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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: Nursing Assistant (NA) course (from a state approved NA course and location), BIOL 1115 Human Biology or equivalent biology course is required before taking Anatomy, EMS 1112, AHA CPR for Healthcare Provider, AED First Aid Certification, or equivalent certification course. Certification must be the American heart Association-Basic Life Support or American Red Cross-CPR for Professional Rescuer. Students must remain 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 OR 3
Principles of Biology 4
Total Prerequisites 3
  Fall Semester  
BIOL 2201 Anatomy 4
Principles & Practices of Nursing 4
Nursing of the Adult I 3
 Pharmacology I 2
Nursing Skills Lab 2
Clinical Applications I** 2
Credits Fall 17
Spring Semester  
Developmental Psychology 3
Nursing of the Adult II 5
Pharmacology II 1
 Family Nursing 2
Clinical Applications II** 6
Credits Spring 17
May Term
PN Integration 2

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

Required end of program assessment will include:

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

**Clinical experiences are a part of the program and are done in healthcare facilities located in southwest Minnesota. On-campus and online learning students need to be prepared to travel to assigned clinical sites as part of the program.


Updated:  si 5/12/17