Practical Nursing Open House
Join the CWI Practical Nursing program for an Open House on Oct. 5, from 2 - 8 p.m. at the CWI Canyon County Center. Talk with instructors, advisors, and discover more about the program. Open House Details
Annual Application Period is Now Open
Applications for the Spring 2023 start are now being accepted Sept. 1, 2022 - October 28, 2022 Program application details are below.
Regardless of specialty or work setting, Practical Nurses (PN) provide patient care, advice, and emotional support to patients' family members. PNs work with doctors and registered nurses to record patients' health histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests, operate equipment supporting the patient's healthcare, administer patient medications and treatments, and help with patient follow-up.
The PN program at CWI will prepare you to become a licensed practical nurse by providing you with a combination of theory and laboratory instruction, as well as, clinical experience in the area's healthcare facilities. This program is approved by the Idaho State Board of Nursing, and upon satisfactory completion of the program, you will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam. Upon passing this exam, you will be licensed to practice nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
- Typical annual earning in Idaho for a Licensed Practical Nurse - $49,443 - Idaho Department of Labor
- The Practical Nursing Field is expected to grow by 6% between 2021 and 2031 - Bureau of Labor Statistics
Want to learn more about this program and other healthcare programs at CWI? Join a Healthcare Information Session to learn about the programs, what you can do to prepare for the programs, meet advisors and instructors, and ask questions.
Application period for the Spring 2023 cohort opens Sept. 1, 2022, and closes, Oct. 28, 2022.
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- Complete CWI Associate Degree or Technical Certificate application and be accepted to CWI.
- If you have completed a bachelor's or master's degree, submit a Bachelor's Degree Transfer Credit Request form.
- Verify your prerequisite coursework by:
- Schedule and complete the Kaplan Nursing Admissions Exam at a CWI Assessment and Testing Center in advance of submitting the program application.
Learn more about preparing for the Kaplan exam.
- Complete the NEW Practical Nursing Application and submit by the due date.
- Attend a mandatory Program Overview session, Nov. 4, 2022, at 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 4:00-5:30p.m via zoom.
Applicants will be notified via their CWI email of the status of their application after November 18, 2022.
For help or questions regarding the Practical Nursing Program Application, please contact your Academic Advisor, or the Practical Nursing Department:
Check out the Practical Nursing Application Help Video for additional information.
Students planning to continue onto the Professional Nursing program are encouraged to complete the Practical Nursing program prior to applying for the Professional Nursing program.
College of Western Idaho is committed to empowering students to succeed by providing affordable and accessible education to advance the local and global workforce.
College of Western Idaho Practical Nursing Program educates future practitioners in Idaho and the field of nursing. A graduate of the PN Program will serve their clients in a variety of settings in the community through caring, excellence, and respect for diverse populations.
What You Will Learn to Do
- Human flourishing is difficult to define, but can loosely be expressed as an effort to achieve self-actualization and fulfillment within the context of a larger community of individuals, each with a right to pursue his or her own such efforts.
- Critical thinking means identifying, evaluating, and using evidence to guide decision-making by means of logic and reasoning.
- Professional Identity involves the internalization of core values and perspectives recognized as integral to the art and science of nursing. These core values become self-evident as the nurse learns, gains experience, and grows in the profession.
- A Spirit of Inquiry is the persistent sense of curiosity that informs both learning and practice. A nurse infused by a spirit of inquiry will raise questions, challenge traditional and existing practices, and seek creative approaches to problems.
Requirements and Costs
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Spring 2023||Summer 2023||Fall 2023|
|Priority Registration Begins1||November 14||n/a||April 10|
|Open Registration Begins||November 21||February 27||April 17|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||December 17||May 13||July 29|
|Admission Deadline2||January 7||May 27||August 12|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Tuition and Fees Due||January 13||June 2||August 18|
|Classes Begin3||January 17||June 5||August 21|
|1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based upon their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.|
|2 The admission deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines for the fall and spring semesters.|
|3 Some classes begin before or after this date. Please refer to the Registration and Refund Deadlines by Class Section Dates (located beneath each semester) of the Academic Calendar for more information.|
Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes
- Caring and compassionate nature
- A desire to serve others
- Keen observation and decision-making skills
- The ability to function well under stress
- Finely tuned verbal and written communication skills
- Nurses often lift up to 50 lbs, bend, reach, and kneel, and are required to have and use science and math skills in thinking critically
Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI offers advising assistance to help in deciding which courses you need to take to reach your education and career goals. Visit Advising or contact One Stop Student Services for more information.
Pointers on how to submit a quality application:
- Attend a Healthcare Information Session, which are offered twice a month. This is a great venue for getting answers to your questions and finding out what CWI has to offer in regards to fantastic health programs! Healthcare Information Sessions
- Transfer Credit Evaluation: After transfer credits are evaluated, you will receive by mail, a Transcript Evaluation Report (TRER). It is recommended that you carefully examine your TRER to ensure that CWI has received and evaluated all of your transfer credits. Prior to submitting your Practical Nursing Application, it is strongly suggested that you run a Progress Report in the PN Program, which is completed by using the Student Planning tool in myCWI. This report will give you exactly which courses are complete and which are still needed in order to submit a competitive application.
Any student who left or was dismissed from the CWI Professional Nursing Program, not in good standing, is not eligible to apply to the Practical Nursing Program.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
Practical Nursing (Intermediate Certificate) recipients, upon passing the NCLEX-PN exam, are qualified to work as an LPN in any structured healthcare setting.
Those opportunities include:
- Rehabilitation centers
- Long-term care facilities
- Physician offices or clinics
- Home-health and/or any aspect of direct care for patients
- Acute Care Settings
Professional Licensure & Online Program Disclosure
Requirements for professional licensure in fields, such as health care and other fields, vary from state to state. If you live outside Idaho and are considering enrolling in a College of Western Idaho program that leads to a professional license, we highly recommended you visit the appropriate state licensing agency website in your state, or the state where you intend to work, to find the most up-to-date information about state licensure requirements before beginning the program. Find more information regarding licensure for this program.
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