Practical Nursing

Why Choose This Program?

The St. Cloud Technical and Community College (SCTCC) Practical Nursing program is recognized by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. (

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. 404-975-5000. (

The Practical Nursing Program is designed to provide 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. The program is fully approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

The Practical Nursing Program provides a foundation for career mobility with associate or baccalaureate professional nursing programs.

Skills Acquired

  • Basic nursing skills
  • Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Provide safe and compassionate patient centered care
  • Therapeutic communication
  • Works successfully within a team
  • Up hold legal and ethical behaviors
  • Documentation using various technology
  • Utilize evidence-base practices

Career Choices in Practical Nursing

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%.

Average State Pay

According to MN DEED (2015), the median wage for License Practical Nurse is $20.36 per hour.

Degrees & Certificate


"I liked that the nursing program provided a wealth of information. The things I have learned both in class and clinical are beneficial to my career as an LPN."

- PR Student

"I felt the curriculum was difficult and intense but it taught me the skills needed to be a great nurse."

PR Student

Clubs & Organizations

Nursing Club

Accreditations & Credentials

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

Other Information

Effective Fall 2015, the Part-Time Practical Nursing Program will be offered every semester. The part-time program will accept 8 students every semester instead of 25 students every two years. This part-time program is designed for students who are interested in becoming PNs but need a part-time credit load. Part-time courses will be integrated with the full-time courses. Part-time students will take their courses with the full-time students but will maintain part time credits. The part-time program is designed to be completed over 4 semester. Courses will be offered primarily days. Clinical course hours will vary depending on clinical site availability. This will be a continuous program. If a student needs to leave the part-time program, they will need to wait until the next cohort begins.

The PN program strives to provide quality, consistent learning opportunities to both the full-time and part-time students. The integration of full-time and part-time students together will provide this opportunity.


Additional Program Information is available from this webpage on the right-hand side including the Admissions Process for the programs, Program Faculty Information, and other important program related information.  Please review all of the program information on the Program Admissions link.  This is a professional education program and you will be expected to display personal responsibility and understanding of the requirements of the program and profession.  If you still have additional questions, please attend an information meeting and learn more about applying to the program and what types of jobs this education can lead towards.

Program Information Session

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.

Contact Info

320.308.5000 or 1.800.222.1009

1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303