Frequently Asked Questions About TCHP

  1. What does TCHP stand for?
    TCHP is short for Twin Cities Health Professionals. Our full, official name is Twin Cities Health Professionals Education Consortium. We abbreviated the name because healthcare professionals love abbreviations.

  2. Where are you located?
    We are located at Hennepin County Medical Center in the Shapiro Building, Lower Level, Room O3.NAS.

  3. When are you open?
    We are generally open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday. However, because we are a lean, mean, educating machine, we may not be actually in the office during those hours. Always call ahead if you plan to drop in.

  4. Can I e-mail something to you?
    Sure. Our e-mail address is

  5. How can I get your program brochure?
    If you are a non-TCHP hospital participant, send us an e-mail and we will add you to our mailing list: TCHP hospital participants can get our program listings through their education departments.

  6. I need my contact hours NOW! How do I get them right away?
    Try our home studies. You can do these in the comfort of your own home, when you have time. Your date of completion will be the date that your home study is received by our office.

  7. How many contact hours do I need to renew my license?
    If you are a nurse in Minnesota, RNs need 24 contact hours every 2 years and LPNs need 12 contact hours every 2 years. We suggest you consult the Minnesota Board of Nursing for more information on license renewal. If you are not a nurse, contact your state board for information:

  8. How do I know if I am a certified nurse?
    Experienced nurses sometimes choose to go through a certification process that involves a lot of studying, paying fees, and taking an exam. The bottom line is, if you are a certified nurse you know it--it is above and beyond what is required to become a registered nurse.
  9. Why don't you hold your programs in person at my hospital?
    TCHP is currently offering classes virtually to comply with social distancing requirements. A very few programs will also be held in person but they are limited to staff that work at that hospital, have a very low number of participants who can attend, and masking is required.

  10. Egad! I've lost my certificate of attendance. What do I do now?
    Contact TCHP at We will verify your successful completion of the program and issue a new certificate to you.

  11. Can I copy and use your stuff for a class I want to teach?
    All of TCHP's educational materials are copyrighted. You must obtain permission to duplicate/use any of our home studies or class materials. If you would like to purchase duplication rights for a particular home study, contact us at