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Nursing Pathway

The Practical Nursing (PN) program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide direct nursing care to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, home health care, and community-based settings.

This educational program includes classroom theory, laboratory experiences, and supervised clinical experiences with defined program learning outcomes. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) and enter the profession of nursing as defined by Minnesota statutes (148.171 Subd. 14, Practice of Practical Nursing).

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Curriculum Requirements

Students enrolled in P-TECH 535’s Practical Nursing (PN) pathway take courses at their associated high school that fulfill state graduation requirements such as social studies, science, physical education, and fine arts.

P-TECH 535 cohort students take P-TECH literacy and numeracy in years 1 and 2 that meet English and math requirements, in addition to a Workplace Experience course embedded in the learning block that prepares students for internships and the workplace.

In years 3 and 4, PN Pathway students take nursing courses for the college diploma at RCTC including a course certifying them to become nursing assistants, science and nursing classes. The PN Pathway diploma includes on-site clinical rotations throughout the final year of the PN diploma major.

Career Opportunities

Practical Nurses work in a variety of settings such as: hospitals (in all areas), physicians’ offices, nursing facilities, home health care services, and military hospitals. They may also work within the healthcare insurance industry, as school nurses, or in long-term care facilities.

Future career steps may include obtaining specialty certifications within the Licensed Practical Nursing field, earning a Bachelor of Science in nursing, becoming a Registered Nurse (RN) or nurse practitioner and eventually earning a Doctorate in nursing.

Nurse Taking Notes in the Xray room

Download a printable information sheet on the P-TECH 535 Practical Nursing Pathway. 

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