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Classes will be held primarily during the day.


See "Entry Requirements" section


Brooklyn Park or Eden Prairie Campus


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, industry and the armed forces.

To prepare you for success, your education includes courses ranging from basic nursing skills to psychosocial nursing, from pharmacology to medical ethics. 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 state and national averages.

Students who have completed the Pre-Nursing requirements must complete a Nursing Application. For more information, please see Entry Requirements below.

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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

Applying to the 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.

Currently, our fall 2014 applications are closed.

After the current 2014 applications are processed, we will be able to determine whether we still have openings. If we do have openings, we will be holding application sessions this summer.  Please check this site again at the end of May for a posting regarding this.





Overall Statistics:
  • Approximately 16,300 LPNs (311 per 100,000 population) are practicing in Minnesota.

Age Range:
  • Approximately 60 percent of LPNs working in Minnesota are 45 or older.

  • Most LPNs (92 percent) received their nursing education from a Minnesota nursing program.
  • Most LPNs (98 percent) received a postsecondary educational degree or certificate in preparation for licensure.
  • Only 15 percent reported receiving an associate degree, and less than one percent a bachelor’s degree prior to becoming an LPN.

Primary Practice Setting:
  • LPNs worked an average of 10 years for their employer or facility.
  • LPNs worked an average of 34 hours per week.
  • The most common area of practice statewide was long term care (32 percent). The percentage of LPNs who practiced in long term care was greater in rural areas (42 percent) than in metropolitan and micropolitan areas (approximately 30 percent in each).
  • The percentage of LPNs who reported clinic and provider offices as their primary practice sites increased from 26 percent in 2006 to 29 percent in 2008.
  • The percentage of LPNs who practiced in clinics and provider offices was higher in metropolitan and micropolitan areas (approximately 30 percent in each) than in rural areas (24 percent).

Primary Activity:
  • A majority (90 percent) of LPNs spent at least some of their time performing direct patient care.
  • The next most frequently reported activities were 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.

From the iseek website,

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses are in the Top 10 job titles with the most vacancies in Minnesota during Spring 2010.

In 2009 (most current statistics available),  100% of nursing diploma graduates found employment after graduation and licensure.  

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LPN/LVN)
US Median Hourly Salary = $19.53 / Twin Cities Metro Area Hourly Salary = $20.80

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.


Dean of Health Sciences
Marguerite Dummer, M.A., RN


Director of Nursing
Anna Schmidt, M.A., RN, PHN

Kim Becker, M.A., RN Kim Becker, M.A., RN  Julie Furman   Julie Furman, BSN, RN  
Jeanne Bowman BSN, RNJeanne Bowman BSN, RN Becky MikeshBecky Mikesh, M.A., RN
Momodou Ceesay Momodou Ceesay, APRN Jill WaletichJill Waletich, M.A., RN
Jill Frazier Jill Frazier, M.A., RN Susan Anderson, BPC Administrative Assistant
Marlene FulleMarlene Fuller, M.A., RN Lori Laabs, EPC Administrative Assistant