I am completely new to nursing/medical professions. Where should I start?

A great place to start is the Nurse Assistant (CNA) program which is available at Davis Tech. In addition to being a prerequisite for the Practical Nurse (PN) program, the Nurse Assistant training and certification will give you a great introduction to the nursing profession, and you will learn vital skills that will be built upon in the PN program.

Once you complete your CNA, you can get a job and get experience doing hands-on patient care. This will give you additional points on the PN program application. From there, you can go on to complete all the prerequisite and support courses required for PN admission and/or graduation.

How do I apply for the Practical Nurse Program?

The application is available during our select application times (See “When can I apply for the Practical Nurse program?”). To apply, go to www.davistech.edu/practical-nurse and click on the application link.

What are the requirements for the Practical Nurse Program?

To be considered qualified for the program, applicants:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Have graduation high school (or equivalent)
  • Have 3.0 or better cumulative GPA at the time of application

Additionally, all prerequisite and support courses must be passed with a C grade or better.

  • High School GPA is not calculated into the cumulative GPA once 15 college credits have been completed.
  • All university and/or college courses will be combined to produce one GPA.
  • Remedial Math courses will not be included in the credit and GPA total. These include Math courses below the Intermediate Algebra level.
  • If the same course was taken two or more times, the most recent course grade will be used to compute the GPA and the previous course grade(s) will be eliminated.

The following courses are prerequisite courses and must be completed before the first day of the PN program:

  • Integrated Human Anatomy & Physiology I (HTHS 1110) or Human Anatomy (ZOOL 2100)
  • Integrated Human Anatomy & Physiology II (HTHS 1111) or Human Physiology (ZOOL 2200)
  • Foundations in Nutrition (NUTR 1020)
  • Introductory Psychology (PSY 1010) or Human Development (CHF 1500)

The following course is a support course and must be completed before the second PN Semester:

  • Introductory Pathophysiology (HTHS 2230)

In addition, applicants must have a current Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) state certification prior to starting the program.

For more information on how we select candidates for our program, please see “How do you select applicants?”

What prerequisite/support courses are offered at Davis Tech?

The Nurse Assistant (CNA) program is available at Davis Tech. For more details about the CNA course at Davis Tech, go to www.davistech.edu/nurse-assistant.

The other prerequisite and support courses can be taken at Weber State University or another regionally accredited university (restrictions may apply; if you have concerns about courses you have taken qualifying for prerequisite or support courses, please contact us).

When can I apply for the Practical Nurse program?

Qualified applicants can apply three times a year for our program. You can see the next application dates on our webpage www.davistech.edu/practical-nurse.

How do you select applicants? (Points)

The Admissions Committee has a set of policies and procedures that are used to select our future students. Candidates are selected based on a competitive point system.

Points Summary:

Criteria Max Points
Cumulative GPA
A minimum 3.0 cumulative, or overall, GPA is required to qualify for the program. The higher your cumulative GPA, the more points you will receive. We use your high school GPA until you have 15 or more college credits completed.
4pts
Completed Prerequisite and/or Support Courses
Completing prerequisite and/or support courses before you apply will award you points. For a list of prerequisite and support courses, please see “What are the requirements for the Practical Nurse Program?”
2pts
Completed Program Requirements with 3.0 Science GPA
A science GPA is calculated when the program requirements of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, psychology/human development, and pathophysiology are completed with grades of C or higher at the time of application. If the science GPA is 3.0 or higher, applicants will qualify for points in this category based on their science GPA. The science GPA is not the same as the cumulative GPA and is not used to qualify for the program.
5pts
Completion of Progression Requirements
This area gives points to applicants who have completed all of the requirements for progression into the Weber State University (WSU) RN program: CHEM 1050, 1130, or 1110, QL Math (MATH 1030, 1035,  1040, or 1050), ENGL 1010 and/or 2010. Please go to www.weber.edu/nursing to review these requirements.
1.5pts
Medical Work Experience
Paid medical work experience, such as 6+ months of direct patient care working as a CNA, Medical Assistant, Surgical Technician, Respiratory Therapist, Paramedic, or EMT. Proof of medical work experience is only accepted by submitting a verification of employment or through a recommendation.
1pts
Recommendations
Recommendations: three from a supervisor, employer, or teacher. Recomemendations may be used for subsequent applications up to one year or three consecutive application cycles. A form is sent to your reference’s email for them to complete and they can submit it after the application deadline. They can verify your medical work experience and are asked to evaluate you in the following areas:
  • Communication: Verbal & nonverbal
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Appearance/grooming
  • Motivation
  • Integrity
  • Punctuality/Absenteeism
  • Dependability/responsibility/maturity
  • Problem solving/decision making/critical thinking
  • Ability to manage anxiety/stress
  • Caring Attitude
1pts
Personal Letter
A typed, personal letter that is at least one page and no more than two pages in length describing why professionalism in nursing is important. This only needs to be submitted once and will be kept on file indefinitely. There are no specific formatting requirements.
1pts
Reapplication Points
Reapplication points are awarded one time only to applicants that were previously qualified on their most recent application. The application fee is also waived for second-time applicants.
0.25pts
Veteran Points
Points will be given to applicants that can prove personal military status (Active Duty, Reserves, Retired, Honorably Discharged, etc.).
0.25pts
Total 16pts

 

When will I know if I’ve been accepted into the program?

It usually takes six weeks after each application deadline to process all applications and email letters to every applicant.

How competitive is the application process for the Practical Nurse program?

The application process is very competitive. We typically receive between 100-200 applications each cycle for a class of 48 students.

Is the Practical Nurse program self-paced?

Unlike most of the programs offered at Davis Tech, the Practical Nurse program is taught in a “defined-entry, defined-exit” method. This means that all students attend the same courses at the same times set up for the program. For more information, please see “What are the days/hours of the Practical Nurse program?”

What are the days/hours of the Practical Nurse program?

The PN program starts with the 'Nursing Foundations' course which will meet at Davis Tech 2 times a week from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for 8 weeks.  This first part of the PN Program will start in February, June, and October each year.

Theory courses for the program start in January, May, and August, after completing 'Nursing Foundations', and are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There may be some skills labs or pass-offs that will keep you after class until 4:30 p.m. Clinical courses are held on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The exact hours of your clinical courses will depend on which hospital you are assigned, but they are typically 8-12 hours long. No part-time or evening hours are available at this time.

Do I have to get a CNA if I have other medical certifications?

Yes. A current Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) state certification is required before the first day of the Practical Nurse program, even if you have other medical certifications.

Do I need to turn in transcripts with my application?

Yes.  We require official (sealed) transcripts with each new application.  We will also accept an electronic copy of your official transcripts from schools that offer that service.  Transcripts must be sent from each college the applicant has attended.  High school transcripts do not need to be sent if you have more than 15 college credits completed. Double check that test scores are included for classes that were tested out of (i.e.: AP, Accuplacer, ALEKS, CLEP, etc.).  Please consult WSU about evaluating your international transcripts.

Transcripts can be mailed to:

Davis Technical College
Practical Nurse Program
550 South 300 East
Kaysville, UT 84037

Electronic transcripts can be sent from schools to: NursingAdvisor@davistech.edu or choose Davis Tech Nursing

We cannot accept faxed transcripts at this time.

Official transcripts must be ordered by the deadline but can be received after that date as schools may need time to process your request.

TIP: When ordering transcripts online, you may need to put “Practical Nurse Program” in the first address line so your transcripts are directed to the right department within the school.

Does Davis Tech offer an RN program?

The PN program consists of 900 clock hours of course work. This course work is transferrable to Weber State University (WSU) as 18 credits of their RN program through an articulation agreement.

Weber State University offers an RN Completion program for Davis Tech PN students on the Davis Tech campus. This program is guaranteed for students who have successfully completed our PN program with a minimum of 80 percent in each PN nursing course. Students must still complete a full application in order to be accepted. If any cohort has more students eligible for the RN Completion program than that program will allow, any student that has withdrawn or had to repeat a semester in the PN program may not be guaranteed immediate progression into the WSU RN Completion program. More information will be given towards the end of your PN program. Davis Tech communicates with WSU regarding student progression.

We recommend that you check WSU’s nursing webpage, www.weber.edu/nursing, to compare their program requirements with ours so you can make a seamless transition between both programs.