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The Practical Nursing Program prepares students for the a future Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) role. An LPN is a valuable member of the health care team that provides quality care to clients from diverse populations and ages. Employment typically is with clinics, long-term care, assisted living, home care, treatment facilities, and hospitals depending on your location.

SCC has smaller class sizes, expert instructors, and lower tuition than many other area colleges. The college provides an excellent education at a reasonable cost. 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 NCLEX-PN exam enabling you to obtain the LPN credential for entry level practice.

Locations: Faribault and North Mankato Campuses
Admission Dates: Fall and Spring Semesters

For more information: (507) 389-7200 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

To stay informed on updates, changes, and upcoming events in the Nursing Program, prospective and current students are encouraged to explore the upcoming events that apply to them. For further information on any one event, click on the corresponding link or contact the nursing department.

Nursing Informational Sessions
Individuals who would like to learn more about the Registered Nursing or Practical Nursing programs at South Central College should attend one of our monthly Nursing Information Sessions. Sessions are scheduled for two hours each. Participants should arrive 5 - 10 minutes early for check-in before the session. Some topics that will be discussed:

  • Steps for applying to South Central College as a Pre-Nursing student
  • Differences in the RN and LPN Nursing programs
  • Program Policies
  • Admission criteria
  • Entrance exam requirements
  • A question/answer period is included
  • Attendance at one Info Session is required for application to the nursing programs

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What Practical Nursing Students Say

Nursing Accreditation = Excellence!

ACEN logoThe Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) has accredited of South Central College’s Professional Nursing (RN) associate degree program and Practical Nursing (LPN) diploma program.  ACEN accreditation is an indicator of excellence for nursing programs nationwide.  

Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850

Atlanta, Georgia 30326

Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020  
Web: www.acenursing.org

One of the requirements for ACEN accreditation is an average pass rate of 75% over a three year period for graduates taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for the first time. South Central College’s average first time pass rate on the NCLEX for 2017 was 97.06% for the Professional Nursing (RN) program and 90.00% for the Practical Nursing (LPN) program. These percentages were well above the national average for first time NCLEX test takers, which were 84.24% for Professional Nursing (RN) programs and 83.85% for Practical Nursing (LPN) programs.

These South Central Nursing programs are also approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing (MBON).

USDE Licensure Disclosure
Successful completion of the Practical Nursing (PN) or Associates of Science in Nursing (ASN) programs at South Central College will meet the requirements for licensure in the State of Minnesota. The pdfU.S. Dept. of Education requirement fo ASN and PN PDF(125.90 KB) helps you find information regarding which state licensure requirements are met in states outside of Minnesota. This data was collected in August of 2020 with steadfast attempts for accuracy, however as programs and state requirements change, this should not be considered the definitive resource. South Central College highly recommends that you contact the appropriate state licensing board in the state or locality in which you intend to practice or be employed to determine whether the program you are considering will meet that state’s licensing requirements. Information about specific state requirements for licensure can be located through the board of nursing for each state.

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Faculty Spotlight - Nursing

Andrea Mettler
Andrea Mettler
Education:B.S.N., M.S.N., Excelsior College
North Mankato Phone::(507) 389-7431
North Mankato Office:D-135: I
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Annette Benson
Annette Benson
Education:A.D., Normandale Community College; B.S.N., Metropolitan State University; M.S., Winona State University
North Mankato Phone::(507) 389-7317
North Mankato Office:D-135: M
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Bradly Ely
Bradly Ely
Education:PN Saint Paul College, ASN Century College, BSN Augsburg College, MSN Sacred Heart University
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Candy Mortenson-Klimpel
Candy Mortenson-Klimpel
Education:B.S.N., M.S.N., Minnesota State University, Mankato
North Mankato Phone::(507) 389-7479
North Mankato Office:D-135: F
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Dr. Angela Christian
Dr. Angela Christian
Director of Nursing
Education:D.N.P., Metropolitan State University; M.S.N., Minnesota State University, Mankato; B.S.N., College of Saint Benedict
North Mankato Phone::(507) 389-7336
North Mankato Office:D-135: J
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Jennifer Ongie Jindra
Jennifer Ongie Jindra
Education:B.A.N., The College of St. Catherine
Faribault Phone:(507) 332-5825
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Linda Mensing
Linda Mensing
Education:BSN St. Olaf, MPH University of North Carolina, St. Catherine University, DNP
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Liz Thompson
Liz Thompson
North Mankato Phone::(507) 389-7307
North Mankato Office:D-135: E
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Rebecca Gullickson
Rebecca Gullickson
North Mankato Phone::(507) 389-7300
North Mankato Office:D-135: G
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Nursing Majors

Many start by getting their Nursing Assistant certificate before moving on to their two-year nursing diploma (to become an LPN) or associate degree (to become an RN). Savvy students earn their associate degree, take (and pass) the RN exam, and then work in the field while pursuing a bachelor’s degree.