Practical Nursing

Application deadline for the Spring 2015 semester is December 31st, 2014.

Program Overview

Awards/Outcomes Credits Location
Practical Nursing - Diploma 37 cr. Rosemount

Major Description

This program equips graduates with the knowledge and skill set to administer safe, ethical, patient-centered nursing care in traditional and alternative health care settings. The Practical Nurse (PN) role within the nursing process is taught through classroom learning, simulated client care and instructor-supervised clinical experiences in health care settings.

Program Approval

The program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the licensing examination administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Background Study Requirement

Background studies are required for health care providers with direct patient contact. All students must pass a background study prior to the clinical courses.

Admissions Requirements

Students interested in the Practical Nursing program must first complete the DCTC admissions process as a Pre-Nursing student, which includes supplying proof of high school diploma or GED.


The Pre-Nursing program allows students to enroll in the following prerequisite courses:

Pre-Nursing students must complete the following to be admitted to the Practical Nursing program's core courses:

Professional Affiliations

In the U.S. and Canada, the National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses (NFLPN) is the professional organization for:

Work Environment

Graduates of the Practical Nursing program must pass the NCLEX examination to become licensed. Licensed practical nurses, (LPNs), provide direct patient care under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN), advanced practice nurse (APN), physician assistant (PA) or physician (MD). Potential employers include hospitals, long-term care facilities, health care clinics, schools, home health agencies and homes for special populations.

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Academic Advisor

Serena Jones


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