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Practical Nursing: CC

Department: Nursing and Health Professions
College: Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services

Practical Nursing

What does NURSING mean?

“Care, support, nourish, foster, bring up, advise, educate.”

What is the scope of nursing?

  • Care of the sick
  • Prevention of illness
  • Health education
  • Health promotion

In the USU Nursing Program, nursing theory is correlated with knowledge from the biological, physical, and the behavioral sciences. NANDA (North American Nursing Diagnosis Association) domains and nursing diagnoses are used to plan and implement nursing care during clinical experiences acute care hospitals, extended care facilities, clinics, home and other health related environments. The Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) and is approved by the Utah State Board of Nursing.

Through this one year program, students can obtain a Certificate of Completion in Practical Nursing for LPN licensure*, and enter the job market; or if they are interested and qualified, they can obtain an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Nursing for RN licensure. Currently licensed LPNs who choose to continue their nursing education can also apply for entrance into the associate degree program. Enrollment is limited and competitive.

*Only available on the Price and Blanding Campuses. In the Uintah Basin, Practical Nursing is offered by UBATC.

  • CC -  USU Eastern Blanding, USU Eastern Price

Whether an LPN or RN, a nurse is able to choose a variety of areas in which to work:

  • pediatrics
  • maternity
  • surgical
  • psychiatric
  • medical
  • geriatrics
  • home health
  • public health
  • industrial
  • teaching
  • research

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Nursing Program is a separate process from admission to the University. Enrollment is limited and competitive. Points are allocated based on GPA, references, work experience, awards, and entrance exam results. Candidates will be notified by mail of admission status. An application for admission is in effect for only one year. Applications are available the first week of spring semester each year*.

Prerequisite Courses:

Classes must be completed prior to beginning the PN program. A minimum grade of B- is required for each class.

  •   English 1010  Intro to Writing: Academic Pros
  •   PSY 1010        General Psychology
  •   FCHD 1500     Human Development Across the Lifespan

Students are strongly encouraged to complete support course requirements prior to being admitted in to the PN program. A minimum grade of B- is required for each class.

Support Courses:

  •   BIOL 2320       Human Anatomy (includes lab)
  •   BIOL 2420       Human Physiology (includes lab)
  •   BIOL 2060       Elementary Microbiology (includes lab)


Kristen Christensen
USU Nursing Program-Blanding
Phone: (435) 678-8136

Joette Nielson
USU Nursing Program-Price
Phone: (435) 613-5262

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