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Fond du Lac TribalNursing and Community College offers several program options to students who are interested in a career in the field of nursing. Available programs include the short-term Nursing Assistant certificate program, a Practical Nursing diploma program, and an associate degree Nursing program.

Nursing training programs continue to be popular choices for people from many diverse backgrounds. The job market outlook for graduating nursing students is excellent and will remain stable over many years as the population ages and requires additional health care services.

Completing a nursing program option is a perfect way to get started on a career in the health care industry. After completion of required courses and exams, students may decide to directly enter the workforce, or continue to complete additional nursing programs. A certificate, diploma or associate degree in Nursing from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College can lead to additional career opportunities.

 

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The Associate Degree Nursing Program is a two-year program that leads to the ability to take the Minnesota Board of Nursing exams and become a registered nurse after passing the required exams. The completion of a one-year Practical Nursing program allows students to take the Minnesota Board of Nursing Practical Nursing Board Exams and become a licensed practical nurse after passing the required exams. The Practical Nursing Program and Associate Degree Program require full time enrollment. All classes are held on campus in Cloquet and clinical sites in the local health care facilities.

A limited number of currently licensed LPNs are admitted each year into the Associate Degree Nursing Program. The next entry point is for Spring Semester 2017.

The number of students admitted into the Nursing Program is limited. A competitive application process is used each spring/summer to determine who is accepted into the program. The Kaplan Nursing Admission Test is used to determine who will enter the Nursing program and what program each student will enter. Students may begin working on general admission courses included in the Associate Degree Nursing Program before starting the program. Students looking at entering the Practical Nursing Program will need to complete the prerequisites before the start of the nursing program in the fall semester.

 

Nursing Program Application Process

Applications for acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program and Associate Degree Program are available during February and March for the following academic year. The deadline to submit completed applications for Fall Semester 2017 is 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 10, 2017. The information and application packet for Fall Semester 2017 is available here.

The information and application packet for acceptance into the 2017 Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program has passed. Applications were due in October 2016. Please check back for next year’s application and due dates.

 

Associate Degree Nursing Program

Students can begin this program without prior college education. The successful student will need to be college ready in Math, English, and Reading, and must pass the Kaplan Nursing Admission Test with a score high enough to allow admittance to the program. The program is for full-time students only. Students must maintain a grade of “C” or higher in all general education courses within the program and all Nursing courses to continue in the program. Students who earn less than a grade of “C” in Nursing courses or the required general education courses will be dropped from the program.

If space allows, current LPNs can enter the program to continue toward completing the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Entering LPNs are granted eight Nursing credits when they are accepted into the program.

Entering LPNs must complete the following general education courses before beginning the Associate Degree Nursing Program: Concepts of Cell Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, College Composition, Developmental Psychology, complete the college-level math requirement, and hold a current LPN license and BLS certificate.

The current degree program planner checklist of required courses is available for viewing and printing here. Degree requirements and course are subject to change. Students should consult with an advisor/counselor when registering for courses.

Practical Nursing Diploma Program

Prerequisite Requirements:
– Students must be currently listed on the Minnesota State Nursing Assistant Registry.
– CPR certification must be current.
– Students must maintain a grade of “C” or higher in all prerequisites. A minimum grade of “C” is needed in all Nursing classes. If a student receives less than a “C” in any Nursing class they will be dropped from the program.

The current degree program planner checklist of required courses is available for viewing and printing here. Degree requirements and course are subject to change. Students should consult with an advisor/counselor when registering for courses.

 

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Completing the Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aid Certificate Program is the fastest way to enter a career in nursing. As a short-term option, completing this certificate program may immediately lead to a professional position because the current job market indicates a high demand and shortage of trained nursing assistants and home health aids. This four-credit certificate program can be completed in 104 hours of classroom and clinical lab time. All classes are held in Cloquet.

The current degree program planner checklist of required courses is available for viewing and printing here. Degree requirements and course are subject to change. Students should consult with an advisor/counselor when registering for courses.

 

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Advantages

Well-qualified faculty and the multi-cultural environment at the college offer opportunities that no other college can provide. Certificates and degrees earned from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College are greatly valued and respected by prospective employers.

Students have liberal access to computer resources and the campus library. Study groups and professional tutoring are available. In addition, student support services are a primary focus of the college. Financial aid assistance is available to eligible students.

Small class sizes, on-campus child care, and student organizations are added bonuses at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.

To receive more information about the Nursing program, contact:

Cassandra Nicholson
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720
218–879–0846
1–800–657–3712
e-mail: cnicholson@fdltcc.edu

 

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The following links provide information on program costs, financing and success. PLease click on the program name to be directed to the page link.

Practical Nursing Diploma

 

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