Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing

Category: Health

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Program Description

In Hennepin Technical College’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).

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.

  • 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.
  • Classes are scheduled on a full time basis. Students will receive a schedule outlining the days and time at the start of each course.
    Note: clinical times could be approximately 6:00 am to 2:00 pm or 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm and possibly weekends.
  • There is not a part-time option offered at this time.
  • The program is two semesters in length.

Program Information


Class Time: Day
Semester: Fall (Brooklyn Park), Spring (Eden Prairie)
Campus: Brooklyn Park, Eden Prairie

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Program Requirements

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 application 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.

National Council Licensure Examination - Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN)

  • 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.


Wage and Job Outlook information for this program are available at CAREERwise. Opportunities for employment may be available in hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, long-term care facilities, transitional care facilities, assisted living facilities, industry and the armed forces.

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