- Delivery: Daytime, Evening and Online Classes
- Start: Fall or Spring Semester, Full- or Part-Time
- Location: Rosemount Campus
- NCLEX Pass Rate (2012): 96%
Program Data Sheet
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.
- This program will be adopting the NLN Educational Compentencies Model.
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.
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:
- Nursing Assistant
- First Aid/CPR for Allied Health
Pre-Nursing students must complete the following to be admitted to the Practical Nursing program's core courses:
- Complete a state-approved nursing assistant training program
- Pass the state-approved National Nursing Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination
- Be listed on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry
- All students, regardless of previous degree, must take the ACCUPLACER test for Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills and Arithmetic Skills.
- Students who have completed a transfer-eligible, college-level writing course may be exempt from the sentence skills section of the test
- Prior to admission to the program's core courses, students must score:
- 78 in Reading Comprehension
- 56 in Arithmetic Skills
- Students who fail to achieve the above scores may take developmental courses and repeat the ACCUPLACER until the requirements are met.
- Complete the Practical Nursing program's 11 to 12 required general education credits
In the U.S. and Canada, the National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses (NFLPN) is the professional organization for:
- Licensed practical nurses
- Licensed vocational nurses
- Practical/vocational nursing students
Graduates of the Practical Nurse 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.
Potential Job Titles
- Clinic Nurse
- Hospital Staff Nurse
- Charge Nurse
- Home Health Nurse
- Nursing Technician
- Office Nurse
- Average Wage: $20.65/hour
- Top Earners: $25.36/hour
Gainful Employment Reports
- Practical Nursing - Diploma 39 credits