Become a Practical Nurse in just two semesters.
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) are a vital member of the health care team. Anoka Technical College's Practical Nursing program prepares students for a career in health care in less than a year.
Graduates are educationally eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) and, after passing and obtaining state licensure, may use the title Licensed Practical Nurse.
Why Become a Practical Nurse?
- Licensed Practical Nurse
Median Wage: $27.09 per hour
Top earners: $31.53 per hour
Information provided is for Minnesota. See current data at careerwise.minnstate.edu.
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The Anoka Technical College Practical Nursing (PN) diploma is a 38-credit, full-time, two semester program.
Through a Minnesota Board of Nursing approved program of study, the Anoka Technical College Practical Nursing program educates students to become entry-level practical nurses by earning a diploma in Practical Nursing. Graduates are educationally eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) and, after passing and obtaining state licensure, may use the title Licensed Practical Nurse.
End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes
Consistent with the standards that define nursing practice, the outcomes of the Anoka Technical College program of learning is a graduate who is able to:
- Adhere to professional standards of practice within safe, legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks within the practical nurse scope of practice (Professional concepts: Safety, Professional Identity and Behavior)
- Communicate effectively to deliver coordinated, interprofessional care through teamwork and collaboration (Professional concepts: Teamwork and Collaboration)
- Utilize holistic information to provide evidence-based patient care that contributes to continuously improving care processes (Professional concepts: Evidence-based Care, Quality Improvement)
- Demonstrate a caring and empathic approach while providing for individual patients’ needs across the lifespan and health/illness continuum within a diverse community (Professional concept: Patient Relationship-centered Care)
- Participate in supporting patient care through the utilization of information technology (Professional concept: Informatics)
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) specialize in delivering skilled delegated nursing care to individual patients/client across the lifespan in all stages of wellness or illness at the direction of qualified healthcare providers. LPNs care for diverse adult and pediatric patients within an established plan of care and participate as a member of the healthcare team.
LPNs enjoy employment opportunities in a variety of healthcare settings, including clinics, long term care and transitional care centers, assisted living, home care, schools, hospitals, and group homes.
The LPN is a dynamic, vital member of the healthcare team and is legally responsible to practice practical nursing within the Minnesota Nurse Practice Act and the Minnesota Board of Nursing Rules.
Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
The Practical Nursing diploma program at Anoka Technical College located in Anoka, Minn. is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Anoka Technical College Practical Nursing Diploma program is Initial Accreditation.
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at acennursing.com.
The next scheduled evaluation visit is Fall 2024.
Programs preparing persons for licensure as practical nurses must be approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The statutory requirements for initial and continuing approval of a nursing program that prepares students for basic entry into practical nursing is found in Minnesota Statutes Section 148.251. In addition, Minnesota Rules Chapter 6301 specify the board’s administrative procedure and requirements for renewal of approval of a nursing program.
The Anoka Technical College Practical Nursing program is currently approved. A list of approved practical nursing programs in Minnesota is found on the Minnesota Board of Nursing website.
Minnesota Board of Nursing
1210 Northland Drive Suite 120
Mendota Heights, MN 551250
Main Telephone Number: 612-317-3000
Toll-free Number (MN, IA, ND, SD, WI): 888-234-2690
TTY Number (Relay service for hearing/speech impaired): 800-627-3529
Fax Number: 651-688-1841
The board office is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm and is closed on state holidays.
- Fall semester start: Applications begin being accepted on March 1 or first business day in March each year.
- Spring semester start: Applications begin being accepted on Sept. 1 or first business day in September each year.
Completed application packets are accepted during published application periods.
Steps to Admission to the Practical Nursing Program
You must complete all steps of the admissions process to be admitted into the Practical Nursing program. Please read the full explanations below and be sure to follow Admissions Guidelines. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
- Apply and be admitted to the college.
- Complete the Nursing Assistant or Medical Assistant requirement.
- Complete the CPR requirement as described
- Complete the Accuplacer Assessments and the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS)
- Complete the Student Record of Immunization and Health Status Form. Must be signed and/or stamped by a health provider.
All documents are submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org once all the requirements are successfully completed.
All required documents must be submitted in a Word or PDF format and are submitted as an entire package. Completed application packages are accepted on a rolling basis until the seats are filled. Students are notified within five (5) business days of application submission of the seat availability for the upcoming semester.
The Practical Nursing program reports on multiple program outcomes each academic year including:
- On-time completion rate
- Program completion rate
- Annual performance on NCLEX-PN
- Job placement rate
Minnesota state law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and/or residents at a health care facility have a background study conducted by the state.
Program to be completed in one year.
|*HLTH 1005||Anatomy & Physiology||4|
|*MATH 1010||Dosage Calculations for Health Care Professionals||1|
|NURS 1400||Foundations of Nursing||3|
|NURS 1405||Nursing Interventions I: Lab||2|
|NURS 1410||Health Promotion Across the Lifespan I||4|
|NURS 1420||Clinical Application I||2|
|NURS 1430||Psychosocial Nursing||1|
|NURS 1440||Nursing Perspectives on Aging||1|
|*May be taken during first or prior to acceptance into the PN Major.|
|**ENGL 1107||Composition I (Goal 1&2)||4|
|NURS 1500||Transition to Nursing Practice||2|
|NURS 1511||Health Promotion Across the Lifespan II||4|
|NURS 1515||Nursing Interventions II: Lab||2|
|NURS 1521||Clinical Application II||6|
|NURS 1541||Maternal-Child Nursing||2|
|** May be taken first or second semester or before acceptance into PN Major|
Optional Program Sequence
Start working toward a health care career before being admitted to the program.
Health Technology (pre-admission)
|Course #||Course Name||Credits|
|HLTH 1005||Anatomy & Physiology||4|
|MATH 1010||Dosage Calculations for Health Care Professionals||1|
|ENGL 1107||Composition I||4|
|Course for Practical Nursing Admissions if not taken previously|
|HLTH 1103||Nursing Assistant & Home Health Aide||5|
|EMED 1076||BLS for Healthcare Providers||1|
MATH 1010 must be completed with a grade of A. All other courses required for this program must be completed with a grade of C or higher. CPR certification must remain current.
Through a Minnesota Board of Nursing approved program of study, the Anoka Technical College Practical Nursing (PN) program prepares students for a diploma in Practical Nursing.
Graduates are educationally eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX - PN) and, after passing and obtaining state licensure, may use the title Licensed Practical Nurse.
There is a cost associated with this examination and a fee from the Minnesota Board of Nursing.
If you have any legal or medical questions regarding your potential for meeting the Board of Nursing requirements for licensure or your potential to practice practical nursing, contact the Minnesota Board of Nursing directly at 612-617-2270, or nursingboard.state.mn.us.
The U.S. Department of Education has implemented regulations (Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 [a][v]) which requires Anoka Technical College’s diploma program in Practical Nursing to make public whether a program will fulfill educational requirements for a specific professional licensure or certification required for employment in an occupation where the institution’s curriculum meets state educational requirements for professional licensure or certification.
The Practical Nursing diploma program at Anoka Technical College meets the state education requirements for a practical nursing license in the state of Minnesota. Anoka Technical College has not determined if the practical nursing program at Anoka Technical College meets the state education requirements in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia.
Students should contact the Board of Nursing in the state in which they wish to be licensed for specific licensing requirements. Additionally, students may review the National Council of States Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website to review each state’s initial licensure educational requirements: https://www.ncsbn.org/14730.htm
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has resources that may be helpful:
• Every Nursing Practice Act.
• FAQs regarding the impact of 34 CFR 668.43 on nursing programs.
• Every State Regulatory Agency for Nursing
This information does not apply to transferring MN LPN Licensure to another state.
Last Review: August 1, 2020.
General Employment Sites for Nurses
- Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
- Wage Information (DEED)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
- College Grad Career Information
- Career Planner
Graduates may choose to pursue an associate degree in Nursing (ADN) through a community college or a baccalaureate degree in Nursing (BSN) through a university. Articulation/mobility plans are in place at colleges and universities in the state of Minnesota.
- Minnesota Board of Nursing
- National Association of Licensed Practical Nurses
- National Council of State Boards of Nursing
- National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service, Inc.
- National League for Nursing
- The American Nurses Association Code for Nurses with Interpretive Statements
Faculty advisors are available to assist students with this process.
For help with writing resumes, preparing for interviews, locating jobs and other professional preparation, students and graduates should contact Anoka Tech Career Services.