Practical Nurse

Admissions Requirements
Catalog Year: 2020

Pre-Admission Requirements

This program is open to qualified adult students that meet the following program requirements:

  • 18 years old and graduated high school (or equivalent)
  • 3.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average
  • Submit a completed Practical Nurse Program Application
  • Include an NLN PAX™ Pre-admission Exam composite score of 100 or higher

Post-Admission Requirements

Following program acceptance, student must meet the following post-admission requirements:

  • Hold a current Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) state certification on the first day of class.
  • Complete prerequisite courses before the first day of class. (The following are listed by WSU course numbers, although other regionally-accredited universities’ equivalent courses may be accepted.):
    • Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology I (HTHS 1110)
      • or Human Anatomy (ZOOL 2100)
    • Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology II (HTHS 1111)
      • or Human Physiology (ZOOL 2200)
    • Science and Application of Human Nutrition (NUTR 1020)
    • Introductory Psychology (PSY 1010)
      • or Human Development (CHF 1500)
  • Complete support courses before the second semester:
    • Introductory Pathophysiology (HTHS 2230)
  • A criminal background check is required. Any misdemeanor or felony conviction on record may negatively impact chances of completing the program, being placed on an externship site, and obtaining employment in a health care setting. See Program Coordinator for more information.
  • Pass a drug screening check.

Functional Requirements for Student Success

Davis Technical College's Practical Nurse program values diversity in the students who wish to enter the profession of nursing. Students interested in entering the Practical Nurse program must be aware of functional requirements, environmental factors, and psycho-social demands and must be cleared by a medical provider in order to be considered as a candidate for entry into the nursing program.

  1. Functional requirements include, but are not limited to the following:
    1. Must be able to independently push, pull, and lift a medically-fragile adult when positioning or transferring
    2. Must have the ability to palpate body structures and be able to differentiate and report subtle variations in temperature, consistency, texture, and structure
    3. Must be able to hear, identify, and distinguish subtle variations in body sounds (i.e. lung, heart and bowel)
    4. Must be able to read, understand, and apply printed material, which may include instructions printed on medical devices, equipment, and supplies
    5. Must be able to visually distinguish subtle diagnostic variations in physical appearance of persons served. An example would be "pale color"
    6. Must be able to distinguish subtle olfactory changes in physical characteristics of persons served
    7. Must be able to walk and stand for extended periods of time
    8. Must possess the ability to simultaneously and rapidly coordinate mental and muscular coordination when performing nursing tasks
    9. Must be able to effectively communicate in English, in both written and verbal format
  2. Environmental factors include the following:
    1. Protracted or irregular hours of work, varying 2-12 hours including days and evenings
    2. Ability to work in confined and/or crowded spaces
    3. Ability to work independently as well as with coordinated teams
    4. Potential exposure to harmful substances and/or hazards
  3. Psycho-social demands include the following:
    1. Ability to maintain emotional stability during periods of high stress
    2. Ability to work in an emotionally-charged or stressful environment

CPR Certification

CPR certification is required to practice in all healthcare facilities. Every student must be currently certified in Basic Life Support (BLS) for adults and children from the American Heart Association before participating in clinical experiences. Two-year certification is acceptable and preferred. A copy of the certification card must be provided prior to beginning the program. BLS certification must not expire prior to the completion of the PN Program. It is the student's responsibility to obtain/maintain his/her CPR certification, and the student may not attend clinical if it expires during the semester.


Healthcare providers are required to have certain documentation to be able to practice in healthcare facilities (refer to the following list). Immunizations may be obtained at local immunization clinics or through private physicians. Evidence of immunizations is to be presented to the PN clinical coordinator during the N1005 Orientation to Practical Nursing course. Your position in the Nursing program may be forfeited if this paperwork has not been completed.

Documentation Required Includes:

  1. For the tuberculosis screening, a yearly QuantiFERON Gold blood test or a two-step PPD skin test will be accepted (2nd step must be given 2-4 weeks after 1st step). If positive results, submit a clear chest x-ray (within 5 years).
  2. Two MMR vaccinations (measles, mumps, and rubella) or a positive titer for all three components. If rubella immunization was received prior to May, 1973, a titer should be drawn, as the immunization may need to be repeated.
  3. The hepatitis B series should be started prior to beginning the program in order to meet clinical requirements. Proof of the series and a positive titer must be submitted. If titer is negative, student must receive another series and an additional titer with positive results.
  4. Documentation of a TDaP (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccination administered within the last 10 years is required.
  5. Two varicella (chicken pox) vaccinations or a positive titer is required.
  6. Seasonal flu vaccinations will also be required at the clinical facilities during fall and spring semesters.

Faculty will inform students if any other vaccinations become a requirement.