• 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).

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. For both campuses, classes are scheduled on a full time basis from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m three days per week, with another half day each week from 8:30 to 12:20. (note: clinical days start at 6:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m.). There is not a part time option offered at this time. The program is two semesters in length.

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.

Students must complete the "pre-nursing" coursework before being accepted into the program. This requires a separate Nursing Application that 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.

Congratulations to all of our Practical Nursing graduates! You can browse through and download photos below:

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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      

Supplies / Tools

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
  • 1 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)
  • 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. Applications can only be obtained at an application session.

  • The application window for FALL 2016 admission at the Brooklyn Park Campus is closed. Apply to the college so you are ready for next term.
  • Nursing Application Sessions for Spring Admission on the Eden Prairie Campus:      

            Date                                                  Time                 Location

            Friday-September 23, 2016         1:00-2:30pm         EPC, J110

           Wednesday-October 12, 2016      9:30-11:00am       EPC, H225

           Thursday-October 13, 2016          6:00-7:30pm         EPC, H225

           Wednesday-November 2, 2016   10:00-11:30am       EPC, H225

  • Beginning with the January 2017 admissions, all students will be required to have completed a nursing assistant course OR currently be on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry in order to apply to the program. Students who take a nursing assistant course are not required to be current on the registry.
  • 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 sessions if you desire:

PN 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 / Gainful Employment

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%.
Possible job titles include: Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LPN/LVN)
Gainful Employment Disclosure:


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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