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 increase.

Program Length

2 or 3 semesters

Average starting wage


Growth Rate for LPN Jobs in MN


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) 2015 2016 2017 2018
Percentage of First Time Success Rates for PN-NCLEX 81.08% 85.45% 93.02% 88.64%
Job Placement Rate 97% 100% 100% 100%
Completion Rate within 150% of Program Length 78% 83% 77% 77%
(Indicates completion rate at 100% of program length)

The Alexandria Technical & Community College Practical Nursing Program holds pre-accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by the NLN CNEA will be received.

The ATCC Associate Degree Nursing Program and the Practical Nursing Program are pursuing accreditation from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20037: phone 202-909-2500. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments in writing directly to NLN CNEA, attention Lusetha Rolle, NLN CNEA Manager of Accreditation Services.