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Practical Nursing Diploma
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The Practical Nursing Program at Saint Paul College located in Saint Paul, Minnesota is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the practical nursing program is Continuing Accreditation for Good Cause.
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm.
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).
- Transitional Care
- Long Term Care Facilities
- Clinics/Urgent Care
- In-home Care
- Rehabilitation Units/Centers
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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.
The next available Practical Nursing Application program start date is Spring Semester 2022. Interested students should submit completed
Application to Practical Nursing. (This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by contacting the Director of Access & Disability Resources at 651.846.1547 or AccessResources@saintpaul.edu) Submitted applications will reviewed approximately 6 weeks after the priority review deadline of September 10, 2021. Inclusion of a complete, legible, accurate address on the application will help ensure delivery of the admission status letter.
Prior to submitting the Application to Practical Nursing Major form, an applicant must:
- Complete the ACCUPLACER assessment and meet Minimum Program Entry Requirements.
- Complete all prerequisites prior to PRNS courses with the overall cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and a minimum of C in each of the courses.
- Complete all college level courses with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Saint Paul College GPA calculator.
Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS VI) with a score of 50 or higher.
- Proof you are active on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry or have completed the Nursing Assistant Completion Certificate in the past 5 years.
- Students that are accepted will be required to attend a Practical Nursing Orientation prior to the start of the program.
- Submit a record of the required immunizations, American Heart BLS or Red Cross BLS certification and Background Study 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 VI) scores. Notification of acceptance into the Practical Nursing major will be sent approximately 4-6 weeks after the admissions committee has met.
- Basic therapeutic and preventive nursing care
- Direct patient care
- Medication knowledge and pharmaceutical interaction
- Interpersonal communication
- Critical thinking
- Nursing process
What You'll Need
- Good communication skills
- Professional work ethic
- Desire to work with people of all backgrounds
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