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Nursing: Practical Nursing, CAS

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This program may be offered at Lincoln County Campus dependent upon sufficient enrollment and resources.

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.

Program Outcomes

Upon completing of this program, students will be able to

  • 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 utilize safety-enhancing technology to reduce risk of harm to self and others.

First Semester Total: 14

Second Semester Total: 14

Third Semester Total: 13

Total Credits: 41

R Indicates Related Instruction requirement.

*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 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 the prerequisite courses;
    • Completed the human biology course within five years of admission date. Individuals may request evaluation by the nursing program director for a possible exception;
    • Certificate status at FVCC with all required records on file;
    • Taken the Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam as part of the application process;
    • Signed application and $20.00 non-refundable processing fee receipt; and
    • Provided proof of current personal health insurance policy (FVCC Student Health Center does not meet this requirement.), completed a background check, and provided proof of immunizations required to finalize the acceptance process. Please see Nursing Program Information Packet at www.fvcc.edu/nursing for more information.

Program Information

  • This is a demanding program. Individuals will be required to actively participate in and subscribe to the legal and ethical tenets of the discipline while enrolled as a student and as a graduate.
  • 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. However, NURS 153, NURS 141, and NURS 149 should be taken with an S/U grade option.
  • 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.
  • The FVCC PN program is also approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing, which is required in order for graduates of the program to be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam Registered Nurse (NCLEX-PN) licensing exam.

Opportunities After Graduation

  • There is an immediate need for practical nurses in a variety of health care facilities in the Flathead Valley and throughout Montana. Employment includes clinics, urgent care centers, rural critical access hospitals, dialysis centers, and long-term care.

Nursing Program Director:

Carla Genovese
BC 102-A
(406) 756-3997

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact an advisor.

Faculty Advisor Faculty Advisor                    Academic Advisor
Liisa Lommatsch, MSN, RN Cayla Christiansen, BSN, RN Kate Scholer
BC 102-B BC 102-D LRC 129
(406) 756-3618 (406) 756-3943 (406) 756-3880
llommatsch@fvcc.educc cchristiansen@fvcc.edu kscholer@fvcc.edu

For general information, contact:

Cathy Fabel, Nursing Program Assistant
BC 102
(406) 756-3385

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