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Nursing (LPN Track)

Why study the Nursing (LPN Track) at Riverland?

In our practical nursing program, you will prepare to become an LPN in as few as 12 months by completing the full-time day program, or, slightly longer, in the part-time evening option.

At Riverland, you will learn from compassionate experts who have centered their working lives around helping nurses grow and succeed—from faculty members, support staff, academic advisors, tutors, financial aid experts, and tech support.

Our job is to support you from your very first step in our affordable Practical Nursing Program by providing two program options.

  • Full-time day, 2 semesters Fall and Spring held at the Austin West Campus.
  • Part-time evening, 4 semesters Spring, Summer (clinical only), Fall, Summer (clinical only). This program is designed for the working adult, held at the Owatonna High School and Austin West Campus on a rotating schedule.

Both options have the same program application requirements. These programs have a mix of in-person courses, on-campus lab simulations, and clinical experiences. You will develop the knowledge you need to take the NCLEX-PN® licensure exam and become a safe, practicing Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

The Practical Nursing Diploma program is a great way to get into a nursing role. Many LPNs are satisfied with their careers as a hands-on care provider. However, if you decide to advance your education to increase your scope of practice, our Practical Nursing program will provide the foundation for you to prepare for a role as a Registered Nurse.

What Will I Study?

  • 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. After approval by the Minnesota Board of Nursing, 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 Nursing (RN Track) program with advanced standing.
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PN Testimonals

Career Outlook

Current Demand
  • This career is currently in very high demand.
  • This career is seeing very high growth compared to other careers.
  • There will be a need for about 15,821 new Licensed Practical Nurses to meet market demand between 2018-2028. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth
Typical Work Tasks
  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
  • Administer intravenous medications.
  • Apply bandages, dressings, or splints.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments.
  • Assist patients with hygiene or daily living activities.
  • Prepare patients physically for medical procedures.
  • Treat patients using physical therapy techniques.
  • Maintain medical facility records.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
Job Title Examples
  • Charge Nurse
  • Clinic Nurse
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
  • Clinic Licensed Practical Nurse (CLINIC Lpn)
  • Office Nurse
  • Pediatric Licensed Practical Nurse (PEDIATRIC Lpn)
  • Private Duty Nurse
  • Triage Licensed Practical Nurse (TRIAGE Lpn)
Where Do Licensed Practical Nurses Work?
  • Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
  • Ambulatory Health Care Services
  • Hospitals
  • Educational Services
(source: Minnesota State CAREERwise Education)


The Practical Nursing Program (LPN Track) at Riverland Community College located in Austin, Minnesota is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical Nursing Program (LPN Track) is Continuing Accreditation.

ACEN Contact Information

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326

Phone: 404-975-5000
Fax: 404-975-5020


The college offers several scholarships for students to help with the cost of their education.

Next Steps..

Want to learn more about Riverland Community College? For more information about Riverland or to request program-specific materials, please complete the request information form. 

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Last Updated: June 28, 2023

    Quick Facts
  • Diploma
  • 39 Credits | Full-Time Day: 3 Semesters
    Part-Time Evening: 3+ Semesters, some summer. (Daytime clinical on the weekend. Some day-time commitments may be required.)
  • Location: Austin. Clinicals: Albert Lea, Austin and Owatonna
  • Offering: Fall Semester


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