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Practical Nursing, Diploma


Locations: Pipestone, Worthington and Online
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Practical Nursing is designed to create upward mobility nursing education opportunities.  After successful completion of the Practical Nursing Program, students will receive the Practical Nursing Diploma and be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN examination. Students may exit at this point or continue in the program to receive the Associate Degree in Nursing and are then eligible to take the RN licensing examination. 

Prerequisites:  These must be taken prior to starting the nursing program:  BIOL 1115 Human Biology or equivalent biology course is required before taking Anatomy, Nursing Assistant course, AHA CPR for Healthcare Provider, or equivalent certification course. (Certification must be the American Heart Association-Basic Life Support or American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers). You must remain CPR  certified through the completion of the program.

The following course sequence is required for completion of this program. Only students who have been accepted into the Nursing program are allowed to take the nursing courses.  The non-nursing courses listed may be taken either before or during the program, with the exception of the prerequisite courses which must be taken before the beginning of the program.  Recommended courses for Practical Nursing Program:  MATH 1111 College Algebra, BIOL 2245 Medical Terminology, and CSCI 1102 Introduction to Microcomputers.


Human Biology OR3
Principles of Biology4
Total Prerequisites3
 Fall Semester 
BIOL 2201Anatomy4
Principles & Practices of Nursing4
Nursing of the Adult I3
 Pharmacology I2
Nursing Skills Lab2
Clinical Applications I*2
Credits Fall17
Spring Semester 
Developmental Psychology3
Nursing of the Adult II5
Pharmacology II1
 Family Nursing2
Clinical Applications II*6
Credits Spring17
May Term 
PN Integration2

Notes:  Practical nursing students are required to participate in the Kaplan Integrated Testing Program.

Required end of program assessment will include:

  • Completion of a Kaplan Integrated predictor exam prior to graduation
  • Completion of a Kaplan Review course prior to authorization to test for NCLEX-PN exam.

Clinical experiences are a part of the program and are done locally in area healthcare facilities. On-campus and online learning students need to be prepared to travel to local clinical sites as part of the program.


Updated:  si 6/19/13