Nursing Mobility



The Nursing Mobility program expands upon the foundational knowledge and skills of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who want to pursue an Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree in Nursing. The curriculum prepares nurses to practice professionalism, leadership, clinical reasoning, and adherence to the Nursing Code of Ethics. With an A.S. in Nursing, students are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). This program provides a pathway for students who wish to pursue academic advancement or seek employment in a wide variety of healthcare settings.



Students completing this AS will be able to: 

  • Advocate for patients and families, in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient’s preferences, values, and needs;  
  • Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making; 
  • Demonstrate leadership by delegating and assigning nursing activities to implement the plan of care; 
  • Examine evidence-based nursing judgment, clinical expertise and patient/family preferences for delivery of optimal health care;  
  • Function within the legal and ethical standards of the registered nurse’s scope of practice; 
  • Use quality improvement methods to improve patient care; 
  • Minimize risk of harm to patients through system effectiveness and safe nursing practice; and 
  • Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care. 



Steps to Apply

Learn what is required for application to the Associate Degree Nursing program.  Attend an on-campus Nursing Information Session:

  • Third Tuesday of the month, 11am-12:30pm
    Click here to register to attend the on-campus Nursing Information Session.

If you are unable to attend an on-campus session, click here to view the power point presentation.

Download the Associate Degree Nursing program application/acceptance timeline for fall 2024.

Students must apply to the Associate Degree program for the Fall 2024 start. At the time of application students must have: 

  • Completed all general education coursework by the end of spring semester 2024, with a grade of “C” or better, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. (Students with summer coursework will be considered a late applicant, and will be considered on a space available basis)
  • Be currently licensed as a Practical Nurse (LPN)  
  • Have taken the ATI TEAS exam within the last 18 months with an overall composite score of 68 or higher 

Please note: Pine Technical & Community College only accepts TEAS scores from IN-PERSON proctored exams (no virtual/online testing scores are accepted.)

  • Save a Pine and apply online!
  • Request all external transcripts be sent to PTCC
    • If you attended a Minnesota State school, your transcripts will automatically be sent
    • If you attended a school outside the MNState system, contact the school to have your official transcripts sent to PTCC
    • Utilize Transferology: Web-based transfer tool that provides fast and accurate course and transfer equivalency information.
  • Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

TEAS exams will be offered at the PTCC campus this summer:

Wed., June 12, 9:00am
Wed., July 31, 9:00am

  • The test is $97.00
  • Students need a 68 or better to be accepted into the Associate Degree Nursing program
  • If you take the TEAS at PTCC, your scores will automatically be sent without extra costs to the student
  • If you take the TEAS at another location, you will need to have your scores sent to PTCC (extra cost)
  • You can take the TEAS more than once, and we will accept your highest score
  • Important note when registering to take the TEAS test!
    Pine Technical and Community College only accepts TEAS scores from IN-PERSON proctored exams (no virtual/online testing scores are accepted.)

TEAS Prep – Individualized study plan available

Note: The Fall 2024 late application is open May 16, 2024 and will close on July 31. Click here to access the application link.

  • Apply online to the Associate Degree Nursing Program for Fall 2024. 
  • At the time of Fall 2024 application, you must have completed the following general education coursework with a grade of “C” or better AND a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, OR are currently registered for the general education coursework during spring semester 2024 (Note: all general education coursework must be completed by the end of spring semester 2024. Students with summer coursework will be considered a late applicant, and will be considered on a space available basis):
    • BIOL 1250 General Biology
    • BIOL 1260 Anatomy & Physiology I
    • BIOL 1270 Anatomy & Physiology II
    • BIOL 1255 Microbiology
    • ENGL 1276 College Composition
    • PHIL 1220 Human Ethics
    • PSYC 1200 Introduction to Psychology
    • PSYC 1250 Lifespan Development
  • Provide proof of current licensure (MN Practical Nurse License or current state in which you are licensed to practice)
  • Have taken the ATI TEAS exam within the last 18 months with an overall composite score of 68 or higher

Please note: Pine Technical & Community College only accepts TEAS scores from IN-PERSON proctored exams (no virtual/online testing scores are accepted.)

  • Students are ranked by points using a rubric
  • Ranking points are based on prerequisite coursework GPA, TEAS score, and LPN work experience
  • Bonus points for receiving PN diploma from PTCC

Download the GPA calculator to determine your GPA based on prerequisite coursework.

There are a maximum of 40 seats in the AD program each fall semester.

Additional Information

Transferology is a free tool that can help you determine the transferability and applicability of your credits.

With Transferology you can:

  • Determine how your individual classes from other higher educational institutions will transfer to PTCC
  • Run a program plan to see how your classes could apply toward your PTCC degree
  • Plan for a smoother transfer process

Note: If your school or class is not listed in Transferology, this does not mean your credits will not transfer. The PTCC Admissions Application and AD Nursing Application must both be complete with all transcripts received before transcript evaluation begins.

For assistance, please contact PTCC Admissions at

Program completion:  75% of associate degree (AD) nursing students will complete the program at 150% of the program length, averaged over the past 3-years.

NCLEX:  80% (or higher) of AD nursing graduates will pass the NCLEX-RN on first attempt, averaged over 3-years.

2016 NCLEX-RN = 73.08%
2017 NCLEX-RN = 91.67%
2018 NCLEX-RN = 92.59%
2019 NCLEX-RN = 90.19%
2020 NCLEX-RN = 78.95%
2021 NCLEX-RN = 90.32%

Job Placement:  80% of AD nursing graduates will be employed in their nursing field at 6-12 months post-graduation; 10% of AD graduates will continue on in their nursing education.

6-12 month Graduate Surveys:  50% of AD nursing graduates will complete and return the 6-12 month graduate surveys; 80% of respondents will chose “Excellent” or “Good” for each survey question; 80% of respondents will rate program satisfaction as “Excellent” or “good”; Qualitative comments will be trended and changes made to program as needed for continuous quality improvement.

This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities upon request. Please call 800.521.7463.

2023-2024 Associate Degree Nursing Mobility and Practical Nursing Student Handbook.

Spring 2024 Grading Scale Addendum.


The Pine Technical and Community College Practical/Vocational Nursing and Associate Degree in Nursing Programs are pursuing accreditation from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20037; phone 202-909-2487.

Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments in writing directly to NLN CNEA, attention Dr. Teresa Shellenbarger, NLN CNEA Executive Director, no later than October 16, 2024 to

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