Practical Nursing

 Now accepting applications for the January 2019  start.

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, Rm 117. Completed application packages are accepted on a rolling basis until the seats are filled. Students are notified within five (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 Sept. 1 or first business day in September each year.

Important Dates

Nursing Program Information Sessions
Date Time Room
Thursday, November 15, 2018
4 pm 211A
Thursday, April 25, 2019 4 pm
TEAS Testing Dates
TEAS testing is available at the Anoka Technical College Testing Center.

For a list of dates and times, see ATI Nursing Education. For more information about the test, review the TEAS Information Sheet.

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 Anoka Technical College 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). Must be signed and/or stamped by a health provider.
  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 (Rm 117) prior to admission to the Anoka Tech 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 five (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, SAT, MCA or Equivalent Course

Scores needed

 Arithmetic/MATH 0801 (within 2 years) or
College-level Dosage Calculations course equivalent to
MATH 1010 (within 5 years)
ACT Math/SAT Math/MCA Math (within 5 years)



Accuplacer Reading Comprehension (within 3 years)
or Three College-level reading-intensive courses
or READ 900 or READ 0960 + ENLG 101 or 0102 or 0960 (within 3 years)
or ACT English/ACT Reading/SAT ERW/MCA Reading (within five years)

C or better

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 –

Medical Assistant

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


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


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


* Employment as a Nursing Assistant with

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)


* Employment as a Medical Assistant with

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)

Also attached proof of the following:

  • Valid CPR Requirement: American Heart Association BLS 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 five (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 Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner if he or she chooses to do so. An applicant is considered to be disqualified while in the reconsideration process.

Program Sequence

First Semester
Course #  Course Name Credits
*HLTH 1005
Anatomy & Physiology
*MATH 1010
Dosage Calculations for Health Care Professionals
NURS 1400
Foundations of Nursing
NURS 1405
Nursing Interventions I: Lab
NURS 1410
Health Promotion Across the Lifespan I
NURS 1420
Clinical Application I
NURS 1430
Psychosocial Nursing
NURS 1440
Nursing Perspectives on Aging
*May be completed before acceptance into PN major
Second Semester
**ENGL 1107 Composition I
NURS 1500
Transition to Nursing Practice
NURS 1511
Health Promotion Across the Lifespan II
NURS 1515
Nursing Interventions II: Lab
NURS 1521
Clinical Application II
NURS 1541
Maternal-Child Nursing
 ** May be taken first or second semester or before acceptance.
 Total Program Credits


This nursing education program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.


Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850

Atlanta, GA 30326 404-975-5000


Minnesota Board of Nursing Approval

Programs preparing persons for licensure as practical nurses must be approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The statutory requirements for initial and continuing approval of a nursing program that prepares students for basic entry into practical nursing is found in Minnesota Statutes Section 148.251.  In addition, Minnesota Rules Chapter 6301 specify the Board’s administrative procedure and requirements for renewal of approval of a nursing program.

The Anoka Technical College Practical Nursing program is currently approved. A list of approved practical nursing programs in Minnesota is found on the Minnesota Board of Nursing website.

Minnesota Board of Nursing

2829 University Avenue SE # 200 
Minneapolis, MN 55414-3253

Main Telephone Number: 612-317-3000 
Toll-free Number (MN, IA, ND, SD, WI): 888-234-2690 
TTY Number (Relay service for hearing/speech impaired): 800-627-3529 
Fax Number: 612-617-2190


The Board office is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is closed on state holidays.

End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes

 End-of-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 providing for 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)

Student Achievement of Program Outcomes

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certificate must meet the cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.

Refer to the Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

Additionally, students must:

  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. Maintain current CPR certification.
  3. Complete NCLEX-Practical Nursing success predictor test.
  4. Maintain an acceptable background check from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
  5. Submit an application for graduation to Records/Registration Office.


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 may transfer into other Anoka Technical College programs or into another college, please visit:

Industry Information

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) specialize in delivering skilled delegated nursing care to individual patients/client across the lifespan in all stages of wellness or illness at the direction of qualified healthcare providers. LPNs care for diverse adult and pediatric patients within an established plan of care and participate as a member of the healthcare team.

LPNs enjoy employment opportunities in a variety of healthcare settings, including clinics, long term care and transitional care centers, assisted living, home care, schools, hospitals, and group homes.

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


Gainful Employment Report


Christina Wilson
Practical Nursing Director

Teresa Truckenbrod
Clinical/Lab Coordinator

Kay Elmquist

Becky Edwards

Diane Larson

Tamara Thell

Mary Nolan

Michelle Ottomoeller

Kathy Stauter

Patty Johnson
Lab Assistant

Additional Resources

General Employment Sites for Nurses

Continuing Education

Graduates may choose to pursue an associate degree in Nursing (ADN) through a community college or a 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 Practical Nursing Programs

Professional Development

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


“What impressed me from day one was the instructors. In every course I have taken, they laid out clear expectations and requirements. Anoka Tech will prepare you for a successful career.”