Prepare for your nursing career at M State, where our program options include Associate Degree in Nursing Generic Option, Associate Degree in Nursing Advanced Standing Option and Practical Nursing Diploma. All three programs have both fall and spring starts.


WDS IconWhether you are beginning your nursing career or continuing your professional nursing education, M State provides you with an excellent educational experience. M State offers these three nursing options:

While all students are welcome to apply to M State's nursing programs, acceptance is selective. There are specific criteria for each program. Many students take general education courses at M State - including courses in mathematics, biology and chemistry - in preparation for application to the nursing program. Although not all of these courses are required for program applicants, they may improve an applicant's eligibility.

High school students who plan to enroll in a nursing program will benefit from taking high school courses in biology, chemistry and mathematics.

Nursing students are required to take four credits of Anatomy and Physiology I and lab, four credits of Anatomy and Physiology II and lab, and four credits of Microbiology and lab, if those courses are part of the program plan. Applicants requesting to transfer three-credit Anatomy and Physiology I, three-credit Anatomy and Physiology II or three-credit Microbiology from another institution will be required to take a one-credit lab in order to make up the required credit difference and/or lab component.

We encourage prospective nursing students to schedule a visit at the campus of their choice. Arrange a campus visit by contacting M State at 877.450.3322 or visiting

Nursing application information

We strongly encourage you to discuss the admission and program requirements with an academic advisor on the campus you plan to attend. 

Fall 2020 Advanced Standing Option - Application information  - Deadline
Fall 2020 Generic - Application information - Deadline
Fall 2020 Practical Nursing - Application information - Deadline

Spring 2021 Advanced Standing Option - Application information - Deadline
Spring 2021 Generic - Application information - Deadline
Spring 2021 Practical Nursing - Application information - Deadline

Nursing accreditation and approval

Accreditation ADN

Accreditation PN

The M State Associate Degree in Nursing and Practical Nursing programs are accredited system-wide by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20032, 202-909-2526.

All M State Nursing programs are approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

The Associate Degree and Practical Nursing programs at M State is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and holds accreditation with the NLN Commission on Nursing Education Accreditation.

Educational requirements for initial licensure

The Associate Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing curriculums meet educational requirements for professional licensure or certification in the states of Minnesota and North Dakota. M State has not made a determination whether Associate Degree Nursing or Practical Nursing curriculums meet educational requirements for initial licensure in any other state.

DOE Requirement Nursing Program - States

NCLEX first-time test taker pass rate

NCLEX ADN pass rate

NCLEX PN pass rate


Advancing your nursing career

Graduates who earn an associate degree in nursing are eligible to apply for admission to baccalaureate nursing programs through articulation agreements with colleges in the Minnesota State system as well as other colleges and universities outside Minnesota. A bachelor's degree offers nurses increased opportunities in management and community settings.

Background check, immunizations required

Students in the nursing program must have current immunizations and undergo a criminal background check. Requirements are outlined in the program application.


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Ashley Devier
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Ashley Devier


At M State, the instructors want to see you succeed – you know the teachers care. That makes the program so completely different than anything I’ve experienced.

Corey Knauss
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Corey Knauss


I had a 21-year profession as a massage therapist, and unfortunately my body could not keep up with the work. I chose M State Detroit Lakes (for my nursing degree) after researching courses and costs from a number of schools.

Lydia Bradrick
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Lydia Bradrick


I knew several people who went through the nursing program in Fergus Falls, and I really appreciated the opportunity to go through an affordable two-year RN program.

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