North Dakota – LPN Programs & Courses

North Dakota is a large but sparsely populated state. However, there has been a recent oil boom in the state that is helping to drive up population along with the economy. If you are a North Dakota resident (who perhaps has seen the effects of this boom!) looking to drive up your knowledge of becoming an LPN in North Dakota and licensing requirements for LPNs, keep reading. The beginning section on this particular page talks about what LPN courses may be like, while next section talks about some typical Practical Nursing job duties. The next section provides some basic details on getting a Practical Nursing license in North Dakota, and the last section gives a list of North Dakota schools where a person may be able to find Practical Nursing classes.

Basic Information About North Dakota LPN Schooling

LPN educational courses in North Dakota use both practical and theoretical education to give students a comprehensive education in order to become licensed practical nurses. The theoretical portion of LPN schooling in North Dakota includes taking basic, general classes (English, science, etc.) as well as nursing classes. Because practical skills make up a large portion of what students learn in LPN programs, labs may accompany many of the nursing classes. Students in labs may have the chance to practice some of the skills that they’ve learned in a classroom but in a laboratory setting. Students may then apply the skills that they have learned to real-life situations in clinicals, which may meet weekly to learn how to work with patients. This might happen somewhere like a hospital or clinic so the students can gain experience with real patients. Students usually start off clinicals with a lighter load, but as they learn more, they may gain more responsibility. This is excellent preparation for a future job as a licensed practical nurse.

Typical Job Tasks for LPNs in North Dakota

A wide variety of locations characterizes the job of an LPN; this could include many different medical settings, like hospitals, clinics, and other similar places. The job tasks that LPNs perform while working in these locations are equally varied, and may be best described under categories: monitoring patients, providing bedside care, specialized skills, and other duties. While monitoring a patient’s, LPNs might take and record the patient’s vital signs and other medical information. They may also discuss with the patient and doctor any concerns or questions the patient has concerning their health and the care they are receiving. While performing bedside care, the LPN may finish tasks such as changing bandages, bathing the patient, dressing the patient, and helping the patient with their hygiene. LPNs are likely have other duties too, which may include giving patients medication, supervising other staff (such as CNAs), as well as completing necessary paperwork. LPNs may also perform specialized tasks if they have had further education and sometimes even special licensing in it. Such tasks might include things like working with IVs and other, more technical medical tasks.

Licensing Information for North Dakota LPNs

North Dakota’s practical nurse licensing is handled by the North Dakota Board of Nursing, or NDBON. Information on requirements and the application process are handled below, but since unique situations are not covered, visit the NDBON website. Further information on the general application process and questions you may have can be found at this website, as well. North Dakota, like some other states, participates in the Nurse Licensure Compact. This means that if you have a license in another state (where you reside and which is part of the compact itself), you are allowed to practice in North Dakota on your home state’s license. If, however, the state in which you reside is not a compact state, you will be required to get a license in North Dakota

In order to obtain a practical nurse license in North Dakota, applicants must complete a Board-approved program. Official transcripts must be mailed from the school where a person completed their education to the NDBON. An online application is available for graduates to fill out, and an appropriate fee must be submitted. All applicants must have a criminal history record check performed on them, as well, and they must all pass the NCLEX (the official exam that must be taken in order to become a Licensed Practical Nurse). Applicants may receive a work authorization at one point in the application process, which allows them to work as graduate nurses for 90 days or until test results are posted.

North Dakota Colleges & Schools

These colleges and schools may offer programs for those interested in practical nursing. To get more information (and to find out which, if any, programs might be currently offered), please reach out to the school directly.

Bismarck State College
1500 Edwards Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501
(701) 328-9841

Dakota College at Bottineau
105 Simrall Blvd, Bottineau, ND 58318
(701) 228-2277

Dickinson State University
291 Campus Dr, Dickinson, ND 58601
(701) 483-2507

Lake Region State College
1801 College Dr N, Devils Lake, ND 58301
(701) 662-1600

North Dakota State College of Science, Skills and Technology
1305 19th Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102
(701) 231-6900

Sitting Bull College
9299 ND-24, Fort Yates, ND 58538
(701) 854-8000

Turtle Mountain Community College
10145 BIA Road 7, Turtle Mountain, ND 58369
(701) 477-7862

United Tribes Technical College
3315 University Dr, Bismarck, ND 58504
(701) 255-3285

Williston State College
1410 University Ave, Williston, ND 58801
(701) 774-4200