Practical Nursing

The Certificate of Applied Science: Practical Nursing program will start spring 2018. Information on the program will be available summer of 2017.

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.

The new curriculum LPN program will admit 8 students once a year in the spring semester, completing the certificate at the end of the summer semester. The program will be given in a block format during the summer. As this program is in the developmental stages, please check with the nursing department for up-to-date information. A TEAS score will be determined as part of the admission criteria

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:

Student Achievement Outcome Data

NCLEX pass rate for Practical Nursing program: 100%
Retention/Completion rate for Practical Nursing program: 97%
Job placement rate for Practical Nursing program (withing 6 months of graduation): 100%


Program Director: Sandy Sacry, RN, MSN

Administrative Associate:  Cherise Hecht