Nursing is an art and a science. The art of nursing is embedded in human caring.
The science of nursing requires specialized knowledge, critical thinking abilities, and
technical skills. The practical nurse is a valuable and essential member of the health
care team contributing to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care
under the direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician, or other specified health
care professional as defined by the Utah State Nurse Practice Act.
Practical Nursing education at Bridgerland Applied Technology College is accomplished through continuous, sequential instruction, which progresses from simple to complex concepts and theories. Theory and skills are taught concurrently and utilized immediately, first in a simulated lab setting, then in health care facilities under the supervision of clinical faculty.
Accreditation: The Practical Nursing Program is State Board approved and fully accredited through the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5000, www.nlnac.org.
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Nursing is an exciting and challenging career that can offer you endless possibilities!
Your nursing career can take you anywhere from the patient's bedside to the chief
executive officer of the hospital. As a nurse you may be assisting with the birth of an
infant or holding the hand of an elderly patient as they leave this world. Nurses work
in a variety of settings including: long-term care facilities, hospitals, public health
agencies, clinics, government agencies, private businesses, home health, and the
list goes on and on. Currently there is a national shortage of nurses; in fact, by the
year 2020 experts estimate the United States will need an additional 800,000 nurses
(Buerhaus, 2000). The national nursing shortage offers you the opportunity to choose
a career where you can find a high-paying job in almost any city in the nation. The shortage is driving up nurses' wages and many hospitals are currently paying sign-on bonuses (Johnson & Johnson, 2006). Nursing offers opportunity to care for people
across the continuum of life. A career in nursing is like a roller coaster ride filled with excitement, challenges, and new opportunities just around the next curve. That's why the National Student Nursing Association has termed nursing, "The Ultimate Adventure."
Online courses and/or blended components are available in this program. Blended learning courses are courses that combine face-to-face instruction with online elements. Contact an instructor for details regarding online availability.
Approximate TOTAL cost for the PN Program is $3,883, which includes tuition, fees, books, supplies, uniforms, drug screens, background check, immunizations, educational workshops, and graduation expenses.
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Assessment: Basic reading, basic math, language mechanics, language expression, and drug dosages. Prospective students must successfully complete the basic academic assessment and provide a copy of the Assessment Center letter and score sheet with his/her completed application. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (435) 750-3188.
The purpose of the assessment test is not to preclude entry into the program, but to ensure success upon enrollment. The test takes approximately three hours to complete, and competency must be demonstrated in reading, language, math, and aptitude for nursing.
Individuals must apply for admission into the program. Clinical courses require travel to Logan, Brigham City, Tremonton, and occasionally Salt Lake City areas. A non-refundable $50 background check fee is required and must be completed before class begins. In addition, drug screens are a requirement of this program.
M - F: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Offered Spring and Fall Semesters
Some early morning and evening clinicals required.