Practical Nursing

A practical nurse uses specialized knowledge and skills in a variety of settings under the direction of qualified health professions. The Helena College LPN Program 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, and are valid for the current semester. The application is available in the link on the right.

The application process includes a Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) pre-entrance exam and 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.

BIOH201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I with lab 4
M121 College Algebra 3
PSYX100 Introduction to Psychology 3
WRIT101 College Writing 3
BIOH211 Human Anatomy & Physiology II with lab 4
NUTR221 Basic Human Nutrition 3
CHMY121 General & Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHMY122 General & Inorganic Chemistry Lab 1
NRSG100 Introduction to Health Care & Nursing 1

Faculty:
Karmen Williams RN, MSN
Jan Campana, MSN, ASRN
Deb Rapaport, RN, BSN
Becki Gibson, RN, BSN

Program Director: Sandy Sacry, RN, MSN

Administrative Associate:   Karin Ball

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