Practical Nurse Application
Thank you for your interest in the Practical Nurse Program at Clover Park Technical College. The application
process consists of several requirements prior to admission to the program. Please read the entire packet.
Admission policies are subject to change. Applicants are accepted under the terms in place at the time the
application is received. The student is advised to keep up to date on any changes that might affect their
qualifications for acceptance into the Practical Nursing program.
The Practical Nursing Pathway prepares the student for employment as an entry-level practical nurse. Following
successful completion of the pathway, the graduate is eligible to take the NCLEX, state board exam and apply
for licensure as a licensed practical nurse. The LPN provides basic patient care under the supervision of a
registered nurse, ARNP, physician, or other health care professional. LPN’s are employed by long-term care
facilities, in outpatient settings, clinics, schools, and hospitals. The LPN performs basic patient care, administers
medications, performs skilled nursing procedures, and documents in the patient record. During lab classes the
student practices nursing skills, some of which are learned by practicing on classmates. The student also
participates in a variety of clinical experiences that allow them to apply theoretical knowledge to patient care.
During this clinical experience, the student is expected to demonstrate competence in providing safe patient
The Practical Nursing Program begins each fall, winter, and spring quarter. The program takes approximately 4
quarters to complete, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation
requirements. Clinical experiences in the third and fourth quarter may be scheduled during day, evening, or
weekend hours and may begin as early as 5:45 A.M. or end as late as 11:00 P.M. Students may be required to
drive up to 50 miles to some clinical sites.
It is essential that nursing students be able to perform a number of physical activities during the clinical
portion of the program. This will include lifting/transferring patients, observation/assessment of patient using
the physical senses, standing for long periods, performing bending activities, and executing movements
required to provide care for patients in a variety of all health care settings. Students must be able to handle
stressful conditions. Individuals should carefully consider the mental and physical demands of the program
prior to submitting the application.
This occupation requires medium activity and lifting/handling objects weighing up to 50 lbs. and handling body
fluids. Nurses are often standing for long periods of time. For safety and protection of patients, student nurses
must be able to perform basic cardiac life support, including CPR, and function in stressful and/or emergency