Practical Nursing


Find Your Calling

Nursing is one of the most respected careers in the healthcare field.  South Central College (SCC) has been training competent, compassionate and confident nurses for over 50 years. South Central College’s Nursing Program is committed to excellence and provides valuable educational preparation through classroom, lab, simulation and clinical experiences. SCC offers an Associate in Science Nursing Degree and a Practical Nursing Diploma. SCC also offers a 4-credit Nursing Assistant course. 

If you’re interested in becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse, South Central College’s Practical Nursing program is a great option. SCC has smaller class sizes, expert instructors and lower tuition than many other area colleges and provides an excellent education at a reasonable cost.  In addition, a Practical Nursing Diploma can be earned in two semesters after the Pre-Nursing requirements are completed. Once accepted into the Practical Nursing program, you will be able to enroll in nursing (NURS) classes. Successful completion of the Practical Nursing program provides eligibility to take the Practical Nursing NCLEX exam enabling you to obtain the
LPN credential.

The 40-credit Practical Nursing program at SCC is approved by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State), the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The program teaches you to conduct a focused-assessment on an individual patient through the collection and comparison of data related to a client’s physical and mental functioning.


You will also learn how to:

  • Appropriately report any patient changes/responses to a registered nurse or appropriately licensed healthcare provider
  • Administer prescribed medications
  • Demonstrate effective therapeutic communication
  • Provide thorough reporting and recording
  • Prioritize and care for multiple clients with a variety of disorders
  • Perform technical nursing skills
  • Understand the importance of maintaining confidentiality


Admission Dates: Fall and Spring
South Central College Credentials: Diploma
Location: Faribault and North Mankato Campus


Employment Outlook

Job Statistics

Region2016 Jobs2021 Jobs% ChangeMedian Hourly WageMedian Annual Wage
SCC Surrounding Area 1,258 1,335 6.4% $18.79 $39,083
State 18,440 19,659 6.6% $19.91 $41,413

Source: EMSI

Program Placement

Placement StatusFY11FY12FY13FY14FY15

Practical Nursing Grads Placed*

90% 100% 96% 79% 88%

Practical Nursing Grads Continuing Education+

49% 48% 40% 46% 27%

* Percent of graduates available for employment placed in related occupation
+ Percent of graduates continuing their education 


LPN to RN Track
As an LPN interested in earning an Associate in Nursing Science (RN) degree, you will be granted advanced standing and start your program with a transitional course to establish the foundations of the RN role.  In addition, as a returning LPN, you will follow an RN adjusted course plan that takes your previous nursing education into account.

RN to Transfer
A student who completes either the 64-credit RN curriculum or the 60-credit LPN Transition plan is awarded an Associate of Science degree and is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (N.C.L.E.X.) for licensure as a Registered Nurse.  Also, students earning an Associate in Science Degree may transfer credits to a four-year institution to work towards a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

How to Apply 
Like many programs, the Nursing program plans have specific sequence of steps for students to follow. To begin the nursing application process, you need to: 

  1. Be accepted as a South Central College student at time of Nursing Program application
  2. Demonstrate a college GPA of 2.7 or higher and a minimum of “C” grade in general education courses required in the Nursing Program
  3. Establish and maintain good academic standing at the college
  4. Successfully pass the ATI Teas Exam with score of 58.7 or greater (valid for six months)
  5. Attend SCC Nursing Information Session  (valid for one year)
  6. Provide proof of evidence for Nursing Assistant Registry
  7. Submit completed paper application, available on the Nursing website, starting March 1 for a fall program start and September 1 for a spring program start
  8. Successfully have completed the following courses at time of application*:
    - HC 1886 Nursing Assistant (4 credits)
    - ENGL 100 English Composition (4 credits)
    - BIOL 220 Human Anatomy (4 credits)
    - CHEM 110 Chemistry for the Health Science or CHEM 108 Introduction to Chemistry (4 credits) for RN Program only

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*Fall 2016 application window is the final window accepting classes in progress