Practical Nursing - Admissions

The St. Cloud Technical and Community College (SCTCC) Practical Nursing program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. 404-975-5000.

Practical Nursing Program Admissions

The Practical Nursing program uses a selective process and there is no wait list for this program. Completing the prerequisite courses does not guarantee acceptance into the program. The program uses a Point System admissions process to rank the top applicants for acceptance into the program.

Students must be in good academic standing at SCTCC to begin the Practical Nursing Program (Cumulative GPA of 2.5 AND 67% completion rate). Students who are on academic warning or probation will not be considered for the program.

If you are not an admitted and registered student at SCTCC, apply to SCTCC and submit official transcripts prior to completing the Practical Nursing application. The following information will guide you through the new process.

Practical Nursing Program Open Application Periods

  • Practical Nursing Full-Time Program Fall semester start: 50 PN Students
    Open application period: January 15th through February 15th, each year.
  • Practical Nursing Full-Time Program Spring semester start: 50 PN Students
    Open application period: August 1st through September 1st, each year.
  • Practical Nursing Part-Time Program Fall semester start: 8 PN Students.
    Open application period: March 1st through March 15th, each year.
  • Practical Nursing Part-Time Program Spring semester start: 8 PN Students
    Open application period: September 1st through September 15th each year.

Practical Nursing Program Application Process

  • If you are not an admitted and registered student at SCTCC, you must first apply to SCTCC (or reactivate your student status), submit official transcripts to SCTCC, then submit the Practical Nursing Program Application during the option application period.
  • For the full-time and part-time programs, the top scoring applicants (based on a point system) are asked to schedule and take the TEAS Entrance Examination shortly after the application period ends. Additional information preparing for the TEAS Entrance Examination is available below.
  • Applicants who are not selected to take the TEAS Entrance Examination are notified of non-acceptance and are encouraged to reapply during the next Practical Nursing program application period after reviewing ways to gain more points on the point system. Notifications will take place shortly after the open application window is closed.
  • For those who are selected to take the TEAS Exam, they have the option to submit a previous TEAS Exam score if they have already completed the TEAS Exam. The applicant can use that score with their application, or choose to retake the TEAS Exam when it is offered at our college along with submitting a previous score (the higher of the two will be considered). If the applicant has not completed the TEAS before, they will need to complete the TEAS exam at our college at the scheduled testing dates. The TEAS Exam score, along with the initial application score are combined for final applicant rankings. Only TEAS exam results of 52.0 or higher will be acceptable for program eligibility.
  • The full-time program will accept the top scoring 50 applicants. The part-time program will accept the top scoring 8 applicants. Final program acceptance notifications are sent out shortly after the completion of the TEAS Examinations.
  • Non-accepted applicants who took the TEAS Exam are notified of non-acceptance and are encouraged to reapply during the next Practical Nursing program application period after reviewing ways to gain more points on the point system. Notification will take place shortly after the completion of the TEAS Examinations.

TEAS Exam Information

The Applicants with the top Rubric Scores will be required to take the TEAS Entrance Examination (Test of Essential Academic Skills - multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science {A/P I, A/P II, Microbiology, Chemistry}, and English). Applicants will be notified of their status (through the email account provided on the program application) approximately one month after the application close date. Applicants will be responsible for the test fee which is approximately $71. Specific TEAS Entrance Examination dates and scheduling will be announced to applicants after the application period has closed. The results of the TEAS Entrance Examination will be combined with the PN Rubric score for ranking applicants and the top applicants will be accepted for the program for which an application was submitted. Only TEAS exam results of 52.0 or higher will be acceptable for program eligibility.

 

Available Program Information

  • Review the prerequisites and degree requirements

  • Review the Historical Applicant Data.

  • Review the TEAS Exam information.

  • Attend a Practical Nursing Program Information Meeting to receive the most current program information.

  • Applicants must have an active student status prior to applying to the Practical Nursing program. Apply online or contact the Admissions Office to apply or re-active your student file.

Practical Nursing Student Achievement Data

SCTCC Mobility Program

If you plan on pursing the Associate Degree in Nursing (A.D.N.) Mobility Program at SCTCC, there are additional prerequisite courses. You MUST be a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at the time that you apply to the Mobility Program.  Please review the Mobility Program web pages for more information.

Criminal Background Study

Any individual who has direct contact with patients and residents at health care facilities licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health must have a criminal background check completed.  Results of the study are to be on file in the Department of Nursing before students begin their clinical experiences.  Any student who does not pass the criminal background check will not be permitted to participate in clinical experiences.  Therefore, the individual is ineligible to progress in the Practical Nursing Program.

"If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state, and other higher education financial aid."

Criminal background studies are performed annually.  For a list of disqualifying crimes or conduct visit the MN Statues Sec. 245C.15 page: https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/statutes/?id=245C.15 Questions and appeals should be directed to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Licensing Division, 444 Lafayette Blvd., St. Paul, MN  55155-3824.  DHS Background Studies Unit  Phone: (651) 431-6620, Fax: (651) 296-1490.  Web address:  http://mn.gov/dhs/