Lincoln County residents wanting to pursue a Practical Nursing Certificate of Applied Science or an Associate of Science Nursing degree at Flathead Valley Community Collegeís Libby campus are advised that now is the time to apply for admission and register for prerequisite courses that will begin in August.
Some travel to the Kalispell campus may be required.
The Practical Nursing Certificate of Applied Science can be completed in three semesters, and the Associate of Science Nursing degree can be completed in five semesters. The two programs have different prerequisite courses that must be completed or be in the process of being completed at the time of application.
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) care for ill, injured, convalescent or disabled persons in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, clinics, private homes, group homes and some hospitals. They may work under the supervision of registered nurses (RNs).
RNs assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans and maintain medical records. They administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent or disabled patients. RNs may advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for LPNs working in Montana is $42,690, and the mean annual wage for RNs working in Montana is $66,280. In addition to competitive salaries, many health care employers offer sign-on bonuses or loan repayment plans.
New students are required to complete the FVCC application for admission and follow the steps for enrolling, including submitting official transcripts if transfer credits are to be considered. The deadline to apply for fall semester is Aug. 22 and classes begin Aug. 29. Additional information about FVCCís nursing programs is available at www.fvcc.edu/nursing.
For more information about the application process, call Janet Ivers or Debbie Huisentruit at 406-293-2721.