Nursing - PN | Dipl

Western Iowa Tch offers several nursing programs for students interested in pursuing a nursing career. Once a student completes the Nursing Assistant - CNA certificate or work as a CNA, they enroll in the Nursing - PN Diploma. Practical Nursing is a 1-year program available in Sioux City, Denison, Cherokee, and hybrid (partially online and partially in Sioux City. Denison, and Cherokee and hybrid have a fall only start). The Practical Nursing diploma prepares students for the NCLEX-PN exam in order to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). When the student becomes an LPN they progress into the second year of additional training with the Nursing - ADN program. Graduates of the Associate Degree of Nursing program are prepared to write for the NCLEX-RN to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN).

This program prepares individuals to assist in providing general nursing care under the direction of a registered nurse, physician or dentist. Includes instruction in taking patient vital signs, applying sterile dressings, patient health education, and assistance with examinations and treatment. This program has additional entrance requirements.

Pre-requisite: CNA Certification.

Admission Application Deadline

If you are not selected in the first round application you will automatically move to the next round. Accepted students will be notified after each round via email and/or letter.

Acceptance into the nursing program will be determined by a point ranking system. Qualified students will be given points in the following areas:
The applicant:


Sioux City,Cherokee,Denison,Sioux City Hybrid Campus


Total Credits: 36



Iowa Board of Nursing (IBON) Information

Western Iowa Tech PN (LPN) graduates are prepared to successfully pass the NCLEX-PN. Current NCLEX-PN rates for all nursing programs in the state of Iowa are published on the Iowa Board of Nursing website.

Educational licensure is met in the following states: Iowa
Educational licensure is not met for the following states: None
If not listed above, determination has not yet been made for the remaining states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
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Upon completion of the Practical Nursing (PN) coursework, you will be eligible to take the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) licensure exam.

This national and state/regional examinations for licensure are required to practice in any state. A social security number is required to take the exams and apply for licensure.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements Effective Fall 2022
Start dates for the Practical Nursing (PN) and Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Completion Programs are based on the date that a student applies for admission, achieves the designated admission criteria, and space availability. Prior to, or after completing the PN Program, it is the student's responsibility to notify the Admissions Office of his or her desire to advance to the ADN Completion Program. Immediate progression into the ADN second year nursing program cannot be guaranteed. Admission requirements for nursing students at the Cherokee and Denison campus are the same as those for the Sioux City WITCC Campus. The Hybrid section has additional requirements.

When you have completed one of the three criteria listed above, contact your advisor (above) to be accepted into the nursing program for the next available opening.

Estimated Cost of Attending

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