Practical Nursing Admission Process

Program Start

Practical Nursing is a one-year, campus-based program that accepts applications one time per year with a fall term start.  Students may earn a diploma in Practical Nursing and take the practical nursing exam (NCLEX-PN) after completion of the program.

Application to Northwest Technical College (NTC) and application to the Practical Nursing program are separate.

  • Application to NTC may be submitted at any time.
    • Admission to NTC does not guarantee admission to the Practical Nursing program.
  • Priority applications for the Practical Nursing program will be accepted May 2 – June 24, 2022.
  • Secondary applications for the Practical Nursing program will be accepted between June 24 and August 5, 2022.
    • Admission to the Practical Nursing major is required in order to enroll in practical nursing classes, designated with the PNSG prefix.

Practical Nursing Admission Criteria

  • Completed application for admission to Northwest Technical College and acceptance to NTC by June 24, 2022, for the priority deadline.  August 5, 2022, for the secondary deadline.
  • Accuplacer assessment completed or waived by June 24, 2022, for the priority deadline.  August 5, 2022, for the secondary deadline.
    • 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 will determine if a student is required to complete ENGL 0100: Reading, Reasoning & Writing, and / or, MATH 0081: Math Foundations. Credits may vary. Any readiness courses must be passed with the grade of “C” or greater. (Added 3/12/19)
  • TEAS test passed with a score of 53 or higher by June 24, 2022, for the priority deadline, or within the past two years.  August 5, 2022, for the secondary deadline.
    • Students may take the TEAS twice per semester.
    • Admission into the program is competitive, so the higher your TEAS score, the better the chance for acceptance.
    • 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:  https://www.atitesting.com/teas/study-manual
    • 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 and the score transcript must be received by June 24, 2022 for the priority deadline. August 5, 2022, for the secondary deadline.
  • Prerequisite courses must be completed with grades of C or higher by June 24, 2022, for the priority deadline.  August 5, 2022, for the secondary deadline.  Prerequisites include:
    • HLTH 1106 Medical Terminology
    • BIOL 2252: Anatomy & Physiology I
    • PSYC 2201 Developmental Psychology
    • MATH 0081: Math Foundations, or appropriate Accuplacer scores, or transfer credits
  • GPA of 2.75 or above in the combined, related general education courses (BIOL 2252, HLTH 1106, BIOL 2254, and PSYC 2201) is required.
  • Nursing assistant course completed with a grade of C or higher by July 15, 2022, or evidence of current nursing assistant certification.  Preference will be given to applicants who’ve completed a nursing assistant class by June 24, 2022.
  • Completed Practical Nursing program application submitted between May 2 – June 24, 2022.  The program application is available online at:  https://www.ntcmn.edu/career-paths/health-care/nursing/apply/

Priority applications will be reviewed after June 24, 2022.  Secondary applications will be reviewed after August 5, 2022.  The Nursing Admissions Committee will notify applicants of their status.

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.
  • Students already enrolled in another professional nursing program will not be considered for program admission.
  • 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.
NTC Nursing Eligibility Requirements

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