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Educational Programs



Program description

Go after the unparalleled opportunities available in health care by becoming a registered nurse (RN). Earning the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree awarded by MCTC’s Professional Nursing Program (NPRO) prepares you with the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Our NPRO faculty are experienced nurses who use state-of-the-art technology and evidence-based teaching styles to give you the tools you need to begin or to advance your nursing career. NPRO learners are dually admitted to Augsburg College and are provisionally admitted to Augsburg’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. If you are a successful MCTC NPRO graduate and you complete your licensure as an RN you can complete a BSN in as little as one additional year at Augsburg.

Program start and location

Nursing students are admitted for each fall semester in three NPRO cohorts to make attaining a degree in nursing more accessible.
  • The MCTC campus NPRO day cohort has classes during the day on one or two weekdays. They have laboratory or clinical on one or two (depending on the course) consecutive weekdays. This cohort does not attend in the evening or on weekends.
  • The MCTC campus NPRO evening-weekend cohort has classes on one or two weekday evenings. They have laboratory or clinical every other weekend on both Saturday and Sunday, usually from about 7 a.m. to about 3 p.m. This cohort does not attend during the day on weekdays. This cohort accepts LPN applicants in the Professional Nursing with Advanced Standing for LPNs program.
  • The Saint Paul College campus NPRO day-evening cohort has classes during the day on one or two weekdays. They have laboratory or clinical on one or two (depending on the course) consecutive weekdays, usually from about 2 p.m. to about 10:00 p.m. This cohort does not meet early in the morning or on the weekends. This cohort accepts LPN applicants in the Professional Nursing with Advanced Standing for LPNs program.
Although it isn’t always possible, we will try to place you in the cohort that will work best for you while you are in the program.

Degree options and requirements

NPRO accepts applications from those who are beginning their journey in the field of nursing, as well as from licensed practical nurses (LPN) who wish to earn an Associate’s degree and advance their licensure. LPNs with unencumbered licenses who are admitted to NPRO are granted 5 credits of advanced standing toward their degree. Learn more about each option by reading the program overview and admission requirements.

Professional Nursing (RN) A.S. Degree—64 credits
2015 Program Overview and Admission Requirements

Application for Admission for fall 2015

Professional Nursing With Advanced Standing for LPNs
A.S. Degree
––64 credits

2015 Program Overview and Admission Requirements

Application for Admission for fall 2015

The TEAS V is required for all nursing program applicants and your score will need to be included with your application materials. Learn more about taking the TEAS V.

Contact for information about the nursing program application.

Use this NPRO GPA Calculation Worksheet to calculate your GPA for admission to the NPRO program.

What you will learn

  • You will be engaged in a fresh, evidence-based curriculum using a concept-based approach to teach nursing theory and practice. Concept-based learning focuses on active learning and application of lessons in order to provide an exceptional foundation of skills and knowledge for nursing practice.
  • Guided by expert faculty through NPRO’s five consecutive terms, you will integrate the skills needed to be a professional nurse, including the nursing process, comprehensive health assessment, administration of prescribed medications and treatments, rapport and therapeutic communication, planning patient care, health care systems, health care technology, delegation, and nursing leadership.
  • As a successful NPRO graduate you will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN and to apply for licensure as Registered Nurses (RN). If you maintain a 2.5 GPA and pass the NCLEX-RN to become an RN, you may choose to continue your nursing education with a seamless matriculation to Augsburg College to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) in as little as one additional year. There is no additional application for Augsburg College for NPRO graduates who meet these requirements.
  • Your may also apply to any BSN-completion program you choose.

Points of pride

Where you could work

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Nursing homes
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  • Home healthcare agencies
  • Pastoral care centers
  • Ambulatory surgery centers
  • Urgent care centers
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Potential job titles

  • Registered Nurse (RN)

Occupational outlook

With the baby boomer generation expected to retire in the next 10 years, now is an ideal time to enter into the nursing profession. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Registered Nurses (RNs) is expected to grow by 22 percent through 2018. Factors behind the growth include the need to replace experienced nurses who leave the occupation, technological advances in patient care, an increasing emphasis on preventive care and the aging of the US population.

Beyond-the-classroom opportunities

  • As an NPRO learner, you will become a member of the Student Nurses Association, which builds community among nursing students and helps them deepen their understanding of the nursing discipline.
  • You may also be eligible to apply for final-semester preceptorships to fulfill your clinical learning requirements. In a preceptorship, you will work in a specific area of nursing under the guidance and supervision of an expert, practicing RN.


This program is part of the Academy of Nursing, Counseling and Allied Healthcare. Click here for more information.

Articulation Agreements, Common Course Outlines and Gainful Employment Information

Click here for RN A.S. articulation agreement information.

Click here for Common Course Outline information.


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