Practical Nursing2022-06-23T14:33:00-06:00

Practical Nursing

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Nursing in nine months!

Salina Tech’s Practical Nurse program is designed to teach the knowledge and hands-on skills needed to enter the nursing field. Through a combination of classroom learning, simulations and clinical experiences, students develop the nursing skills that  make them stand out in the job market.

The program is designed to prepare students to care for patients under the supervision of a physician or registered nurse. This includes not only clinical patient-care skills, but also soft skills such as professionalism and effective communication.

Topics covered include pharmacology, medical-surgical nursing, gerontology, maternal-child nursing and mental health nursing. The nursing courses consist of a blend of academic and clinical components; together they will prepare the graduate for success with the licensing exam for Practical Nurses, called the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-PN.)

Students first must complete several prerequisites before being accepted into this program. See Prerequisite Information for details. Priority will be given to applications received by March 1.

You Will Learn

  • Provide nursing care within the scope of the ethical and legal responsibilities of practical nursing.

  • Utilize the nursing process to identify basic needs of the client throughout the lifespan for health promotion and maintenance, or when biological, spiritual, cultural and psychosocial needs are not being met.

  • Provide safe and skillful therapeutic care in simple nursing situations based on knowledge of biological, cultural, spiritual, and psychosocial needs of the client throughout the lifespan.

  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal relationships with the client, the client’s family, and members of the interdisciplinary health care team.

  • Demonstrate responsibilities of the practical nurse as an individual who collaborates within the healthcare system and the community.


  • Physician offices

  • Clinics

  • Hospitals

  • Nursing Homes

  • Home Health Care


Contact the PN Enrollment Specialist with any questions, or admissions requirement information.

Bekki Ringle


Laurel Richardson, MSN, BA, RN, CNE

Laurel Richardson is a Registered Nurse who earned a nursing diploma at Asbury Hospital School of Nursing in Salina. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and International Ministry from Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, and a Master of Science in Innovation and Intra/Entrepreneurship in Advanced Nursing Practice from Drexel University, Philadelphia. Mrs. Richardson is also a Certified Nurse Educator with the National League for Nursing.

Most of her nursing career has been in faith community health and development in rural Pakistan and urban India, as well as in pediatric home health in Maine. She joined the Salina Tech Nursing program in 2018. | 785-309-3109

Polly Howell, MSN, RN, CHSE

Polly is a Registered Nurse, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Amarillo College now Texas Tech University.  She earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing from South University.  She is also a certified Healthcare Simulation Educator. 

Ms. Howell has a nursing career that includes many years in pediatrics and a general floor nurse at Salina Surgical Hospital where she gained more experience in infection control and insurance verification.  She has over 12 years of experience with simulation which she brings as an advanced teaching tool.  She joined the Salina Tech Nursing program in 2019 as an adjunct instructor. | 785-309-3157

Becky Adamson, BSN, RN

Becky is Registered Nurse, earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Fort Hays State University.
Mrs. Adamson has a nursing career that is very diverse including, Emergency Department, Acute and Skilled care, Home Health, School Nurse, and Surgery. She has been a nurse for 15 years. She joined the Salina Tech Nursing program in 2021 as a full-time instructor in the Practical Nursing Program. | 785-309-3134


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