Practical Nursing

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Nursing is a growing field with multiple career opportunities. Practical Nursing is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for students to enter the world of nursing. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) may provide care for persons of all ages in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, home care, hospice, camp nursing and occupational nursing. The program offers both part-time and full-time enrollment options.

Students in the Practical Nursing program will receive supervised experience in caring for clients in a variety of health care settings including hospital, long term care, clinic, and childcare. Students are taught to practice within the scope of practical nursing while under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.

LPN's use critical thinking and technical skills to assist clients to meet their physical and psychosocial needs. LPN's administer medications and perform treatments. LPN's use a variety of medical equipment, such as IV pumps, syringes, cardiac monitors, diagnostic testing devices and computers.

As a graduate of the Practical Nursing program, students are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Exam for the Practical Nurse.

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Program Accreditation

Minnesota Board of NursingThe Practical Nursing program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

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Program Specific Requirements

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  • Complete the NCTC college admission process and declare the Practical Nursing major.

  • Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of C or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.
    Arithmetic: 50

  • Students will only be allowed two attemps on all PNSG courses.

  • Meet all program prerequisites and achieve a C or higher grade in all required general education courses.

    • Pre-Nursing General Education Courses
      • BIOL 2252 Anatomy & Phys I

      • BIOL 2254 Anatomy & Phys II

      • ENGL 1111 Composition I

      • PSYC 2201 Developmental Psychology

  • Students must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA for PN program entrance and meet the college's required cumulative completion percentage standard. (NCTC policy 3070 Satisfactory Academic Progress) Students in a warning, probation, or suspension will not be considered for PN program eligibility.

  • Current CPR certification. CPR for Health Care Providers (American Heart Assn) or CPR for the Professional Rescuer (Red Cross.)

  • Upon acceptance into the program, completion and approval for clinical participation of the Minnesota Department of Humans Services Licensing Division Background Study. Upon acceptance into the program, completion and approval for clinical participation of a National Background Study through Verified Credentials cost $50.

  • Completion of the College Health Screening & Immunization form.

  • Achievement of a minimum cumulative score of 50 on the TEAS examination. The TEAS test must be taken before the application window closes (before April 1 for fall start and before Nov 1 for spring start).

  • Apply for eligibility to enroll in the PNSG Practical Nursing program course sequence.
    • Application should occur when the student is enrolled in their final semester of prerequisite and/or pre-nursing general education courses.

    • Students wishing to be considered to begin the PNSG course sequence in fall semester -- Application window open February 1st - March 1st. Students completing gen eds during the summer semester will only be considered for fall semester start pending space availability.

    • Students wishing to be considered to begin the PNSG course sequence in spring semester -- Application window open October 1st - November 1st.

      • **** PLEASE NOTE ****

      • There is not a guarantee that a program cohort will start every semester on each site (East Grand Forks, Thief River Falls & Distance).

      • Pending enrollment numbers, if a cohort does not start on your site of choice you may be offered a space in one of the other site cohorts.

      • Additionally, a blended site (some classes face-to-face and some classes distance) may be used pending enrollment numbers.


  • Health and Human Services students must comply with both Minnesota law and clinical facility requirements related to immunizations and background screenings.
  • Students who do not comply with the required health and immunization requirements may not be permitted to attend clinical which WILL affect program progression and completion.

Program Course Listings

Prerequisite Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
HLTH 1106 Medical Terminology 2 credits
HLTH 1110 Nursing Assistant 3 credits

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
MATH 1003 Math Applications Nurses 2 credits
PNSG 1200 Concepts of Nursing 2 credits
PNSG 1202 Nursing I 4 credits
PNSG 1204 Nursing I Skills 3 credits
PNSG 1208 Maternal Child Health 2 credits
PNSG 1210 Nursing II 5 credits
PNSG 1212 Nursing II Skills 1 credits
PNSG 1214 Nursing Pharmacology 2 credits
PNSG 1218 PN Clinical I 4 credits
PNSG 1220 Psychosocial Nursing 3 credits
PNSG 1222 Nursing III 4 credits
PNSG 1228 PN Clinical II 5 credits
PNSG 1234 Nursing Roles 1 credits
BIOL 2252 Anatomy & Phys I 3 credits
BIOL 2254 Anatomy & Phys II 3 credits
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3 credits
PSYC 2201 Developmental Psychology 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 50 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

  1. Student will provide safe holistic individualized nursing care to diverse patient populations.

  2. Student will demonstrate competence with patient care equipment and technology.

  3. Student will apply safety and infection control measures to patient care.

  4. Student will perform medication administration safely and accurately.

  5. Student will demonstrate critical thinking/problem solving skills through prioritized patient care.

  6. Student will demonstrate effective and respectful communication skills.

  7. Student will demonstrate accountability for legal and ethical parameters for the Practical Nurse.

  8. Student will demonstrate competence consistent with the entry-level Practical Nursing.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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Graduates are employed in long term care facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, clinics, acute care hospitals, group homes, child care facilities, and school nursing.

The employment outlook for licensed practical nurses in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 30.4%, a very high growth career.

Program Faculty

East Grand Forks Campus

  • Mary Amundson
  • Practical Nursing Instructor
  • (218) 793-2526
  • Tami Byklum
  • Adjunct Practical Nursing Instructor
  • (218) 793-2527
  • Margo Colenso
  • AD Mobility / Practical Nursing Program Instructor
  • (218) 793-2527
  • Donna Craigmile
  • Practical Nursing Instructor
  • (218) 793-2529
  • Julie Dahlman
  • Adjunct Practical Nursing Instructor
  • (218) 793-2527
  • Deneille Haberstroh
  • Adjunct Practical Nursing Instructor
  • (218) 793-2527
  • Nessa LeQuire
  • Adjunct Practical Nursing Instructor
  • (218) 793-2527
  • Amber Solheim
  • Adjunct Practical Nursing Instructor
  • (218) 793-2527
  • Farrah Spivey
  • Adjunct Practical Nursing Instructor
  • (218) 793-2527
  • Lisa St. Michel
  • Practical Nursing Instructor
  • (218) 793-2522
  • Karen Znajda
  • Practical Nursing Instructor
  • (218) 793-2542

Thief River Falls Campus

  • Lisa Lemonds
  • Practical Nursing Instructor
  • (218) 683-8738
  • Dorinda Sorvig
  • Director of Practical Nursing Program
  • (218) 683-8736