Practical Nursing


About This Program

Nursing is a growing field with multiple career opportunities. Minnesota North College trains students with the knowledge and clinical skills to enter the field, fully prepared to work in a healthcare facility as a professional Practical Nurse. As a graduate of the program, students are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Exam for the Practical Nurse. During the clinical portion of the program in Semester II and III, students spend one day each week at a clinical rotation. Background checks are required by Minnesota State Law. Course equivalency determination is subject to review and approval by the Practical Nursing Program Director.

This program is CNEA accredited.

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Degrees & Credits

Diploma (45 credits)

Mesabi Range - Eveleth
Rainy River

Program Features

100% NCLEX pass rate for 2021

For the 4th year in-a-row, an impressive 100% of our 2021 Practical Nursing graduates passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), demonstrating that our program nurtures each student to be successful in their pursuit of a rewarding career in nursing.

Application Process

Applications for the following fall are accepted beginning September 1st. Priority selections are made on February 28th.

  1. Apply to Minnesota North College and select the Practical Nursing program.
  2. Complete the online Practical Nursing Application form.
  3. Make an appointment (in-person or online) with a Practical Nursing advisor by calling 218-322-2320 (Itasca), 218-550-2615 (Mesabi Range), or 218-598-9304 (Rainy River) to go over the Student Pre-Program Requirements Planner 
  4. Complete remaining pre-program requirements and document completion in D2L Practical Nursing Portal. (More info will be provided after Admissions receives and processes your PN application from Step 2 above).
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Career Opportunities

A demand for LPNs locally and nationally

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, health-related careers are expanding. There continues to be a significant demand for LPNs throughout the state and nation, as well as the local area. Practical nurses may find employment in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, home care, public health agencies, the armed services, and other areas. The INEC program provides an opportunity for graduates to continue in advanced educational programs to obtain an Associate's Degree, a Bachelor of Nursing Degree, or a Master in Nursing Degree.

Meet our Alumni

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Staci Bannert

Rainy River

Staci graduated in 2008 from the practical nursing program at Rainy River. Also, through Rainy River, she was part of the distance cohort for Hibbing and finished her Associate of Science in nursing in 2009 and then took the MN State Board Exam to become a Registered Nurse. She finished her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2014 from University of North Dakota. She currently lives in Saint Paul, and works as a nurse in a Level 1 Trauma Emergency Center. One of only three Minnesota’s Level 1 hospitals to treat both Adult & Pediatric Trauma.

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