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The health care industry is fast paced and growing and in need of more registered nurses. The Licensed Practical Nurse may continue his/her education to earn an Associate Degree in Applied Science at Northeastern. The program is a one year program for Licenses Practical Nurses which starts in January with graduation in December. At the successful completion of the program students are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX exam to obtain licensure in the state of Colorado as a Registered Nurse.
Students interested in transferring to a four-year institution after NJC will need to talk with an advisor about the difference between the transfer program and the LPN, RN and NA programs.
This short program prepares students to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant in a hospital, nursing home, or other health related agency. After successful completion the student is eligible to take the Colorado Board of Nursing examination to become certified.
Please contact Alexes Ertle at 970.521.6701 or email Alexes.Ertle@njc.edu to learn when the next class is being offered.
Northeastern Nursing Programs Approval and Accreditation
NJC is accredited by North Central Association. This institutional accrediting agency evaluates the entire educational organization. In addition NJC’s nursing program is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing. Both the Practical Nursing Program and the LPN to Associate Degree Nursing Program are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education (ACEN).
ACEN contact information: 3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850 Atlanta, Georgia 30326 (404) 975-5000
NJC nursing programs also participate in the Colorado Nursing Articulation model through which nursing credits are accepted by other Colorado nursing programs.
The providers of health care are recognized as team members.
Practical Nursing has earned a respected place on the health care team. This program provides qualified individuals the theory and practical skills necessary to meet the occupational entry-level requirements. Practical nurses are trained to give basic bedside nursing care under supervision of a registered nurse, licensed physician, or dentist.
The program includes both instructional and clinical experience. The purpose of the instructional period is to provide the students with the basic principles of practical nursing and to provide an opportunity to develop attitudes and skills that are essential to the practical nurse. The purpose of the clinical experience courses is to provide the student with the opportunity to practice and develop, under supervision, the knowledge and skills learned in the instructional period. Two or more weeks of clinical experience may be required on the 3 pm to 11 pm shift and may occur on weekends.
The Northeastern Certificate in Practical Nursing will be granted upon successful completion of all required courses with a grade of a “C” or better. Graduates are then eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-PN examination to obtain practical nurse licensure.
Professional Nurse (Associate Degree Nursing - 2 Year)
The health care industry is fast paced and growing rapidly making the need for more registered nurses paramount. The Licensed Practical Nurse may continue his/her education to earn an Associate Degree in Applied Science at Northeastern. The program is a one year program for Licensed Practical Nurses which starts in January with graduation in December. At the successful completion of the program students are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX exam to obtain licensure as a Registered Nurse.
Registered nurses are the largest group of health care providers and work in a variety of settings ranging from schools, hospitals, clinics and health departments to name just a few. Registered nurses have both independent and supervisory responsibilities in managing patient care. In addition RNs work with a variety of health care professionals and carry out physician orders to ensure quality patient care.
The program includes both instructional and clinical experience to provide the student with the knowledge base and hands on experience to provide safe and compassionate nursing care. The nursing faculty also strives to teach the values and professionalism nurses will need to have a rewarding career in nursing. Clinical experiences vary and may occur on weekends or at night, and will include eight and twelve hour shifts in facilities from the surrounding areas including Nebraska and Wyoming.