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Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Practical Nursing Diploma

Nursing majors require a passionate drive to help others. At Minnesota State College Southeast, our practical nursing program will teach you the skills to earn your practical nursing diploma. Start your nursing career now at MSC Southeast!


Career Area: Health Sciences
Program: Nursing
Campus(es): Winona/Red Wing

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 program at Minnesota State College Southeast is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

High NCLEX-PN® Pass Rates

2019 Practical Nursing NCLEX-PN® First Time Success Rate: 97.56%

Program Completion Rate (2018-2019 academic year): 81%

Nursing job placement (Graduates of 2018-2019 academic year): 97%

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.

Note: We will be extending our fall application deadline past May 1, 2020 for applicants who have not been able to complete nursing assistant testing and/or TEAS testing due to COVID-19. Please submit your nursing application along with a note stating which of the pre-requisites you have been unable to meet due to COVID-19. If you are not on the state registry as a certified nursing assistant, or have not been able to test out, we are accepting documentation of proof of completion of a college level nursing assistant course within the last five years to meet the application criteria for nursing assistant.

Attention Fall 2020 applicants: The MSC Southeast Nursing Program has raised the TEAS admission entrance criteria from the Basic level to the Proficient level (58.7%) effective for Fall 2020 applicants. If you have already tested and did not achieve that score, you are still welcome to turn in your application and retest when the testing centers reopen. Study materials are available on the ATI website at atitesting.com or review books are available in the campus bookstores or available to order online.

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)

Proposed Associate of Science in Nursing
Two Nurses Looking at the Camera

MSC Southeast is in Phase 2 of the approval process to offer an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree, designed to prepare graduates take the NCLEX-RN® exam and become registered nurses. Interested students may begin general education requirements now.

Learn More


Cluster/Pathway
Career Field: Health Science Technology
Cluster: Health Science
Pathway: Therapeutic Services
Recommended high school classes and basic job/program skills

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Courses

1) 1000 level (minimum) General Education courses required unless specified

Note:

BIOL2515 A & P I and BIOL2516 A & P II can be substituted for BIOL1200 Human Biology.

PREREQUISITE
Acceptance to the Practical Nursing Program

Please review the program application packet carefully for admission requirements.
Practical Nursing Application Packet Acrobat

0 cr
 
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
BIOL1200
Human Biology
Human Biology is a one-semester survey of general human function and interactions in a biological world. Cell and organ system functions are described in the context of normal health. The course introduces the study of human anatomy, physiology, development, and heredity. (MnTC Goal 3) (Prerequisite: none) (4 credits: 3 lecture/1 lab)

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4 cr
ENGL1215
College Writing I
This course involves expository writing based on experience, direct observation, research and reading with emphasis on critical thinking skills, rhetorical strategies, and style. (Meets MnTC Goal 1) (Prerequisites: A minimum score of 78 on the Reading Comprehension portion of the ACCUPLACER basic skills test or a minimum score of 18 on the English subject area of the ACT test or successful completion of ENGL0528) (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
PSYC1115
Lifespan Psychology
Students will explore theories of human development to understand the connections and relationships of stages of growth from conception to late adulthood. Genetics; prenatal development and birth; physical, cognitive and psychosocial development from birth through late adulthood; and dying, death, and bereavement will be examined. (Fulfills MnTC Goals 5 and 7) (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
 
10 crs
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
HEAL1701
Practical Nurse 1
This course is designed to provide theoretical principles to support: informatics/technology, managing care, nursing judgement/evidence based care, patient/relationship centered care, professional identify/ethical behavior, quality improvement, safety and teamwork caring for patients in a long term care setting with chronic stable health care needs. The focus of introductory course is on upon completion, students will identify basic concepts/roles and responsibilities of a practical nurse. (7 credits: 7 lecture/0 lab/clinical)

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7 cr
HEAL1702
Practical Nurse 1 Clinical/Lab
This course is designed to introduce practical nursing student learning outcomes related to informatics/technology, managing care, nursing judgment/evidence based care, patient/relationship centered care, professional identify/ethical behavior, quality improvement, safety and teamwork/collaboration. Experiences in the nursing laboratory and clinical setting provide students with basic knowledge to contribute to a nursing plan of care designed to promote, maintain, and restore optimal health in a long-term care setting caring for patients with chronic stable health care needs. Upon completion, students will apply introductory theoretical concepts to practical nursing skills and clinical judgement for diverse patients throughout the life span. (5 credits: 0 lecture/5 lab/clinical)

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5 cr
HEAL1801
Practical Nurse 2
This course is designed to provide theoretical principles to support practical nursing student learning outcomes related informatics/technology, managing care, nursing judgment/evidence based care, patient/relationship centered care, professional identity/ethical behavior, quality improvement, safety and teamwork/collaboration. The focus of this course is on pediatric, mental health, and chronic/acute medical-surgical patients. Upon completion, students will demonstrate understanding of complex theoretical concepts within the scope of practical nursing in readiness to provide appropriate clinical care. Clinical judgment for diverse patients throughout the life span to provide individualized, entry-level practical nursing care. (Prerequisite: HEAL1701 must be taken the semester (fall or spring) immediately prior to HEAL1801) (7 credits: 7 lecture/0 lab/clinical)

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7 cr
HEAL1802
Practical Nurse 2 Clinical/Lab
This course is designed to implement learning outcomes related to informatics/technology, managing care, nursing judgment/evidence based care, and patient/relationship centered care, professional identity/ethical behavior, quality improvement, safety and teamwork/collaboration. Experiences in nursing lab and clinical setting provide advanced knowledge to contribute to a nursing plan of care designed to promote, maintain, and restore optimal health for patients with basic to complex health care needs in various settings. Focus is on pediatric, mental health, and chronic/acute medical-surgical patients. Upon completion, students will integrate complex theoretical concepts with practical nursing skills and clinical judgment for diverse patients throughout the life span to provide individualized, entry-level practical nursing care. (Prerequisite: HEAL1701 must be taken the semester (fall or spring) immediately prior to HEAL1801) (Corequisite: HEAL1801) (5 credits: 0 lecture/5 lab)

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5 cr
 
24 crs

Total Credits Required for this Major: 34 Credits


Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$7,296
Minimum Tool Cost:$500
Books/Supplies:$1,200
Estimated Total:$8,996
 

 


Downloads for Major

Admission Packet

Practical Nursing Admission Packet (PDF)

Other Important Nursing Documents

Practical Nursing Student Program Outcomes (PDF)
Nursing Student Handbook (PDF)

Career Opportunities

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

Outcomes

Practical Nursing Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Informatics/Technology
    The practical nurse graduate will utilize information technology to facilitate best care practice in the health care setting.
  2. Managing Care
    The practical nurse graduate will manage care through planning, organizing, and assigning aspects of care to UAP's and LPN's under the direction of an RN or other licensed Health Care Provider to provide a safe effective environment.
  3. Nursing Judgment/Evidence Based Care
    The practical nurse graduate will utilize evidence based nursing judgment when prioritizing care, implementing interventions, reporting changes, and promoting the health of individual patients across the lifespan within the healthcare system.
  4. Patient/Relationship Centered Care
    The practical nurse graduate will integrate effective communication skills while providing patient care founded on basic physical, developmental, spiritual, cultural, functional, and psychosocial needs of individual patients across the lifespan.
  5. Professional Identity/Ethical Behavior
    The practical nurse graduate will integrate professional behaviors/accountability with legal and ethical nursing practice standards for a competent practical nurse.
  6. Quality Improvement
    The practical nursing graduate will provide input into systematic processes that measure patient outcomes/variances, and contribute to the development of changes in policies/procedures to achieve effective patient outcomes.
  7. Safety
    The practical nurse graduate will provide a safe care environment for patients, self, and others.
  8. Teamwork/Collaboration
    The practical nurse graduate will participate as a member of the interprofessional team collaborating and communicating with other health care providers to promote safe, quality, patient centered care.

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.

Instructors

Dean of Health Sciences

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

Associate Dean of Nursing

  • Janine Mason, MSN, RN (Red Wing)

Instructors

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

 

Proposed Associate of Science in Nursing
Two Nurses Looking at the Camera

MSC Southeast is in Phase 2 of the approval process to offer an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree, designed to prepare graduates take the NCLEX-RN® exam and become registered nurses. Interested students may begin general education requirements now.

Learn More

Become a certified Nursing Assistant!
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.

Accreditations

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

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

MSC Southeast's Practical Nursing is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

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

Licensure Requirements by State Disclosure

The U.S. Department of Education has implemented new regulations (Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v)) which require Minnesota State College Southeast's Practical Nursing program to provide the following:

  1. A list of all states/jurisdictions where the institution's curriculum meets state educational requirements for professional licensure or certification;
  2. A list of all states/jurisdictions where the institution's curriculum does not meet state educational requirements for professional licensure or certification; and
  3. A list of all states/jurisdictions where the institution has not made a determination of whether the curriculum meets educational requirements.

The Practical Nursing program at MSC Southeast is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and holds accreditation with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The Practical Nursing Program meets the educational requirements for practical nurse licensure in the state of Minnesota. MSCS has not made a determination of whether the PN curriculum meets educational requirements for initial licensure in any other state. Students should contact the Board of Nursing they would like to be licensed for specific requirements. Students may also explore the following link to determine other states' licensure requirements. https://www.ncsbn.org/14730.htm

 

 
 

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