Practical Nursing

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

The Practical Nursing Program provides learning opportunities in various settings where students work closely with physicians, registered nurses and other health care professionals in the delivery of delegated medical care and skills. In addition, assistance is provided to individuals to meet their basic human needs.

The program stresses meeting basic needs within the framework of normal growth and development throughout the life span. Learning experiences are developed utilizing the nursing process as a framework for training the practical nursing student. Emphasis is placed on safe practice and the role of the Licensed Practical Nurse. Past experience, the study of sciences, and personal initiative are all considered important for success in this program.

With both full-time and part-time enrollment options, the Practical Nursing Program provides a foundation for career mobility with associate or baccalaureate professional nursing programs. 

The Practical Nursing program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

Jess in Practical Nursing
graduated from
Camplin Park High School
Champlin, MN
Practical Nursing
Rachel from Practical Nursing
graduated from
Jefferson High School
Alexandria, MN
Practical Nursing
I like the idea of getting a nursing degree in steps. It was a little daunting to go to a 4-year and get everything done at once. Here you can do it in steps and work as you go.

Good Stuff

The SCTCC Practical Nursing program has been named the third-best PN program in the state of Minnesota in 2018 by

Colleges were ranked based on the NCLEX-PN pass rates in the past five years. The NCLEX, or National Council Licensure Examination, is the exam practical nursing students take to become a licensed practical nurse.

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Skills Acquired

  • Demonstrate therapeutic communication skills to practice nursing care that is patient and family centered, culturally sensitive and based on the physiological, psychosocial and spiritual needs of patients across the lifespan.
  • Provide rationale for judgments used in the provision of safe, quality care and for decisions that promote the health of patients.
  • Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance.
  • Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors of accountability according to legal and ethical nursing practice standards.
  • Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.
  • Support quality improvement by contributing to the implementation of care and the utilization of resources to improve health care services.
  • Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care.
2015 Placement Rate
Central MN Average Hourly Wage

Career Choices

Types of Careers

  • Long Term Care: Gerontology
  • Acute Care
  • Psychiatric Mental Health
  • Primary and Preventative Care
  • End-of-Life Care
  • Pediatrics
  • OB/GYN

Potential Employers

  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • Assisted Living
  • Hospice
  • Home Care Agencies
  • Acute Care/Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Schools
  • Veterans Health Care System
  • Community Behavioral Health Hospitals
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Industrial/Occupational Health

Projected Job Growth

According to MN DEED, the projected growth rate between 2012 and 2022, for License Practical Nurses in Minnesota, is 18.6%.

Accreditations & Credentials

The program is accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
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Info Sessions

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Contact Us

To learn more about the Practical Nursing program, sign up for an Information Session. These sessions provide an opportunity to:

  • Talk face-to-face with program faculty
  • Tour state-of-the-art labs, where hands on learning comes to life
  • Get your questions answered

SCTCC Admissions
Phone: 320-308-5089

Advising Assistance for admitted SCTCC students
Pre-Practical Nursing student advisors are located in the Academic Advising Center.
Phone: 320-308-5741
Office: Northway Building, 1-312

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