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Practical Nurse

Practical Nursing Handbook 

PN Program Description
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 College 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.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED certificate of equivalency in order to qualify for the Colorado State Board of Nursing licensing exam. NJC offers GED preparation. Applicants must be at least 17 to enroll in the program and 18 to take the state board exam for licensing, if qualified. Maximum age depends only on physical fitness.

Prerequisites:

To be put on the LPN to ADN program wait list for the following needs to be completed:
ENG 121 English Composition I
HPR 108 Dietary Nutrition
BIO 201 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 202 Anatomy & Physiology II
PSY 235 Human Growth & Development
BIO 204 Microbiology
BIO 216 Pathophysiology
MAT 103 or higher level college math course

  • All of these prerequisites must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for all prerequisites listed above (except Pathophysiology, Math and Nutrition)
  • All BIO prefixes and/or science courses are valid for 7 years from the time of completion to the start of the Nursing Program.
  • If you did not take your course work at NJC send official transcripts to NJC’s Records office.

Once these courses are complete, visit our Application Procedures page.

Program Acceptance

The following must be completed for the student to be accepted into the program and guaranteed a place in the LPN to ADN program:

  • Accuplacer or ACT scores or comparable course work to show Math, Reading and English are at college level. You are allowed to take accuplacer up to 3 times per semester. The cost is $15 for the first initial test and the second and third test are free of charge. If you take the accuplacer in summer that counts toward fall session. There is no time limit on the accuplacer but students usually complete within an hour. There is a study guide for the accucplacer and you can find this at www.njc.edu under student services under counseling and advising.
  • Take the Kaplan Nursing Admissions Exam at the counseling office. Appointments are accepted at the Counseling Office in the Hays Student Center. Payment is required at the time of scheduling your appointment. The cost of the test is $25. You may pay via credit card by phoning (970) 521-6663. Students have one opportunity to test. Study guides are available in the Monahan Library and the Counseling Office. Once the test is complete, you may wish to schedule an appointment to meet with a nursing adviser to review score and receive advice on further recommendations for success in nursing school.
  • A GPA of 2.5 on all prerequisites is required, and a grade of “C” or better for each prerequisite course.
  • LPN program graduate, submit Colorado licensure.
  • LPN graduation of 3 years prior, documentation of 1,000 hours of work experience as LPN
    -Or-
    Successful completion of a refresher course approved by the Colorado Council of Nurse Educators or the equivalent thereof (nursing course work as specified by the accepting institution.
  • LPN graduation of 10 plus years prior needs to meet the criteria for 3 years prior and testing of competency is required.

NJC’s admission process is competitive and based on a point system rather than on first come first serve basis. Please see the attached LPN to ADN Nursing Program Competitive Screening Criteria. This is reflective of admission trends identified in numerous Colorado Community College’s Nursing Programs. Northeastern Junior College is committed to positively influencing student success rates with the end goal of contributing to decreasing the nursing shortage in Colorado. The program will accept 20 students in which 10 students will be from the last Practical Nursing Program at NJC and 10 students will be LPNs from the local communities. All students will be admitted provisionally until the following have been completed:

  • Satisfactory Criminal Background Check (Not to be done any earlier than 90 days of start date into the program) View list of disqualifying offenses here. 
  • Health statement/immunizations
  • Negative drug screen
  • Professional CPR Certificate

Associate Degree Nursing Requirements

View the ADN Handbook here

ADN Program Description
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.

Applicants must be Licensed Practical Nurses to apply to this waitlist.

Prerequisites

To be put on the LPN to ADN program wait list for the following needs to be completed:

ENG 121 English Composition I
HPR 108 Dietary Nutrition
BIO 201 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 202 Anatomy & Physiology II
PSY 235 Human Growth & Development
BIO 204 Microbiology
BIO 216 Pathophysiology
MAT 103 or higher level college math course

All of these prerequisites must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for all prerequisites listed above (except Pathophysiology, Math and Nutrition)
All BIO prefixes and/or science courses are valid for 7 years from the time of completion to the start of the Nursing Program.
If you did not take your course work at NJC send official transcripts to NJC’s Records office.

Program Acceptance

The following must be completed for the student to be accepted into the program and guaranteed a place in the LPN to ADN program:

  • Accuplacer or ACT scores or comparable course work to show Math, Reading and English are at college level.  You are allowed to take accuplacer up to 3 times per semester.  The cost is $15 for the first initial test and the second and third test are free of charge.  If you take the accuplacer in summer that counts toward fall session.  There is no time limit on the accuplacer but students usually complete within an hour.  There is  a study guide for the accucplacer and you can find this at www.njc.edu under student services under counseling and advising.
  • Take the Kaplan Nursing Admissions Exam at the counseling office.  Appointments are accepted at the Counseling Office in the Hays Student Center. Payment is required at the time of scheduling your appointment. The cost of the test is $25.  You may pay via credit card by phoning (970) 521-6663. Students have one opportunity to test.  Study guides are available in the Monahan Library and the Counseling Office. Once the test is complete, you may wish to schedule an appointment to meet with a nursing adviser to review score and receive advice on further recommendations for success in nursing school. 
  • A GPA of 2.5 on all prerequisites is required, and a grade of “C” or better for each prerequisite course.
  • LPN program graduate, submit Colorado licensure.
  • LPN graduation of 3 years prior, documentation of 1,000 hours of work experience as LPN
    Or
    Successful completion of a refresher course approved by the Colorado Council of Nurse Educators or the equivalent thereof (nursing course work as specified by the accepting institution.
  • LPN graduation of 10 plus years prior needs to meet the criteria for 3 years prior and testing of competency is required.

NJC’s admission process is competitive and based on a point system rather than on first come first serve basis. Please see the LPN to ADN Nursing Program Competitive Screening Criteria. This is reflective of admission trends identified in numerous Colorado Community College’s Nursing Programs. Northeastern Junior College is committed to positively influencing student success rates with the end goal of contributing to decreasing the nursing shortage in Colorado. The program will accept 20 students in which 10 students will be from the last Practical Nursing Program at NJC and 10 students will be LPNs from the local communities. All students will be admitted provisionally until the following have been completed: