Practical Nursing

Are you wondering how you can make a difference in the world? Are you compassionate, reliable, conscientious, and have the ability to communicate well? Do you enjoy working hard, being a team player, and can quickly adapt to change? Practical Nursing may be your path to a rewarding and successful career.

Nursing offers an exciting work environment, where no two shifts are alike. Every day, you can positively influence the health of your patients and community. In addition, there are opportunities for work-life balance with flexible scheduling in a variety of work settings. The demand for skilled nurses continues to steadily increase.

Program Length

2 or 3 semesters (view curriculum for examples)

Average starting wage


Growth Rate for LPN Jobs in MN

12.8% (2018-2028)

Data Source: MN DEED


Practical Nursing Program Pre-Requisites

  • Must meet minimum required test scores
  • Must be a CNA in the State of Minnesota
  • Must score 50 or higher on the TEAS Entrance Exam
  • Must have American Heart Association (AHA) BLS CPR certification and AHA First Aid Certification
  • Must pass DHS Background Study


The practical nursing program admits students each fall and spring. Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a diploma in practical nursing and will be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN licensure exam.

Outcome Data for ATCC Practical Nursing Program
Practical Nursing (PN) 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Percentage of First Time Success Rates for PN-NCLEX 91.67% (2019) 94.44% (2020) 89.39% (2021) 90.91% (2022 YTD)
Job Placement Rate 100% 100% 100% Unavail.
Completion Rate within 150% of Program Length 74.1% 72.8% Unavail. Unavail.


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NLN-CNEA Accreditation Logo The Alexandria Technical & Community College Practical Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037. Phone: 202-909-2526