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.

Cost: $4,821.75
Cost includes tuition, books, fees, and supplies.

Program Length: 930 hours (approximately 8 months)

Location: Main Campus – Health Professions and Trades Building

Program Application Deadline: May 1, 2020

Program Prerequisites & Required Applications:

Start Date: Fall 2020

Program Details:

Program Performance Data:

2018-2019 is the first year of the program. Upon completion of the first year, data will be available for:

  • Licensure examination pass rate data
  • Annual program completion data
  • Available job placement data
  • Aggregated program data

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

For information on gainful employment details, please click here.

Mary Beth LarsenMary Beth Larsen
Practical Nursing Coordinator
MSN, Walden University

April Gray
Faculty – Practical Nursing
BSN, Southern Utah University

Kylee McBride
Faculty – Practical Nursing
BSN, Weber State University

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

“My experience at Southwest Tech has been excellent. Not only was it a good education, but it was enjoyable. Southwest Technical College was the best choice for me.”

Bennett Olsen

Southwest Tech Graduate

2019 Practical Nursing Application

(NOTE: 2020 Application is not yet available. Please see 2019 Application for general reference.)

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.


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