Nursing Petition Process

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After completing admissions, students are provisionally accepted to the Nursing Program.  That means students start in “pre-core” status where they take general education classes and complete other requirements.  (MPTC does review and accept transfer credits from other colleges that may meet certain petition criteria.)  Once specific courses, grades and other requirements are met, a “pre-core” student is eligible to petition to start core courses.

Nursing Petition Process

Moraine Park Technical College and the Nursing Program use a petition process to move students into core nursing courses.  Students interested in completing either the Associate Degree Nursing or LPN to ADN Progression Track programs must start by applying for admission to the College.  Qualified applicants will be admitted as pre-core students.  Pre-core students who are then ready to begin the core (543-xxx) nursing courses inform the Nursing Program of this through a process known as petitioning.*  Please read the Frequently Asked Questions for important details about the Nursing Petition Process.

*Admission and petition requirements are subject to change.  Please review the current requirements prior to submitting your application for admission or Nursing Petition Form.

Please note that submitting a petition form does NOT guarantee a spot in the core program.  This is a competitive process.  It provides an equal opportunity for eligible students to declare they are ready to transition to core coursework.

LPN to ADN Progression Petition

Students decide when they are prepared to begin course nursing courses based on when petition requirements are met and what is best for them. Students petition the semester before they wish to begin core Progression Nursing courses. Progression students will have a fall only start.  Petitions will be accepted during the designated petition period in March.

Nursing Petition Form

In order to petition, students must meet the requirements outlined on the Nursing Petition Form, including completion of the NLN Pre-Admission Exam (PAX).  Petition Forms will only be accepted during designated dates in the fall and spring semesters. 

The next petition period is March 4-18, 2020 for Fall (August) 2020 start.

We are moving to an online Nursing Petition process. Please contact your Academic Advisor to set up an appointment during the petition period March 4-18, 2020.

Fall 2020 Associate Degree Nursing Petition Form

Note: CPR Certification is not required in order to petition, but must be completed prior to beginning core (543-xxx) courses.
  Nursing CPR Requirements

NLN Pre-Admission Exam (PAX)

♦   NLN Pre-Admission Exam (PAX) Fact Sheet

Testing dates, times and room locations can be found on the NLN Registration site.

  • As of 6/1/20, HESI Admission Exam will be implemented.