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Practical Nursing

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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.

The program has been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (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  

For more information about the program, please contact Faculty Advisor, Pepper McDonald by phone at 651.846.1510, e-mail Pepper McDonald or in person, Fridays 9-10am in room 2150.

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
Career Settings
  • Transitional Care
  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • Clinics/Urgent Care
  • In-home Care
  • Rehabilitation Units/Centers
  • Hospice
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).