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.
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.
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)
Practical Nursing (DIP)
Winona/Red Wing - 36 cr
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The 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).