Nursing A.S.


The North Hennepin Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program is designed to educate students who are prepared to begin professional nursing careers as competent, caring members of today’s healthcare team. The NHCC program is a partner in the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE). Coursework includes nursing theory focusing on holistic assessment, therapeutic nursing interventions including communication, levels of prevention, critical thinking, collaboration and leadership/management concepts. Clinical application occurs in a variety of settings including: acute, sub-acute and long-term care facilities, community clinics, schools and home health settings. Safe, caring, competent nursing care across the lifespan and along the wellness continuum is fostered.

All students admitted to the 2014-2015 program will be dually enrolled in North Hennepin Community College and Metropolitan State University. Upon the completion of five semesters, graduates are awarded an Associate in Science degree in Nursing and are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN ® exam and meet the Minnesota State Board of Nursing requirements for licensure. NHCC nursing graduates can seamlessly continue for an additional three semesters with an upper division full-partner school in the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE) to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The Mobility Nursing Track is offered to qualified licensed practical nurses (LPNs). Mobility track students who enter in the spring of 2015 or later are granted 5 credits of advanced standing and will participate in a transition course to assist in the change of role to professional nurse.

Admission into the nursing program requires a separate special application and entrance exam. The selection process is highly competitive. The college may not be able to accept all applicants that meet the minimum standards.

The Associate of Science in Nursing is designed to align with the Metropolitan State university B.S.N. in Nursing degree.

Sequences and Prerequisites

Courses are planned to build upon previous course work. Therefore, the following sequence of courses is required; however, it is recommended that a student pursue the general education and supporting science courses first. Note: High school chemistry and algebra are recommended prior to Biology 1001.

  • Biology 1001 is taken in the first semester of the Nursing program
  • Psychology 1160 is taken in the first semester of the Nursing program
  • English 1201 is taken in the first semester of the Nursing program
  • Communications 1110 is taken concurrently or prior Nursing 2700
  • Biology 2111 is taken prior to Nursing 2700
  • Biology 2112 is taken prior to Nursing 2700
  • Biology 2100 is taken prior to Nursing 2800
  • Psychology 1250 is taken with the second semester of the Nursing program

Nursing courses are taken in sequence

  • Nursing 2750 is taken concurrently with Nursing 2700
  • Nursing 2820 is taken concurrently with Nursing 2800
  • Nursing 2850 is taken concurrently with Nursing 2800
  • Nursing 2920 is taken concurrently with Nursing 2900

Progression and Graduation Requirements

  • Each nursing course must be completed with a C or better for progression to the next nursing course
  • A 2.75 cumulative grade point average in the General Education courses required for admission into the program must be maintained. Additionally, a 2.75 grade point average in all general education courses required in the nursing curriculum must be maintained.
  • To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 75 credits of the nursing curriculum.



2014 - 2015



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    =Current students (students with an NHCC ID number), call the Advising Center front desk at 763-424-0703 to meet with a Health Careers Advisor

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