Practical Nursing Program Ranked #3 in Nation

Best Value Schools Top 26 LVN Programs in 2021

Best Value Schools has ranked the Practical Nursing program at Dakota County Technical College #3 nationally on the college and universities resource guide’s  Top 26 LVN Programs in 2021.

Best Value Schools (BVS) rated licensed practical nursing/licensed vocational nursing programs across the country using a points system based on equal values for two factors, yearly tuition cost and graduation rates. BVS analysts then assigned total combined point values to each school included in the ratings survey.

More about the Practical Nursing program at DCTC…

As a graduate of the Practical Nursing program at DCTC, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skill set to administer safe, ethical, patient-centered nursing care in traditional and alternative health care settings.

The Practical Nurse (PN) role within the nursing process is taught through classroom learning, simulated client care, and instructor-supervised clinical experiences in health care settings.

Employment in this field typically requires successful completion of the NCLEX-PN licensing exam.


The mission of the Dakota County Technical College Practical Nursing program is to provide a program of theory and practice in a supportive environment in which students will develop knowledge, skills and behavior essential for success as a licensed practical nurse.


The Dakota County Technical College Practical Nursing program believes that Practical Nursing is grounded in the biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual sciences practiced under the supervision of a registered nurse or other qualified health care professional. Nursing is devoted to promoting, maintaining, and restoring the health of individuals as well as promoting a peaceful, dignified death.


Licensed Practical Nurses

Provide basic nursing care under the direction of doctors and registered nurses.

This career pays above the statewide median wage of $21.49/hour


Median: $23.40/hour
High: $26.60/hour

Seven-county Twin Cities metro

Median: $24.78/hour
High: $28.22/hour


In Minnesota, there are 15,210 workers employed in this large career. This career is currently in very high demand and seeing very high growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 15,821 new Licensed Practical Nurses to meet market demand between 2018–2028. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

Minnesota State CAREERwise Education
Learn more about the Practical Nursing program at DCTC by contacting:

Renee LeMieux, MSN, RN, PHN
Director of Nursing/Faculty

Jonathan O’Hara
Academic and Financial Aid Advisor

Nursing Pinning Ceremony gallery

View more event photos by visiting the DCTC Flickr album:

Nursing Pinning Ceremony 2018