Admission Process

LPN Step-In Program

Application window for spring 2023 start:

September 1 – November 1, 2022

The LPN Step-In degree is a three-semester program and accepts applications one time per year with a spring term start.  This program is delivered via a hybrid/online model. Lectures are online.  Labs and clinicals have onsite requirements at NTC and/or at our local clinical agencies. Block scheduling is utilized.

LPN Step-In graduates are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN exam for licensure as a registered nurse (RN).

On-site Requirements

On-site requirements for lab and clinical courses are discussed during program orientation and specified on the class schedule.

Admission to NTC does not guarantee admission into the LPN Step-In program. Admission to the program is required in order to enroll in nursing classes designated with the ADNG prefix.

LPN Step-In Admission Criteria

Completed application for admission to Northwest Technical College and acceptance to NTC by November 1, 2022.

Prerequisite courses must be completed with grades of C or higher by November 1, 2022.  Prerequisites include:
BIOL 2221: Microbiology
BIOL 2252: Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 2254: Anatomy & Physiology II
CHEM 1100: Intro to Chemistry
ENGL 1111: College Writing I
MATH 1110: College Algebra, or, MATH 1930: Intro to Mathematical Sciences
PSYC 2201: Developmental Psychology

TEAS score on file with NTC and passed with a total score of 64% or higher by November 1, 2022, or within two years.

  • Admission is competitive, so the higher your TEAS score, the better your chance of being accepted.
  • Learn more about the TEAS and how to register: TEAS information

GPA of 2.76 or above is required when calculated with the following LPN Step-In prerequisite and co-requisite courses:

  • Prerequisites: BIOL 2221, BIOL 2252, BIOL 2254, CHEM 1100, ENGL 1111, MATH 1110 or MATH 1930, PSYC 2201
  • Co-requisites: BIOL 2256, and PHIL 1201 or PHIL 2210
  • Co-requisite courses, if completed, must be grades of C or higher. GPA is not an independent criterion for admission.

Completed LPN Step-In program application submitted between September 1 – November 1, 2022.  The program application is online: LPN Step-In program application

At time of application to the LPN Step-In program, all students must provide proof of a current, unencumbered practical nursing license.

Step-in students must have Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification from American Heart Association or American Red Cross prior to participating in clinicals their first fall semester. NTC’s HPER1410 course meets this requirement.

NTC Nursing Eligibility Requirements

Please Note

  • Students on current academic probation or suspension will not be considered for program admission.
  • Students with financial holds, or unpaid balances, will not be considered for program admission.
  • Course work in nursing from other academic institutions is not accepted.
  • Applications will be reviewed after the application deadline.  The Nursing Admissions Committee will notify applicants of their status via email.
  • Applicants are responsible for the completion of the requirements and the cost of testing.

Accepted students are responsible for attending the LPN Step-In program orientation tentatively scheduled for first week of classes.