Practical Nursing


This self-paced program combines clinicals and classroom experience covering all aspects of nursing necessary for completion of the national licensing exam for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). An LPN is trained to provide routine nursing care and is allowed to perform more complex tasks only under the supervision or direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician or dentist. They bring their caring, sympathetic nature to hospitals, home health care services, nursing care facilities, physicians’ offices and other health care providers and agencies.

Meet The Instructors

Barbara Simmons, R.N., B.S.N., M.Ed., M.S.N., received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Central State University, her Master of Education from the University of Central Oklahoma, and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. 

She has experience in medical surgical nursing, has worked as a house supervisor and was a Public Health Nurse for five years. She began her career in Nursing Education at Wes Watkins Technology Center in 1988 and became the Nursing Coordinator at Autry Technology Center in 1991. 

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Esmeralda Herrera, R.N., B.S.N., completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Prior to completing her bachelor’s degree, she received an Associate of Science, Pre-Baccalaureate Nursing degree from Northern Oklahoma College. Mrs. Herrera worked as a nurse aide for almost two years at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

After completing her BSN, she worked for Hospice Circle of Love as a staff nurse and then admissions/quality assurance nurse. Mrs. Herrera joined the nursing staff at Autry Technology Center in 2016.

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Andrea Winter, R.N., B.S.N. has been a Registered Nurse for 20 years.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 1997 and has been teaching at
Autry Technology Center since 2005.

Ms. Winter is an active advisor in the local HOSA organization.

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Andrea Kihega Bond completed her Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from Northern Oklahoma College in 1998 and her Bachelor of Science from Phillips University in 1992. She has been an RN for 11 years and has experience in oncology and chemotherapy/biotherapy administration, hospice, dialysis, infection control and employee health.

Mrs. Bond joined the nursing staff at Autry Technology Center in 2019.

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