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

A-M: Joy Seymour ​at joy.seymour@saintpaul.edu or 651.846.1360.

I-Q: Wossen Tsegaw​ at Yewondwossen.Tsegaw@saintpaul.edu or 651.846.1721.

R-Z: Biniam Weldearegay at Biniam.Weldearegay@saintpaul.edu or 651.846.1506

Program Director
Lynn Perkins at lynn.perkins@saintpaul.edu​ or 651.846.1479.

Support Staff
​Dawn Swanson at dawn.swanson@saintpaul.edu​ or 651.846.1413.

​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.

​Application Process
The next available Practical Nursing Application program start date is Fall Semester 2022. We will begin taking applications in February 2022.

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
  • Patience
  • Good communication skills
  • Professional work ethic
  • Desire to work with people of all backgrounds
  • Flexibility​
Female students with male instructor


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