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Required courses and specifics about degrees offered in this program


This program is available on-campus at NTC.

Christy Cook
(218) 333-6661

Kay Rodgers
(218) 333-6660

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Admissions Criteria

Note: Earn a Diploma in Practical Nursing and take the practical nursing exam (NCLEX-PN) 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 May 1 to be considered for admittance to the Practical Nursing Diploma major.

Application to Practical Nursing Diploma Major

Admission to the Practical Nursing Diploma major is a separate process from admission to Northwest Technical College. Admission to the practical nursing major is required in order to enroll in PNSG nursing courses. Application to the nursing major consists of the following steps:

  • Complete application to NTC no later than May 1.
  • Take TEAS test prior to May 1.
  • Complete the Accuplacer prior to May 1.
    • Accuplacer Registration
    • Complete all areas: Math, Reading, Writing, and any recommended college readiness courses prior to fall semester.

Admission to the Practical Nursing Diploma 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:

  • TEAS is the deciding factor for admission to the program. Applicants with the highest TEAS scores will be admitted to 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:
    • Written Overall score of 560
    • CBT Overall score of 220
    • iBT Overall score of 83
  • NA (Nursing Assistant) course completion:
    • Evidence of NA course completion
    • Evidence of current enrollment in NA course, which must be completed and documented by July 15

Applications will be reviewed immediately after the May 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.

Additional Requirements for Clinical Eligibility

All clinical requirements must be met by July 15 regardless of scheduled clinical start dates. Accepted nursing candidates who fail to comply with these requirements by July 15 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 July 15. 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.

Before Admission:

College Readiness Courses: A learner may be required to enroll in college readiness courses in reading, writing and math. A learner's scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in college readiness courses. The purpose of college readiness courses is to prepare learners for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.

Course #

Course Name



Must be taken prior to PNSG prefixed courses

OBRA 1100

Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide



HLTH 1110

Nursing Assistant



HPER 2200

CPR Healthcare Provider




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