Primarily held during the day with some evening classes and clinicals. Classes may be in person, online, or a combination of both. Students may attend full time or part time.
Fall Term, Spring Term
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.
From Student to Instructor
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:
- 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
The Practical Nursing Program will experience a number of changes in the near future. For pre-nursing students applying AFTER fall 2014, we have scheduled the following meetings to update you on the changes and to give you an opportunity to ask questions. These sessions are NOT the application information sessions. Although not mandatory, we strongly encourage you to attend any of the following meetings:
Thursday, April 3rd, at EPC - J120 auditorium: 9:00 am to 10:30 am; 3:00 to 4:30 pm; or 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Friday, April 4th, at BPC - J120 auditorium: 9:00 am to 10:30 am; 3:00 to 4:30 pm; or 6:00 pm to 7:30pm
For students interested in applying to the Practical Nursing Program for fall 2014, Please see below.
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.
Nursing program applications can only be obtained by attending a mandatory application information session. You must attend the entire session. You may attend a session on either campus. Please bring a photo ID. The next application sessions will be held on the following dates and times for admission to the program in fall 2014:
Tuesday, March 4th, 1:00pm to 3:00pm, Auditorium J110 on Brooklyn Park Campus
Monday, April 7th, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Auditorium J130 on Brookyn Park Campus
Friday, March 28th, 10:00 am to noon, Auditorium J110 on Eden Prairie Campus
Saturday, April 5th, Noon to 2:00 pm, Auditorium J110 on Eden Pairie Campus
These sessions are ONLY for students who will have completed all of their pre-nursing admission requirements by the end of this spring semester and will be ready to start the nursing program in fall of 2014.
There are additional immunization requirements for the program. The immunization form for fall 2014 can be obtained by clicking HERE
- Approximately 16,300 LPNs (311 per 100,000 population) are practicing in Minnesota.
- 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).
- 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, http://www.iseek.org
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.
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 in professional nursing and the opportunity to take the RN licensure exam. These programs are typically one year in length. The mobility program is not offered at HTC, but is offered by several nearby Community Colleges.
Dean of Health Sciences
Marguerite Dummer, M.A., RN
Director of Nursing
Anna Schmidt, M.A., RN, PHN
|Kim Becker, M.A., RN||Julie Furman, BSN, RN|
|Jeanne Bowman BSN, RN||Becky Mikesh, M.A., RN|
|Momodou Ceesay, APRN||Jill Waletich, M.A., RN|
|Jill Frazier, M.A., RN||Susan Anderson, BPC Administrative Assistant|
|Marlene Fuller, M.A., RN||Lori Laabs, EPC Administrative Assistant|