September 21-23, 2005

ITEM 128-301-R0905  Authorization to Establish a Certificate Program in Practical Nursing; Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC)

THAT: Board of Regents of Higher Education authorizes Flathead Valley Community College to establish a certificate program in Practical Nursing

EXPLANATION: Flathead Valley Community College seeks approval from the Montana Board of Regents for a Level II Certificate program in Practical Nursing. Students take a combination of lecture, lab and clinical courses that prepare them to work as licensed practical nurses (LPNs). LPNs in Montana earn an average annual income of $25,450 with experienced LPNs earning up to $34,000. Licensed practical nurse employment will increase in response to long-term care needs of an increasing elderly population and general growth of health care. FVCC's Practical Nursing program will prepare students to sit for licensure, address current health workforce supply challenges and establish a curriculum that provides opportunities for continued studies in nursing.