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Two Rugby residents among new DCB nursing program class members

By Sue Sitter - | Jul 17, 2021

Submitted Photo Nursing students attending an orientation at Dakota College at Bottineau are, back row, left to right, Jaide Laverdure, Bottineau; Alyshia Kom, St. John; Lane Peltier, Dunseith; and Kelly Zorn, Rugby. Middle row, left to right, are Amanda Cole, Rugby; Jordyn DeCoteau, Belcourt; and Janesha Parisien, Rolette. Front row, left to right, are Marlyss Jostad, Bottineau; Richell Carter, Maxbass; and Kasie Bercier, Rolla.

Two Rugby residents are among 57 new practical and registered nursing students enrolled in Dakota College at Bottineau’s nursing program.

Amanda Cole, who works as an LPN at Heart of America Medical Center, has enrolled in DCB’s registered nursing program. Cole, who lives in Rugby, is one of four students enrolled in the program for an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in nursing.

Kelly Zorn, also a Rugby resident, has enrolled in the college’s licensed practical nursing program.

“The Associate Degree Nurse (AAS) prepares students to apply to write the ND State Board Examination for Registered Nurses,” a statement from DCB said.

“I’ve heard good things about it from past students and coworkers who have gone through the program,” Cole said. “I had orientation yesterday and the way the teachers interact with the students shows they care about the nursing students as individuals and not just as students. They are there to help you succeed and be there for your achievements.”

Cole said she plans to complete the one-year program before earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing with another year of study.

The college has also enrolled 53 students in a practical nursing program. Students in that program will study to become licensed practical nurses, or LPNs.

“The Practical Nursing program prepares graduates to apply to take the ND Board of Nursing for Licensure of Practical Nurses,” the DCB statement said. “The students will participate in the DCB programs located on the Minot, Valley City and Bottineau campuses.”

“Dakota College at Bottineau’s practicum is a member of the Dakota Nursing Program, a consortium of four community college nursing departments which work together to offer a common curriculum for a Practical Nursing Certificate and for an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing,” the college’s statement added. “The program works to meet North Dakota’s growing need for nurses by providing these degree programs on the campuses of four two-year colleges and numerous satellite sites across the state.”

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