Nursing - Program Requirements and Courses




Program Requirements

Performance Standards for Nursing Programs

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


Program Requirements:

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.

Additional information

Please refer to the Associate Degree Nursing Mobility and Practical Nursing Student Handbook for additional information.

AS in Nursing - 64 Credits

Course ID Course Name Credits
General Education Courses
BIOL 1250 General Biology I 4
BIOL 1255 Microbiology 3
BIOL 1260 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIOL 1270 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
ENGL 1276 College Composition 4
PHIL 1220 Human Ethics 3
PSYC 1200 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC 1250 Life Span Development 3
General Education Electives 2
MnTC Goal Area - Any -
Required Technical Courses
LPN students will be awarded advanced standing nursing credits 6
NURS 2922 Professional Nursing Practicum I 4
NURS 2923 Role Transition: LPN to Professional Nurse 2
NURS 2925 Medical Surgical Professional Nursing I 4
NURS 2926 Psychosocial Nursing for the Professional Nurse 2
NURS 2928 Professional Nursing Lab I 2
NURS 2931 Professional Nursing Leadership and Management 2
NURS 2936 Professional Nursing Practicum II 4
NURS 2945 Medical Surgical Professional Nursing II 3
NURS 2946 Maternal Newborn and Pediatric Nursing for the Professional Nurse II 3
NURS 2948 Professional Nursing Lab II 2