The 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 instructorsupervised clinical experiences in health care settings.
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.
The Dakota County Technical College Practical Nursing Program in Rosemount, MN holds pre-accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received.
The Practical Nursing Program is also accredited by the Minnesota Board 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.
To be considered for admissions into our Pre-Nursing or Practical Nursing Diploma programs, students must complete the TEAS Exam and have a college cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher (those with no prior college coursework will be considered as a Pre-Nursing student with the expectation that a 2.50 GPA or higher will be achieved).
Complete the TEAS Exam
In addition to meeting the Admissions Qualifications listed above, students must complete the DCTC admissions process. Visit http://www.dctc.edu/admissions/ for full details and necessary forms.
The following pre-requisites must be met and proof submitted in order for a student to move from Pre-Nursing to a student in the Practical Nursing Diploma program:
- Completion of DCTC’s HEAL 1150 Health Career Math* or an equivalent medical dosages course from another college with a "C" or better.
- Completion of DCTC's HEAL 1101 Anatomy & Physiology or an equivalent course from another college with a "C" or better.
- Completion of DCTCS’s HEAL 1060 Nursing Assistant course or from another state-approved nursing assistant training program.
- Completion of DCTC's PSYC 1350 Lifespan Development or an equivalent course from another college with a "C" or better.
- Pass the state-approved Certified Nursing Assistant examination.
- Be listed on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry
- Current CPR for the Professional Rescuer certification/card from the American Heart Association or American Red Cross.
- Complete all qualifiers and admissions requirements by June 1st (for Fall Semester) OR December 1 (for Spring Semester).
- Have complete admissions file and documentation reviewed and approved by the DCTC Nursing Department.
- Licensed practical nurses
- Licensed vocational nurses
- Practical/vocational nursing students