Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing

Program Overview

Awards/Outcomes Credits Location
 Practical Nursing - Diploma 42 cr. Rosemount
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Major Description

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 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 Qualifications

To be considered for admissions into our Pre-Nursing or Practical Nursing Diploma programs, students must:

  • Complete the TEAS Exam.
  • 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).

Admissions Requirements

In addition to meeting the Admissions Qualifications, students must complete the DCTC admissions process (full details/forms found at ) which includes:

  • Attend Tuesday Campus Visit – Not required by strongly recommended.
  • Complete and submit the Application for Admission.
  • Pay the one-time, nonrefundable $20 Application Fee.
  • Complete and submit the Immunization Form.
  • Take the ACCUPLACER Test to assess college readiness in Reading Comprehension (78 or higher preferred), Sentence Skills (86 or higher preferred) and Arithmetic (56 or higher preferred).   Note "Exemptions" to this requirement.
  • Possess a High School Diploma or GED and provide proof of such credential.
  • Submit official college transcripts.
  • 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.


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.  *Please note: an ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 56 or higher is required to take this course.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Professional Affiliations

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
Practical Nursing Advisor & Instructors
Jonathan O'Hara
Jonathan O'Hara
Enrollment Advisor
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Brenda Arneson
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Program Costs*

Practical Nursing
  Practical Nursing
Diploma – 42 credits
Tuition $203.92/cr.
Fees $21.45/cr.
Textbooks $1,200
Supplies $330
Other $330
Personal Property Fee $200
Grand Total $11,525.54

Put Your Tuition on Ice!

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.

Scholarship Opportunities

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.

Work-Study & Student Worker Positions

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.

Financial Aid

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.

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Practical Nursing

Work Environment

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), physical 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.

Job Outlook

According to CAREERwise Education, 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.

Gainful Employment Reports

Career Information

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Transfer Options

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Articulation Agreements

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:

Transfer To Degree Major Offered  
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.

Transfer Resources

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Transferring to DCTC?

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.

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News & Events

Practical Nursing

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.

Practical Nursing News

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Clubs & Organizations

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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.

Stay Connected on Campus

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.

For a complete list of extra curricular opportunities at DCTC, visit our Campus Life page.