Practical Nursing

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If you’re interested in the Practical Nursing Program, please fill in your information below for more details:

SouthwestTech_Icon_HealthProfessionsAre you someone who is always looking out for others? Take that caring attitude and turn it into a career with Southwest Technical College’s Practical Nursing Program. You will be trained to care for patients with practical application in simulated lab scenarios and local care facilities. Coursework will prepare you for licensure as a practical nurse. Graduates may either enter the workforce or continue their education towards becoming a registered nurse.

Prerequisites & Required Applications:

Fall Start Date Application Deadline: April 5, 2024

Spring Start Date: January 2024

Fall Start Date: August 2024

Cost: $5,584.50
Cost includes tuition, books, fees, and supplies. Click here for scholarships and financial aid resources.

Program Length: 26 Credit Hours (approximately 10 months)

Location: Main Campus – Health Professions and Trades Building

Program Outcome:

• Southwest Technical College Certificate of Program Completion

Industry Certification:

• Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam.

Utah Job Outlook and Work Requirements:

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
• Program Gainful Employment Details

Employment Resources:

On-campus Job Placement Services
Local Employment Opportunities

Southern Utah University: LPN/Paramedic to BSN ~ Nursing

The Practical Nursing program at Southwest Technical College located in Cedar City, Utah 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 the Practical Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program on the ACEN website.

Practical Nursing Program Mission Statement

The purpose of the Practical Nursing Program at Southwest Technical College is to prepare the graduate to practice safely in accordance with the National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG), and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials. Graduates will be prepared to enter the nursing profession as a Licensed Practical Nurse or continue nursing academic endeavors, including Registered Nurse licensure.

Practical Nursing Philosophy

The philosophy of the Practical Nursing Program at Southwest Technical College utilizes the nursing metaparadigm of “person, health, environment, and nursing” to underscore the importance of skill development. Realizing how each concept has an effect on the other is essential in giving safe, systematic, and holistic nursing care. This type of care includes the interprofessional team approach. As the dedicated graduate works with others on the health care team, negative effects of the environment are lessened, and the person is able to achieve a state of optimal health that is unique to the individual.


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I absolutely love Southwest Tech. The Practical Nursing program has helped me pursue my career goals and helped me to succeed in and out of the classroom. The teachers, staff, and faculty all work together as a team to help each individual succeed and feel supported. I could not have asked for a better education or experience. I am excited to take what I have learned at Southwest Tech and use it to bless the lives of others!

Ashton Christensen

Program Videos

Student Highlight – Leona Fischer

Occupational Advisory Committee

Each Southwest Tech Certificate Program has an Occupational Advisory Committee that consists of industry professionals from the regions we serve. These committee members ensure that desirable, relevant, and current practices of each occupation are being taught. This program has committee members from the following organizations:

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