Practical Nursing

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Application Process

  • Apply to M State.
  • Review nursing application packets, application deadlines and pre-admission exam information.
  • Complete the entrance exam that is required as part of the nursing program application.
  • Apply to the Nursing program.

I am ready to apply to an M State Nursing program.

Practical Nursing Application Dates and Locations

Program Start

M State Campus

Priority Deadline

Fall 2018 Application Moorhead February 16, 2018
Spring 2019 Application Moorhead August 1, 2018

* Secondary Deadline applications will be reviewed regardless of program spot availability after Priority Deadline review.
** Extended Deadline will be posted only if program spots are available after Priority and Secondary Deadline review.

We encourage prospective nursing students to contact our Solution Center at 1-877-450-3322 with questions regarding the application process, including admission criteria, very early in the process.


Practical Nursing Program

The Practical Nursing diploma program is 40 credits and can be completed in two semesters. Upon completion of the Practical Nursing program, students are prepared for licensure as a Practical Nurse and careers in long-term care centers, acute care, and ambulatory care facilities.

The program prepares students to practice nursing under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN), providing direct patient care in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and home- and community-based facilities. Students are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam-PN following graduation.

Upon completion of the Practical Nursing program, students are prepared to apply for licensure as a practical nurse and careers in long-term care centers and ambulatory care facilities.

Students who complete the M State Practical Nursing program can continue their education at M State to become a professional nurse through the ADN-Advanced Standing Option.

Practical Nursing - Diploma: Students earn 40 credits over two semesters. The diploma program is offered on the M State campus in Moorhead.

PN Career Outlook

PN Career Outlook
source - Career Coach


Practical Nursing Career Outlook

Demand for nurses and other health care workers is expected to grow in coming years in west central Minnesota and throughout the region.

Description: Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.

Typical education level:Vocational Certificate

Practical Nursing Employment

Practical Nursing Employment
source - Career Coach


Practical Nursing Employment

5,042 Employed in your area

258 Estimated annual job openings

1,306 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers *
under 25 441 9%
25-34 1,110 22%
35-44 941 19%
45-54 1,244 25%
55-64 1,067 21%
65+ 239 5%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics *Data captured from Career Coach 4/2/2015


Background Check Required

State law requires that students having direct contact with individuals in licensed institutions complete an annual background study with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Students also are required to complete a national background check and may be required to complete a federal background check as directed by clinical facilities. Students will be provided with instructions prior to starting the program. The $45.75 fee for the national background check is incurred by the student at the time the background study is submitted. Students who do not pass required background checks will not be allowed to participate in clinical activities and thus are not eligible for graduation.

Last modified: December 13th, 2017 at 02:05pm