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Practical Nursing

Core medical terminology, and  anatomy and physiology are included in this program. This program prepares the student to become a licensed practical nurse, an important member of the health care team who works under the supervision or direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician or dentist. Students will learn the role of the LPN and how to care for a variety of patients including geriatric, pediatric, oncology, and pre/post operative patients. Students will learn how to identify patient problems, identify appropriate interventions and evaluate nursing care. Graduates of this program will be eligible take the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) and become licensed through the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.

"What I enjoy most about teaching at Great Plains is watching students gain the confidence in themselves and new skills learned to provide safe, excellent patient care to our community in southwest Oklahoma."
Casey Prisby, Instructor

"A great aspect to teaching at Great Plains is being able to instruct and guide students to be effective, efficient, and safe nurses for the community."
Erica Grant, Instructor

"What I enjoy most about teaching at Great Plains is the opportunity we have to make a huge impact in our students' lives by helping them achieve their life goals in becoming nurses."
Jennifer Ward, Instructor

"I really enjoy the interaction with students and feeling I have made a difference in their lives, allowing them to pursue a career in industry after completing a 9 month program."
Kay Ray, Instructor

"I enjoy having the opportunity to educate students to the nursing profession. It is very rewarding to me to be able to help my students achieve their goals and to be successful in their pursuit of a career in nursing."
Leslie Givens, Instructor

 

Great Plains Practical Nursing Program Statistics
Year Number of Applicants Number Accepted Total Number Students Enrolled Total Number of Graduates Program Completion Rate Graduate Job Placement Rate
19/20 
As of 10/19/20*
116 80 61* 40 83% 100%
18/19
As of 10/14/19*
169 60 56* 42 82% 92.7%
17/18
As of 10/15/18*
234 100 66* 60 87% 97%
             
Year Number of 1st Time Test Takers Number Passed NCLEX on 1st Attempt Annual NCLEX Pass Rate
(Per OBN)
     
2019 47 44 94%      
2018 35 33 86%      
2017 60 56 92.5%      

As reported to ACEN

The PN Career Program is approved by:
Oklahoma Board of Nursing (OBN)
2915 N. Classen Blvd, Suite 524
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Phone: (405) 962-1800 
Fax (405)962-1821
www.ok.gov/nursing

The Great Plains Technology Center is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. Graduates of this state-approved program are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for practical nurses. Applicants for Oklahoma licensure must meet all state and federal requirements to hold an Oklahoma license to practice nursing. In addition to completing a state-approved nursing education program that meets educational requirements and successfully passing the licensure examination, requirements include submission of an application for licensure, a criminal history records search, and evidence of citizenship or qualified alien status [59 O.S. §§567.5 & 567.6]. To be granted a license, an applicant must have the legal right to be in the United States (United States Code Chapter 8, Section 1621). In addition, Oklahoma law only allows a license to be issued to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and legal permanent resident aliens. Other qualified aliens may be issued a temporary license that is valid until the expiration of their visa status, or if there is no expiration date, for one year. Applicants who are qualified aliens must present to the Board office, in person, valid documentary evidence of:
 1.  A valid, unexpired immigrant or nonimmigrant visa status for admission into the United States; 
2.  A pending or approved application for asylum in the United States; 
3.  Admission into the United States in refugee status; 
4.  A pending or approved application for temporary protected status in the United States; 
5.  Approved deferred action status; or 
6.  A pending application for adjustment of status to legal permanent resident status or conditional resident status. 
The Board has the authority to deny a license, recognition or certificate; issue a license, recognition or certificate with conditions and/or an administrative penalty; or to issue and otherwise discipline a license, recognition or certificate to an individual with a history of criminal background, disciplinary action on any professional or occupational license or certification, or judicial declaration of mental incompetence [59 O.S. §567.8]. These cases are considered on an individual basis at the time application for licensure is made, with the exception of felony convictions. Potential applicants to state-approved education programs, with a criminal history, may obtain an initial determination of eligibility for licensure or certification from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing for a fee. The initial determination of eligibility for licensure petition can be accessed at  
http://nursing.ok.gov/initialdeterm.pdf

 

1.    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000  www.acenursing.org
2.    The practical nursing program at Great Plains Technology Center at the Lawton and Frederick campus located in Lawton, Oklahoma is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the practical nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.
a.    Initial Accreditation
b.    Continuing Accreditation
c.    Continuing Accreditation with Conditions
d.    Continuing Accreditation with Warning
e.    Continuing Accreditation for Good Cause
–View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

Who Can Attend?

Adults
 

Location 

Lawton Campus
Frederick Campus
 

Useful Information

Karen Shirey
Licensed Practical Nurse Coordinator

Contact:
580-250-5580
kshirey@greatplains.edu

"I really enjoy the interaction with students and feeling I have made a difference in their lives, allowing them to pursue a career in industry after completing a 9 month program.Being an instructor at Great Plains allows me to teach people new, professional skills that change lives. The skills learned not only benefits the students and their families, but improves the lives of the patients they serve and the communities in which they work."
Pamela Williams, Instructor