North Hennepin Community College Nursing Program Review

North Hennepin Community College (NHCC) is a Co-ed two year college that serves the people of the North Hennepin and Minnesota at large. It opened its doors for higher education in 1966 as a junior state college. After starting on two years degree programs, the college changed its name to the current name to reflect the community college it is today. The college has undergone tremendous development in terms of programs offered, college locations and infrastructural development.

Nursing- North Hennepin Community College

North Hennepin Community College has nursing programs that lead to the award of an associate degree in nursing. The Associate degree is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The programs details are explained below:

Nursing – Two Year Option (AS)

This standard nursing program leading to an associate degree in nursing is one of the two nursing programs at North Hennepin Community College. It is specially designed for students who have never had any nursing experience. It trains students to become professional nurses by preparing them to take the NCLEX-RN exam.

The curriculum for this program includes a total of 64 credits which have a 50-50 share between liberal arts courses and nursing courses. The good news is that this program is available in both day and evening/weekends options. For the day option, students attend nursing courses classes throughout the week Monday through Friday full day. Clinical classes are not predictable and may be scheduled outside the normal day hours.

On the other hand, the weekend-evening program is designed for the working or busy students. All courses are offered for two days in a week during the evening hours. For the clinical experience, students go to health agencies only on weekends i.e. Saturday and Sunday. Students must note that it is not possible to change between the two options and the student should follow the option they choose from the beginning to the end.

The weekend-evening attendance option students can also take their nursing courses from St Cloud Hospital in an online version. Clinical sessions are held on Saturday and Sunday at the hospital premises 9 hour per day.



Nursing Program- Mobility Option (AS)

The mobility program takes in licensed practical nurses from Minnesota and all other LPNS from other states as long they hold active licensure from their states. Prior to admission to the program, students must take a five weeks transition course from North Hennepin Community College during the summer preceding the start date.

Following admission to the program, students will take 32 liberal arts courses and 20 credits for nursing courses. Just like the standard associate degree program, students have three options of completing the program; the day option at Brooklyn Park campus, the evening-weekend option at Brooklyn Campus and the St Cloud’s Hospital online option for theory and hospital attendance for clinical sessions.

RN-BSN Completion Programs

Graduates of the North Hennepin Community College have the chance to transfer to a four year nursing baccalaureate program, thanks to articulation agreement with the following 7 universities:

  • Bethel University
  • Minnesota State University- Bemidji
  • Minnesota State University- Moorhead
  • Minnesota State University- Mankato
  • Metropolitan University
  • University of Wisconsin- Green Bay
  • Winona State University

North Hennepin Community College
7411 85th Avenue, North Brooklyn Park,
MN 55445