Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing Program is accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Practical Nursing

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:

Program Application Deadline: May 1, 2020

Start Date: August 10, 2020

Cost: $4,719.60
Cost includes tuition, books, fees, and supplies. Click here for scholarships and financial aid resources.

Length: 930 hours (approximately 8 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

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The Practical Nursing Program at Southwest Technical College is accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

ACEN LogoAccreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

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 Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Standards. 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.

ACEN Student outcomes for 2019

  • Licensure examination pass rate for all first-time test takers: 93.75%
  • Program completion rate: 100%
  • Job placement rate: 18.75%
  • Progression Rate to ADN Program: 100%

Program Videos

Student Highlight – Leona Fischer


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