Practical Nursing

  • Credits: 44
  • Degree Type: Diploma
  • Campus: East Grand Forks, Thief River Falls, Online

Program Facts

Program Mission Statement
The mission of Northland Community and Technical College's Nursing Program is to serve learners, society, and particularly the region through a collaborative approach in the educational preparation of nursing personnel.

Northland Community and Technical College's (NCTC) Nursing program functions in conjunction with the mission and vision of NCTC. NCTC's nursing program has multiple campuses and modes of delivery which are committed to inspire student success and cultivate a quality educational environment.

The PN program develops the professional behaviors of the student Practical Nurse through utilization of the nursing process, with emphasis in the areas of communication, teamwork, and interprofessional collaboration.
Ongoing quality improvement activities are performed implementing established EBP, and current technology to deliver quality safe patient centered care.

Program Completion Rates:
Year -- Total
2015 -- 91%
2016 -- 85%
2017 -- 93%
2018 -- 88%
2019 -- 85%

NCLEX-PN Licensure Pass Rates:

Year        NCTC        MN        National    
201586.41%83.44%81.89%
201686.18%85.13%83.70%
201788.17%86.22%83.85%
201892.37%85.42%85.93%
201989.68%88.47%85.63%


Program Employment / Placement Rates:
Year -- Total employed or continuing education
2013 -- 89%
2014 -- 87%
2015 -- 93%
2019 -- 77% of tracked graduates

Average Class Size:
Theory/lecture classes: 40 maximum
Skills lab: 15 students per instructor
Clinicals: 10 students per instructor

Job Outlook/Pay:
According to CAREERwise, the median pay for LPNs in Minnesota is $20.07/hour and $21.80 in the U.S. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 11.3% in MN, and 16.3% in the U.S. This career is in very high demand.