Practical Nursing

Two and DONE - Graduate in two semesters!
Completed application packets are accepted during published application periods.  Published dates are subject to extension if programs seats remain unfilled. 
  • 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.

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

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

Important Dates

Nursing Program Information Sessions
Date Time Room
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
3:00 p.m.
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.
Orientation/Registration for Students Accepted in Program
 Date   Start Room

Now that you are admitted, we invite you to attend the mandatory Practical Nursing Orientation on  for new students (who have never taken a class at ATC) and 10:45 am for returning students (who have taken a class at ATC) at Anoka Technical College. 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. Submit the Student Record of Immunization

The following prerequisites must be completed and submitted as an entire package to the Enrollment Services/Admissions Department prior to admission to the ATC Practical Nursing program.  All required documentation must be submitted during the application period published on the College website.  All documents must be submitted in person as an entire package; the Enrollment Services/Admissions Department will be unable to receive them via mail, online, or fax. Practical Nursing applications will be reviewed at the time they are submitted for completeness.  Applications are received during this period only.

1. Nursing Assistant Requirement (Choose & complete all parts of either Option I or Option II)

Option I

Must provide proof of:

  • Successful Completion of HLTH 1103 Nursing Assistant & Home Health Aide or a state approved Nursing Assistant course within the past five years
  • Documentation of currency on the MN State Registry as a Nursing Assistant (Verification from MN Nursing Assistant Registry; 651-215-8705 or 1-800-397-6124)


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

Option II
Must provide proof of :

  •  Employment as a Nursing Assistant - verification on employer letterhead includes:
    • Dates of employment
    • Position description describing nursing assistant duties
    • Total hours worked within the last two years (must be at least 800 hours)
  • Documentation of currency on the MN State Registry as a Nursing Assistant (Verification from MN Nursing Assistant Registry; 651-215-8705 or 1-800-397-6124)


  • Documentation of earned National Certification for Medical Assisting from the AAMA (American Association of Medical Assistants)

2. CPR Requirement – (MUST BE CURRENT at time of application and maintained throughout entire program; Online certifications do not meet this requirement)

American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider OR
American Red Cross Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers OR
First Responders card

3. Successfully complete accuplacer assessment requirement

Score of 81 or higher on the Arithmetic portion of the accuplacer test taken within the past 2 years
OR Anoka Technical College MATH 0801 with a grade of “B” or better within the past 2 years.

Score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the accuplacer test taken within the past 3 years
OR Anoka Technical College ENGL 0101 with a grade of “C” or better within the past 3 years.

Score of 78 or higher on the Reading Comp portion of the accuplacer test taken within the past 3 years
OR Anoka Technical College READ 0900 with a grade of “C” or better within the past 3 years.

4. Successfully complete Test of Essential Academic Skills, version V, requirement (TEAS V)

TEAS C version: Adjusted Individual Total Score of 50% or higher on the TEAS test, version V only (TEAS V) OR
ATI TEAS After August, 2016: Total Score 405 or higher on the ATI TEAS test.
There is a cost associated with the test. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay this fee.

5. Completed Student Record of Immunization form.  This requirement cannot be waived. Must be signed and/or stamped by a health provider. This form can be found on the Practical Nursing website under Forms.

Apply in person to ATC Enrollment Services/Admissions Department once all prerequisites are successfully completed.   All required documents must be submitted in person as an entire package; the Enrollment Services Department will be unable to accept them via mail, online, or fax. You will be admitted, on a space available basis, into the Practical Nursing program as a diploma seeking student for the following semester.

Applicants are accepted each semester for the following semester as follow:

  • For Fall semester start: Applications begin being accepted on March 1st or first business day in March each year.
  • For Spring semester start: Applications begin being accepted on September 1st or first business day in September each year.

Completed application packages are accepted on a rolling basis until the seats are filled. Students are notified at the time 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:

a. Tuberculin testing results (skin or blood testing) or documentation of freedom from tuberculosis infection.

b. Documentation of an annual, current influenza vaccination.

c. A signed Student Affirmation of Health Insurance form confirming current health insurance coverage with a   photocopy of documentation.

d. Completion of a Minnesota Department of Human Services background study with approval for direct patient care.


Also see Admission Guidelines.

Also see Graduation Requirements.

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.


Practical Nursing 2014-2015
Program Requirements

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

Full-Time Sequence

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



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.


Upon completion of the Anoka Technical College Practical Nursing program the graduate will display the following role specific graduate competencies:

DOCUMENTATION / CONFIDENTIALITY: Identify, demonstrate, and appreciate the use of information technology to accurately document patient care while consistently safeguarding confidential health information.

INFORMATICS: Identify, demonstrate, and value the use of technology to access reliable information and resources that support patient care, reduce reliance on memory, and enhance competency within the practice setting.

MANAGING CARE: Identify, demonstrate, and appreciate one's role managing care (planning and organizing) in providing quality nursing care under the direction of a RN or licensed HCP.

ASSIGN/MONITOR: Identify, assign nursing tasks/activities to other LPN’s, assign and monitor nursing tasks/activities to Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP) and accept accountability for the PN scope of practice.

PRIORITIZATION OF CARE: Describe, demonstrate, and value the ability to prioritize care in delivering quality, patient centered nursing care across the lifespan.

NURSING JUDGMENT: Identify, use, and appreciate evidence based care when conducting a focused assessment, choosing nursing interventions within a plan of care, monitoring, and reporting changes in the individualized patient's condition across the lifespan.

NURSING PROCESS: Describe, utilize, and value the nursing process when participating with other health providers in the development and modification of a plan of care for patients across the lifespan and in various health care settings.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Describe, demonstrate, and value self-awareness, cultural sensitivity, and caring, effective communication with patients and families.

LEARNING NEEDS: Describe, provide health care information, reinforce and contribute to established teaching plans while appreciating the importance of patient education.

ETHICAL/LEGAL: Explain, demonstrate, and value nursing care within ethical, legal, regulatory frameworks and within the scope of practice for the LPN.

PROFESSIONALISM: Describe, demonstrate, and accept responsibility for personal integrity, professional boundaries, professional behaviors and lifelong learning.

PATIENT CARE CONCERNS: Identify, report, and respect patient care concerns to improve customer service, patient satisfaction, and enhance effective and cost efficient health care services.

HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS: Describe, participate in, and appreciate quality improvement methods used by interprofessional teams and systems to improve policies/procedures, environmental safety, and patient care.

SAFE NURSING PRACTICE: Explain, demonstrate, and value safe nursing practice and the relationship between national safety campaigns and implementation in practice settings.

PATIENT COMPLICATIONS: Identify, implement actions, and recognize one's responsibility to detect and respond to actual/potential patient complications and report changes to the appropriate health care provider

COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Describe, display, and value effective communication skills including the responsibility to report to appropriate health care personnel when working with members of the interprofessional teams.

CONFLICT RESOLUTION: Describe, participate in, and value consensus building and conflict resolution methods.

Adapted from National Association of Practical Nurse Education and Service Inc. (NAPNES, 2007). Standards of practice and educational competencies of graduates of practical/vocational nursing programs and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies.)

Learning Outcomes

The outcomes of this program of learning will be a graduate who is able to:

  • Adhere to professional standards of practice within safe, legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks of the practical nurse
  • Communicate effectively to deliver coordinated patient-relationship centered care through teamwork and collaboration
  • Collect and analyze holistic information to provide quality, therapeutic, patient-relationship centered care guided by evidence-based standards of practical nursing practice
  • Demonstrate a caring and empathic approach while meeting patient’s needs across the lifespan and health/wellness continuum within a diverse community
  • Participate in clinical decision-making  through utilization of information technology and critical thinking within the practical nurse scope of practice.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certification must meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Please contact your advisor for any further program graduation requirements.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.


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

Transfer Opportunities

See Practical Nursing Handook for transferring credits into the program.

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer.  Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools.  These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school.  For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link. For more information please visit our Transfer page.

Industry Information

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

The LPN is 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 a mental illness, and individuals living in transitional/longterm 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.


Gainful Employment Report


Christina Wilson
Practical Nursing Program Advisor

Teresa Truckenbrod
Interim Practical Nursing Program Director/Clinical Coordinator

Beth Anderson

Kay Elmquist

Cara Holtz

Rachel Pearce

Tamara Thell

Patty Johnson
Lab Assistant


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 (ADN) in professional nursing through a community college, or baccalaureate degree (BSN) through a university. Articulation/mobility plans are in place at colleges and universities in the state of Minnesota.

Other Resources

Minnesota Board of Nursing

National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses

National Council of State Boards of Nursing

National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service, Inc.

National League for Nursing

National Student Nurses' Association Code of Academic and Clinical Conduct

The American Nurses Association Code for Nurses with Interpretive Statements

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