Nursing & Health Sciences

Practical Nursing

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Thank you for your interest in the Practical Nursing program at Lewis-Clark State College!

Established in 2003, the Practical Nursing program is approved by the Idaho Board of Nursing. The program is the first and only in the state of Idaho from which students graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.).

Use the links at the left to learn more about our curriculum and admission processes. We hope you will consider LCSC's PN program! 


PN Curriculum Plan

General Education Core Requirements


Applications to the PN Program are accepted from September 15th - 30th for spring semester (January) entry.  

Note:  This application window has been extended until November 6th for the Fall 2015 application period.

Admission is based on GPA, entrance testing, and patterns of grades earned in prerequisite coursework. The strongest candidates for our program are those who complete courses on the first attempt with better than average grades. All prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to the start of program.

Screening criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in all college level courses completed
  • Grade of "C" or higher in all PN prerequisite coursework: English 101 (College Writing), core level mathematics, anatomy & physiology I (4 semester credits plus lab), general/organic/biochemistry (4 semester credits plus lab), and PSYC 101 (Introduction to Psychology)
  • Entrance test (TEAS) score of 59% or higher
  • Certification as a nursing assistant (C.N.A.) in good standing, or approved equivalency

Contact your academic advisor for assistance with the application process. Students not enrolled at Lewis-Clark State College apply to the college and submit transcripts at least 6 weeks in advance of the PN application window. 

PN Application

Health Requirements

Clinical Passport


We welcome transfer students! Transfer students must call the NHS main division office (208-792-2250) prior to submitting their application for review.

 Mission & Goals

The Practical Nursing program challenges students to achieve academic excellence as members of a collaborative healthcare team, providing evidence based care rooted in professional standards.

Practical Nursing Program Expected Outcomes

  1. Graduates who contribute to the well-being of the rural population through provisions of competent nursing care, patient education, and collaboration with other healthcare professionals.
  2. Graduates with a strong foundation for continued growth and learning in the nursing profession.
  3. Graduates who apply critical thinking skills to integrate evidence-based nursing knowledge in the delivery of patient care.
  4. Graduates whose values and behavior demonstrate a respect for human diversity in an ever-changing global environment.
  5. Graduates who use communication skills to promote patient education and improve patient outcomes.

Expected Student Outcomes

The expected student outcomes are derived from the program's mission and philosophy. Upon completion of the practical nursing program, students will be able to:

  1. Provide competent nursing care in a variety of settings based on practical nursing values and standards.
  2. Apply critical thinking skills to synthesize knowledge from nursing and basic biological sciences in the delivery of care to a diverse patient population.
  3. Use communication abilities to promote the well-being of individuals and families.