Practical Nursing

  • Credits: 42
  • Degree Type: Diploma
  • Location: East Grand Forks, Thief River Falls, Online

Program Overview

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.

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.

For information on the PN Distance/Hybrid program, review this questionnaire.

Practical Nursing Program Handbook Spring 2023

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Employment Information

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

Career Outlook

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Program Course Listings

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
HLTH 1106 Medical Terminology 2
MATH 1003 Math Applications Nurses 2
PNSG 1250 Intro Practical Nursing 1
PNSG 1254 Nursing Foundations 4
PNSG 1258 Psychosocial 2
PNSG 1262 Nursing Concepts I 5
PNSG 1266 Clinical Care I 1
PNSG 1270 Transition to Practice 1
PNSG 1274 Maternal/Newborn 1
PNSG 1279 Invasive Nrsing Therapies 3
PNSG 1283 Nursing Concepts II 5
PNSG 1287 Clinical Care II 4
BIOL 2260 Anatomy & Phys I 4
BIOL 2262 Anatomy & Phys II 4
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3

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