College ranks among the top 20 producers nationwide in practical nursing and nursing assistant programs

Anoka Technical College’s Practical Nursing and Nursing Assistant programs rank among the top 20 producers in the nation, according to a new study reported in Community College Times.

In the 2012-13 academic year, Anoka Technical College produced 44 graduates, up 63 percent from the previous year and ranked 18th in the nation in a preliminary analysis by Victor M.H. Borden, a professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Indiana University.

“Preparing more practical nurses and nursing assistants is imperative because the demand is growing,” said Teresa Dill, the department’s chair. “With more baby boomers retiring, the critically important skills attained by practical nurses and nursing assistants are essential to meeting the health care needs in the community. Many students also use these programs as steppingstones to earn Registered Nursing degrees.

The job placement rate for students who completed the practical nursing program in 2012-2013 is 97 percent. Median wage is $41,551 a year and demand for workers with this credential is well-above average in the state with a projected growth rate of 22.6 percent between 2012 and 2020, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Anoka Technical College’s Practical Nursing diploma is a full-time 38-credit program that takes two semesters. Practical nurses specialize in delivering high-quality nursing care to patients in any stage of wellness or illness. Graduates work closely with physicians, registered nurses, and other health care professionals to deliver highly skilled, delegated technical medical and nursing care. They work in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, industrial health centers, community centers, and private or group homes.

The college’s Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide certificate is a five-credit course that introduces concepts of basic human needs, basic nursing and personal care skills, mental health and social needs, restorative services, resident’s rights, and home health. The course meets the requirements of the federal government and the Minnesota Board of Nursing. Upon completion of the competency evaluation, students can be employed in a long-term care facility, hospital or as a home health aide. The median wage for nursing assistants is $27,035 a year. Demands for individuals who have these credentials are above average for the state.

For a link to the Community College Times ranking, go to: http://ccweek.com/article-4107-associate-degree-and-certificate-producers-2014.html. (See PDF: Nursing: Practical Nursing, Vocational, and Nursing Assistants)

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Anoka Technical College’s Practical Nursing and Nursing Assistant programs rank among the top 20 producers in the nation, according to a new study reported in Community College Times.

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