PrintPrint FirstPreviousNextLast
Health Care/Nursing - Practical Nursing Diploma
Code
D300 
Title Practical Nursing Diploma 
Department Practical Nursing 

PRACTICAL NURSING DIPLOMA

Prerequisites
Health Care Provider or Professional Rescuer
BIOL 1404 Human Biology (3 cr)
or BIOL 2467* Anatomy & Physiology I (4 cr)
and BIOL 2468* Anatomy & Physiology II (4 cr)
ENGL 1410  Composition 1 (4 cr)
PNUR 1130  LifeSpan** (1 cr)
PNUR 1132  Infection Control (1 cr)
PNUR 1138  Medical Terminology** (1 cr)
PNUR 1140  Medication Calculations for Healthcare Professionals (1 cr)
Total 11 Credits

Fall Semester
PNUR 1160* Practical Nursing Skills Lab (3 cr)
PNUR 1161* Clinical Lab I (3 cr)
PNUR 1168* Psychosocial Nursing (3 cr)
PNUR 1265* Medical Surgical Nursing I (5 cr)
Total 14 Credits

Spring Semester
PNUR 1162* Clinical Lab II (5 cr)
PNUR 1166* Gerontological Nursing (1 cr)
PNUR 1175* Maternal Child Health (2 cr)
PNUR 1270* Medical Surgical Nursing II (6 cr)
Total 14 Credits

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT - 39 CREDITS
*Denotes Prerequisites
**Student may substitute SECM 1360 Medical Terminology, 3 credits for PNUR 1138 Medical Terminology
**Students may substitute PSYC 2431 Human Development, 3 credits for PNUR 1130 Life Span

Practical Nursing Program Application

Practical Nursing Program Application Information Secondary Sheet

Practical Nursing Program Frequently Asked Questions

Practical Nursing TEAS Test Information

Practical Nursing Student Handbook

Practical Nursing Program Service Learning Handbook

Practical Nursing Diploma Program Planning Form (PDF)

Gainful Employment Information

Career Description: Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) care for people who are sick, injured or disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. The nature of the direction and supervision required varies by state and job setting.

Program Information: The Practical Nursing Program is designed to prepare graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing. Student course requirements include a wide variety of clinical experiences in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes. Graduates join the healthcare team as LPNs upon successful completion of the licensing requirements. There are several program options available. Classes are offered at Brainerd and/or Staples campuses.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professional identity and personal/professional development through accountability, adhering to standards of practical nursing practice within legal, ethical and regulatory framework with specified populations and identification of rationale for scope of practice decision making.
  • Effectively communicate with patients and members of the interdisciplinary health care team, incorporating interpersonal and therapeutic verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
  • Collect and analyze holistic patient-centered information from multiple sources to establish foundation for relationship-centered nursing care through nursing judgments within the practical nursing role.
  • Collaborate with the registered nurse or other members of the health care team to organize and incorporate data collection and knowledge base to contribute to patient care and actions based on established nursing protocols and nursing process.
  • Demonstrate nursing excellence in a caring and empathetic approach to the safe, therapeutic, and individualized care of each client and provide culturally competent care across the lifespan to individuals within a diverse society and within the context of their environment.
  • Implement competent patient-centered care with integrity at the direction of the registered nurse through performance of nursing interventions and with a spirit of inquiry at the Practical Nurse entry level.

Special Program Requirements: This program has a special application process. This includes completion of a CLC application and the College Entrance Test (CET). Also, a practical nursing application must be completed along with the ACCUPLACER TEST. Please contact the admissions department for information or to apply to the program.

Accreditation: This program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Practical Nursing Program is seeking national accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.; the program is a candidate for this accreditation with the expectation of obtaining national accreditation in 2013. Information regarding NLN Accreditation may be found at their web site: http://nlnac.org/home.htm. NLNAC is located at: NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR NURSING ACCREDITING COMMISSION, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326, phone: (414)975.5020

Admissions: This program has a special application process. This includes completion of a CLC application and the College Entrance Test (CET). Also, a practical nursing application must be completed along with the ACCUPLACER TEST. Please contact the admissions department for information or to apply to the program.

Transfer Opportunities: This program has transfer articulation agreements with the following MnSCU institutions: Alexandria Technical and Community College, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Century College, Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, Hibbing Community & Technical College, Inver Hills Community College, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Minnesota West Community & Technical College, Normandale Community College, North Hennepin Community College, Northland Community & Technical College, Northwest Technical College – Bemidji, Pine Technical College, Ridgewater College, Riverland Community College, Rochester Community & Technical College, South Central College, St Cloud Technical and Community College.