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Practical Nursing Overview

Practical Nursing

Career/Program Overview

The Practical Nursing (PN) program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide direct nursing care to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, home health care, and community based settings. This educational program includes classroom theory, laboratory experiences, and supervised clinical experiences with defined program learning outcomes.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination – Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) and enter the profession of nursing as defined by Minnesota statutes (148.171 Subd. 14, Practice of Practical Nursing).


Coursework for the Practical Nursing program includes 12 general education credit requirements and 27 core program credits. Core program courses include Success in Nursing, Nursing Fundamentals in the Care of the Older Adult, Pharmacology for Practical Nursing, Adult Nursing, Family and Mental Health Concepts, and Integrated Clinical Application.

Program/Degree Options

Practical Nursing Diploma, 39 credits

Program Start Date(s)

General education courses may be taken prior to or concurrent with core program courses. The program length is 10 months, starting in August with completion in June.

Career Opportunities/Information

Students completing the PN Program are eligible to apply for the LPN Mobility track for the Associate Degree Nursing program.

For the most up-to-date statewide employment information visit the following website.


The Higher Learning Commission accredits Rochester Community and Technical College.

The PN program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, in Atlanta, Georgia 30326. For more information, visit their website at

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at:

Additional Information

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Gainful Employment Programs

U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible. This information can be found at


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Overview content updated: 2017-04-17
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