Application Criteria: AD Nursing
Note: Earn an AS in Nursing and take the registered nursing exam after completing the program.
All deadlines are for Fall admission.
Admission to NTC
Step 1 — Complete the Online Application and pay the $20 application fee.
Step 2 — Send Northwest Technical College your high school transcript or GED.
Step 3 — If you have attended another college, forward all official transcripts from the colleges you have attended. We can automatically access transcripts from any MnSCU college or university. Official transcripts of credits transferred from other post-secondary schools must be available in the NTC Admissions Office by March 1 to be considered for admittance to the nursing major.
Application to NTC does not guarantee admission to the AD LPN Step-In major.
Application to AD Nursing Major (Licensed Practical Nurse Step-In Option)
Admission to the nursing major is a separate process from admission to Northwest Technical College. Admission to the AD nursing major is required in order to enroll in ADNG nursing courses. Application to the nursing major consists of the following steps:
- Complete application to NTC no later than March 1.
- Complete LPN STEP (ATI-TEST) prior to March 1.
- Complete the Accuplacer prior to March 1
- Accuplacer Registration
- Complete all areas: Math, Reading, Writing, and any recommended college readiness courses prior to Summer session.
Admission to AD Licensed Practical Nurse Step-In Major
Admission to the nursing major is competitive and limited. Admission is dependent on the number of applications and evidence of meeting the following requirements:
- LPN STEP (ATI-TEST) is an important factor for admission into the program.
- International students and all students that graduate from a high school outside of the United States must meet these minimum National Council of State Boards of Nursing TOEFL scores:
- TOEFL written Overall score of 560
- TOEFL CBT Overall score of 220
- TOEFL iBT Overall score of 83
- Current, unencumbered LPN licensure. License number and state where practicing must be provided.
Applications will be reviewed immediately after the March 1 deadline. The Admissions Committee will notify applicants of their status. Applicants are responsible for the completion of the requirements and the cost of the testing. Selection of candidates will be based solely on the LPN STEP (ATI-TEST) score; the highest scores will be admitted.
All prerequisite courses should be completed prior to summer session of accepted year (enrolled in courses during spring semester is acceptable).
Additional Requirements for Clinical Eligibility
All clinical requirements must be met by May 1 regardless of scheduled clinical start dates. Accepted nursing candidates who fail to comply with these requirements by May 1 will be dismissed.
- American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider CPR certification — Accepted candidates must provide a photocopy of current card/certificate. Certification must be maintained throughout program progression. Note: AHA Heartsaver courses do not meet this requirement and will not be accepted.
- Background study — Information for completing background studies will be provided after admission. Clear background studies must be on file by May 1. Any student who is not cleared to provide direct patient care will not be permitted to participate in clinical experiences, thereby rendering the individual ineligible to progress in the nursing program and qualify for a degree in nursing.
- Taskstream — Accepted candidates are required to purchase a Taskstream account for the purpose of submitting required documentation of clinical eligibility and future course assignments. Taskstream accounts, and all components of clinical eligibility, must remain current throughout program progression.
- Taskstream submissions will be monitored for CPR certification, required immunizations, and TB screening documentation.
Onsite requirements for lab and clinical courses will be discussed during program orientation and specified on the class schedule.