• Program: Practical Nursing
  • Degree: Diploma
  • Credits: Total Diploma Credits 41
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The courses listed are designated to meet the requirements of the Minnesota Board of Nursing for qualifying to take the practical nursing state board licensing examination (NCLEX-PN). Upon successful completion of NCLEX-PN the graduate practical nurse is licensed as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Licensed Practical Nurses provide direct care under the supervision of a licensed physician or registered nurse. Licensed Practical Nurses use the nursing process to collect patient data and implement nursing care in maintenance of health as well as caring for those who are ill, injured or who have debilitating conditions. Students attending courses full-time can complete this program in 2 semesters. Cleared criminal background study is required. Prerequisite: 8-hour CPR course for Health Care Providers offered by the American Heart Association or 8-hour CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer course offered by the American Red Cross or EMSV1020; NAHA1002 or currently on the Minnesota Department of Health Registry for Nursing Assistants; BIOL2045 or BIOL2125 and BIOL2225, ENGL2050, NURS1015 or BIOL2003 or HLTH2001, and qualifying scores in reading, writing, math and computer literacy assessment tests. Students are required to attend an application session to receive their application. Students should plan on attending an application session at least 1 semester before completion of their prerequisites. Application session dates/times and locations are located under entry requirements. . Students are accepted into the program through the application process.

Career Opportunities

Opportunities for employment may be available in hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, long-term care facilities, transitional care facilities, industry and the armed forces.

Award Outcomes:

  • Provide patient care founded on basic physical, developmental, spiritual, cultural, functional, and psychosocial needs of individual patients across the lifespan.
  • Manage care through planning, organizing or assigning aspects of care to UAP's and LPN's under the direction of an RN or other licensed Health Care Provider.
  • Participate as a member of the inter-professional team collaborating with other health care providers to promote safe, quality, patient centered care.
  • Demonstrate nursing safety principles.
  • Utilize information technology effectively in the provision of care.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors in accordance with legal and ethical nursing practice standards.
  • Utilize evidence-based nursing judgment when providing individualized patient care when prioritizing care across the lifespan.
  • Participate in quality improvement.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 33 Credits
General Education Requirements 8 Credits

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 0 Credits
General Education Electives 0 Credits

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