Practical Nursing - Program Requirements and Courses

Program Requirements

Application Process

Fall 2018 Practical Nursing Application

We are currently accepting program applications for Spring 2017. If you have any questions, or if you've missed the information sessions and need an individual appointment, please contact Patty Gerhardson at

Prior to Application

The following additional requirements must be completed prior to application:

  • Student must be in current good standing on the Minnesota or Wisconsin Nursing Assistant Registry
  • Document of current CPR for the Health Care Provider or CPR for the Professional Rescuer
  • Completion of required Criminal Background Checks
  • Clinical site physical/immunizations
  • Student must have GPA of 2.8 in Prerequisite courses to apply for the program.
  • Students must meet minimum benchmarks on entrance exam prior to acceptance into the program.

Application and acceptance to this portion of the program is required prior to taking the PRSG courses. Outside certification will be considered.

Note regarding prerequisite course substitutions

The following course combinations are accepted substitutes for BIOL 1240 and PRSG 1410:

    For BIOL 1240 Health & Disease in Human Body (all 3 courses listed below)
    • BIOL 1250 General Biology I
    • BIOL 1260 Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BIOL 1270 Anatomy and Physiology II
    For PRSG 1410 Human Development Across the Lifespan (both courses listed below)
    • PSYC 1200 Introduction to Psychology
    • PSYC 1250 Lifespan Development

Additional information

Please refer to the Associate Degree Nursing Mobility and Practical Nursing Student Handbook for additional information.

Practical Nursing Diploma - 41 Credits

Course ID Course Name Credits
Prerequisite Course Requirements (see note above)
BIOL 1240 Health and Disease in the Human Body 4
ENGL 1276 College Composition 4
HPPC 1000 Medical Dosages 1
HPPC 1002 Medical Terminology 1
HPPC 1004 Pharmacology 1
Required Technical Courses
PRSG 1110 Foundations of Practical Nursing 3
PRSG 1200 Nursing Care of the Adult Theory I 4
PRSG 1300 Medication Administration for Practical Nurses 3
PRSG 1410 Human Development Across the Lifespan 2
PRSG 1500 Clinical Lab I 4
PRSG 2100 Nursing Care of the Adult Theory II 4
PRSG 2210 Psychosocial Nursing Care 2
PRSG 2220 Nursing Care of Women, Infants and Children 2
PRSG 2410 Transition to Practice 2
PRSG 2600 Clinical Lab II 4