Practical Nursing



The Practical Nursing program expands upon the foundational skills of the Nursing Assistant. The curriculum prepares students to assist in the provision of general nursing care, think critically, and adhere to the Nursing Code of Ethics under the direction of a registered nurse or physician. Practical nursing students are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). This program provides a pathway for students who wish to pursue academic advancement or seek employment in a wide variety of healthcare settings.



Students completing this Diploma will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate effective communication while providing culturally competent care to individual patients across the lifespan;  
  • Use information and technology in the healthcare setting; 
  • Work within an established plan of care for an individual patient to organize or assign aspects of care under the direction of an RN or other health care provider;  
  • Utilize evidence-based nursing judgment while prioritizing care, implementing interventions, and promoting the health of individual patients across the lifespan; 
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors and accountability to legal and ethical nursing practice standard for a competent practical nurse; 
  • Participate in Quality Improvement (QI) by providing input into the development of policies and procedures and effectively using resources to achieve patient outcomes; 
  • Report changes and responses to interventions to a RN or the appropriate licensed healthcare providers while providing a safe environment; and 
  • Participate as a member of the inter-professional team, collaborating with other healthcare providers to promote safe, quality, patient-centered care.



Additional Information

Students must apply to the Practical Nursing program for the fall start. At the time of application students must have: 

  • Completed all prerequisite courses by the end of previous semester (prior to program start), with a grade of “C” or better, and a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher 
  • Be current on the Nursing Assistant Registry 
  • Have taken the ATI TEAS exam within the last 12 months with an overall composite score of 53 or higher 

Program completion:  75% of practical nursing students will complete the program at 150% of the program length, averaged over the past 3-years.

NCLEX-PN:  80% (or higher) of PN graduates will pass the NCLEX-PN on first attempt, averaged over 3-years.

2016 NCLEX-PN = 85.37%
2017 NCLEX-PN = 91.67%
2018 NCLEX-PN = 93.94%
2019 NCLEX-PN = 100%
2020 NCLEX-PN = 97.22%
2021 NCLEX-PN = 92.45%

Job Placement:  80% of PN graduates will be employed in their nursing field at 6-12 months post-graduation; 30% of PN graduates will continue on in their nursing education.

6-12 month Graduate Surveys:  50% of PN graduates will complete and return the 6-12 month graduate surveys; 80% of respondents will chose “Excellent” or “Good” for each survey question; 80% of respondents will rate program satisfaction as “Excellent” or “good”; Qualitative comments will be trended and changes made to program as needed for continuous quality improvement.

Steps to Apply

Learn what is required for acceptance in the PN program. Click here to view the power point presentation.

  • Save a Pine and apply online!
  • Request all external transcripts be sent to PTCC
    • If you attended a Minnesota State school, your transcripts will automatically be sent
    • If you attended a school outside the MNState system, contact the school to have your official transcripts sent to PTCC
  • Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Apply online to the Practical Nursing Program.Click here to submit an online application.
  • Meet all program timeline requirements
  • Spring 2023 Application Due Date:  November 9, 2022
  • Students are required to complete ALL of the following requirements before full acceptance into the program.
  • At the time of Spring 2023 application, you must have completed the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better AND a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher, OR are currently registered for the prerequisite courses during fall semester 2022 (Note: all prerequisite coursework must be completed by the end of fall semester 2022):
    • ENGL1276 College Composition
    • BIOL1240 Health & Disease in the Human Body OR BIOL1250 General Biology, BIOL1260 Anatomy & Physiology I, and BIOL1270 Anatomy & Physiology II (must complete all 3 courses)
    • HPPC1000 Medical Dosages
    • HPPC 1002 Medical Terminology
    • HPPC1004 Pharmacology

For questions regarding your prerequisites, contact Jen Rancour.

  • Are current and in good standing on the Minnesota or Wisconsin Nursing Assistant Registry

Have taken the ATI TEAS exam within the last 12 months with an overall composite score of 53 or higher

  • The test is $92.00 (cost subject to change by ATI)
  • Students need a 53 or better to be accepted into the Practical Nursing program
  • If you take the TEAS at PTCC, your scores will automatically be sent without extra costs to the student
  • If you take the TEAS at another location, you will need to have your scores sent to PTCC (extra cost)
  • You can take the TEAS more than once, and we will accept your highest score (you may take the TEAS three times within a one year period)
  • Important note when registering to take the TEAS test!
    Pine Technical and Community College only accepts TEAS scores from IN PERSON proctored exams (no virtual/online testing scores are accepted.)
  • Check this out for more TEAS information
  • Need some help studying for the TEAS?

TEAS Prep– Individualized study plan available

  • Students are ranked by points using a rubric
  • Ranking points are based on prerequisite courses GPA and TEAS score

There are a maximum of 40 seats in the PN program each fall and spring semester.

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