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.

Application Deadline for Spring 2023

December 16, 2022 is the application deadline for the Spring 2023 Practical Nursing Program at Eden Prairie.:

Dates and links for the upcoming application sessions:

  • Tuesday September 20th 10:00am via Zoom (Meeting Link)
  • Thursday September 22nd 5:00pm Eden Prairie Campus room H195
  • Monday September 26th 6:00pm Brooklyn Park Campus room H195
  • Thursday September 29th 6:00pm (Meeting Link)
  • Monday October 3rd 10:00am Eden Prairie Campus room H195
  • 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 from approximately 9:00 am to 4:00 pm 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 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.

Applying to the Practical Nursing Program:

  1. Interested students must email Madison Smith ( for more information about the application process.
  2. Apply to Hennepin Technical College
    The Student Success Advisor will discuss the following requirements if applicable:
    • complete placement testing
    • have any prior coursework evaluated for transfer
  3. Complete pre-requisite courses:
    1. EMSV1020 or 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
    2. NAHA1002 or NAHA1010 or currently on the Minnesota Department of Health Registry for Nursing Assistants
    3. BIOL1400 or BIOL2005
    4. BIOL2125 and BIOL2225
    5. ENGL1250 or ENGL1100
    6. NURS1015 or BIOL1100 or HLTH2001
    7. Qualifying scores in reading, writing and math assessment tests
    8. Qualifying scores on the HESI entrance exam
      1. 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 met, then students must meet with a Student Success advisor.
    9. Complete necessary immunizations including a COVID vaccine.

Students may apply to the Practical Nursing Program while finishing the prerequisites. Applications are all online and will be submitted after students pass the HESI test. Students should be in touch with Madison Smith, the Nursing Advisor, early in their time at Hennepin Tech as well as checking-in each semester to be sure they are on-track and to get information about upcoming cohorts.

Program Information


Requirements for some awards and certifications will change effective June 1st, 2022. Please call OneStop at 952-995-1300 or email, to see how this might affect you.

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

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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)

  • 2021 year-to-date pass rate = 90.48%
  • As of July 2019, pass rate = 96%
  • 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


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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