MSC Southeast announces Practical Nursing NCLECX test results rise above state, national averages

January 21, 2018 GMT

Minnesota State College Southeast recently announced that graduates of its Practical Nursing program in 2017 achieved a first-time success rate of 88.89 percent on the National Council Licensure Examination.

“This rate is higher than both the national average and state average,” Dean of Health Jennifer Eccles said. “Our Practical Nursing program is going strong. This program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and in good standing with the Minnesota Board of Nursing.”

The NCLEX-PN determines if its safe for graduates to begin practice as an entry-level nurse.

The Practical Nursing major is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide direct nursing care to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, home and community-based settings within the scope of practice of a Practical Nurse. The two-semester program requires students to demonstrate competence in classroom theory, laboratory experiences, simulated events, and supervised clinical rotations.


Practical Nursing is one of the largest major offerings at MSC Southeast.

“At this time, we have almost 60 students enrolled in Practical Nursing,” Eccles said. “Students wanting to start in the program should apply after February 15 for a Fall 2018 start. Priority acceptance will begin on May 1. Applications will be accepted until June 15, pending space availability.”

The Practical Nursing program at MSC Southeast is offered on both the Red Wing and Winona campuses.