Great Plains Technology Center (GPTC) provides vocational education and training to students in Southwest Oklahoma. The center was founded in 1971 and educates over 1,000 students each year in nursing, welding, carpentry and computer technology. Great Plains Technology Center has two campuses; the main campus is located in Lawton and the Tillman Kiowa campus in Frederick. Great Plains Technology Center is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement and the Oklahoma Board of Career and Technology Education (OBCTE).
The Practical Nursing program at Great Plains Technology Center is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
Great Plains Technology Center Undergraduate Nursing Programs
College Credit Cooperative Alliance
Through a cooperative program at Great Plains Technology Center students can earn credits towards nursing programs through partnership universities and programs. Students in the Practical Nursing program can earn up to 18 hours of study through Western Oklahoma State College.
Great Plains Technology Center Nursing Certificate Programs
The Practical Nursing program at Great Plains Technology Center prepares nurses to serve in a variety of health care settings under the supervision of and in collaboration with RNs (Registered Nurses) and other healthcare professionals. Students in the Practical Nursing program are prepared to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN, National Council for Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses to become an LPN in Oklahoma. Admission requirements to the LPN program include being at least 18 years of age, a high school diploma or GED, CPR Certification (specifically for health care providers) and attending a mandatory nursing program information meeting. Students applying to the program with previous experience in a healthcare setting should have a good record.
Long Term Care Nurse Aide
The Long Term Care Nurse Aide program at Great Plains Technology Center prepares students to provide basic care to patients in a variety of settings. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take an exam to become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) in Oklahoma. The CNA program is 127 hours and consists of four courses. As part of the program, students will earn a CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certificate.
Student Resources at Great Plains Technology Center
Great Plains Technology Center offers unique resources to current students. The Lounge, a column in the Great Plains Technology Center student newspaper, allows students to share and compare experience with their peers. The program details the lives of two Great Plains Technology Center students from the beginning until the end of the school year. A recent report gave praise to nurses and other students enrolled in healthcare fields.
The center also has programs to help students in need. The SCORE program at Great Plains Technology Center offers students ages 16-19 who have not completed high school the opportunity to enroll in an intensive academic program and learn a vocation. Nearly 1,000 students have participated in the program.