Practical Nursing

Thank you for your interest in the Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College (OWATC) Practical Nursing Program. This is an occupational training program for students with a high school diploma or GED. Practical Nurses assess patients’ healthcare status and responses to care provided. Practical Nurses also administer medications and perform sterile and non-sterile procedures and assist patients with their personal hygiene, mobility, oxygen, nutritional, and elimination needs. You will delegate assignments to unlicensed healthcare personnel.

Program Length

The Practical Nursing Program consists of nine months (930 clock hours) with an additional 29 semester credit hours of required university/college prerequisite courses. The program is organized into six courses, each with specific objectives and standards for successful completion. There are structured learning activities that include lecture, skills labs, simulation, discussion groups, supervised clinical practice, and written assignments. One class per year is admitted in the fall. Class is approximately 30 hours per week.

Certificate

Graduates from the program will receive an institutional Practical Nursing Certificate, and can apply for licensure through the Utah State Board of Nursing. Those who pass the National Council of Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) will be credentialed as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the State of Utah and can continue their nursing education if desired.

The OWATC has an articulation agreement with Weber State University (WSU) that allows practical nursing graduates who meet WSU requirements to continue their nursing education at OWATC. Students will receive credit for their first year towards an associate degree in nursing (AAS or AS) from WSU and then complete the final year at OWATC. One class per year is admitted each fall. Students wishing to complete their associate degree in nursing at a different university or college must verify admission and course completion requirements.

Link to Weber State University PN to RN Program.

The Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College Practical Nursing Program maintains full approval status by the Utah State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Program Information

Estimated Monthly Cost
Contact Enrollment for information

Estimated Total Cost
Includes tuition, fees, books, and supplies
$2,940

Estimated High School Cost
$0

Average Wage
$37,430

Completion Time
930 Hrs/9 months

Campus Location(s)
Main Campus:

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Additional Information

Admission Requirements

  • Submit formal application:  Early Deadline – February 1Final Deadline – March 1 for fall admission. If the early deadline, February 1st, or final deadline, March 1st, falls on a weekend, the application can still be turned in by mail, postmarked by the deadline.
  • Application availability:  First week of December. Application packet for the fall application cycle will be printable off of the OWATC Practical Nursing Program website (see links listed below). You may request a hard copy of the application packet be mailed to you by calling 801-627-8321 beginning the first week of December.
  • High school diploma or GED
  • New application materials are required each application cycle/year.
  • Current Nursing Assistant Certification (or renewal) from the State of Utah
  • Prerequisite courses must be completed  prior to beginning the Practical Nursing Program.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or higher.
Important Notice
If you are enrolling in any health occupation program, any misdemeanor or felony conviction relating to drug offenses, assault/violent crimes, sexual assault, fraud, or theft that you have on your record, will result in the college not being able to place you in a clinical or externship site. As a result, you will not be able to complete the program.  See your program coordinator for more detailed information.

Physical/Emotional Requirements

  • A complete physical/emotional examination and review of vaccination status will be required by your healthcare provider after acceptance into the program.
  • Exhibit hand/finger dexterity
  • Exhibit eye/hand coordination
  • Stand or walk for long periods ( > 12 hours)
  • Lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Ability to maintain emotional stability during periods of high stress. Ability to work in an emotionally charged or stressful environment.

Application points will be awarded on the following criteria

  • 1/2 application point will be awarded if the completed application is submitted/postmarked on or before February 1
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA)
  • Number of prerequisite courses completed with a “C” or better
  • Number of years of direct “hands-on” medical experience
  • OWATC Reference Form points
  • Previous degrees
  • “Previously qualified” application points

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Please contact Financial Aid at 801-627-8441 for this information.

Program Outcomes

The OWATC Practical Nursing Program utilizes the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (2013 edition) as a basis for the development of its program outcomes:

Outcome #1: A minimum of 90% of accepted students will graduate within the defined program length.
Outcome #2: OWATC Practical Nursing Program graduates will meet or exceed the national mean pass rate for the NCLEX-PN licensing exam on the first writing.
Outcome #3: A minimum of 90% of OWATC Practical Nursing Program graduates seeking employment will be employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse or accepted into an RN program within one year after graduation.
Outcome #4: A minimum of 90% of OWATC Practical Nursing Program graduates who respond to program surveys will rate the OWATC Practical Nursing Program as above average or better at six months and one year after graduation from the program.

For additional information about the Practical Nursing Program, please contact Lee Nelson, OWATC Nursing Counselor, at 801-627-8321 or nelsonl@owatc.edu.

Downloads

Click on the links below for application forms (all forms must be submitted at time of application):

Click on the links below for additional program information:

Employer Advisory Team
  • Crestwood Nursing and Rehab
  • Davis Applied Technology College
  • Davis Hospital and Medical Center
  • Lakeview Hospital
  • McKay-Dee Hospital Center
  • Ogden Regional Medical Center
  • Pineview Transitional Rehab
  • Weber State University Nursing

Program Instructors

Mary Lou Morales

Mary Lou Morales MSN, RN-BC, CNS, CNE

Mary Lou serves as Manager of Nursing Programs at Ogden-Weber Tech College (OWATC) and has been with the college since 2003. She received an MS Degree in Community Health Nursing in 2002 and a BS in Nursing Degree in 1982 from the University of Texas at El Paso. Her nursing experience specializes in medical-surgical, public health nursing and nursing administration. She is credentialed as a Certified Nurse Educator and Clinical Specialist in Community Health Nursing and serves as National League for Nursing Ambassador for Utah Colleges of Applied Technology. Since 2011, she also oversees the PN to RN Program from Weber State University on our OWATC Campus. She also does selected lectures in the Practical Nursing Program.

Office Hours: Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (by appointment)

moralesm@owatc.edu
801-627-8355

Lisa Taun Carver

Lisa Taun Carver ACNP-BC, MSN

Lisa serves as Practical Nursing Program Instructor at Ogden Weber Tech College (OWATC) and has been with the college since 2004. She received a MS Degree in Nursing in 2007 from the University of Utah, a BS in Nursing Degree in 2003 from Weber State University and an AS Degree in Nursing in 1995 from Salt Lake Community College. She is credentialed as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Taun’s nursing experience specializes in critical care, pulmonary and sleep medicine and home care. She teaches the Pharmacology and Nursing Care of the Adult Patient Courses and selected lectures In Foundations and Nursing Care of the Family Courses.

Office Hours: Monday- Friday 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (by appointment)

carvert@owatc.edu
801-395-3773

Deon Openshaw

Deon Openshaw MSN, RN

Deon serves as Practical Nursing Program Instructor at Ogden Weber Tech College (OWATC) and has been with the college since 2005. She received an MS Degree in Nursing in 2011, a BS in Nursing Degree in 2007 and an AS Degree in Nursing in 1991 from Weber State University. Deon’s nursing experience specializes in medical-surgical and gerontology nursing. She serves as a Board member for Sigma Theta Tau Nu Nu Chapter since 2011. Deon is a clinical instructor and coordinates clinical placements for the program. She also teaches selected lectures in Foundations, Nursing Care of the Adult Patient, and Nursing Care of the Family Courses.

Office Hours: Monday- Friday 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (by appointment)

openshad@owatc.edu
801-627-8328