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AD Nursing

Degrees Offered

Required courses and specifics about degrees offered in this program

This program is available:
  • online
  • on-campus at NTC

Julie Caspers
(218) 333-6625

Mary Chernugal
(218) 333-6610

Sandra Johanning
(218) 333-6671

Ruth Landt
(218) 333-6659

Vicki Roff
(218) 333-6609

Tami Such
(218) 333-6662

Debra Thorson
(218) 333-6666

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, please forward all official transcripts from the colleges you have attended. We can automatically access transcripts from any MnSCU college or university.

Applications to the nursing program are reviewed after March 1. 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 AD (ADNG) nursing courses. Students wishing to apply for admission to the nursing major should complete 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.
  • American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider CPR certification — Students must provide a photocopy of current card/certificate. Certification must be maintained throughout program completion. Note: AHA Heartsaver courses do not meet this requirement and will not be accepted.

Applications will be reviewed immediately after the March 1 deadline. The Admissions Committee will notify students of their status after all qualified applicants have completed the admissions process. Students are responsible for the completion of the requirements and the cost of the testing. Selection of students 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).

Onsite Requirements for Second Year Step-In:

ADNG 1300 Transition to Professional Nursing, 5 credits (3 lecture, 2 lab) = 64 hours

  • Two 4-day visits to meet lab requirements

ADNG 2050 Advanced Skills, 2 credits = 48 hours
ADNG 2100 Clinical II, 4 credits = 128 hours
Total of 176 on-site hours

  • Three 4-day visits; each visit includes:
    • Three 10-hour clinical days (Fri-Sun) and one 8-hour lab day (Monday)
  • Plus two 3-day visits:
    • One visit will be an 8-hour lab day on Friday with two 10-hour clinical days on Saturday and Sunday
    • One visit will be three 10-hour clinical days (Fri-Sun)
  • This semester has the most intense on-site requirements. To fulfill requirements, five visits will be required.  Visits will be scheduled approximately 3 weeks apart.

ADNG 2200 Clinical III, 4 credits = 128 hours

  • Four visits:
    • Two 4-day visits: four 10-hour clinical days (Fri-Mon)
    • Two 3-day visits: three 10-hour clinical days (Fri- Sun)
    • One half-day for ATI on Monday following one of the 3-day clinical weekends
  • Visits will be scheduled approximately one month apart
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