Practical Nursing

The practical nurse uses specialized knowledge and skills which meet the health care needs of people in a variety of settings under the direction of qualified health professions. The curriculum focuses on preparation for employment. Students learn practical nursing skills through independent study, lectures, simulation demonstrations, and practice in the skills lab. Under instructor supervision, students also provide patient care in a variety of health care settings. The program is approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing.

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the National Council of Licensing Examination (NCLEX) PN licensure examination from the Montana State Board of Nursing. Upon passing the examination, the graduate becomes a Licensed Practical Nurse, LPN. After licensure, graduates typically find employment in hospitals, nursing homes, physician offices and other health care agencies.

Admission is by application only. The application process includes a Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) pre-entrance exam. Applications are good for current start only; current applications are available through Admissions & New Student Services Office or the nursing department. The application process requires that a student successfully complete the following coursework with a “C” or better:

Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing
(New Statewide Curriculum)

Prerequisite Courses
To be completed prior to application to the program. A prerequisite course may be attempted a maximum of two (2) times.

BIOL207 Anatomy & Physiology I with lab 4
M121 College Algebra 3
PSYX100 Introduction to Psychology 3
WRIT101 College Writing 3
BIOL208 Anatomy & Physiology II with lab 4
NUTR112 Nutrition 3
CHMY121 General & Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHMY122 General & Inorganic Chemistry Lab 1
NRSG100 Introduction to Health Care & Nursing 1


Faculty:  Karmen Williams, Jan Campana, Deb Rapaport and Becki Gibson
Program Director: Sandy Sacry, MSN
Administrative Assistant:

Length of Program: Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing: 4 semesters, 51/52 credits

Prerequisite Courses
These courses are to be completed prior to application to the program. A prerequisite course may be attempted a maximum of two (2) times. Please see a program advisor for any questions concerning changing to the statewide curriculum.


First Semester - (Pre-nursing requirements)

Course Number Course Title Credits
BIOL207 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
WRIT101 College Writing I 3
M121 College Algebra 3
NUTR112 Nutrition 2 or 3
Total Credits 12/13

Second Semester - (Pre-nursing requirements)

BIOL208 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PSYX100 Introduction to Psychology 3
NRSG100 Introduction to Nursing 1 or 2
CHMY121 General and Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHMY122 General and Inorganic Chemistry Lab 1
Total Credits 12/13 (36)

Third Semester

Admission is by application only. Please check with Admissions & New Student Services or the nursing department for current application information.

Students- Please note! Weekly schedule includes labs, clinical and simulations that cannot be reflected on the course catalog schedule. Students should plan for 30-40 hours per week. The nursing department will supply students with a schedule once admission is determined.


Course Number Course Title Credits
NRSG130 Fundamentals of Nursing 4
NRSG131 Fundamentals of Nursing Lab 3
NRSG135 Nursing Pharmacology 3
NRSG138 Gerontology for Nursing 2
Total Credits 12

Fourth Semester

NRSG140 Core Concepts of Adult Nursing 7
NRSG142 Core Concepts of Maternal/Child Nursing 3
NRSG144 Core Concepts of Mental Health Nursing 2
NRSG148 Leadership Issues 2
Total Credits 14 (51/52)