Practical Nursing
  • Class Time: Classes will be held primarily during the day
  • Semester: See "Entry Requirements"
  • Campus: Eden Prairie Campus and Brooklyn Park Campus
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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 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m three days per week, with another half day each week from 8:30 to 12:20. (note: clinical days start at 6:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m.). 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.

Skills Required

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. Students may apply to the Practical Nursing Program while finishing the prerequisites but students must attend a Mandatory Practical Nursing Application Information Session. Applications can only be obtained at an application session. Please bring your student id to the application session.


 Nursing Application Sessions are listed below:

  • Wednesday, February 20th from 11:00am-1:00pm, Eden Prairie Campus, Room H195
  • Thursday, February 28th from 1:00pm-3:00pm, Brooklyn Park Campus, Room H231
  • Friday, March 8th from 11:00am-1:00pm, Eden Prairie Campus, Room H195
  • Tuesday, March 19th from 2:00pm-4:00pm, Brooklyn Park Campus, Room H191
  • Wednesday, March 27th from 5:00pm-7:00pm, Eden Prairie Campus, Room H195




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 2016 was 100%.

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