Practical Nurse & Registered Nurse

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Hospitals
Clinics
Doctors' offices
Extended care facilities
Retirement centers
Assisted living facilities
Nursing pools
Government facilities such as prisons, detention facilities and health centers

See also :Health Science Career Pathways

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
  • Assist in the care of the ill or injured
  • Share in the rehabilitation or prevention of illness under the direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician, dentist, orthopedist, or podiatrist
  • Biological, physical, behavioral, psychological and sociological concepts of nursing process
  • Nursing areas: medical-surgical, maternal-child and mental health
DEGREE & CERTIFICATE OPTIONS

Students earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Practical Nursing and/or an Associate of Science Degree in Registered Nursing upon successful completion of this program. Students are prepared to take the national licensing exam required of all practical nurses.

SPECIAL ADMISSION PROCEDURES

Applicants will go through a competitive admissions procedure. Please see an advisor for more information.

CAREER CLOSEUP
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Job Outlook and Pay Info

  LPN RN
Median Wage (MT)* $33,530 $54,310
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Median Wage (US)* $39,030 $62,450
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Average entry-level wage, COT grads (2006-2010) $29,325.60 $43.625.50
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Expected growth (MT)*# 13% 20%
Expected growth (US)*## 14% 23%
#(projection through 2016)
##(projection through 2018)
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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau
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SKILLS, TRAITS, PREPARATORY CLASSES THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL
  • Biology and/or science classes
  • Anatomy & Physiology classes
  • The ability to clearly communicate information and ideas in writing
  • Actively looking for ways to help people
  • Managing one's own time and the time of others
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the problems, strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
SKILLS, TRAITS, PREPARATORY CLASSES THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL
  • Biology and/or science classes
  • Anatomy & Physiology classes
  • The ability to clearly communicate information and ideas in writing
  • Actively looking for ways to help people
  • Managing one's own time and the time of others
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the problems, strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
PROGRAM COST AND COMPLETION INFORMATION


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