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Credits breakdown

Developmental courses — A student may be required to enroll in developmental courses in reading, writing and math. A student's scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in developmental courses. The purpose of developmental courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.

Course # Course Title Credits
BIOL2202 Principles of Nutrition
Goal: 2, 3 *
NURS2410 Role Transition 2
NURS2426 Reproductive Disorders 2
NURS2437 Nursing Clinical II 4
NURS2438 Restorative Nursing I 4
NURS2447 Nursing Clinical III 4
NURS2448 Restorative Nursing II 3
NURS2455 Advanced Intravenous Therapy 1
NURS2464 Nursing Leadership 1
NURS2466 Mental Health Nursing 2
MNTC Courses
SOC1111 Intro to Sociology
Goal: 2, 5, 7 *

MNTC Electives ...


Total Credits: 32

* Completion of an AS degree requires courses from at least 6 of the 10 MNTC Goal Areas.


About this program

The LPN to Associate Degree RN advanced standing option is designed for licensed practical nurses seeking to become registered nurses. This option is offered on all four M State campuses. Accepted students take a two-credit Role Transition course in the semester prior to the start of their program and then join the Generic Associate Degree nursing students in the second year of the nursing program. The Associate Degree Nursing Program is designed to prepare registered nurses to deliver nursing care in a variety of settings. The graduating nurse will be able to provide nursing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, community health and other health-related facilities. Upon completion of the nursing program, an Associate of Science degree is awarded by the college. Nursing graduates may apply to take the National Council Licensing Exam-RN (NCLEX-RN) following graduation. Individuals entering the program must complete an annual background check required by the Minnesota Human Services licensing division.

Program outcomes

1. Recognize the patient as the source of control and a full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient preferences, values and needs.
2. Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams fostering open communication, mutual respect and shared decisions to achieve quality patient care.
3. Demonstrate the ability to make nursing judgments using evidence-based research and clinical reasoning for quality patient care across diverse populations.
4. Participate in quality improvement to support effective and efficient health care services.
5. Promote quality care and a safe environment for diverse populations of patients, self, and others through system effectiveness and individual performance.
6. Utilize information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error and support decision making.
7. Demonstrate accountability to professional nursing values by adhering to legal and ethical principles and participating in continuous professional development.

Program accreditation

The Nursing program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, (800) 621-7440, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.