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Practical Nursing - Extended

Award: Diploma
Length: Three semesters, no summer term
Spring semester entry

NCC’s Practical Nursing—Extended program was developed to provide a more flexible option for students with other family and work responsibilities.

The Practical Nursing—Extended program prepares you to provide comprehensive care for clients’ physical and psychosocial needs. Nursing courses provide basic knowledge and skills in the medical surgical, geriatric, maternity, pediatric, and mental health nursing areas. Courses also focus on care giving, communication, teaching and safe patient care. Local health facilities provide the opportunity to participate in supervised clinical experience. The NCC Nursing Simulation lab provides additional clinical learning experiences.

Your acceptance to the Practical Nursing—Extended program is contingent upon successful completion of a nursing program entrance assessment HESI A2. In addition, you must have a high school diploma (with a 2.0 grade point average) or a High School Equivalency Diploma. You must also complete prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or higher. You also need three years of science completed at the high school or post high school level (with a grade of “C” or better). An academic background in life sciences is recommended.

You must hold a 75-hour Certified Nurse Aide Certificate prior to taking Fundamentals of Nursing, PNN659.

A health assessment, current immunization records, child and dependent adult abuse, criminal background check, and the CPR for healthcare providers course is required before you can begin clinical practice. To become a Licensed Practical Nurse, you must pass the NCLEX (license) exam. Practical Nursing— Extended graduates have exceptional pass rates for the NCLEX-PN exam.

Where will I get a job?
Practical Nursing graduates find jobs in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, home healthcare, wellness centers, schools, and insurance companies.

How much $ will I make?
The starting salary in northwest Iowa is $14–$16/hour.

What kind of classes will I take?
You will have a combination of Theory, Lab, Clinical, and Preceptor Hours

What’s unique about this program?
NCC’s Extended Practical Nursing program was developed to provide a more flexible option for students with other family and work responsibilities.

Student Profile
• Good people skills
• Genuine desire to care for people
• Communication skills
• Possess background in math & science

The following prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the Spring semester.



Course # Title
HSC113-E Medical Terminology
BIO165-A Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO167-A Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
Elective Math*

Spring Semester



PNN648-C Nursing Concepts I
BIO170-A Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO172-A Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
Fundamentals of Nursing

Fall Semester



BIO151-A Nutrition
PNN660-C Practical Nursing IA 6
PNN650-C Nursing Concepts IIA
Composition I

Spring Semester



PNN661-C Practical Nursing IB
PNN654-C Nursing Concepts IIB
Developmental Psychology

*You may select any math course with a suffix of A.

NOTE: Satisfactory assessment scores and/or prerequisites are required for some courses.  To advance or graduate in the Extended Practical Nursing Program you must receive a "C" or above in all coursework.

Nursing courses with a clinical component may not be taken by a person: 
    a. Who has been denied licensure by the board 
    b. Whose license is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in any United States jurisdiction 
    c. Whose license/registration is currently suspended, surrendered, or revoked in another country due to disciplinary action


Melanie Wynja

PN Instructor
Instructor at NCC since: 2003
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Ruth Hobson
Director/ADN Instructor
Instructor at NCC since: 2000
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Kemla Prathan
PN Instructor

Instructor at NCC since: 2014
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Debra Kleinwolterink
Instructor - Nursing
Instructor at NCC since: 2015
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Nancy Popkes
Instructor - Nursing

Instructor at NCC since: 2016
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Kim Simkims
Instructor - Nursing
Instructor at NCC since: 2016
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Text 712-301-2573 or 712-301-1401
Call 800-352-4907

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at