Nursing - PN | Dipl - Western Iowa Tech Community College
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Nursing - PN | Dipl

Nursing - PN | Dipl

Degree
Diploma
Credits
36
Location
Sioux City
Cherokee
Denison
Sioux City Hybrid
Estimated Program Costs Required Classes Entrance Requirements Licensure Information Nursing Handbook Create TEAS Account TEAS Fact Sheet for Nursing Program Admissions Clinical Health Evaluation

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

This program is eligible for free tuition

WITCC 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. 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. This program is available in Sioux City, Denison, and hybrid (partially online and partially in Sioux City, fall only start). 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

  • Priority application deadline for Fall is April 1.
  • Second round application deadline for Fall is June 1. Students will be notified of acceptance by June 15.
  • Final application deadline for Fall is August 10. Students will be notified by August 15.

 

  • Priority application deadline for Spring is September 15. Students will be notified of acceptance by September 29.
  • Second round application deadline for Spring is November 1. Students will be notified of acceptance by November 15.
  • Final application deadline for Spring is January 2. Students will be notified by January 6.

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:

  • Is a graduate from a high school within the College’s service area OR is a current resident within a 75-mile radius of Sioux City OR a 50-mile radius of Cherokee or Denison.
  • Is enrolled in WITCC’s International Program.
  • ACT or TEAS scores, plus grades achieved on biology courses
    (For Practical Nursing: BIO-168 and BIO-151; For Associate Degree Nursing: BIO-173 and BIO-186). Students may retake general education courses only one time for ranking consideration.
  • For ADN admission only: Is a previous WITCC LPN Graduate.

Meet Your Advisor

Pamela Ives
Pamela Ives
Admissions Representative
pamela.ives@witcc.edu
712.317.3402
Sioux City Campus, Admissions
Book an Appointment https://www2.witcc.edu/admissions/pamela
Jennifer Conley
Jennifer Conley
Career Navigator
jennifer.conley@witcc.edu
712.317.3471
Sioux City Campus, Admissions
Book an Appointment https://www2.witcc.edu/admissions/jennifer
Advising Forms
Nursing (PN) 1st Year

Career Options

Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.

Required Classes for Nursing - PN | Dipl

SDV 108 The College Experience 1
PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
BIO 168 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
BIO 151 Nutrition 3
PNN 624 Nursing I 9
     
BIO 173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PSY 121 Developmental Psychology 3
PNN 625 Nursing II 9

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.

Criteria 1 for Acceptance

1.    Verification of high school, HSED or GED official transcripts
2.    Documentation of 24 ACT composite
3.    75-hour CNA Certification (must successfully complete theory and clinical portions of course)

OR

Criteria 2 for Acceptance

1.    Verification of high school, HSED, or GED official transcript
2.    Documentation of TEAS composite score minimum of 59% 
3.    75-hour CNA Certification (must successfully complete theory and clinical portions of course)

OR

Criteria 3 for Acceptance

1.    Verification of high school, HSED, or GED official transcript
2.    Documentation of 22 ACT composite
AND 
BIO 168 (Anatomy and Physiology I) and BIO 151 (Nutrition) courses with a minimum B- in each course within the past five years
3.    75-hour CNA Certification (must successfully complete theory and clinical portions of course)

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

 

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

Tina Torticill MSN, RN
Tina Torticill MSN, RN
Nursing Instructor
tina.torticill@witcc.edu
712.317.3288
Sioux City Campus, Room L314
KB
Kara Bral MSN, RN
Nursing Instructor
kara.bral@witcc.edu
712.274.6411
Denison Campus
Gabriella McDermott MSN, RN
Gabriella McDermott MSN, RN
Nursing Instructor
gabriella.mcdermott@witcc.edu
712.317.3225
Sioux City Campus, Room L314
Ashley Totten MSN, RN
Ashley Totten MSN, RN
Administrative Program Coordinator - Denison/Nursing Instructor
ashley.totten@witcc.edu
712.317.3397
Denison Campus
Lora Knaack MSN, RN
Lora Knaack MSN, RN
Nursing Instructor
lora.knaack@witcc.edu
712.317.3489
Sioux City Campus, Room L314
Lauryn Norton MSN, RN
Lauryn Norton MSN, RN
Administrative Program Coordinator - Simulation/Nursing Instructor
lauryn.norton@witcc.edu
712.317.3468
Sioux City Campus, Room L314
Stephanie Hill BSN, RN
Stephanie Hill BSN, RN
Nursing Instructor
stephanie.hill@witcc.edu
712.317.3388
Cherokee Campus
Kerry Patchin BSN, RN
Kerry Patchin BSN, RN
Administrative Program Coordinator Health Science
kerry.patchin@witcc.edu
712.317.3370
Sioux City Campus, Room L314
Heather Badar MSN, RN
Heather Badar MSN, RN
Nursing Instructor
heather.badar@witcc.edu
712.274.6437
Sioux City Campus, Room L314
Dr. Teri Peterson DNP, MSN, RN
Dr. Teri Peterson DNP, MSN, RN
Associate Dean - Health Sciences
teri.peterson@witcc.edu
712.317.3357
Sioux City Campus, Room L314
 

Estimated Program Costs

In-state tuition and fees: $7,092.00 *
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $7,128.00 *
Educational fees: $97.00/semester
Equipment and misc: $200.00
Estimated books: $200.00/semester
Estimated transportation and personal expense: $2,273.00/semester
Estimated student housing and meals: $3,075.00/semester

* This is an approximate cost based on tuition and fees set by the Board of Directors before each school year. Course level fees may also apply. Additional charges for licensure or credential testing may be a part of your program.

Accreditation Information

The Practical Nursing program at Western Iowa Tech Community College located in Sioux City, Iowa is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
404.975.5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for Practical Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation with Conditions.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Information

Student Achievement Outcome Data

Licensure - First-time test taker pass percentage within a 12-month period.

2021 87%

Program Completion - Percentage of students completing the program in three academic semesters (150% of usual timeframe for Practical Nursing program)

2018 66%
2019 57%
2020 61%

Licensure Information

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. https://nursing.iowa.gov/nursing-education/nursing-education-program-statistics/nclex-pn%C2%AE-results-program

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
To view educational requirements for the state you wish to work, visit https://www.ncsbn.org/nurse-licensure-guidance.htm

Certification

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.

Advisory Board

Alicia Held MercyOne
Amber Baker Hillcrest Care Center
Amy Combs Accura Healthcare of Le Mars
Ann Meyers Hospice of Siouxland
Annette Horan MercyOne
Barb Fitzgerald MercyOne
Cindy Moyer Westwood Nursing & Rehabilitation
Danya Hangman MercyOne
Denise Petty Correctionville Nursing & Rehab Center
Doni Peck MercyOne
Gayle Matzke Sanford Care Center
Gina Meyers Dunes Surgical Hospital
Jessica Slemp Pioneer Valley Living and Rehabilitation
Jewel Sheley MercyOne
Karsa Dreckman Kingsley Specialty Care
Katie Kvols Hillcrest Care Center
Kayla Miller Wakefield Health Center
Kent Ernster MercyOne
Kristen Ball MercyOne
Lorrie Mortenson Floyd Valley Healthcare
Marcia Certain Countryside Retirement Home
Mary Dermit Sioux City Community Schools
Mary Olhausen MercyOne
Megan Hall Accura Healthcare of Sioux City
Meghan McClure UnityPoint-St. Luke's
MiKayla Daugherty Alcester Care and Rehab Center
Mindee Knudson Sunrise Manor
Rob Gotto Good Samaritan-Le Mars
Samantha LaScala MercyOne
Sara Gibler Burgess
Sarah Sturges Pierce Street Same Day Surgery
Shanna Mueggenberg MercyOne
Shari Dorsey Legacy Garden
Sherri Brown Heritage of Emerson
Sue Bartholomaus MercyOne
Teresa Muckey MercyOne
Tori Pangburn Akron Care Center
Tracy Larson MercyOne
Vanessa Morgan MercyOne
Wendy Lindley UnityPoint-St. Luke's
Wendy Olson MercyOne