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Practical Nursing

The Francis Tuttle Practical Nursing (PN) Program strives to provide students with an innovative, industry-driven educational experience that prepares them to provide quality health care in a variety of settings. Students learn in an environment that features state-of-the-art technology, a large mini-hospital laboratory setting, and a Health Resource Center equipped with both traditional and technology resources.
The instructional focus of the program is on the process of learning how to learn. Learning is enhanced in a collaborative environment characterized by active, responsible student involvement and instructors who function as facilitators, experts, and resources. Students are responsible for their own learning, while faculty are responsible for maintaining an expert knowledge base, managing the learning environment to the maximum benefit of the learner, and implementing teaching strategies and methodologies to meet student learning styles.
The PN program proceeds at a fast pace. To be successful, students should expect to spend a minimum of 20-25 hours per week studying outside of class and clinical time. It is highly recommended that students admitted to the program work no more than 24 hours per week.
The PN program has three enrollment options:
1) Full-time
2) Blended Online
3) One Plus One Nursing Education Partnership (1+1)
through referral from a community college partner
Practical Nursing1,463 hours (1,316 program hours and 147 prerequisite hours)
Who Can Attend
Employment Opportunities
Hospitals, Home Health Agencies, Physicians' Offices, Long-Term Care Facilities, Community Health Agencies, Health Clinics
Occupational Characteristics
Practical nurses provide direct client care in a variety of health care settings. They work primarily indoors and sometimes in close spaces. When dealing with patient care, conditions are often stressful. The work environment is fast-paced and ever changing and requires the ability to be flexible, to adapt quickly to change, and to maintain composure while working under pressure.
In this occupation there is occasional to frequent exposure to communicable disease. Direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids requires that personal protective equipment be worn in some circumstances. Tasks may require short term physical effort and/or prolonged exertion such as standing or walking.
For Success in this Career You Should Have
A high degree of initiative, creativity, motivation, and flexibility; Self-direction and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team; Willingness to adapt to new technologies and methods for performing work; Excellent oral and written communication skills; A high degree of professionalism; Time management skills; and basic computer skills.
Location(s) and Times
Rockwell Campus, Health Science Center
Full-time Option: Students complete in 11 months. Campus attendance begins in February. Students attend 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, Mon. thru Fri. for theory/lab instruction.
Blended Online Option: Students complete in 12 months. Campus attendance begins in August. Students are required to attend on-campus one day per week, usually on Wednesday, for skills demonstration, testing, and seminars.
1+1 Option: Students complete in 11 months. Campus attendance begins mid-August. Students attend 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, Mon. thru Wed. and 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Thurs. thru Fri. for theory/lab instruction.
For all options clinical days and hours vary; usually 8 hours per day, 2 days per week. Day clinicals are typically 6:30 am to 2:30 pm; evening clinicals are typically 2:30 pm to 10:30 pm.

Contact Info

Main Number
7:30am - 8:30pm


Attendance Numbers
Portland - 405.717.4304
Reno - 405.717.4646
Rockwell - 405.717.4206

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