Practical Nursing

SEATs AVAILABLE FOR SPRING SEMESTER Start, beginning JANUARY 9

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Two and DONE - Graduate in two semesters!

Completed application packets are accepted during published application periods.

  • Please be sure to follow Admissions Guidelines. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • Submit completed application packets in person to Enrollment Services Office, Room 117. Completed application packages are accepted on a rolling basis until the seats are filled. Students are notified within 5 business days of application submission of the seat availability for the upcoming semester.

 Application Dates
Practical Nursing Program Fall Semester start:
Application begin being  accepted on  March 1 or first business day in March each year.
Practical Nursing Program Spring Semester start:
Application begin being accepted on September 1 or first business day in September each year.

Important Dates

Nursing Program Information Sessions
Date Time Room
Thursday, February 9, 2017 3:30 p.m.
211A
TEAS Testing Dates
TEAS testing is available at the Anoka Technical College Testing Center.For a list of dates and times please follow this link to ATI Nursing Education. For more information about the test click here: TEAS Information Sheet PDF.
Orientation/Registration for Students Accepted in Program
Date Start Room
Thursday, January 5th, 2017
4:00 p.m.
211A

Now that you are admitted, we invite you to attend the required Practical Nursing Orientation on Thursday, January 5th, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. During orientation, you will learn about campus resources, campus technology, receive academic advising, and register for classes. You do not need a parking pass and may enter through the Main Entrance.

Please bring:

A photo copy of your health insurance card
A photo ID, such as a driver's license
Know your social security number

Admission Guidelines

Admission Guidelines

Steps to Admission to the Practical Nursing Program

You must complete all steps of the admissions process to be admitted into the Practical Nursing program. Please read the full explanations below this checklist.

  1. Apply to ATC and be admitted to the College
  2. Complete the Nursing Assistant requirement or Medical Assistant requirement
  3. Complete the CPR requirement
  4. Complete the Accuplacer Assessments and the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V or ATI TEAS)
  5. Complete the Student Record of Immunization PDF
  6. Submit the Practical Nursing Program Application PDF with documentation of each the above

The following prerequisites must be completed and submitted as an entire package to the Enrollment Services Department (room 117) prior to admission to the ATC Practical Nursing program. All required documentation must be submitted in person; the Enrollment Services Department is unable to receive them via mail, online, or fax. Completed application packages are accepted on a rolling basis until the seats are filled. Students are notified within 5 business days of application submission of the seat availability for the upcoming semester.

All Admission Requirements must be submitted in a packet to Enrollment Services – Rm 117 during the application period.

Accuplacer, ACT, or Anoka Technical Course

Scores needed:

Reading Comprehension/ACT Reading/READ 0900 (within 3 years)

78/21/C

Sentence Skills/ACT English/ENGL 0101 (within 3 years)

86/18/C

Arithmetic/ATC Math/MATH 0801 (within 2 years)

81/22/B

Choose EITHER Nursing Assistant OR Medical Assistant  complete all parts of either Option I or Option II

Nursing Assistant

Students must show documentation of currency on the MN State Registry – http://www.health.state.mn.us/nar

Medical Assistant

Students must show documentation of earned National Certification for Medical Assisting from the AAMA (American Association of Medical Assistants); and

OPTION I:

* Successful completion of HLTH 1103 Nursing Assistant & Home Health Aide or a state approved Nursing Assistant Course within the past five years; OR

OPTION I:

* Successful completion of an accredited Medical Assistant (certified-eligible) program within the past five years; OR

OPTION II:

* Employment as a Nursing Assistant -

verification on employer letterhead that includes:

  • Dates of employment
  • Position description describing nursing assistant duties
  • Total hours worked within last two years (must be at least 800 hours)

OPTION II:

* Employment as a Medical Assistant –

verification on employer letterhead that includes:

  • Dates of employment
  • Position description describing nursing assistant duties
  • Total hours worked within last two years (must be at least 800 hours)

I have also attached proof of the following:

  • Valid CPR Requirement: American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider, American Red Cross Basic Life
    Support for Healthcare Providers, or Current First Responders Card
  • Adjusted Individual Total Score of 50% or higher on the TEAS Test: Version V (TEAS V) OR ATI TEAS
  • Completed Student Record of Immunization form PDF. Must be signed and/or stamped by a health provider.

Completed application packages are accepted on a rolling basis until the seats are filled. Students are notified within 5 business days of application submission of the seat availability for the upcoming semester.

Information to Note for Accepted Students:

After acceptance, the following items will be addressed in a mandatory nursing orientation session. You will be required to submit to your faculty advisor:

  • Tuberculin testing results (skin or blood testing) or documentation of freedom from tuberculosis infection.
  • Documentation of an annual, current influenza vaccination.
  • A signed Student Affirmation of Health Insurance form confirming current health insurance coverage with a photocopy of documentation.
  • Completion of a Minnesota Department of Human Services background study with approval for direct patient care.

Background Study

State law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and/or residents at a health care facility have a background study conducted by the state. A student who is disqualified as a result of a background check will not be allowed to enter the program major. A student must receive a "Background Study Clearance" within 90 days preceding the start of clinical or fieldwork courses to be placed at a partnering facility. Any student failing to receive clearance will be disqualified from enrollment in the course. Arrests, charges, or convictions of criminal offenses may cause a student to fail a background study. If a student is disqualified, the student has the right to request reconsideration of the disqualification. It is the responsibility of the student to request consideration by the MN Department of Health Commissioner if he or she chooses to do so. An applicant is considered to be disqualified while in the reconsideration process.

Credits

Practical Nursing 2014-2015
Program Requirements

Course # Course Title Credits
HLTH 1005 Anatomy and Physiology 4
MATH 1010 Dosage Calculations for Health Care Professionals 1
NURS 1400 Foundations of Nursing 3
NURS 1405 Foundations of Nursing Lab 2
NURS 1410 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan I 4
NURS 1420 Clinical Application I 2
NURS 1500 Transition to Nursing Practice 2
NURS 1510 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan II 5
NURS 1515 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan II Lab 2
NURS 1520 Clinical Application II 5
NURS 1530 Psychosocial Nursing 2
NURS 1540 Family Centered Nursing Care 1
NURS 1545 FamilyCentered Nursing Care Clinical Application 1
ENGL 1105 Composition I 4
Total Required Credits 38

Full-Time Sequence

FULL-TIME Sequence
ONE YEAR PROGRAM
First Semester
Course #  Course Name Credits
NURS 1400 Foundations of Nursing
3
NURS 1405 Foundations of Nursing Lab
2
NURS 1410 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan I
4
NURS 1420 Clinical Application I
2
HLTH 1005 Anatomy and Physiology
4
MATH 1010 Dosage Calculations for Health Care Professionals
1
TOTAL
16
   
ENGL 1105 Composition I - MUST be taken prior to semester 2  4
Second Semester
NURS 1500 Transition to Nursing Practice
2
NURS 1510 Health Promotion Across Lifespan II
5
NURS 1515 Health Promotion Across Lifespan II Lab
2
NURS 1520 Clinical Application II
5
NURS 1530 Psychosocial Nursing 
NURS 1540 Family Centered Nursing Care 
NURS 1545 Family Centered Nursing Care Clinical Application
TOTAL
18

 

Accreditation

The Anoka Technical College Practical Nursing (PN) program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and is specifically designed to train graduates for the specialized field of Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN).

The program is pursuing candidacy status by January 2018 and accreditation with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Consistent with the standards that define nursing practice, the outcomes of the Anoka Technical College program of learning is a graduate who is able to:

  • Adhere to professional standards of practice within safe, legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks of the practical nurse (Professional concepts: Safety, Professional Identity and Behavior)
  • Communicate effectively to deliver coordinated, interprofessional care through teamwork and collaboration (Professional concepts: Teamwork and Collaboration)
  • Utilize holistic information to provide evidence-based patient care that contributes to continuously improving care processes (Professional concepts: Evidence-based Care, Quality Improvement)
  • Demonstrate a caring and empathetic approach while managing individual patient's needs across the lifespan and health/illness continuum within a diverse community (Professional concept: Patient Relationship-centered Care)
  • Participate in supporting patient care through the utilization of information technology within the practical nurse scope of practice (Professional concept: Informatics)

Graduation Requirements

Refer to the Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

Additionally:

  1. Complete all of the required courses as outlined on the program plan with a C or better grade in each course and an A in MATH 1010.
  2. Successfully complete all specified course student learning outcomes.
  3. Have a copy of a current CPR card in the student file.
  4. Successfully complete NCLEX-Practical Nursing success predictor test.
  5. Maintain an acceptable background check from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
  6. Submit an application for graduation to Records/Registration.

Licensure

Through a Minnesota Board of Nursing approved program of study, the Anoka Techical College Practical Nursing program prepares students for a diploma in Practical Nursing.

Graduates are educationally eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX - PN) and, after passing and obtaining state licensure, may use the title Licensed Practical Nurse.

After passing the PN exam, students are eligible to apply for licensure in all states.

There is a cost associated with this examination and a fee from the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

If you have any legal or medical questions regarding your potential for meeting the Board of Nursing requirements for licensure or your potential to practice professional nursing, contact the Minnesota Board of Nursing directly at 612-617-2270, or nursingboard.state.mn.us.

Transfer Opportunities

See Practical Nursing Handook for transferring credits into the program.

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College programs or into another college, please visit:

Industry Information

Licensed practical nurses (LPN) specialize in delivering high-quality nursing care to patients/clients in any stage of wellness or illness. Practical Nursing program graduates work closely with physicians, registered nurses, and other health care professionals to deliver highly skilled, delegated technical medical and nursing care.

LPNs are employed in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, industrial health centers, community centers, and private or group homes. The graduate may be delegated responsibility for nursing of childbearing families, adults/children who may need medical-surgical care, individuals with mental illness, and individuals living in transitional/long-term care centers.

The LPN is a dynamic, vital member of the health team and is legally responsible to practice practical nursing within Minnesota Nurse Practice Act and the Minnesota Board of Nursing Rules.

Wage-Outlook-Advancement

Gainful Employment Report

Faculty

Additional Resources

General Employment Sites for Nurses

Travel Nurses

Additionally, graduates may want to consider career opportunities in travel nursing:

Continuing Education

Graduates may choose to pursue an associate degree in nursing (ADN) through a community college, or baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) through a university. Articulation/mobility plans are in place at colleges and universities in the state of Minnesota.

Other Resources

Faculty advisors are available to assist students with this process. 

Minnesota Board of Nursing Approved Professional Nursing Programs

Professional Development

For help with writing resumes, preparing for interviews, locating jobs, and other professional preparation, students and graduates should contact Anoka Technical College Career Services.