Traditional RN Program Admission Process

Program Start

The Traditional RN Program degree is a two-year program with a fall term start. This program follows a hybrid delivery model. Students will earn an Associate of Science degree and are eligible to take the registered nursing exam (NCLEX-RN) after completion of the program.

Application to Northwest Technical College (NTC) and application to the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program are separate.

  • Applications to NTC may be submitted at any time.
  • Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year until the program becomes full. If/when the program becomes full, qualified students can choose to be added to a waitlist or defer their applications. Applicants will receive their acceptance status within 30 days of submitting applications.
    • Admission to NTC does not guarantee admission to the Traditional RN program.
    • Admission to the Traditional RN program is required in order to enroll in nursing classes, designated with the ADNG prefix.

Onsite Requirements

Onsite requirements for lab and clinical courses will be discussed during program orientation and specified on the class schedule.

Traditional RN Program Admission Criteria

  • Completed application for admission to Northwest Technical College and acceptance to NTC upon submission of Traditional RN program application.
  • Accuplacer assessment completed or waived.
    • College readiness courses: A student may be required to enroll in college-readiness courses in reading and math, as determined by the Accuplacer. The purpose of college-readiness courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. A student’s scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine if a student is required to complete ENGL 0100: Reading, Reasoning & Writing; MATH 0081: Math Foundations; or, MATH 0092: Algebra Foundations. Credits may vary. Any required readiness courses must be passed with the grade of “C” or greater.
  • TEAS test passed with a score of 64 or higher within two years of applying to the Traditional RN program (TEAS scores are valid for two years).
    • Students may take the TEAS twice per semester.
    • Students are strongly encouraged to purchase and utilize a TEAS study manual. TEAS study manuals may be purchased for $25 from the ATI Testing website:
    • If you take the TEAS somewhere other than NTC, you must have an official TEAS transcript sent to NTC. You must order the score transcript on the ATI website.
  • Prerequisite courses must be completed with grades of C or higher. Prerequisites include:
    • BIOL 2252: Anatomy & Physiology I
    • ENGL 1111: College Writing I
    • BIOL 2221: Microbiology, or, BIOL 2254: Anatomy & Physiology II
    • MATH 0081: Math Foundations, or, MATH 0092: Algebra Foundations, or appropriate Accuplacer scores or transfer credits.
  • GPA of 2.76 or above in prerequisite courses. Additionally, if co-requisites have been completed at the time of application to the LPN Step-In program, those courses can be added to the GPA calculation.
    • Prerequisites listed above
    • Corequisites: BIOL 2221 or BIOL 2254, MATH 1110 or MATH 1930, PSYC 2201, CHEM 1100, BIOL 2256, PHIL 1201 or PHIL 2210
  • Nursing assistant course completed with a grade of C or higher within five years of program application, or evidence of nursing assistant certification within five years of program application.
  • Completed Nursing-Generic program application. The program application is available online at:
  • Nursing students must have Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification from American Heart Association or American Red Cross prior to participating in Clinical I spring semester. NTC’s HLTH 1106 course meets this requirement.

NTC Nursing Eligibility Requirements

Please Note

  • Applicants are responsible for the completion of the requirements and the cost of testing.
  • Students on current academic probation or suspension may not be considered for program admission.
  • Financial holds or unpaid balances must be resolved prior to admission/registration.
  • Course work in nursing from other academic institutions is not accepted.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Nursing Admissions Committee. Applicants will receive their acceptance status within 30 days of submitting applications.