The Practical Nursing program prepares the learner to practice within the scope of practical nursing under the supervision of a registered nurse. The learner is taught to use the nursing process at the practical nurse level in the maintenance of health and prevention of illness, the observation and nursing care of persons experiencing changes in health status, and how to administer prescribed medication and treatments.
The Practical Nursing learner will receive supervised learning experience in caring for individuals in a variety of health care environments, such as long term care facilities and physician clinic settings. To obtain the diploma in practical nursing the learner must successfully complete all required courses.
After successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for the Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN). The successful LPN possesses excellent communication skills and abilities essential to safe and effective nursing practice as part of a health care team. The program prepares interested learners for future continued education in the nursing field.
This program exercises a competitive process for admission.
Northwest Technical College is a regionally accredited college. The nursing program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and is working on national accreditation. The program is not currently nationally accredited by an accreditation agency for nursing. Click here for more information.
Employment opportunities have experienced a major expansion in recent years. Graduates are currently employed in long-term care facilities including nursing homes and rehabilitation hospitals, clinics and physicians' offices, group homes and child care centers, health care, industry and private homes. See www.iseek.org for more employment information, including wage ranges.
Syllabi - Old syllabi - past to summer 2014, current syllabi available in courses