Practical Nursing/Certified Nursing Assistant

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.

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Practical Nursing

Nursing is a growing field with multiple career opportunities. Practical Nursing is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for students to enter the world of nursing. With a practical nurse training program, you will be fully prepared to work in a healthcare facility as a professional Practical Nurse.

Mesabi Range College trains students with the knowledge and clinical skills to enter the Practical Nursing field. As a graduate of the Practical Nursing program, students are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Exam for the Practical Nurse.

Program Requirements: (See planner for more detail)

  • Students must achieve a letter grade of “C” or higher on all pre-program courses OR
  • Students must score >/= to 245 on the Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, Stats math Accuplacer test or take MATH 0095 Intermediate Algebra.
  • All pre-program courses and requirements must be successfully completed before starting Semester 1.
  • Students are required to pass a background check in order to participate in the clinical component of this program.
  • Students are required to be CPR certified (BLS for the healthcare provider) prior to entering Semester1 and must maintain their certification throughout the program.

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 Full Accreditation Status

“The Mesabi Range College Practical Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037, Phone; 202-909-2526."

Program Outcomes:

NCLEX Pass rates (2018): 86.21%

Completion rates at 150% of program length (2018): 86%

Job Placement (2017): 85%

Continuing Education (2017): 46%

Program Satisfaction (2018)

  • Student satisfaction: 100%
  • Alumni satisfaction: 100%
  • Faculty satisfaction 100%
  • Employer satisfaction: 100%

Program Planner - Changes to preprogram courses and requirements are pending. Please contact nursing advisor, Desiree Schneider.

Practical Nursing Handbook

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.