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Practical Nursing program overview

Mission: To provide excellence in nursing education, preparing students for success in national licensure and practice as nurses serving the healthcare needs of a diverse community.

In HTC’s Practical Nursing program, you’ll gain the skills to be part of a health care team in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, long-term care facilities, transitional care facilities, and assisted living facilities.

To prepare you for success, your education includes courses ranging from basic nursing skills to psychosocial nursing, from pharmacology to actual patient care. It’s a blend of theory and hands-on experience that builds your nursing knowledge, skills, and attitudes. The program is designed to meet the requirements of the Minnesota Board of Nursing for qualifying to take the practical nursing state board licensing examination (NCLEX-PN). Upon successful completion of the examination, you’ll be a licensed practical nurse (LPN).

Each fall, a cohort of approximately 48 students will be admitted to the Brooklyn Park campus. Each spring, a cohort of approximately 48 students will be admitted to the Eden Prairie campus. For both campuses, classes are scheduled on a full time basis from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m three days per week, with another half day each week from 9:00 to 12:20. (note: clinical times could be approximately 6:00 am -  2:00 pm or 2:00pm - 10:00pm and possibly weekends). There is not a part time option offered at this time. The program is two semesters in length.

Due to accreditation requirements, all students will need to obtain the diploma. There is an option to obtain a degree, either at the same time or after graduating with the diploma. The diploma is required to take the licensure exam and for entry into practice; therefore the degree is an option in addition to the diploma. The AAS Degree option in Practical Nursing is designed for those who would like to fulfill some of the general education requirements to pursue a professional nursing degree. Students are encouraged to contact the program to which they wish to transfer for specific information about their requirements to ensure the student selects the appropriate courses.

Students must complete the "pre-nursing" coursework before being accepted into the program. This requires a separate Nursing Application which is obtained at an application session.  The dates of the applicaton sessions can be found under the "Entry Requirements" below. If you are interested in starting the Practical Nursing program, please apply using the regular college application.

Program information

  • Class Time: Day
  • Semester: See "Skills Requried"
  • Campus: Eden Prairie Campus and Brooklyn Park Campus
  • Course Search
  • National Council Licensure Examination - Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN)
    • 2018 year-to-date pass rate = 70.49%.
    • As of July 2019, pass rate = 96%
  • Program Completion Rate for 2018: 52%
  • Student Learner Program Outcomes (Award Outcomes)

    1. Demonstrate effective communication techniques while providing patient care founded on basic physical, developmental, spiritual, cultural, functional, and psychosocial needs of individual patients across the lifespan.
    2. Manage care through planning, organizing or assigning aspects of care to UAP's and LPN's under the direction of an RN or other licensed Health Care Provider.
    3. Participate as a member of the inter-professional team collaborating with other health care providers to promote safe, quality, patient centered care.
    4. Demonstrate nursing safety principles.
    5. Utilize information technology effectively in the provision of care.
    6. Demonstrate professional behaviors in accordance with legal and ethical nursing practice standards.
    7. Utilize evidence-based nursing judgment when providing individualized patient care when prioritizing care across the lifespan.
    8. Participate in quality improvement.
  • Practical Nursing Student Handbook

Application process

Applying to the Practical Nursing Program:

Students must be admitted to the college, complete placement testing, and if applicable, have any prior coursework evaluated for transfer.

Prerequisites: 8-hour CPR course for Health Care Providers offered by the American Heart Association or 8-hour CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer course offered by the American Red Cross or EMSV1020; NAHA1002 or currently on the Minnesota Department of Health Registry for Nursing Assistants; BIOL2045 or BIOL2125 and BIOL2225, ENGL2050, NURS1015 or BIOL2003 or HLTH2001, and qualifying scores in reading, writing, math and computer literacy assessment tests. The HESI entrance exam requirements are scores of at least 60% cumulative and 70% in reading comprehension.  The HESI entrance exam may be repeated one time, after which, if scores are not met, then students must meet with an enrollment advisor. 

Students may apply to the Practical Nursing Program while finishing the prerequisites, but students must attend a Mandatory Practical Nursing Application Information Session. Applications should only be submitted after attending an application session. Please bring your student ID to the application session. Students should plan on attending an application session at least 1 semester before completion of their prerequisites. 

Application Session Dates/Times:

Students must attend an Application Session before applying to the program.  Application Sessions should typically be attended 1-2 semesters prior to starting the program.

The next scheduled Nursing Application Sessions are listed below:

  • Tuesday, February 11th from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, Brooklyn Park Campus, Room H193
  • Wednesday, February 19th from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, Eden Prairie Campus, Room H193
  • Thursday, March 5th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Brooklyn Park Campus, Room H193
  • Friday, March 13th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Eden Prairie Campus, Room H193
  • Friday, March 27th - CANCELED
  • IMPORTANT:  If you plan to apply to the Fall 2020 Brooklyn Park Cohort and have not yet attended an Application Session, please email Sarah at

After attending an application session, the Nursing Program Online Application may be submitted according to the dates listed below:

  • Fall 2020 Semester (Brooklyn Park):  Apply between February 1, 2020 - April 15, 2020
  • Spring 2021 Semester (Eden Prairie):  Apply between September 1, 2020 - November 15, 2020

Nursing Program GPA Calculation Worksheet
Nursing Program Immunization Form
Nursing Program Two-Step Baseline TB Form

Job Outlook

This career is seeing very high growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 7,200 new Licensed Practical Nurses to meet market demand between 2014-2024. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.
The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2017 was 100%.

Possible job titles include:
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Employment Outlook Disclosures:

Awards and Certifications


Chris Kleckner, RN Director of Nursing
Janet Deems, BSN
Jill Waletich, M.A., RN
Anna Schmidt, M.A., RN

Accreditation and Affiliations

Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: 404-975-5000

Click here for accreditation letter.


Graduates of the practical nursing program may attend a mobility program leading to an ADN or BSN in professional nursing and the opportunity to take the RN licensure exam. Students are encouraged to contact their RN program of choice for specific details on admission requirements.

Last updated by hausSu : 2020-06-30 03:24:25