Program Details

Program specifics about earning a Nursing A.S. Degree at Northland.

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.

AD Mobility Nursing Program Student Policy Manual (updated: 08/01/2022)

Program Accreditation

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

The Associate Degree nursing program at Northland Community and Technical College at the East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls Campuses located in East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls, MN is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

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The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree nursing program is Accredited.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program on the ACEN website.

Program Learner Outcomes

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. Student will minimize the risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance (QSEN).
  5. Student will use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making (QSEN).
  6. 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).
  7. 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).
  8. 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).
  9. Student will integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care (QSEN).
  10. 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 healthcare systems (QSEN).

Licensure & Certifications

Upon meeting the requirements of a board of nursing approved associate degree nursing program, students are eligible to apply to take the National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Licensure Exam. Upon passing the exam, the student will obtain a Registered Nurse License.


Additional Program Resources

Books are currently available at the Northland online bookstore.

Computer Requirements Document

Students will need to submit assignments digitally in Microsoft Word. If you wish to submit assignments from your home computer, please be sure you have Microsoft Word installed. As a student, you are able to purchase Microsoft Office in the Northland bookstore at a significantly reduced rate. Students are also required to have a computer and internet access to complete classroom assignments. All nursing classes are internet-assisted.

Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) Requirements

Our nursing department is partnered with Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI), which is an NCLEX preparation and nursing education company. They have many resources that you will utilize in all of your nursing courses. The purchase price will cover your entire ATI package. You will receive the ATI books and the online user codes when school starts this fall. We have worked with ATI to bundle your resources with a live review course that will be offered to you on campus at the end of the school year to assist you in preparing for your NCLEX exam.

The cost of the bundled product ($1,098.00) is associated with the NURS 2121 Psychosocial Integrity course and will be charged to the student account. Financial Aid, third-party payment, and/or personal payment can be applied to this. You CANNOT use someone else’s previous ATI purchase.

Average Class Size:

  • 30 to 40 students in lecture courses
  • 15-20 students in lab courses
  • 10 students per instructor for clinicals

Types of Jobs:

Jobs for Registered Nurses are available in most locations throughout Minnesota and the nation. The national and state predictions for jobs are excellent for new registered nurses. There is a shortage throughout the United States for Registered Nurses, and the shortage looks as though it will become more severe in the next ten years as more Registered Nurses retire.

Placement Rate:


Pass Rates for the RN NCLEX Examination:

Once a student graduates from the AD Mobility nursing program, they are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination to become licensed as a Registered Nurse.

  • 2022 – 81.43% (72.59%, 77.91%)
  • 2021 – 83.33% (78.65%, 78.78%)
  • 2020 – 92.31% (80.34%, 82.81%)

* Northland Rate (MN Professional Nursing Rate, National Professional Nursing Rate)

Program Completion Rates:

  • 2022 – 84%
  • 2021 – 81%
  • 2020 – 90%

Northland Foundation Scholarships

The First place to look for scholarships is at Northland Community & Technical College Foundation. The Northland Foundation budgets over $55,000 for scholarships at Northland. The budget includes scholarships for students who attend Northland next year, fall and spring semesters in full-time status (12+ credits), and obtain high academic achievement and/or impact our college. Applications are available to download from this site. Applications are due the third week of spring semester with a scholarship ceremony in early March. Included in this money are several scholarships provided by nursing faculty and area supporters for nursing students. (Taken from the NCTC Foundation Contributors’ Update, May 2002).

Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program

Local Scholarships

Look for scholarships at your bank, credit union, family employment, the local service organizations in your hometown, such as the Elks and the Legion, and at your place of employment.

Scholarships from the Minnesota Nurses Association Foundation

For those planning on getting their BSN or Masters Degree.

Minnesota Nurses Association Scholarship Foundation

Nursing Scholarships

The Johnson and Johnson Company has an excellent website that links you to between 150 and 200 nursing scholarships that are available. You can find information on these scholarships at:

Federal Monies

“FedMoney.org is the most comprehensive FREE full-text online resource on all U.S. federal government student financial aid programs. Here you will find detailed and up-to-date information about (1) who can apply, (2) how to apply, (3) full contact info, and much more… for over 130 government loans and grants (scholarships, fellowships, traineeships) related to education!” (Taken from fedMoney.org site).

Free Scholarship Search Engines

These are free scholarship search engines. They require you to fill out identifying information on yourself, and then they will bring up the scholarships they have in their database that you would be eligible to apply for. It is also nice because it will send you reminders in your e-mail when dates for applications need to be in by.

Northland Student Nurse Association

Students are encouraged to join the nurses club, which is an organization of interested students who are involved in activities such as Nurses Day on Capital Hill, graduation celebrations, annual nurses spring luncheon, and service learning projects.

Service Learning Projects

Students in the nursing program have opportunities to participate in service learning projects. Examples of service learning include: working in soup kitchens, participating in health fairs, educating grade school students, participating in screening programs for the community and school systems.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)

Phi Theta Kappa is a national honor society for two-year colleges, officially recognized in 1929 by the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges. Recently, Phi Theta Kappa expanded into an international honor society, with branches located in Germany. Northland’s chapter is Sigma Alpha.

Phi Theta Kappa’s primary purpose is to recognize and honor outstanding academic achievements. Students plan and sponsor various activities on campus, such as blood drives and food drives. Fundraising activities help raise money for regional and national conventions.

In addition to the opportunity to earn individual and chapter awards, membership in Phi Theta Kappa is a lifetime membership. A record of membership automatically appears on a transcript to a four-year college or on an employment reference. There are opportunities for scholarships, participation at national and regional conventions, and fellowship with other members in the local chapter.

How to be a Nurse for a Day

AD-PN Mobility nursing students at Northland get the opportunity each year to teach 3rd graders How To Be AD Nurses For A Day. The AD students teach the third graders about:

  • germs and the importance of good hand washing
  • they show them X-rays of broken bones and teach them how to apply splints and casts
  • the third graders learn how to give shots to infant mannequins and about safety in giving medications
  • the AD students teach the children how to work in isolation gowns and how to change dressings on injuries
  • they listen to heart and lung sounds, look in ears and take temperatures and blood pressures.

It is a wonderful chance for children to learn what nursing is all about. There is a severe shortage of nurses throughout the United States. Perhaps this exposure will give the children an opportunity to consider nursing as a possible career choice in the years ahead.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, the AD Mobility Nursing program is laptop-requiring. You are required to have your laptop with you to all theory classes. You will need a computer and internet access from home as all the nursing classes are internet assisted. The laptop requirements tab provides specifications for laptop needs.

The application deadline is February 28th for the fall semester. The application deadline is September 30th for the spring start.

You will receive notification of acceptance or rejection by October 31st for the spring start and by March 31st for the fall start.

Students planning to apply for admission to the AD Mobility Nursing program need to apply first to Northland Community & Technical College for admission to the college. In addition to completing the college admissions application, students must complete the AD Mobility Nursing program application form. Please see further information in the AD Mobility Policy Book.

In Thief River Falls, we have clinicals at Sanford Health in Thief River Falls, MN, and Essentia Medical Center in Fosston, MN.

East Grand Forks has clinicals at the Riverview Health Center in Crookston, MN, and Altru Medical Center in Grand Forks, ND.

We will be sending out acceptance letters for everyone on the same day. As soon as you get your information, there will be a list of items that we will need to receive from you before assigning a priority for clinical site placement. These documents include:

Once you have ALL of the information required, you will be able to indicate your clinical preferences via a survey. The clinical sites will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis according to the postmark on the material required for the program.

We have block scheduling for students to help accommodate work needs. Many students come in with several of their general education courses completed. If you are ONLY taking nursing credits, your schedule will look like this for the spring part-time program:

Spring Semester – 5 credits
NURS2110 Health Assessment & Professional Skills 3 credits
NURS2121 Psychosocial Integrity 2 credits
1 day a week lecture

Fall Semester – 7 credits
NURS2123 Nursing Interventions I 3 credits
NURS2125 Clinical I 4 credits
1/2 day a week lecture + 1 day clinicals

Spring Semester – 9 credits
NURS2131 Nursing Interventions II 3 credits
NURS2133 Professional Role 2 credits
NURS2135 Clinical II 4 credits
1 day a week lecture + 1 day clinicals

We accept any 3 or 4-credit college-level chemistry with a lab component to it, but you should know the differences between the different chemistries. We recommend the Survey of Gen/Org/Inorganic Chemistry Course. You will receive three extra points in the selection process if you complete the NCTC CHEM 2205 Survey of Gen/Org/Inorganic Chemistry rather than another chemistry course.

CHEM 2205: Survey of Gen/Org/Inorganic Chemistry
The Survey of Gen/Org/Inorganic Chemistry course is intended for students entering the nursing and health science fields. This is a comprehensive survey course covering the basics of general chemistry to introduce organic chemistry and biochemistry needed for the advanced physiology course which is also required for the AD nursing program.
An assessment score for math of 60 is needed for Survey of Gen/Org/Inorganic Chemistry compared to 85 for some Intro to Chemistry classes. The course is geared directly to nursing students and to nursing applications in the clinical area. It includes information on organic chemistry which is the chemistry of living organisms, along with inorganic chemistry.

We do accept Intro to Chemistry and any other college-level chemistry. Information on Intro to Chemistry is listed below. You WILL NOT receive three extra points in the selection process for chemistry. You will receive points for the grade you obtained in your chemistry.

CHEM 1020: Intro to Chemistry
This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of principals and theories of chemistry, atomic and molecular structure, elements, compounds, mixtures, the periodic table, the nature of gasses, liquids and solid states, and chemical reactions. This is a 4 credit course which may require higher math assessment scores. This course is not specifically oriented to nursing.