Practical Nursing
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Practical Nursing

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“I’m impressed by my instructors who are so knowledgeable and dedicated. Saint Paul College has a supportive and inclusive environment that values all students. I know they want me to exceed.” Michelle, Practical Nurse Student

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Program Requirements

Practical Nursing
Gainful Employment Program Information

As of 2014, the Practical Nursing program is 40 credits in length. The approximate time to complete this program is three semesters.​

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.

The program has been accredited 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.  

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

J-Q: Joy Seymour at

R-Z: Laura McClure at

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 Setting
  • 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).