Minnesota State College Southeast
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Nursing is a challenging, innovative, and caring profession where you can make a real difference in the lives of your patients.

Minnesota State College Southeast's Practical Nursing program in Red Wing and Winona, MN, offers a concept-based approach to the curriculum, giving you a holistic view of the patient's health care needs.

High NCLEX-PN® Pass Rates

2019 Year-to-Date Practical Nursing NCLEX-PN® First Time Success Rate: 97.44%
1st quarter 2019: 100%
2nd quarter 2019: 100%
3rd quarter 2019: 92%

Nursing Job Placement: 100%
100% of MSC Southeast nursing graduates seeking employment in the field find jobs.

Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing major is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide direct nursing care to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, home and community-based settings within the scope of practice of a Practical Nurse. This challenging 2-semester program requires students to demonstrate competence in classroom theory, laboratory experiences, simulated events, and supervised clinical rotations. We recommend that students complete general education coursework prior to entering the nursing program.

Admissions deadlines

Fall Semester Start: All applications must be submitted by May 1 (or the next business day if this date falls on a Saturday or Sunday) for priority admission status to the Fall Semester of admission. Applications submitted after May 1 will receive consideration after priority admission status applicants have been considered.

Spring Semester Start: All applications must be submitted by October 1 (or the next business day if this date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday) for priority admission status to the Spring Semester of admission. Applications submitted after October 1 will receive consideration after priority admission status applicants have been considered.

Upon successful completion of the Practical Nursing program, you will be eligible to be licensed as an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) after passing the state administered nursing examination called the NCLEX.

Note: Practical Nursing is offered on our campuses in Winona and Red Wing. During clinical rotations, nursing students may be required to travel up to a 100-mile radius from their home campus.

Continued Education Pathways

RN-BSN Completion Program: Winona State University offers a RN-BSN Completion program on the Red Wing campus. The RN-BS Completion program is for Associate Degree or diploma-prepared RNs who wish to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. RN licensure is required prior to beginning the RN-BSN Completion Program. Students in their last semester of nursing school may apply. For more information, see RN-BS Completion at WSU's website.

Minnesota State has a Statewide Nursing Program Transfer Agreement for both Practical Nursing Diploma to Associate of Science in Nursing and Associate of Science in Nursing to Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing which supports a smooth articulation pathway. Learn More (PDF)

Major Offerings

  • Practical Nursing (DIP) View Classes
    Winona/Red Wing - 36 cr

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Certified Nursing Assistant

Nursing Assistant Training
This 80-hour class can lead directly to a new career, plus it's a pre-requisite for the Practical Nursing program.

Nursing Assistant Testing - Red Wing
Nursing Assistant Testing - Winona

After you complete the course, take the required test to be placed on the national registry.


ACEN SealThe Practical Nursing program at Minnesota State College Southeast is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

For information on the accreditation process, contact ACEN at (404) 975-5000 or at www.acenursing.com.
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MSC Southeast's Practical Nursing is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

MSC Southeast is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Outcomes & Opportunities

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates from the Practical Degree Nursing program will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate professional behaviors/accountability to legal and ethical nursing practice standards for a competent professional nurse.
  2. Demonstrate effective skills while providing patient care founded on physical, developmental, spiritual, cultural functional and psychosocial needs of patients/families/communities across the lifecycle.
  3. Recognize and report changes and responses to interventions to the appropriate licensed health care provider while providing a safe environment.
  4. Utilize information technology to facilitate best care practices in the healthcare setting.
  5. Utilize evidence-based nursing judgment when planning care, prioritizing care, implementing intervention, evaluating patient outcomes and promoting the health of individual patients across the lifespan.
  6. Use systematic processes to measure outcomes, identify variances and develop changes in policies/procedures to achieve effective patient outcomes.
  7. Participate as a member of the interprofessional team collaborating and communicating with other health care providers to promote safe, quality patient-centered care.
  8. Manage care through planning, organizing and delegating care to provide a safe, effective environment.

Nursing Job Placement: 100%

View placement information for all majors

Career Opportunities

  • Acute Care
  • Clinics
  • Home Health Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Long Term Care

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.
Minnesota Transfer: Transfer information provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities, Minnesota private colleges, and the University of Minnesota.
Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • Successful applicants can begin core classes in fall or spring semester
  • Clinical and lab experiences provide simulated scenarios and direct patient care with healthy and ill patients across the lifespan.
  • Multiple clinical sites allow the student to explore different fields within nursing before graduation.
  • Due to the chronic nursing shortage, there are several Loan Forgiveness Programs available to graduates.

Dean of Health Sciences

  • Jennifer Eccles, PhD(c), MScN, MEd, RN

Director of Nursing

  • Janine Mason, MSN, RN (Red Wing)


  • Katie Maschka, MSN, RN (Winona)
  • Marty Knauer, MSN, RN (Winona)
  • Sandra VerBout, BSN, RN (Red Wing)
  • Deb Jeranek, MSN, RN (Red Wing)
  • Cindy Kaehler, BSN, RN (Winona)
  • Stephanie Schultz, BSN, RN (Winona)

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