Applied Tech is now accepting applications for the Spring 2015 Practical Nursing program at the MET Center and South Tech.
Application Deadlines:February 23th 2015 - MET Center class starting March 23rd 2015March 13th 2015 - South Tech class starting April 13th 2015
All application requirements are to be completed by the above dates to be considered for selection. Register to take the entrance exam here or call 314-989-7570 today for more information.
After a challenging year of study, practical nursing graduates celebrated with staff, family and friends as they received their certificates. Spring graduation ceremonies were held at South Tech on March 14, 2014 for the Wellston campus and April 11, 2014 for the South campus. Valedictorians included Ashley Williams (Wellston campus) and Caroline Edmondson (South campus). Leadership awards, which are voted on by the students, were presented to Natalie Basemore (Wellston campus) and Shelly Wilkes (South campus). Presiding over ceremonies was Ms. Kim Rau, Site Coordinator. Also in attendance, Mr. Dennis Mix, Administrator-Adult Education, Dr. Paul Bauer, Assistant Superintendent, and Mr. Don Bohannon, Assistant Superintendent.
The complimentary buffet lunch was catered by the South Tech Culinary Arts Department.
A cornerstone in developing and implementing high quality occupational education, advisory councils serve to tie the needs of business and industry to a school’s instructional objectives and are essential in ensuring educational programs fully meet the needs of the community.
Applied Tech’s Practical Nursing program advisory council’s meeting was held on November 4, 2013 at South Tech in Sunset Hills and included 13 advisory members from acute and long-term care facilities across the county.
Council members reviewed and discussed Applied Tech’s key performance indicators, curriculum updates, clinical partnerships, technology and students resources, faculty and professional development, as well as workforce placement. Additionally, information regarding the marketing strategy, PN Leadership Program, and the announcement of the Health Career Expo to be held on March 5, 2014 were shared. Finally, a discussion on acute and long-term care needs, the challenges facing facilities, and the future role of the LPN in the community was initiated and methods to meet those needs were discussed.
The staff at Applied Tech would like to thank the members of the advisory council for their continued dedication in strengthening our PN program by sharing their wealth of knowledge, providing significant guidance and helping our students to become successful nurses in our community.
Lesley Walker graduated September 2013 (9/2012 - 9/2013)
She worked as a CNA and CMT for 17 years before deciding to take the next step in her dream of becoming a nurse. An opportunity presented itself that permitted her to work part-time and go to school full-time to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. She chose Applied Tech’s LPN program on the advice of a friend who was a recent graduate of the program and because of the program’s location.
Lesley says you have to be dedicated and work together with fellow students in order to complete the program. Her motivation came from just knowing what was to come upon completion of the program. “I am proud to say that I am a nurse. This was the first thing that I have ever done for myself,” she said.
Upon graduation she was hired by a long term care facility where she previously worked as a CMT. She considered herself part of this long term care facility’s family. A month after graduation she passed her state board exam, transitioned into her new position as an LPN, and just one year later was promoted to nurse manager. When she reflected on the Applied Tech PN Program, she stated, “I truly feel that the program gave me what I needed to be successful”.
Lesley plans to further her education to become an RN.