Practical Nursing


  The Practical Nursing (PN) program change effective Fall 2014. PN graduates will not progress directly to the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN). The PN program at Ridgewater College will continue to be offered for students wishing to complete the diploma program, earn licensure as a Practical Nurse, and enter the workforce as an LPN.
Applications for Fall 2014 PN program are not being accepted at this time.  The application for Fall 2015 will be available on this website starting December 1, 2014.  The deadline for applying to the Fall 2015 PN program is February 1, 2015.  The PN program has a Fall semester start only on both campuses.  Attending a Nursing Information Session is required before applying.

Upcoming Nursing Information Sessions: 
            Attending a Nursing Information Session is required for all Nursing applicants             
*Nursing options at Ridgewater College in the future: PN and MANE
*Overview of MANE - What is MANE?
*Overview of Practical Nursing
*Admissions criteria and application process for PN and MANE 

Hutchinson Campus

Please park in front lot - follow signs to Auditorium

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 


Willmar Campus


Please park in Lot A and enter thru main entrance
Room: A240

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

You do not need to pre-register
Informational sessions will last approximately 1 hour, please plan travel times accordingly, sessions start promptly at the times posted. Please do not be late - Out of respect for the speaker and other attendees - late arrivals will not be allowed to enter the session.
You will NOT be applying for the program at the Nursing Informational Sessions. The sessions are to discuss the Nursing options we will have available.


About the Program

Ridgewater College’s Practical Nursing program prepares graduates for entry-level clinical practice as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) under the supervision or direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician, or dentist. The curriculum consists of nursing courses as well as general education courses. Graduates can use the title LPN upon successful completion of the program and passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses. Care provided by LPNs is based on the knowledge and application of principles and skills in the prevention of illness, and the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health.
The curriculum includes classroom study, laboratory and simulation learning experiences, and supervised clinical practice (patient care). Clinical experiences occur in a variety of settings where LPNs are employed.

Ridgewater is nationally known for its outstanding Nursing and Allied Health programs. Utilizing the latest in healthcare simulation technology, Ridgewater’s Simulation Centers provide students hands-on experience with amazingly life-like manikins. Students benefit from improved skill performance, greater learner satisfaction, enhanced critical thinking, and improved self-confidence. 

This program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.