Nursing Programs

Introduction to Nursing/Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide 

The Nursing Assistant (NA)/Home Health Aide (HHA) program is approved by the Department of Health in Minnesota. It prepares students for jobs in a variety of health care settings such as nursing homes, semi-independent living facilities, hospitals, group homes and home care agencies. Responsibilities include such skills as personal care, positioning, transferring, vital signs and documentation.

The 4-credit course consists of lecture, lab, text work, group activities and hands-on clinical experience in a long-term setting. This course is a requirement for the Practical Nursing program. Upon completion of the course, students are eligible to take the Minnesota State Competency Examination. This test is offered at the end of the class. Successful completion of this test allows students to be certified and placed on the Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Registry for the State of Minnesota.

The Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide program will be offered twice during the fall semester, three times during the spring semester, and once during the summer semester.

Introduction to Nursing Program Plan

Practical Nursing

The Mesabi Range College Practical Nursing program is a member of the Itasca Nursing Education Consortium (INEC). This enables the nursing student to continue their nursing education within this consortium without concern for transferability of nursing courses.

Upon completion of the nursing program, students can take the Minnesota State Board of Nursing licensure examination and may either advance to the next level of their nursing education or apply for employment as a licensed practical nurse.

Before admission to the Practical Nursing program, students need to have successfully completed, with a letter grade of "B" or better, General Psychology (PSYC 2551), the Introduction to Nursing course (NUNA 1215), a CPR course (BLS for Healthcare Providers), Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 1415), College Writing I (ENGL 1511). Students must also achieve a score of Proficient (>55%) on the ATI TEAS V test as well as a 55 in Elementary Algebra on the Accuplacer test or take Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0095). Please see the program plan for more details.

All pre-program courses must be successfully completed with a letter grade of "B" or better before proceeding to Semester II courses. Beginning Semester II, students must obtain an 80 percent (“C”) success rate in each instructional course in order to continue on to Semester III.

During the clinical portion of the program, occurring during Semester II and III, students spend one day each week at Essentia Health-Virginia Clinic, Essentia Health-Virginia Care Center, and other facilities. Background checks are required by Minnesota State Law.

Course equivalency determination is subject to review and approval by the Practical Nursing Program Director.


PRACTICAL NURSING Pre-accreditation Candidacy Status

The Mesabi Range College Practical Nursing Program is pursuing pre-accreditation candidacy status from the

National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA)

2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, 8th Floor

Washington, DC 20037


Interested parties are invited to submit third party comments in writing directly to NLN CNEA, attention Andrea Browning, NLN CNEA Administrative Coordinator, no later than April 13th, 2017


Practical Nursing Handbook

Diploma Program Plan

Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, health-related careers are expanding. There continues to be a significant demand for LPNs throughout the state and nation, as well as the local area.

Practical nurses may find employment in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, home care, public health agencies, the armed services, and other areas.

The INEC program provides an opportunity for graduates to continue in advanced educational programs to obtain an Associate's Degree, a Bachelor of Nursing Degree, or a Master in Nursing Degree.

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