Licensed Practical Nursing Program


All the pre-requisites are to be completed before applying to the nursing program, BIOL 220 & 221 Anatomy and Physiology I & II must have been completed within the last five years. Application to TMCC and AASPN Nursing Program must be made on time and all required documentation/verification to TMCC Admissions and TMCC Nursing Director.

Pertinent information:

  1. Students working on the nursing prerequisites are to keep in touch with the nursing department while these are being completed. During this time these students are called “pre-nursing” students.
  2. Applicant and transfer student determination for course (s) equivalency will be on a case by case basis and decided by the TMCC Department of Nursing Director, nursing faculty and/or nursing application review committee. 
  3. Admission application includes completion of the application form, completion of a mission statement and submission of two references.
  4. The mission statement is to be a two page essay on why you desire to become a nurse, written in essay format and utilizing APA format if resources are used. 
  5. Two references should be submitted using reference forms from the nursing director. Requirements for the references will be on the form itself. 
  6. Availability for an interview is encouraged with awareness that the director will contact you for a time when you can meet with her and the faculty.
  7. Nursing students are those selected for admission into nursing classes only after meeting the standard admission requirements of TMCC. 
Admission Criteria Include:

  1. Meet all TMCC admission
  2. Completed application
  3. Must have all pre-requisites
    completed (BIOL 220 & 221 Anatomy and Physiology I & II must have
    been completed within the last five years). 
  4. Must include all other nursing
    schools attended.   Failure to list
    these schools may result in dismissal from the program.
  5. Must have all official
    transcripts on file at the registrar’s office.
  6. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75
    or better on all required pre-requisite courses.
  7. Must have a ‘C’ or better in
    all pre-requisite courses.
  8. Completed written essay of 500
  9. TEAS cut score at or above the
    “Proficient” cut score
  10. Successful interview process.
  11. All applicants must have
    current C.P.R. certification.  Proof
    of certification must be provided to the nursing department with
  12. Current Certified Nursing
    Assistant (C.N.A.)
  13. All applicants must show proof
    of current immunizations including
    TB, Hepatitis B, Chicken Pox 
Applications received after the designated date will be only considered if there is space available. Students will be notified in writing of their admission status. In addition, the admission notification will be forwarded to the TMCC admissions officer. Students are required to sign and return the “Letter of Intent of admission to the TMCC AASPN program” within 2 weeks of notification of admission to the nursing program.

Completing the application process does not guarantee admission to the nursing courses. The total numbers of students in the courses are limited by availability of clinical experiences and available faculty. In the case of an excess of qualified applicants, grade point average will be considered in making the decision as to which students will be accepted into the courses. Qualified late applicants will be admitted to nursing courses on a space available basis.

The program of study was designed based on TMCC’s institutional mission, philosophy and goals with integration of the AASPN program goals and objectives. It incorporates TMCC’s basic curriculum for Associate of Applied Science degree. The curriculum is designed to meet the North Dakota State Board of Nursing Standards for Nursing Education Programs. The graduate of this program is eligible to write the national examination for licensing as a licensed practical nurse (NCLEX-PN).

Pre-requisites: The following courses MUST be completed before the applicant applies for admission into the nursing program.

  • ENGL 110 Composition I (3)
  • MATH 102 Intermediate Algebra or Higher (3)
  • COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
  • CSCI 101 Introduction to Computers (3)
  • CHEM 115 Introductory Chemistry/Lab (4)
  • BIOL 150 General Biology I/Lab (4)
  • BIOL 202 Introduction to Microbiology/Lab (4)
  • BIOL 220 Anatomy & Physiology I/Lab (4)
  • BIOL 221 Anatomy & Physiology II/Lab (4)
  • PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • HIST Chippewa History, Indian History or Mitchif History will Suffice (3)
  • HPER --- First Aid/CPR or 2 credits other HPER course (2)
  • NURS 100 Certified Nursing Assistant (C. N. A.) or Current CNA License (2)
Total Required Credits 42

Licensed Practical Nursing Cohort Courses

First Year (Fall Semester)

  • NURS 101 Basic Nursing Theory/Lab (4)
  • NURS 102 Basic Nursing Clinical (2)
  • NURS 103 Health Assessment/Lab (4)
  • NURS 105 Pharmacology for Nurses (3)
  • NUTR 240 Nutrition (3)

Total for Fall Semester 16

First Year (Spring Semester)

  • NURS 201 Med-Surgical Nursing (5)
  • NURS 202 Med-Surgical Nursing Clinical (3)
  • NURS 221 Maternal/Child Nursing/Lab (5)
  • NURS 222 Maternal/Child Nursing Clinical (1)

Total for Spring Semester 14

First Year (Summer)

  • NURS 203 Mental Health Nursing/Lab (2)
  • NURS 260 Practicum in Nursing Homes (2)
  • NURS 265 NCLEX Prep and Interviewing/Lab (2)
  • Total for Summer Semester (6)

Total Credits Needed in LPN Cohort 36

Total AASPN Credits Need to complete Program 78