AS in Nursing

In just two semesters, you can take your nursing career to the next level. PTCC's Nursing Mobility program is designed for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) who aspire to pursue an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing to become a registered nurse (RN). With an AS in Nursing, students are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse. At PTCC, you’ll receive hands-on education in a state-of-the-art simulation lab, clinical experience, along with hybrid courses to accommodate your busy schedule.

The AS Degree in Nursing program provides a broad foundation in nursing and the more general healthcare sciences, which is necessary for preparing professional nurses capable of practicing in a competent and responsible fashion as informed citizens in a dynamic and diverse society. The curriculum prepares graduates to function as practitioners in acute and long-term care, community settings, home care, and other nontraditional settings, as well as provides a foundation for leadership positions and further study (for those who plan to pursue a BSN.) Graduates will be competent in meeting the current and future health needs of society.

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High job placement rates, growing demand in the field, and a great salary range creates a bright outlook for Registered Nurses. RNs with Associate Degrees are typically employed in hospitals, clinics, hospice care, long-term care, and assisted living facilities. RNs constitute the largest healthcare occupation, with 2.6 million jobs, and about 60 percent of RN jobs in the U.S. are in hospitals.

About eight percent of jobs are held in offices of physicians; five percent in home healthcare services; five percent in nursing care facilities; and, three percent in employment services. The remainder of work is mostly in government agencies, social assistance agencies, and educational services. It is estimated, now through 2018, hundreds of thousands of job openings for RNs will result from the need to replace experienced nurses who leave the occupation.

Nursing Career Information

Minnesota Board of Nursing approves this program
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Minnesota Board of Nursing

National League for Nursing (NLN) is one of the national nursing accrediting organizations for nursing programs; the Practical Nursing Program is currently in the process of seeking accreditation from their Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA), a part of NLN. Initial accreditation is a three year process and we are currently seeking pre-accreditation candidacy status.  We intend to apply for pre-accreditation candidacy status by the August 14th (2017) deadline and are planning for a spring 2018 visit.  Please see public notice information below.

Pine Technical and Community College (PTCC) Practical Nursing (PN) Program is pursuing pre-accreditation candidacy status 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 202-909-2500.  Interested parties are invited to submit third party comments in writing directly to NLN CNEA, attention Andrea Browning, NLN CNEA Manager of Accreditation Services, no later than August 24, 2017.

National League for Nursing

Connie Frisch

Practical Nursing

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