Why Choose Practical Nursing Diploma at CLC?
• Consistent use of simulation to enhance classroom and clinical experiences
• Variety of clinical experiences including but not limited to Acute Care, Long-Term Care, clinics, mental and behavioral health
• Flexible schedules 3-4 days per week
• Program accredited through Higher Learning Commission, approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing
• NCLEX passing rates above the state and national average.
• Multiple opportunities for employment and/or further education
• Nursing instructors who truly care about students and their success in the program.
PRACTICAL NURSING DIPLOMA
Program Course Requirements
Health Care Provider or Professional Rescuer CPR
75 hour Minnesota Department of Health Nursing Assistant course OR NSGA 1110 Nursing Assistant
Passing score on the ATI TEAS test
BIOL 1404 Human Biology (3 cr) or BIOL 2467* Anatomy & Physiology I (4 cr) and BIOL 2468* Anatomy & Physiology II (4 cr)
ENGL 1410 Composition I* (4 cr)
PNUR 1130 LifeSpan** (1 cr)
PNUR 1140 Medication Calculations for Healthcare Professionals (1 cr)
Total 9 Credits
PNUR 1149* Clinical Lab I (3 cr)
PNUR 1160* Practical Nursing Skills Lab (3 cr)
PNUR 1168* Psychosocial Nursing (3 cr)
PNUR 1265* Medical Surgical Nursing I (5 cr)
Total 14 Credits
PNUR 1150* Clinical Lab II (3 cr)
PNUR 1166* Gerontological Nursing (2 cr)
PNUR 1175* Maternal Child Health (2 cr)
PNUR 1270* Medical Surgical Nursing II (6 cr)
Total 13 Credits
GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 36 CREDITS
**Students may substitute PSYC 2431 Human Development, 3 credits for PNUR 1130 Life Span
Career Description: Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) care for people who are sick, injured or disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. The nature of the direction and supervision required varies by state and job setting.
Program Information: The Practical Nursing Program is designed to prepare graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing. Student course requirements include a wide variety of clinical experiences in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes. Graduates join the healthcare team as LPNs upon successful completion of the licensing requirements. There are several program options available. Classes are offered at Brainerd and/or Staples campuses.
Graduates will be able to:
Client Centered Care (NLN Human Flourishing)
The Practical Nursing graduate utilizes therapeutic communication skills when providing care through focus assessments, founded on basic holistic needs of individual clients across the lifespan.
The Practical Nursing graduate applies the nursing process and evidence based decision making when working within an established plan of care by implementing interventions, reporting changes, and promoting safety and health of individual clients across the lifespan.
The Practical Nursing graduate demonstrates professionalism and teamwork in an ethical and legal manner when implementing or assigning aspects of care for an individual client, under the direction of a Registered Nurse or other health care provider.
Quality Improvement (NLN Spirit of Inquiry)
The Practical Nursing graduate contributes to continuous quality improvement by providing input into the development of policies and procedures and effectively using resources and technology to achieve optimal client outcomes.
Special Program Requirements:
This program has a special application process. This includes completion of a CLC application and the College Entrance Test (CET). Also, a practical nursing application must be completed along with the TEAS Test. Please contact the admissions department for information or to apply to the program.
In addition to the program requirements listed above, students must meet the following conditions in order to progress or graduate:
- College Cumulative GPA Requirement: The cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be at least 2.0.
- Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.
- The student must achieve a B- or better in all Practical Nursing (PNUR) courses.
- The student must achieve a C or better in all required general education courses.
Accreditation: This program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Practical Nursing Program is seeking national accreditation.
Admissions: This program has a special application process. This includes completion of a CLC application and the College Entrance Test (CET). Also, a practical nursing application must be completed along with the TEAS Test. Please contact the admissions department for information or to apply to the program.
Transfer Opportunities: This program has transfer articulation agreements with the following MnSCU institutions: Alexandria Technical and Community College, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Century College, Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, Hibbing Community & Technical College, Inver Hills Community College, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Minnesota West Community & Technical College, Normandale Community College, North Hennepin Community College, Northland Community & Technical College, Northwest Technical College – Bemidji, Pine Technical College, Ridgewater College, Riverland Community College, Rochester Community & Technical College, South Central College, St Cloud Technical and Community College.
Career Opportunities: Available employment options are varied and can be found in acute care hospitals, nursing homes, home health care settings and clinics.
Meet Our Team
Nursing Lab Assistant
Gayle is the Nursing Lab Coordinator for the Central Lakes College Nursing Department. Prior to entering the nursing field, she owned and operated her own business for 27 years. She graduated with honors in May 2005 from the PN program at CLC, then worked for six-and-a-half years as an LPN before assuming the position of Nursing Lab Coordinator at CLC. Gayle’s responsibilities include setting up patient simulations for nursing classes, maintaining simulation hardware and software, managing nursing student files, ordering class supplies, and controlling inventory.
Karen graduated from Fergus Falls Community College with her associates’ degree and from the College of St. Scholastica with her BSN. She received her Principles of Education for Clinical Preceptors from the Winona State University. Karen received the Alice Woessner Award for her excellence in recognition of outstanding grades, patient care and ability to handle multiple priorities while in the nursing program. She also received two awards from the Minnesota State Hospital Association for her Health Care Career Promotion, for mentoring, directing and working with Summer Intern Students at Lakewood Health System. Karen has 19 years of nursing experience with 13 years of those teaching nursing students. She also worked with several Colleges and Universities coordinating nursing students in clinical and their Capstone experience to receive their four year degree in nursing. Karen’s passion is mentoring, directing and teaching each of her students to reach their goal of becoming “the Best Nurse that they can be”. She has a dairy farm with her two sons, Chad and Paul. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, gardening, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Professional Experience: A seasoned employee of Central Lakes College, Rose worked previously in Health Care Administration. Rose also worked as an Associate Registrar at a private Christian Preparatory School and Two Year College. Education: Associate of Arts, Brainerd Community College, Brainerd Bachelor of Science, College of St Scholastica, Duluth Leadership Focus: Associate Degree Nursing, CNA, Dental Assisting, Medical Assistant, & Practical Nursing Favorite Quote: Don’t compare your life with others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
Director of Nursing
Julie Woitalla MSN, RN, Graduated from the College St. Scholastica in 1991, and received a Masters in Nursing Education from Metropolitan State University. Her Nursing career has included working as a RN at Mayo Methodist Hospital in Rochester, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Crow Wing County Public Health, Horizon Health Home Care and the Pierz School District. She has been with Central Lakes College since 2009. She currently resides in Pierz with her husband where she also assists with the family farm. She has four adult children. She also enjoys gardening, reading and hanging out at the lake with friends.