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Practical Nursing (BP/EP) Diploma

Overview and Award Outcomes

Overview

The courses listed are designated 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 NCLEX-PN the graduate practical nurse is licensed as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Licensed Practical Nurses provide direct care under the supervision of a licensed physician or registered nurse. Licensed Practical Nurses use the nursing process to collect patient data and implement nursing care in maintenance of health as well as caring for those who are ill, injured or who have debilitating conditions. Students attending courses full-time can complete this program in 2 semesters. Cleared criminal background study is required.

Prerequisite: 8-hour CPR course for Health Care Providers offered by the American Heart Association or 8-hour CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer course offered by the American Red Cross or EMSV1020; NAHA1002 or currently on the Minnesota Department of Health Registry for Nursing Assistants; BIOL2045 or BIOL2125 and BIOL2225, ENGL2050, NURS1015 or BIOL2003 or HLTH2001, and qualifying scores in reading, writing, math and computer literacy assessment tests.  Students are required to attend an application session to receive their application.  Students should plan on attending an application session at least 1 semester before completion of their prerequisites.  Application session dates/times and locations are located under entry requirements.  Application to the Practical Nursing Program is required after successful completion of the prerequisites. Students are accepted into the program through the application process.

Award Outcomes

Provide patient care founded on basic physical, developmental, spiritual, cultural, functional, and psychosocial needs of individual patients across the lifespan.

Manage care through planning, organizing or assigning aspects of care to UAP's and LPN's under the direction of an RN or other licensed Health Care Provider.

Participate as a member of the inter-professional team collaborating with other health care providers to promote safe, quality, patient centered care.

Demonstrate nursing safety principles.

Utilize information technology effectively in the provision of care.

Demonstrate professional behaviors in accordance with legal and ethical nursing practice standards.

Utilize evidence-based nursing judgment when providing individualized patient care when prioritizing care across the lifespan.

Participate in quality improvement.

Career Opportunities

Opportunities for employment may be available in hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, long-term care facilities, transitional care facilities, industry and the armed forces.

Program Requirements

Technical Studies Required 33 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
NURS1375Fundamentals of Nursing

8

NURS1380Medical Surgical Nursing I

8

NURS2375Medical Surgical Nursing II

8

NURS2380Transition to Practice

8

 

NURS1015Nutrition Basics

1

or

BIOL2003Nutrition and Health

3

or

HLTH2001Nutrition and Health

2

General Education Required 8 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
BIOL2045Human Biology

4

or

BIOL2125Anatomy and Physiology I

4

and

BIOL2225Anatomy and Physiology II

4

 

ENGL2050Short Form Composition and Reporting

4

General Education Elective 0 Credits

Technical Studies Elective 0 Credits

Total Diploma Credits 41

Semester Sequence

Offered at Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie

Priority Point System

• Completing the prerequisite courses does not guarantee acceptance into the program. The program uses a Point System admissions process to rank the top applicants for acceptance into the program. If there are more qualified applicants than spaces available, HTC will use the following priority point system to rank students.

• The student’s GPA for the prerequisite courses is multiplied by 50% and the student’s cumulative score for the HESI A2 exam will also be multiplied by 50%. The two numbers will be added up for a total score.

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits

Application Session:

Students must attend an application session prior to applying to the program.  Applications sessions are typically 1-2 semesters prior to starting the program. 

Nursing Application sessions are listed below.

• Wednesday, February 20th from 11am – 1pm, Eden Prairie Campus, Room H195

• Thursday, February 28th from 1pm to 3pm, Brooklyn Park Campus, Room H231

• Friday, March 8th from 11am – 1pm, Eden Prairie Campus, Room H195 

• Tuesday, March 19th from 2pm to 4pm, Brooklyn Park Campus, Room H191

• Wednesday, March 27th from 5am – 7pm, Eden Prairie Campus, Room H195



Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits

HESI Admission Assessment Exam Required for Admission:

After attending an application session students will be invited to complete the HESI Admission Assessment Exam.  The HESI Admission Assessment Exam tests students on three main academic areas – English Language (divided into vocabulary, grammar and reading), Math and Science.  All students applying to the nursing program are expected to complete the HESI Admission Assessment prior to applying to the program. Students can take the HESI exam twice per semester.

Students must earn a 70% or higher on the reading section and have a cumulative score of 60% or greater on all 5 sections to be eligible for the nursing program.


Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits

Pre-Practical Nursing Courses/Prerequisites

The following courses must be completed with a "C" or better,  students must also have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater, and students may only repeat the courses one time in the three-year period prior to application: BIOL2045, BIOL2125, BIOL2225, NURS1015, HLTH2001, BIOL2003, ENGL2050.

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
EMSV1020CPR/First Aid

1

(taken within last 2 years)

or

Current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Provider

 

MATH1650Mathematical Literacy

4

(preference)

or

MATH1500Beginning Algebra

3

or

Score of 105+ on ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Test

 

NAHA1002Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide

5

or

Currently on the MN Department of Health registry for Nursing Assistants

 

BIOL2045Human Biology

4

or

BIOL2125Anatomy and Physiology I

4

and

BIOL2225Anatomy and Physiology II

4

NURS1015Nutrition Basics

1

or

HLTH2001Nutrition and Health

2

or

BIOL2003Nutrition and Health

3

ENGL2050Short Form Composition and Reporting

4

Total Credits  9

Students transferring coursework from another college must contact the HTC Transfer Specialist prior to applying to the nursing program.

First Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
NURS1375Fundamentals of Nursing

8

NURS1380Medical Surgical Nursing I

8

Total Credits  16

Second Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
NURS2375Medical Surgical Nursing II

8

NURS2380Transition to Practice

8

Total Credits  16

General Information

• The Practical Nursing program at Hennepin Technical College is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

• Students who have earned their Practical Nursing Diploma are eligible to take the national licensure exam (NCLEX-PN).

• Students unsuccessful in the nursing program are allowed to reapply once. Students must include a written plan for success with the application.

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits

Criminal Background Studies

Criminal Background Studies: Minnesota law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with children, patients, and residents at a health or child care facility licensed by the State of Minnesota must have a background study conducted by the state. Individuals with specified felony convictions are prohibited from having direct contact with children, patients, and residents of licensed facilities. Anyone refusing to cooperate in the criminal background study cannot participate in coursework that requires direct contact with children, patients or residents. Students who are disqualified from having direct patient/resident/child contact will not be able participate in coursework which includes a practical experience. Therefore, completion of coursework for the program major will not be possible without documentation of a cleared background study. Contact the MN Department of Human Services, 651-431-2000, with questions. The Minnesota Board of Nursing may have additional requirements prior to licensure. Please contact them with questions.

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits

Graduation (41 Credits)

Semester listings reflect the recommended sequence.  Due to circumstances beyond our control, the information herein is subject to change without notice.


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