Practical Nursing

Learn the essential skills needed to care for patients.
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Become A Practical Nurse

In the PN Program, students will gain a broad understanding of body systems, patient care, and pharmacology, to become a competent practical nurse.  Students learn on state-of-the-art simulation mannequins in preparation for clinical experiences that begin early in the program and run throughout.  The 900-hour program is roughly divided into thirds with ⅓ lecture, ⅓  simulation/lab, and ⅓ clinical. Passing the Utah Nursing Assistant Registry Exam is a prerequisite to this program. 


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11 months



What You Will Learn In The Practical Nursing Program

IV Therapy/Phlebotomy

Acquire and achieve the skills and techniques necessary to successfully draw blood samples for laboratory testing and insertion of intravenous catheters for medication administration.

Client-Centered Care/Safety

At end-of-program, the student will provide safe, holistic, client-centered, age-specific care demonstrating the ability to respect the client for their preferences, values and needs.

Evidence-Based Practice

At end-of-program, the student will integrate evidence-based practices in care delivery, making sound judgments and decisions, while holding themselves accountable for the overall health and well-being of their clients.

Simulation Scenarios

Through the use of medium and high definition mannequins, students are able to simulate care for a variety of patients in areas of medical-surgical, mental health, pediatrics, and mom/baby. Our birthing mannequin allows high definition scenarios of the laboring mother through the delivery of the baby. Offering engaging and realistic hands-on and engaging role play.

Quality Improvement/Informatics

At end-of-program, students contribute to the continuous quality improvement process by utilizing resources and electronics to improve overall care outcomes.

Our practical nursing Students

Is the Practical Nursing Program Right For You?

This Program Is for Students Who:

  • Are invested in taking the necessary beginning steps to becoming successful in a nursing career.
  • Are enthusiastic about learning medical skills such as IV therapies, phlebotomy, pharmacology, personalized patient care, and more.
  • Are passionate about helping others and carry a desire to provide much-needed nursing services in the healthcare community.

    Students Love This Program Because:

    • They utilize hands-on experience with medium and high-definition manikins to simulate care and become prepared for real-life nursing practice.
    • They learn what their role will be within a team of medical professionals and how to work in the team to achieve favorable patient outcomes.
    • They graduate prepared to take the NCLEX exam to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN).

      About Your Practical Nursing Instructors

      Dalene Cummings

      Dalene’s goal in life was always to be a nurse. Nursing has always been a passion and something that she has never been sorry she started all those years ago. Aside from nursing, Dalene loves being with her family and spending time on the mountain.

      After working for Intermountain Healthcare for 30 years and doing unit and hospital education, she made the choice to join the Dixie Tech family and help develop the Practical Nursing program. This has been the best decision and she hasn’t been happier being able to ‘pay it forward’ and teach new nurses just getting started with some ‘old nurse tricks’ learned through the years!

      Jan Call

      Jan received an associate degree in nursing from Ricks College (now BYU Idaho); a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix, and a Master’s of Science in teaching nursing from the University of Utah.
      Over the past 45 years, she has worked as a scrub nurse assisting with open heart surgeries, a flight nurse on a helicopter, a shock trauma nurse in the ICU, an ER nurse, and a nursing instructor. Jan also volunteered for the Washington County Search and Rescue for 10 years and was the only female at the time. “I love helping people! Because of that, a passion has grown into a lifelong career in nursing. As an instructor I love getting to share this passion with my students.”

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