The Practical Nursing major is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become licensed and provide direct nursing care to clients in hospitals, nursing homes, medical centers, clinics, doctors offices, facilities for the mentally and physically handicapped, and in home health care. This educational program includes classroom theory, laboratory experience, and supervised clinical experience in area hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and community-based health care agencies. 

In the last semester of the program, students' clinical rotation includes an internship-like practicum where students obtain integrated clinical experience in eight-hour shifts with correlated classes designed to assist them in making a smooth transition from student role to the role of the graduate practical nurse.  The variety of relevant clinical experiences in multiple types of settings enhance the students' opportunities as a valued member of the health care team. 

This level of education has provided many graduates the entry-level opportunity in the enhancement of their nursing career.  A graduate of this program is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination - Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN). 

For additional information, visit the National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service at

The program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 (

Practical Nursing

Contact Information
(507) 285-7210 or 1‑800‑247‑1296
Rochester Community and Technical College
851 30th Ave SE :: Rochester, MN 55904-4999
Celebrating 100 years!    1915-2015
Rochester Community and Technical College, a member of Minnesota State.
RCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer.
Submit Website Feedback