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Practical Nursing

Program Overview

The Pine Technical College Practical Nursing diploma program prepares students to take the practical nursing licensure exam (NCLEX-PN) upon successful completion of classroom and clinical coursework. Classroom coursework includes Adult Nursing, Basic Nursing, Medication Administration, Psychosocial Nursing, Obstetrics/Pediatrics, and Role of the Licensed Practical Nurse classes among others. Clinical experiences are scheduled in long-term care, acute care, ambulatory care, public health and assisted living settings.
- Minnesota Board of Nursing program approval
- NCLEX-PN pass rates

Apply to PTC's Practical Nursing Program

All applicants must complete an internal PTC Practical Nursing Application during the application window period to continue into the core Practical Nursing program. The link to that internal application, application packets, and information session will be posted to this section of the website during the application window.  Applications for Spring Semester start will be available the third Monday of September through the first Friday of October of that calendar year. Applications for Fall Semester start will be available the third Monday of January through the first Friday of March of that calendar year.  No personal notifications either by mail or e-mail are sent to students. PTC Practical Nursing Applications will ONLY be accepted by mail and ONLY during the application window. All applications must be postmarked by the final day of the application window.
During the college orientation for new students, further details will be provided on registering for classes and entrance exams.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All applicants must also apply to the college and have a current application submitted. It is encouraged that applicants apply to the college well in advance of the posting of the internal PTC Practical Nursing Applications, so any transfer work can be completed in a timely manner. Any additional coursework needed to enter the program will be identified at that time. Students must complete all required coursework to enter into the program. Coursework may be completed the same semester in which the student is applying.

Practical Nursing Program Plan (40 credits)

Preliminary courses (First Semester)

BIOL 1240 Health and Disease in Human Biology (4)
ENGL 1276 College Composition (4)
* After completing preliminary courses, students will apply to gain entry to Practical Nursing courses.

Additional requirements to be met prior to application to Practical Nursing courses:

Student must be in current, good standing on the Minnesota or Wisconsin State Nursing Assistant Registry
Current CPR for the Health Care Provider or CPR for the Professional Rescuer
Entrance Exam - see Nursing Information Sessions for further details





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With limited space available, Practical Nursing courses are selective, and students are admitted based on a ranking/rubric. Please refer to the Nursing Information Sessions held monthly for further details on the application process.






Practical Nursing courses (Second Semester)

PRSG 1100 Foundations of Practical Nursing (4)
PRSG 1200 Nursing Care of the Adult Theory I (4)
PRSG 1400 Psychosocial Nursing Care (1)
PRSG 1500 Clinical Lab I (4) MEDA 1501 Pharmacology (3)

Practical Nursing courses (Third Semester)

PRSG 2100Nursing Care of the Adult Theory II (4)
PRSG 2200 Human Development across the Lifespan (2)
PRSG 2300 Nursing Care of Women/Infants/Children (3)
PRSG 2400 Transition to Practice (1)
PRSG 2500 Practical Nursing Leadership Skills (2)
PRSG 2600 Clinical Lab II (4)

About Transfer Credit

PTC welcomes transfer credit from other accredited institutions. Transfer credit will be accepted (pending accreditation of the institution where the credit was earned and other criteria such as grade-point average) and applied toward first-year (preliminary) courses only. Transfer credit will not be applied for practical nursing. The amount of transfer credit accepted may be limited if an applicant's cumulative transfer GPA is less than 3.2.
All applicants must apply to the college prior to any transcripts being reviewed.

Nursing Program Handbook

The Nursing Program Handbook provides information regarding policies, procedures, available resources and common issues that are of concern to PTC nursing students. Students are responsible for using the handbook as a resource when questions arise and as a guide to academic and nonacademic policies and procedures.

Course Outlines

For more specific information about this program's required courses, visit the Course Outlines page.

Cost of Program

To determine the cost of this program, visit the Tuition and Fees page. For scholarship information, visit the Scholarships page. Tip: Look for the "Healthcare Scholarship!"

Career and Employment Information

The Pine Technical College Practical Nursing program provides specialized training for Practical Nurses. Practical Nurses are valuable members of the health care team meeting the basic physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients. In addition, PTC's program trains Practical Nurses to promote health and reinforce teaching for prevention of disease as a member of the health team and the community. Practical nurses help fill the nursing needs of many community healthcare agencies including long term care and assisted living facilities, hospitals, clinics, home care, and public health agencies. Nursing continues to have a critical shortage of workers as the United States population ages. Practical nurses play a crucial role in meeting the healthcare needs of our population and the outlook for employment is very strong.
Employment of LPNs is projected to grow faster than average. Overall job prospects are expected to be very good, but job outlook varies by industry. The best job opportunities will occur in nursing care facilities and home health care services, while applicants for jobs in hospitals may face competition.

Have more questions?

Try reviewing our "Nursing FAQs" page!
Gainful Employment Program Information