LPN Step-In

This 64-credit Associate of Science (AS) degree is a three-semester step-in program for current Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who wish to become registered nurses (RNs). Graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). Students may then transfer to Bemidji State University to pursue a Baccalaureate in Science (BS) in Nursing.

An RN is qualified to administer medications and treatment to patients, coordinate plans for patient care, perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, instruct patients on how to manage illnesses after treatment and oversee other workers such as LPNs, nursing aides, and home care aides.

Students pursuing the Step-In Program will need to review the LPN Step-In Admission Process & Criteria


Northwest Technical College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The nursing program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The associate degree nursing programs are nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, or ACEN.

Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities have experienced a major expansion in recent years. Graduates are currently employed in acute-care hospitals, state hospitals, long-term care facilities including nursing homes and rehabilitation hospitals, clinics and physicians’ offices, group homes and child care centers, health care and public health agencies, armed services, school nursing, industry and private homes.

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After Step-In Program Completion

Credits for this degree are transferable to the Baccalaureate of Science Degree (BS) in Nursing at Bemidji State University. Graduates of the AS Nursing Step-In Track program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) to become an RN.

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Degree Requirements

View the LPN Step-In Plan of Study!
Course #Course NameCredit
BIOL 2221Microbiology3.00
BIOL 2260Anatomy & Physiology I4.00
BIOL 2262Anatomy & Physiology II4.00
CHEM 1100Intro to Chemistry4.00
ENGL 1111College Writing I3.00
PSYC 2201Developmental Psychology3.00
MATH 1110College Algebra3.00
MATH 1930Introduction to Mathematical Sciences3.00
Required Courses
PHIL 1201Ethics3.00 or
PHIL 2210Bioethical Issues in Contemporary Society3.00
Required Program Courses
ADNG 1150Nursing I4.00
ADNG 1300Transition to Professional Nursing4.00
ADNG 2050Advanced Skills2.00
ADNG 2100Clinical II4.00
ADNG 2150Nursing II4.00
ADNG 2200Clinical III4.00
ADNG 2250Leadership2.00
ADNG 2300Advanced Standing6.00
ADNG 2350Maternal-Newborn Nursing2.00
ADNG 2400Psychosocial Nursing2.00
 General Education Electives3
Total Credits64