when conducting a focused assessment, choosing nursing interventions within a plan of care, monitoring, and reporting changes in the individualized patient's condition across the lifespan.

NURSING PROCESS: Describe, utilize, and value the nursing process when participating with other health providers in the development and modification of a plan of care for patients across the lifespan and in various health care settings.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Describe, demonstrate, and value self-awareness, cultural sensitivity, and caring, effective communication with patients and families.

LEARNING NEEDS: Describe, provide health care information, reinforce and contribute to established teaching plans while appreciating the importance of patient education.

ETHICAL/LEGAL: Explain, demonstrate, and value nursing care within ethical, legal, regulatory frameworks and within the scope of practice for the LPN.

PROFESSIONALISM: Describe, demonstrate, and accept responsibility for personal integrity, professional boundaries, professional behaviors and lifelong learning.

PATIENT CARE CONCERNS: Identify, report, and respect patient care concerns to improve customer service, patient satisfaction, and enhance effective and cost efficient health care services.

HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS: Describe, participate in, and appreciate quality improvement methods used by interprofessional teams and systems to improve policies/procedures, environmental safety, and patient care.

SAFE NURSING PRACTICE: Explain, demonstrate, and value safe nursing practice and the relationship between national safety campaigns and implementation in practice settings.

PATIENT COMPLICATIONS: Identify, implement actions, and recognize one's responsibility to detect and respond to actual/potential patient complications and report changes to the appropriate health care provider

COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Describe, display, and value effective communication skills including the responsibility to report to appropriate health care personnel when working with members of the interprofessional teams.

CONFLICT RESOLUTION: Describe, participate in, and value consensus building and conflict resolution methods.

Adapted from National Association of Practical Nurse Education and Service Inc. (NAPNES, 2007). Standards of practice and educational competencies of graduates of practical/vocational nursing programs and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies.)

Learning Outcomes

The outcomes of this program of learning will be a graduate who is able to:

  • Adhere to professional standards of practice within safe, legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks of the practical nurse
  • Communicate effectively to deliver coordinated patient-relationship centered care through teamwork and collaboration
  • Collect and analyze holistic information to provide quality, therapeutic, patient-relationship centered care guided by evidence-based standards of practical nursing practice
  • Demonstrate a caring and empathic approach while meeting patient’s needs across the lifespan and health/wellness continuum within a diverse community
  • Participate in clinical decision-making  through utilization of information technology and critical thinking within the practical nurse scope of practice.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

 Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Licensure

Through a Minnesota Board of Nursing approved program of study, the Anoka Techical College Practical Nursing program prepares students for a diploma in Practical Nursing.

Graduates are educationally eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX - PN) and, after passing and obtaining state licensure, may use the title licensed practical nurse.

After passing the PN exam, students are eligible to apply for licensure in all states. 

There is a cost associated with this examination and a fee from the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

If you have any legal or medical questions regarding your potential for meeting the Board of Nursing requirements for licensure or your potential to practice professional nursing, contact the Minnesota Board of Nursing directly at 612-617-2270, or www.nursingboard.state.mn.us.

Transfer Opportunities

See Practical Nursing Handook for transferring credits into the program.

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer.  Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools.  These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school.  For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses.  MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech. 

 

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies. 

 

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

Industry Information

Licensed practical nurses (LPN) specialize in delivering high-quality nursing care to patients/clients in any stage of wellness or illness. Anoka Technical College PN graduates work closely with physicians, registered nurses, and other health care professionals to deliver highly skilled, delegated technical medical and nursing care.

The LPN is employed in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, industrial health centers, community centers, and private or group homes. The graduate may be delegated responsibility for nursing of childbearing families, adults/children who may need medical-surgical care, individuals with a mental illness, and individuals living in transitional/longterm care centers.

The LPN is a dynamic, vital member of the health team and is legally responsible to practice practical nursing within Minnesota Nurse Practice Act and the Minnesota Board of Nursing Rules.

Wage/Outlook/Advancement

Gainful Employment Report

Faculty

Jodi Zastrow
Dean of Nursing
763-576-4700

Christina Wilson
Practical Nursing Program Advisor

Lori Wahlberg
Practical NursingClinical Coordinator

 Vikki Dahlvang

Paula Donath

Beth DeRung

Susan Mattison

Tarloh Qulwonkpa

Julie Schaefer

Tamara Thell

Teresa Truckenbrod

Patty Johnson
Lab Assistant

Connie Wright
Lab Assistant

 

Additional Resources

General Employment Sites for Nurses

Travel Nurses

Additionally, graduates may want to consider career opportunities in travel nursing:

Continuing Education

Graduates may choose to pursue an associate degree (ADN) in professional nursing through a community college, or baccalaureate degree (BSN) through a university. Articulation/mobility plans are in place at colleges and universities in the state of Minnesota.

Other Resources

Minnesota Board of Nursing

National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses

National Council of State Boards of Nursing

National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service, Inc.

National League for Nursing

National Student Nurses' Association Code of Academic and Clinical Conduct

The American Nurses Association Code for Nurses with Interpretive Statements

Faculty advisors are available to assist students with this process. 

  • Minnesota Board of Nursing Approved Professional Nursing Programs
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    Professional Development

    For help with writing resumes, preparing for interviews, locating jobs, and other professional preparation, students and graduates should contact Anoka Technical College Career Services

    Awards

    Diploma

    Delivery

    Days
    Clinicals: Days or Evenings

    Start

    Fall: August
    Spring: January

    Contact

    Admissions
    763-576-4850

    Christina Wilson
    Practical Nursing Program Advisor
    763-576-4013

    Jodi Zastrow
    Dean of Nursing