Nursing (LPN Track)

Diploma, 39 Credits

AVAILABLE IN: Austin primarily, clinicals in Austin and Albert Lea
PROGRAM STARTS: Summer Start Only
COURSE PLAN: Three Semesters
PROGRAM SHEET: PRINT
#2 Ranked LPN Program in Minnesota: http://www.practicalnursing.org/lvn-programs/minnesota

The Practical Nursing Program at Riverland Community College is approved by the

Minnesota Board of Nursing. Graduates of the Practical Nursing Program will integrate general education, including science coursework, with the discipline of nursing coursework (PNUR) as the basis for nursing practice and ongoing life-long learning.

The Practical Nursing Program will prepare the student with the knowledge, skills, and values of a practical nurse (PN) for entry-level practice. The student will then be eligible to take the licensing examination for the licensed practical nurse (NCLEX-PN). The student is eligible to enter practice when licensed and/or may apply to the MANE A.S. Degree/BSN program with advanced standing in following years.

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses typically do the following:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Monitor patients’ health—for example, by checking their blood pressure
  • Administer basic patient care, including changing bandages and inserting catheters
  • Provide for the basic comfort of patients, such as helping them bathe or dress
  • Discuss the care they are providing with patients and listen to their concerns
  • Report patients’ status and concerns to registered nurses and doctors
  • Keep records on patients’ health

ATI TEAS NURSING ENTRANCE EXAM

All Pre-Nursing Students applying to either Nursing (RN) or the Nursing (LPN) program at Riverland Community College will need to take the  ATI TEAS (6th edition)  nursing entrance exam. 

Meeting qualifications for the practical nursing program does not ensure admission to the program. Based on the number of applicants and the number of class seats available, the Nursing Program Admission Committee will review applications following the deadline. All applicants will receive a letter of notification of their application status.

General education courses may be taken prior to acceptance into the nursing program; however, if the student has not completed them at that time, they must be taken in specific semesters during the one year program. 

PLEASE NOTE: Students must have been admitted to the nursing program before they can register for any PNUR course.

Background Study Requirement

Students accepted and enrolled in an Allied Health Program must complete a Department of Human Services (DHS) background study. The background study will be initiated through the Allied Health Department at the college. Students will receive further details including the DHS privacy practices notice prior to the study being initiated.

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Employment Outlook

In Minnesota, there are 17,680 workers employed in this large career.
From CAREERwise.org

Where do Practical Nurses most often work?

Additional Information

Accreditation

The Riverland College Practical Nursing Program is approved through the Minnesota Board of Nursing and is in Candidacy for accreditation  through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) . ACEN contact Information:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

Phone: 404-975-5000
Fax: 404-975-5020
www.acenursing.org/

Guaranteed Transfer Agreement

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Last Updated: February 10, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE ANNOUCEMENT

Site review for initial accreditation of the practical nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

You are invited to meet the site visit team and share your comments on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 on the Austin West Campus Room B102

 

 

ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM

The Fall 2017 Practical Nursing Application is now closed. 

 

 

ATI TEAS (6TH EDITION) NURSING ENTRANCE EXAM

All Pre-Nursing Students applying to either MANE (RN) or the Practical Nurse (LPN) program at Riverland Community College will need to take the  ATI TEAS (6th Edition) nursing entrance exam. 

 

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