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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.

 

PROGRAM FACT SHEET

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. 

 

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Additional Information

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

  • Completed all prerequisite courses by the end of spring semester (prior to fall start), with a grade of “C” or better, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher 
  • Be currently licensed as a Practical Nurse (LPN) 
  • Have taken the ATI TEAS exam within the last 12 months with an overall composite score of 68 or higher 

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.

Steps to Apply

Learn what is required for acceptance in the AD program. Click here to view the power point presentation.



  • 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
  • Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Meet all program timeline requirements
  • Fall 2023 Application:  Watch for the Fall 2023 online application link to open in spring 2023
  • Students are required to complete ALL of the following requirements before full acceptance into the program.
  • At the time of Fall 2023 application, you must have completed the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better AND a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, OR are currently registered for the prerequisite courses during spring semester 2023 (Note: all prerequisite coursework must be completed by the end of spring semester 2023. 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

For questions regarding your prerequisites, contact Jen Rancour.

  • 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 12 months with an overall composite score of 68 or higher
  • The test is $92.00
  • 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 (you may take the TEAS three times within a one year period)
  • 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

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

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

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