• Program: Practical Nursing
  • Degree: Associate in Applied Science Degree
  • Credits: Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 60
  • Academic Planning Guide:


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 or other advanced degree through HTC. The diploma is required to take the licensure exam and for entry into practice; therefore this is an option in addition to the diploma. This may be taken either at the same time or after graduating with the diploma. 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. Prerequisite: 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. Students are required to attend an application session to receive their application. Students should plan on attending an application session at least 1 semester before completion of their prerequisites. Application session dates/times and locations are located under entry requirements. Students are accepted into the program through the application process.

Career Opportunities

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.

Award Outcomes:

  • Provide patient care founded on basic physical, developmental, spiritual, cultural, functional, and psychosocial needs of individual patients across the lifespan.
  • 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.
  • Participate as a member of the inter-professional team collaborating with other health care providers to promote safe, quality, patient centered care.
  • Demonstrate nursing safety principles.
  • Utilize information technology effectively in the provision of care.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors in accordance with legal and ethical nursing practice standards.
  • Utilize evidence-based nursing judgment when providing individualized patient care when prioritizing care across the lifespan.
  • Participate in quality improvement.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 33 Credits
General Education Requirements 14 Credits
  • BIOL2045 Human Biology 4
  • BIOL2125 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 and
  • BIOL2225 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
  • ENGL2050 Short Form Composition and Reporting 4
  • Choose one course from MnTC Goal Area 2 3
  • Choose one course from MnTC Goal Area 5 3

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 0 Credits
General Education Electives 13 Credits
  • Hennepin Technical College‚Äôs 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

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