The system of Minnesota State Colleges provides examples of performance standards, based on the Minnesota Nurse Practice Act, that nursing students are required to meet and maintain to provide safe and effective care, to be successful and progress in nursing programs.
Each standard includes required skills and a list of example behaviors necessary to provide safe and effective care. The examples listed are for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to be a complete list of all tasks in a nursing program. Some specific behavioral examples included under each standard vary depending upon the level of education being pursued.
Students with documented disabilities, or who believe they may have a protected disability, can request accommodation, which may assist with meeting the standards for nursing programs. For assistance, contact PTCC's Student Success Coordinator located in the campus library.
A copy of the Performance Standards for the Practical Nursing Degree Program is available at this link.
Apply to PTCC's Nursing Mobility Program
Prior to program acceptance, all nursing applicants must:
apply for acceptance to the college before applying for program admission. Applying to PTCC is online and is free (apply here). We encourage applicants to apply to the college early so any course transfer needs can be started and completed in a timely manner
complete all general education required courses
receive a grade of "C" or higher in all prerequisite courses and obtain a GPA of 3.0 or higher for these courses, and
meet a minimum benchmark on an entrance examination
apply for and be accepted into the program prior to taking the NURS courses
Prior to beginning NURS courses, all students must provide the following documentation
Current Licensed Practical Nurse license
Current CPR for healthcare provider
Background study through Minnesota Department of Human Services (NetStudy) including fingerprinting to meet clinical contract requirements
Complete physical and immunization forms to meet clinical contract requirements.
Developmental courses may be required depending on educational background and/or assessment scores. Developmental courses do not fulfill graduation requirements and are required as prerequisites for some courses. A student must attain a grade of ‘C’ or better in ALL courses and a final cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher to graduate. The requirements of this program are subject to change without notice.
Please refer to the Associate Degree Nursing Mobility and Practical Nursing Student Handbook for additional information.