Practical Nursing

Real-world application and clinical experience prepare Practical Nursing students for a rewarding career working to prevent illness and restore health. Students will learn to give skilled compassionate care in structured care settings and will be prepared to take the NCLEX-PN exam upon graduation.

The Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

Landon State Office Building | 900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 1051, Topeka, KS 66612-1230

Main: 785-296-4929 | Fax: 785-296-3929 | www.ksbn.org

Program options

The Practical Nursing program offers a technical certificate option.

The program contains technical education courses, and is a one-year, two and a half semester program. Students participate in planned and supervised experiences—classroom, laboratory, clinical experience—directed toward performing nursing measures with precision, safety and efficiency consistent with nursing concepts and standards. Students will learn to give skilled bedside care to patients with less complex conditions in structured care settings. Upon graduation, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as an LPN.

Students may begin the nursing program in August (Fall Semester) or January (Spring Semester).

Priority Dates

  • Admission for Fall 2019: May 16, 2019

Prerequisites

All applicants are required to take the TEAS entrance exam, in place of ACCUPLACER, Asset or ACT. Applicants must have a minimum “Adjusted Individual Total Score” of 50%. All attempts will be submitted; test must include all four categories: Reading/Mathematics/Science/English & Language Usage and be current within five years of program start date. Please click on the links under “Resources” to register.

Students must have an active Kansas CNA certification prior to enrolling in this program.

Students must provide Official College Transcript(s) that include a College level Anatomy & Physiology Lecture & Lab (5 credits passed with grade C or better)

The FHTC Practical Nursing Program upholds its responsibility to fulfill the needs of a changing society and the health care system by selecting applicants and re-applicants who, in the judgment of the Admissions Committee, demonstrate academic achievement, maturity, integrity, and motivation to enter into and positively contribute to the profession of nursing. Applicants may not know what individuals serve on the Admissions Committee and all Admissions Committee meetings are held in Executive Session.

The Admissions Committee looks for applicants who will diversely contribute to the student population academically, non-academically, and socioeconomically. The Committee wants to see evidence of ability for mature and independent learning. The Practical Nursing Program adheres to FHTC’s Non-Discrimination Policy.

The Admissions Committee will consider the quality of work of each applicant in all areas, including but not limited to, previous education, achievement in the health care field, or work experience that speaks to the applicant’s ability to maintain the initiative, responsibility, and ability to successfully complete the practical nursing curriculum. The Admission Committee considers all available information regarding each applicant. Information is gathered from written sources and all personal contact with the applicant. The following areas are considered:

  • All submitted scores and information to complete application to the program
  • Interest in and commitment to nursing
  • Personal characteristics
  • References

Currently, there is a high demand for well-educated professionals who work to prevent illness and restore health. The LPN provides skilled nursing care under the supervision of registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians. LPNs work with patients across the lifespan, from newborn to geriatrics.

Career opportunities include:

  • Hospitals
  • Health Clinics
  • School Nursing
  • Physician Offices
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Long-term Care Facilities

Kim McNeese, MSN, RN: Director of Nursing

Kim McNeese

Kim has been a Registered Nurse since 2004. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Emporia State University in 2004, and from Fort Hays State University in 2017 with a Master’s of Science in Nursing Education. Prior to becoming an educator, Kim worked at Newman Regional Health in Emporia for over four years on the Medical/Surgical/Pediatric floor. She has been a nursing educator at Flint Hills Technical College since 2008, and became the Director of Nursing in 2017.

Kristin Flott, BSN, RN

Kristin Flott

Kristin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Emporia State University in 1997 and is currently enrolled at Fort Hays University pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing Education degree. Before becoming a nurse educator, Kristin was employed at Newman Regional Health for 20 years in a variety of nursing areas. Her career experience includes Skilled Nursing, Telemetry, Medical/Surgical/Pediatrics, Intensive Care, and Same Day Surgery. Kristin has been with FHTC since 2013.

Kayla Luder, BSN, RN

Kayla Luder

Kayla has been a Registered Nurse since 2013. She graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2013. Before becoming a nurse educator, Kayla was employed at Newman Regional Health in Emporia for five years and on the Medical/Surgical/Telemetry floor. Kayla has been with FHTC since 2017.

Patricia Parks, BSN, RN

Patricia Parks

Tricia graduated from Emporia State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is currently enrolled at Fort Hays State University pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing Education degree. Before becoming a nurse educator, Tricia was employed at Newman Regional Health Women’s Life Center. She also worked at Tyson Fresh Meats: Holcomb as the occupational health nurse and in school nursing for North Lyon County school district. Tricia has been with FHTC since 2014.

Tonya Soyez, BSN, RN

Tonya Soyez

Tonya received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree from Emporia State University in 1998 and was employed at Newman Regional Health in Emporia for 20 years on the Women’s Life Center floor and in Same Day Surgery. She began as an instructor at Flint Hills Technical College in 2018.

Lori Torres, BSN, RN

Lori Torres

Lori graduated in 1980 from Pittsburg State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her career history includes Medical/Surgical nursing and OB/Postpartum and Level II Skilled Newborn Nursery at Shawnee Mission Medical Center and Shawnee Mission OB/GYN Associates, as well as being a school nurse with the Olathe School District. Lori also worked in OB/Postpartum at Newman Regional Health in Emporia and as a Public Health Nurse for Lyon County for eight years. She began as a nurse educator with Flint Hills Technical College in 2003-2004 and again in 2014.

Flint Hills Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of sex including pregnant and parenting students, sexual orientation, handicap, race, color, age, religion, marital status, or national or ethnic origin in educational programs, admissions policies, employment policies, financial aid or other College-administered programs. For questions or concerns regarding non-discrimination contact the Director of Human Resources at 620.343.4600.

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