The Practical Nursing Diploma program prepares students to provide nursing care under the direction of a registered nurse or physician. The program emphasizes ethical and cultural sensitivities, which all healthcare professionals must exercise, as well as facilitates students in becoming safe, conscientious healthcare professionals committed to excellence and responsibility. Areas of preparation include scope of practice, ethical and legal considerations, communication, nursing skills, interpersonal/team building skills, problem solving, and health education/professional growth.
The Pine Technical & Community College Practical Nursing diploma program prepares students to take the practical nursing licensure exam (NCLEX-PN) upon successful completion of classroom and clinical coursework. Clinical experiences are scheduled in clinics, long-term care, transitional care, and assisted living settings. PTCC’s diploma program is designed with flexibility in mind; the program fulfills a prerequisite for the A.S. Degree in Nursing.
Licensed Practical Nurses are valuable members of the healthcare team, meeting the basic physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients. Licensed practical nurses help fill the nursing needs of many community healthcare agencies including long-term care and assisted living facilities, hospitals, clinics, home care, and public health agencies. Nursing continues to have a critical shortage of workers as the U.S. population ages. Licensed practical nurses play a crucial role in meeting the healthcare needs of our population, and the outlook for employment is very strong. The best job opportunities will occur in nursing care facilities and home health care services, while applicants for jobs in hospitals may face competition.
National League for Nursing (NLN) is one of the national nursing accrediting organizations for nursing programs; the Practical Nursing Program is currently in the process of seeking accreditation from their Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA), a part of NLN. Initial accreditation is a three year process. The Pine Technical and Community College Practical Nursing program in Pine City, MN holds pre-accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received.