The AD Mobility Nursing program educates Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) for the role of Registered Nurse (RN). The RN role includes a broad area of human service aimed at assisting the client in attaining the highest level of health possible. Students learn how to assess, collect, and contribute to client data based on physiological, developmental, sociocultural, psychological, and spiritual needs. Students learn to provide nursing interventions to the client and significant others throughout the health-illness continuum. Students learn how to develop and implement individualized teaching plans in order to restore, maintain, and promote health. Students in the AD Mobility Nursing Program learn how to delegate, interact, and provide leadership for other members of the health team.

Practical Nursing graduates are awarded 13 PN credits towards the first year of the AD Mobility Nursing Program. After prerequisites are met, students can complete the full time program in 2 semesters (fall and spring) and the part-time program in 3 semesters (spring, fall, and spring). Students are then eligible to apply to take the national licensing examination to become a Registered Nurse (RN). Graduates of the AD Mobility Nursing Program may articulate to a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

Updated: 1-16-2015

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Program Accreditation

Accreditation Commission for Education in NursingThe AD-Mobility Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

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Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Specific Requirements

  • Application to the AD Mobility Nursing Program
    • Apply to Northland College - If you have never been a student at Northland College, then you must apply to Northland College before completing the application to the AD Mobility Nursing Program.

    • Apply to the AD Mobility Nursing Program - Once a student has been accepted to the college, he/she can then apply as a candidate for the AD Mobility Nursing Program. Applications must be received by February 28 to be considered for priority admission for the fall full time program and by September 30 to be considered for priority spring part-time program. Students applying for admission to the AD Mobility Nursing Program are chosen competitively.

  • Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of C or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements. Arithmetic assessment score greater than or equal to 50 and an Elementary Algebra assessment score greater than or equal to 60. Or MATH 0090 or higher level course.

  • Students must complete the following courses prior to applying for the AD Mobility Nursing Program
    • BIOL 2221 Microbiology

    • BIOL 2252 Anatomy & Physiology I

    • BIOL 2254 Anatomy & Physiology II

    • ENGL 1111 Composition I

    • PSYC 2201 Developmental Psychology

    • To increase your selection probability into the AD Mobility Nursing Program, plan ahead. Concentrate on performing well in your science classes. Complete the co-requisite sciences and other co-requisite courses early. Co-requisite courses:
    • BIOL 2256 Advanced Physiology -- You receive an extra point towards admission.

    • CHEM 2205 Survey General/Organic/Bio Chemistry -- You receive 3 extra points towards admission only if you take NCTC CHEM 2205 rather than an alternative chemistry.

    • SPCH 1101 Intro to Public Speaking

    • MN Transfer Curriculum Area G6: Any Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

    • History/Social Science -- choose 1 of the following: ANTH 2202 Cultural Anthropology, PSYC 2215 Abnormal Psychology, SOCI 1101 Intro to Sociology

    • Selection Criteria

    • For information on program: review AD Mobility Student Policy Handbook

  • Students must have evidence of IV Certification competency through one of the following:
    • An Intravenous Therapy Course documented on a transcript.

    • A certification of completion of an approved state board of nursing IV course.

    • Documentation from an employer that the student is competent in IV technical skills.

  • All students must maintain a current Practical Nursing license.
    • New PN graduates that graduate the month prior to the start of the AD-PN Mobility Nursing Program have 6 weeks from the start of the semester to obtain their licensure.

  • Current CPR certification. CPR for Health Care Providers (America Heart Association) or CPR for Professional Rescuer (Red Cross).

  • Completion and approval for clinical participation of the Minnesota Department of Humans Services Licensing Division Background Study. Completion and approval for clinical participation of a National Background Study through Verified Credentials cost $50.

  • Completion of the College Health Screening & Immunization form.

  • Nursing students must pass an AD Math Entrance Exam by 80% prior to being accepted into the AD Mobility Nursing Program. Students who do not pass the math competency exam will not be eligible for acceptance into the program. Students MUST register for NURS 0002 AD Math Entrance Exam course (0 credits) to take the AD Math Entrance Exam in D2L. It takes 24 hours after registration for the NURS 0002 AD Math Entrance Exam course to appear in D2L. Please plan accordingly. Within the D2L course are review contents to assist the student in preparation for the exam. The exam is taken in a proctored environment within the D2L NURS 0002 course.

  • All required courses for AD Mobility Nursing Program must be completed with a grade of C or better. Chemistry 2205 - Survey of Chemistry or other college level chemistry MUST BE successfully completed PRIOR to enrolling in your last semester of nursing courses.

  • All AD Mobility Nursing courses are internet assisted. Access to a computer and the internet is required for this program.

  • Required a 2.5 GPA (cumulative) for program entrance and required a student to be in good academic standing.


  • Health and Human Services students must comply with both Minnesota law and clinical facility requirements related to immunizations and background screenings.
  • Students who do not comply with the required health and immunization requirements may not be permitted to attend clinical which WILL affect program progression and completion.

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
#PN13 Practical Nursing credits 13 credits
NURS 2110 Health Assess/Prof Skills 3 credits
NURS 2121 Psychosocial Integrity 2 credits
NURS 2123 Nursing Interventions I 3 credits
NURS 2125 Clinical I 4 credits
NURS 2131 Nursing Interventions II 3 credits
NURS 2133 Professional Role 2 credits
NURS 2135 Clinical II 4 credits
BIOL 2221 Microbiology 3 credits
BIOL 2252 Anatomy & Phys I 3 credits
BIOL 2254 Anatomy & Phys II 3 credits
BIOL 2256 Advanced Physiology 2 credits
CHEM 2205 Survey Gen/Org/Bio Chm 4 credits
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3 credits
PSYC 2201 Developmental Psychology 3 credits
SPCH 1101 Intro to Public Speaking 3 credits
  G5: History/Social Elec ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 3 credits
  G6: Human/Fine Arts Elec ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 64 credits

Program Specific Elective Course Options


Electives for this program may be selected from the following list of courses below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits

History/Social Science Electives

ANTH 2202Cultural Anthropology 3 credits
PSYC 2215Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
SOCI 1101Intro to Sociology 3 credits

Humanities/Fine Arts Electives

PHIL 1102Intro to Ethics 3 credits
PHIL 2210Morals and Medicine 3 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

  • Student will advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings (National League for Nursing (NLN).

  • Student will recognize the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient's preferences, values, and needs (Quality Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN).

  • Student will make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and that promote the health of patients within a family and community context (NLN).

  • Student will minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance (QSEN).

  • Student will use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making (QSEN).

  • Student will implement one's role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe, quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context (NLN).

  • Student will function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care (QSEN).

  • Student will examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities (NLN).

  • Student will integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care (QSEN).

  • Student will use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems (QSEN).

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Graduates are employed in acute care hospitals, long term care facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, clinics, and other health care facilities. There is currently a nursing shortage throughout the United States. This shortage will increase in the next 5 to 10 years. Employment opportunities are excellent at this time and in the future.

The employment outlook for registered nurses in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 15.4%, a high growth career.

Program Faculty

East Grand Forks Campus

  • Nancy Carda
  • AD Mobility Program Instructor
  • (218) 793-2528
  • Margo Colenso
  • AD Mobility / Practical Nursing Program Instructor
  • (218) 793-2527
  • Kari Koenig
  • Director of AD Mobility Nursing Program
  • (218) 793-2524
  • Frieda Larson
  • AD Mobility Program Instructor
  • (218) 793-2527
  • Candace Seyfried
  • AD Mobility Program Instructor
  • (218) 793-2563
  • Jodi Stauss-Stassen
  • Dean of Allied Health and Nursing
  • (218) 793-2539
  • Karen Znajda
  • Practical Nursing Instructor
  • (218) 793-2542

Thief River Falls Campus

  • Mei Sather
  • AD Mobility Program Instructor
  • (218) 683-8739
  • Diane Scott
  • AD Mobility Program Instructor
  • (218) 368-9001
  • Dorinda Sorvig
  • Director of Practical Nursing Program
  • (218) 683-8736