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Fond du Lac TribalNursing student at patient bedside 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.

The mission of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Nursing Program is to provide the education necessary for entry into nursing. This program prepares the graduate to provide culturally competent care. Our mission is to educate nurses to be culturally sensitive, focusing on the health needs of the American Indian population and the rural community. Upon completion of this program the graduate will be eligible to sit for the licensure exam.

Vision & Philosophy

The Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Nursing Program believes​ ​in the importance of preparing graduates who can provide excellent nursing care which is compassionate, safe, and culturally competent for individualized patients​ and families based on current evidence based practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, teamwork, nursing informatics and knowledge of quality and safety in the health care system.​ ​We believe​ the adult learning theory is best suited to guide the instruction of nursing students in this program. ​We believe that a concept based nursing program will foster and encourage professional development, the spirit of inquiry and the value of lifelong learning as nurses​. We believe in the National League of Nursing core values of caring, diversity, ethics, excellence, holism, integrity, and patient connectedness.

Here is a short video highlighting the philosophy, academic challenge, and advantages of the Nursing Program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.

Nursing Options

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 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 eligibility for the Nursing programs. 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 starting the Nursing Program in the fall semester.

 

Nursing Program Application Process

Prospective students seeking to apply to either the Practical Nursing Program or the Associate Degree Nursing Program need to complete the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College-proctored Kaplan Admissions Exam with an eligible score. This exam is at no cost to the applicant. A study guide is available for purchase at Barnes & Noble for approximately $25. (ISBN: 9781506207445)

Applicants must contact the Nursing program office to sign up for an admissions exam date. The deadline for to submit the application 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Listed here are the scheduled Kaplan exam dates for applicants to choose from. If you cannot make one of the scheduled exam days and times, please contact the Nursing Program office.

March 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
April 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
April 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
April 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
April 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
April 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

All exams are in room 227. Candidates are allowed two attempts with the highest score being considered in their application.

Nursing program candidates must contact the Nursing Program office at cnicholson@fdltcc.edu or (218) 879-0846 with their chosen admission exam date no later than before the last scheduled exam to register.

Upon receipt of an eligible score on the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Kaplan Admissions Exam, applications for Fall Semester 2019 will become available after the admissions exam is complete. Click on the program title for a viewable and printable pdf file of the application packet:
Practical Nursing Program
Associate Degree Nursing Program

For re-admission of students who were previously admitted and enrolled only:
The Nursing program application must be submitted along with a Plan of Action for Success by the application deadline. Criteria for the Plan of Action for Success is available upon request to the Nursing Program office staff at cnicholson@fdltcc.edu or 218-879-0846.

The deadline to submit completed Nursing Program Applications for students planning to begin Fall Semester 2019 is 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

 

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. Students must be currently listed on the Minnesota State Nursing Assistant Registry and hold a current CPR certification. The program is for full-time students only. Students must receive a grade of “C” or higher in all general education courses within the program. A minimum grade of “B” is needed in all Nursing classes. If a student receives less than a “B” in any Nursing class they 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 advanced standing 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 “B” is needed in all Nursing classes. If a student receives less than a “B” 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.

 

Nursing Assistanttwo nursing students in medical equipment storage room at hospital and Home Health Aid Option

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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