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, 3, or 4 semesters (contact Admissions for details)

Average starting wage


Growth Rate for LPN Jobs in MN


Data Source: MN DEED


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) 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
Percentage of First Time Success Rates for PN-NCLEX 85.45% 93.02% 88.64% 91.67% (2019)
Job Placement Rate 100% 100% 100% 100%
Completion Rate within 150% of Program Length 71.4% 66.7% 76.6% Unavailable

NLN-CNEA Accreditation LogoThe 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