Background studies are required for health care providers with direct patient contact. All students must pass a background study prior to the clinical courses.
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.
Visit our Health & Human Services page to explore programs related to the Practical Nursing program.
Diploma – 39 credits
|Personal Property Fee||$200|
*Estimated amounts based on 2014–15 tuition and fees.
That's right. Tuition will remain the same for the next two years, making your degree even more affordable. Learn more about the tuition freeze.
Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.
Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.
Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402
Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.
According to iSeek, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, licensed practical nurses are in very high demand. Employment in this field is expected to grow 22.6 percent in Minnesota by the year 2020. There will be a need for about 1,957 new nurses to meet market demand between 2010-2020. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.
Licensed practical nurses often obtain jobs in nursing and residential care facilities, ambulatory health care services, hospitals, and educational service areas.
Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:
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|Sorry, there are no Articulation Agreements in place for this program.|
|Don't worry though, courses in this program may still transfer to other colleges or universities. Visit Transferology for fast and accurate course and transfer equivalency information.|
Do you want to see how your courses transfer to programs at participating colleges and universities? Add the coursework you've taken and use Transferology to find out how it might transfer to any of the participating schools in the Transferology network. Get an account and create a plan now!
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Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.
The Practical Nursing program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student successes and the accomplishments of our health care instructors.
As a student in DCTC's Practical Nursing program, you have many opportunities to make connections in the health care industry through your involvement in professional clubs and organizations.
DCTC features active student clubs and organizations for Practical Nursing students, providing networking and professional development opportunities right on campus.
Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (PTK)
Phi Theta Kappa is recognized as the official honor society for community colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges. PTK provides many leadership and civic engagement opportunities for students. To be eligible for membership, you must have completed a minimum of 12 hours of coursework at DCTC with a cumulative GPA of 3.5. Invitations to join the society are mailed to eligible students at the end of each term.
Multicultural Student Leadership Association
Did you know that more than 20 different cultures are represented in DCTC's student body? As members of the Multicultural Student Leadership Association, we believe in the importance of not only recognizing our differences, but also embracing and learning from them. MSLA gives students from all cultures the chance to learn, belong and grow by experiencing the rich world of people that visits our campus everyday.