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Saint Paul College A Community & Technical College

Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing Diploma
Practical Nursing

Program Overview

​Under the supervision of registered nurses and physicians, licensed practical nurses may care for infants and mothers, children and adolescents, and young, middle and older adults. Using learned technical skills, practical nurses assist clients in meeting their physical and psychosocial needs. ​​​ Licensed practical nurses administer medications and perform treatments.

Licensed practical nurses utilize observation, critical thinking, decision-making and communication skills in caring for patients.

The Practical Nursing Diploma is designed to meet the requirements to become licensed as a Practical Nurse.​

Licensing or certification exams are independent of graduation requirements.​

Program Delivery Methods
Online, hybrid, and traditional in-class courses on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​ and offsite clinical training at various Metro locations.

What You'll Learn

  • Basic therapeutic and preventive nursing care
  • Direct patient care
  • Medication knowledge and pharmaceutical interaction
  • Interpersonal communication​​
  • Critical thinking
  • Nursing process
What You'll Need
  • Patience
  • Good communication skills
  • Professional work ethic
  • Desire to work with people of all backgrounds
  • Flexibility​

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

    General Education/MnTC Requirements
    The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the general education curriculum for the Minnesota State system. Choose MnTC courses according to the requirements listed on your Program Requirements Guide. Refer to the MnTC course list for each Goal Area:

    Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) list.pdf

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    ​Application Process

    Prior to submitting the Application to Practical Nursing Major form, an applicant must:

    1. Complete the ACCUPLACER assessment and meet Minimum Program Entry Requirements.

    2. Complete all prerequisites prior to PRNS courses with the overall cumulative GPA of 2.8 or better.

    3. Attend a Practical Nursing Information Session. An overview of the program is presented that includes: expectations, schedule of classes/clinical, and requirements for admission.

    4. Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V)​.

    5. Submit a record of the required immuniz​​​​ations prior to the semester in which the student registers for clinical courses.

    The practical nursing admissions committee will review each application and determine admission on the basis of overall academic performance, including all previous college course work, GPA, ACCUPLACER assessment scores and Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) scores. Notification of acceptance into the Practical Nursing major will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks after the admissions committee has met.

    Minneapolis Community and Technical College's Professional Nursing Program (NPRO)​

  • Career Settings

    • Transitional Care
    • Long Term Care Facilities
    • Clinics/Urgent Care
    • In-home Care
    • Rehabilitation Units/Centers
    • Hospice
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  • Additional Benefits

    Licensing or certification exams are independent of graduation requirements

    • Clinical training gives students the opportunity to work in actual settings with assigned patients.

    • Graduates of the Practical Nursing program usually have the choice of many immediate employment opportunities.

    • Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to take the National Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN).

  • Program Advisor

    ​For more information about the program, please contact a Faculty Advisor according to the first letter of your last name as follows:

    A-I: Wossen Tsegaw at wossen.tsegaw@saintpaul.edu

    J-Q: Joy Seymour at joy.seymour@saintpaul.edu

    R-Z: Laura McClure at laura.mcclure@saintpaul.edu

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Accreditations

​The program has been ac​​​credited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), since 1975. The program is one of three practical nursing programs (out of 22) that are ACEN accredited in the state of Minnesota. www.acenursing.org  

Career Information

Information provided by www.careerwise.mnscu.edu.

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