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This curriculum defines the Practical Nursing Program effective Fall of 2014. Summer PN starts will follow the curriculum of the 2013-2014 catalog.

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Degrees offered

Practical Nursing AAS
Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead, Wadena

Practical Nursing Diploma
Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Wadena

Nursing - (Generic Option) AS
Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Wadena

Nursing - (Advanced Standing option) AS
Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead, Wadena

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Credits breakdown

Developmental courses — A student may be required to enroll in developmental courses in reading, writing and math. A student's scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in developmental courses. The purpose of developmental courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.

Course # Course Title Credits
PNSG1200 Concepts of Nursing 2
PNSG1205 Nursing Pharmacology 3
PNSG1207 Health Promotion I 5
PNSG1209 Maternal Child Health 3
PNSG1216 Practical Nursing Clinical I 5
PNSG1217 Health Promotion II 4
PNSG1221 Psychosocial Nursing 2
PNSG1223 Health Promotion III 4
PNSG1226 Practical Nursing Clinical II 4
PNSG1232 Principles of Intravenous Therapy 1
PNSG1234 Nursing Roles 1
PNSG1236 Practical Nursing Practicum 2
MNTC Courses
BIOL2260 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL2261 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
Goal: 3 *
BIOL2262 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL2263 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
Goal: 3 *
ENGL1101 College Writing
Goal: 1 *
PSYC2222 Developmental Psychology
Goal: 5, 9 *

Total Credits: 50


About this program

The Practical Nursing program prepares the student to practice within the scope of practical nursing under the supervision of a registered nurse. The student is taught to use the nursing process at the practical nurse level in the maintenance of health and prevention of illness, the observation and nursing care of persons experiencing changes in health status and the administration of prescribed medication and treatments. The student will receive supervised learning experience in caring for individuals in a variety of health care settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities and physician clinic settings. M State offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in practical nursing on all four campuses. Students may choose to complete the diploma in practical nursing track on the Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls and Wadena campuses. After successful completion of either track, graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for the Practical Nurse. The Minnesota Board of Nursing has officially approved the Practical Nursing program on all four campuses of M State.

Program outcomes

1. The graduate provides safe, patient-centered, evidence-based, quality nursing care to a diverse population within the scope of practical nursing.
2. The graduate demonstrates excellence in health promotion, maintenance and restoration with integrity in collaboration with the health care team.
3. The graduate promotes human flourishing through holism while demonstrating caring.
4. The graduate demonstrates critical thinking, therapeutic communication, and efficient use of available resources in a variety of health care settings.
5. The graduate applies legal and ethical considerations in nursing practice.
6. The graduate demonstrates accountability in personal and professional development through life-long learning with a spirit of inquiry.

Employment information

Employment opportunities have experienced a major expansion in recent years. Graduates are currently employed in acute-care hospitals, state hospitals, long-term care facilities including nursing homes and rehabilitation hospitals, clinics and physicians offices, group homes and child care centers, health care and public health agencies, armed services, school nursing, industry and private homes.

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Program accreditation

The PN program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, (800) 621-7440, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.