Central Lakes Practical Nursing Program is comprehensive nursing program that can be completed in two semesters. Whether you career goal is to work as a Licensed Practical Nurse or you envison yourself as a two or even a four year RN, Central Lakes College is a great place to start!
The program which has been in existence for 56 years has had a long history of success, with its first graduating class of 14 to current graduating classes of 80 students. MN state board passing rates are above the state and national averages and the employment rate is nearly 100% with students either finding employment as an LPN or continuing their education. Qualified faculty with over 60 combined years of nursing education experience and over 150 years of combined nursing experience in OB, Peds, Med/Surg, Psych and School Nursing will be with you as you begin your journey into Nursing at Central Lakes College.
Director of Nursing/Dean of Allied Health
Connie received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Nursing/minor in Psychology in 1981 and Master of Arts Degree in Nursing in 1990 from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN. Connie taught in the Practical Nursing Program from 1984 – 2006 and full time in the Associate Degree Mobility Nursing Program 2006 – 2009 before becoming the Director of Nursing at Central Lakes College in 2009, Dean of Nursing in 2012 and Dean of Allied Health in 2013. She has 18 years work experience as a registered nurse in the acute care areas of Medical-Surgical Nursing, Obstetrics, Nursery and Post-Partum, Emergency Room and Critical Care Unit. Connie is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, International Nurses Honor Society. Ms. Frisch is currently working towards a doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration.
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Shirley Lofquist MSN, RN, graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BSN and a MSN from Saint Xavier University and has over forty years of experience in providing acute patient care in ER, OB, ICU/CCU, Medical-Surgical Nursing and Oncology. She has held management positions of Assistant Director of Nursing, Staff Development, Quality Improvement Coordinator, and Charge Nurse which along with her many years of direct patient care and membership in the American Nurses Association have combined to produce a wide knowledge base and source of life experiences with which she draws upon to enhance her students’ learning environments in the classroom, in clinical practice, and on-line instruction. Over the years she has taught just about every subject offered in the practical nursing program but medical-surgical nursing remains her favorite course to teach.
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Julie Woitalla MSN, RN, Graduated from the College St. Scholastica in 1991, and received a Masters in Nursing Education from Metropolitan State University. Her Nursing career has included working as a RN at Mayo Methodist Hospital in Rochester, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Crow Wing County Public Health, Horizon Health Home Care and the Pierz School District. She has been with Central Lakes College since 2009. She currently resides in Pierz with her husband where she also assists with the family farm. She has four adult children. She also enjoys gardening, reading and hanging out at the lake with friends.
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