Practical Nursing

Program Description
The Practical Nursing Program is a 40 credit diploma and designed for students who are nursing assistants  to complete a two-semester program of study after completing pre technical courses/requirements, in practical nursing that utilizes both theory and clinical course work as well as laboratory simulation. Upon completion of this program, graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses). Once licensed, graduates of this program are eligible to apply to LSC’s Nursing AS Advanced Standing LPN Track to further their education in nursing.

Program Outcomes
• Adapt to the diverse and ever-changing roles of the professional nurse in a variety of health care systems.

• Integrate critical reasoning and evidence based practice while providing safe and competent care to clients in all stages of development and at any point in the health/illness continuum.

• Utilize the nursing process in meeting the health care needs of individuals of diverse sociocultural identities across the lifespan

• Interact effectively with clients, peers, and members of other health care disciplines utilizing current technologies.

• Provide nursing care that is reflective of the ethics and values of the nursing profession and to be mindful of each client’s inherent worth and dignity.

• Assess patterns and activities that may lead to unsafe practice.

Program Approval/Accreditation
The Practical  Program at Lake Superior College is approved by the MN Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. is located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, in Atlanta, Georgia 30326. For more information, visit ACEN’s website at

Program Articulation
For additional information on the most current list of LSC program articulations see us at: and the College of St. Scholastica