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Health Care Job Fair FlyerOur Health Care-related programs provide numerous unique learning opportunities:

  • Field trips and observational experiences
  • Guest speakers
  • The application of classroom learning in clinical settings
  • A rural community that provides a personal touch to healthcare
  • A community of healthcare professionals willing to facilitate student learning experiences
  • Cohorts with student ages ranging from the traditional to the adult learner

Practical Nursing Program

"The Instructors pushed us to do our best with integrity and motivation. They were always available to talk to with questions or concerns. I also really liked how many opportunities for hands on care in a clinical setting we were provided with."    
-2016 Practical Nursing Graduate

Practical Nursing Diploma - Official 2018-19 Program Planner


Application Process & Forms

Applications for the following fall are accepted beginning September 1st. Priority selections are made on February 28th.

*NOTE: You do NOT need to have all of your pre-requisites completed to apply.  

  1. Apply to Itasca Community College and select the Practical Nursing program.
  2. Complete the Practical Nursing Application (Updated 11/17) and email to william.marshall@itascacc.edu, mail to Student Services, Itasca Community College, 1851 East Highway 169, Grand Rapids, MN 55744; or fax to 218-322-2332.
  3. Make an in-person or phone appointment with the nursing advisor by calling Student Services at 218-322-2320 to go over the Student Pre-Requisite Planner (Updated 11/17).
  4. Complete any remaining pre-requisites and document completion in Practical Nursing Application Course. (Info will be provided after Itasca receives and processes your Practical Nursing Application above).

Handbook and Forms

Nursing Student Handbook (Updated 1/18)

Employment in Nursing

Nursing Jobs- find nursing jobs in the United States (Updated 11/17)

Minnesota Jobs - find nursing jobs in Minnesota (Updated 11/17)

The Practical Nursing Program at Itasca provides carefully selected classroom instruction and clinical practice which enable the student to meet the basic needs of patients and function as a practical nurse. Nurses are in high demand. Career opportunities for nurses include:

  • Medical Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Schools
  • Home Health Care
  • Industry and Military

Clinical practice is directly related to classroom instruction. Clinical experiences include a community hospital, nursing homes and clinics. You'll observe kidney dialysis, school nursing, take a psycho/social field trip, and gain OB/early childhood experience in local medical clinics.

Successful completion of the ICC Practical Nursing Program enables students to career ladder in healthcare without loss of credits and allows for articulation to RN programs throughout Minnesota. Graduates can continue on in any Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program in the Minnesota state college system, including Hibbing Community College. A student who earns the ADN then can apply to take the examination leading to licensure by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

The Minnesota Board of Nursing and North Central Association of Colleges and Schools approve the program. Graduates can apply to take the National Council Examination for Licensed Practical Nursing.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information (Updated 11/17)


The Itasca Community College Practical Nursing Program holds pre-accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received.

The Itasca Community College Practical Nursing Program is pursuing accreditation from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20037; phone 202-909-2500. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments in writing directly to NLN CNEA, attention Andrea Browning, NLN CNEA Manager of Accreditation Services, no later than March 12, 2018.


Two nursing students

Nursing Assistant

Nursing Assistant - Official Program Planner

The Nursing Assistant Program at Itasca provides information and training so that a student may become employable in a healthcare facility. Graduates of this program receive both classroom instruction and clinical experience. Students have opportunities to apply classroom learning in community clinical settings. Graduates are trained in basic nursing skills. It is the responsibility of each employing institution to implement and enlarge upon the basic program based on its individual employee needs. A criminal background study is required to be employed as a nursing assistant.

The Nursing Assistant Program at Itasca offers the necessary, approved training to take the ASI Nursing Assistant (NA) test to become registered as a nursing assistant and placed on the NA registry in Minnesota. Itasca's program is accredited by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Graduates of the Nursing Assistant Program have excellent employment opportunities with:

  • Nursing homes
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Private homes
  • Foster care
  • Special care facilities

Students also have the option to further their training by enrolling in the Home Health Aide and Practical Nursing programs. The nursing assistant course is a prerequisite to both programs.

Home Health Aide

Home Health Aide - Official Program Planner

The Home Health Aide Program at Itasca provides the instruction and training so that a student may become employable in a home healthcare agency. Graduates of the program are skilled beyond the Nursing Assistant level to provide basic nursing and homemaking skills and to function competently in the home.

Itasca offers approved training toward a Certificate of Completion for the Home Health Aide course, which is required to work in the home care field. The college's program is approved by the Minnesota Department of Health Accreditation. When you study in Itasca's Home Health Aide Program, your instructor will work closely with you. You'll learn how to work with families and special populations, and you'll acquire skills in documentation. The program also offers many opportunities to gain insights from professionals in the field. For example, guest speakers provide expertise in areas such as hospice care, food and nutrition, special needs children, alcoholism, maternal/child care, AIDS, and homemaking.

Career opportunities for graduates are excellent, including working for home healthcare agencies or working privately in clients' homes. Graduates also have the option to further their education and training by enrolling in Itasca's Practical Nursing Program.