• Class Time: Classes will be held primarily during the day.
  • Semester: See "Entry Requirements" section
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park or Eden Prairie 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). Our NCLEX-PN passing rates have consistently equaled or surpassed national and/or state averages.

Curriculum for the nursing program has changed and beginning fall of 2015, we will start a cohort of approximately 45 students at the Brooklyn Park Campus.  Another cohort of approximately 45 students will begin at the Eden Prairie Campus in spring of 2016. Students will attend classes on their home campus full time 3-1/2 days per week between the hours of approximately 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (note: clinical days start at 6 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m.). There will not be a part time option offered at this time.

Students applying to the program after fall of 2014 will be required to follow the pre-nursing requirements for the new curriculum.

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 or other advanced degree through HTC. 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.

Practical Nursing (Full-Time): AAS Degree
Practical Nursing (Full-Time): Diploma

Completion of the pre-nursing coursework does NOT guarantee program admission. Students who have completed the pre-nursing requirements must complete a Nursing Application. For more information, please see Entry Requirements below.


Labs and Classrooms

Some of your courses will involve learning nursing skills in a lab setting. This includes simulation experience for practicing nursing situations in a realistic patient care setting with mannequins that breathe, have a heartbeat, and can even speak!

Some of your clinical courses will take place in a long term care, clinic, school, or home care setting.

Students must meet the following expectations for every clinical course:

  • Students must be able to lift and move 32 pounds (per current federal OSHA recommendations). Students may also have to push, pull, bend, stand and walk for extended periods in clinical.
  •  Students must have a cleared criminal background study from the MN Department of Human Services (DHS) in order to be eligible for clinicals. Application will be made through the program the semester prior to clinicals. Contact the MN DHS at 651-431-2000, with questions regarding background studies.  NOTE      


Students who have been admitted to the Practical Nursing program should refer to the Campus Store on either the Brooklyn Park or Eden Prairie campus for the list of required textbooks and optional reference texts for each course. Additionally, every student will need the following supplies:

  • Stethoscope
  • Blood pressure cuff- adult size regular
  • 2 Ace Bandages: 3 inches wide x 5 yards long
  • Practical Nursing program uniform with name tag
  • White uniform shoes or tennis shoes
  • A watch with a second hand
  • Simple calculator
  • Transfer belt with metal clasp
  • Penlight (preferably with pupil gauge)
  • Optional: bandage scissors

Entry Requirements

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 after satisfying all of the program pre-requisites and attending a Mandatory Practical Nursing Application Information Session.

Practical Nursing Application Information Sessions for spring 2016 admission will be held on the following dates and times:

Eden Prairie Campus

Friday              October 9, 2015          10:00 AM - 11:30 AM           EPC H225

Thursday         October 22, 2015        2:00 PM - 3:30 PM              EPC J110

Wednesday     November 18, 2015    5:00 PM - 6:30 PM             EPC J110

You may attend any one of the sessions. If you arrive later than 15 minutes after the session begins, you will not be admitted and must attend on a different day.

Applications will only be available at the end of each information session. If you leave before the session ends, you will not be able to receive an application.

To receive an application, you must present your photo ID. YOU MAY NOT HAVE SOMEONE ELSE OBTAIN AN APPLICATION FOR YOU.

An immunization form must be submitted along with your application. It is posted at the link below so that you can work on completing it prior to the application deadline:


Practical Nursing Immunization Form


Work Environment

Where do Licensed Practical Nurses most often work?


  • Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
  • Ambulatory Health Care Services
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Home care
  • Insurance companies


Primary Activity:

  • A majority (90 percent) of LPNs spend at least some of their time performing direct patient care.
  • The next most frequently reported activities are patient supervision and telephone triage, in which about 30 percent of LPNs reported spending a portion of their time.
  • LPNs spent the least amount of time in case management, insurance/utilization, and public and school health activities.

Job Outlook

From the iseek website,

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

There will be a need for about 9,500 new Licensed Practical Nurses to meet market demand between 2010-2020. 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 2012-2013 was 100%.



US Median Hourly Salary = $20.36/ Twin Cities Metro Area Hourly Salary = $21.11

Potential Job Titles

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LPN/LVN)


The Hennepin Technical College practical nursing program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing, and graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN licensure exam.


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.

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