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College of Western Idaho Practical Nursing Program
Regardless of specialty or work setting, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) provide patient care, education, and emotional support to patients and their loved ones. LPNs work with providers, and other healthcare team members 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 Practical Nursing 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
Get More InformationPractical Nursing is an exciting, growing field that is within reach. Let us help you get started.
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Application Process and Requirements
Application period for the Spring 2023 cohort has closed.
2024 application opens Sept. 1 and closes Oct. 27, 2023.
- 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:
- Reviewing the program Plan of Study on the Requirements Tab
- View Your Progress on my.cwi.edu (Learn How)
- 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. Date to be announced.
Practical Nursing Program Application
For help or questions regarding the Practical Nursing Program Application, please contact your advisor, or the Practical Nursing Department:
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.
At this time, the Practical Nursing Program is not nationally accredited; however, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination - Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN).
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
Degrees and Certificates
Practical Nursing - Intermediate Technical Certificate
Explore the resources below for information, dates, and deadlines related to admissions, financial aid, registration, and next steps.
|Dates & Deadlines for Credit Programs||Summer 2023||Fall 2023||Spring 2024|
|Priority Registration Begins 1||N/A||Apr 10||Nov 13 (2023)|
|Open Registration Begins||Feb 27||Apr 17||Nov 20 (2023)|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||May 13||Jul 29||Dec 16 (2023)|
|Admission Deadline 2||May 27||Aug 12||Jan 6|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||Jun 2||Aug 18||Jan 12|
|Tuition and Fees Due||Jun 2||Aug 18||Jan 12|
|Classes Begin 3||Jun 5||Aug 21||Jan 16|
1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based on 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.
3 Classes in shorter sessions (including 4-, 5-, and 8-week sessions) may begin before or after this date. Please refer to the specific class session sections beneath the full 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 Registered 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.
Program Department Chair
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News and Blogs
Saint Alphonsus Health System will be on College of Western Idaho campus to chat to Nursing students about career opportunities on Friday, Jan. 27.
Seven graduates from College of Western Idaho’s Practical Nursing program marked the completion of their coursework with a traditional nursing ceremony.
College of Western Idaho’s Fire Service Technology and Practical Nursing programs will honor their Fall 2022 graduates with ceremonies.
After being a laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic, College of Western Idaho student, Tiffany Smith, has found her new calling in life thanks to the College’s Practical Nursing program.
College of Western Idaho student, Jackson Hagen, has his eyes set on becoming a Nurse Practitioner. To do so, he’s enrolled in the College’s Practical Nursing program to help him kickstart start his career,
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Practical Nursing (PN) industry is expected to grow by 6% of the next 10 years. CWI’s PN program hopes to teach and prepare students to help fill those gaps.
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