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  Oct 18, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Nursing: Practical Nursing, CAS


(This program is also offered at the Lincoln County Campus.)

The focus of the practical nursing curriculum is to provide education leading to basic knowledge of the biological, physical, behavioral, psychological, and sociological sciences and of nursing procedures. This program uses standardized procedures in the observation and care of the ill, injured, and infirm, in the maintenance of health, in action to safeguard life and health, and in the administration of medications and treatments. Upon completing of this program, students will:

  • Implement health promotion and disease prevention that is cost effective, comprehensive and coordinated;
  • Engage patient and families as partners in evidenced-based, ethical care, while respecting individual preference;
  • Integrate current research findings, expert opinion, clinical reasoning, and patient preferences in implementing a plan of care;
  • Demonstrate cooperation, coordination, and communication among team members, patients, and community populations to improve quality and enhance patient safety;
  • Recognize and assist in ongoing assessment of patient and systems with the goal of providing the highest level of patient care and outcomes;
  • Participate in utilization of technology as a member of the care team, to gather data, manage information, and improve communication to support clinical decisions;
  • Recognize basic safety principles and utilizes safety enhancing technology to reduce risk of harm to self and others.

First Semester Total: 14


Second Semester Total: 15


Third Semester Total: 14


Total Credits: 43


*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed.  Check course description.

Admission Guidelines


  • Applications for formal acceptance into the practical nursing program are accepted once a year. Applications are available at http://www.fvcc.edu/nursing. In order to be considered for acceptance into the practical nursing program, the student must have:
    • Completed or be currently enrolled in and complete all of the following required prerequisite courses with a grade of “C”or higher (“C-” will not be accepted) BIOH 104 , M 120 , PSYX 100 , and WRIT 101 ;
    • Selective GPA of at least 2.50 (out of 4.0 scale) in all prerequisite courses;
    • Completion of the human biology course must be within five years of admission date. Individuals who have completed an associate’s or bachelor’s degree may request evaluation by the nursing program director for a possible exception;
    • Please see Nursing Program Information Packet at www.fvcc.edu/nursing for required immunizations;
    • Must be in certificate status at FVCC with all records required on file;
    • Signed application and $20.00 non-refundable processing fee receipt; and
    • Once admitted, students must provide proof of current personal health insurance policy (FVCC Student Health Center does not meet this requirement.), complete a background check, and provide proof of immunizations required to finalize the acceptance process.

Program Information


  • This is a demanding program whose graduates will be required to actively participate in and subscribe to the legal and ethical tenets of the discipline.
  • Once a student has applied and been accepted into the practical nursing program, each course can only be attempted once and must be passed with a grade of at least a “C+” for the student to continue in the program.
  • The practical nursing program is approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing.
  • Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council of State Board of Nursing’s Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). After passing the test, the Montana Board of Nursing grants licensure to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Montana.

Opportunities After Graduation


  • There is an immediate need for practical nurses in a variety of health care facilities in the Flathead Valley. Employment includes clinics, dialysis centers, and long term care.

Nursing Program Director:


Myrna Ridenour, MSN, RN
BC 102-A
(406) 756-3997
mridenour@fvcc.edu

Advising Information:


For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center or a Faculty Advisor. 

Student Support Center Advisor Faculty Advisor                    Faculty Advisor                            
Karrie Bolivar Diane Bailey, M.S. Sarah Wangerin, B.S.N.
LRC 129 BC 102-B BC 102-C
(406) 756-3880 (406) 756-3626 (406) 756-3943
kbolivar@fvcc.edu dbailey@fvcc.edu swangerin@fvcc.edu

 

For general information, contact:


Cathy Fabel, Nursing Program Assistant
BC 102
(406) 756-3385
cfabel@fvcc.edu

Gainful Employment


For occupational information, tuition and fees, and other gainful employment disclosures, visit our website at www.fvcc.edu/gainfulemployment.html.