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.

Fall 2019 Advanced Standing - Apply - Application Packet
Fall 2019 Generic - Apply - Application Packet
Fall 2019 Practical Nursing - Apply - Application Packet

Spring 2020 Advanced Standing Option - Apply - Application Packet
Spring 2020 Generic - Apply - Application Packet
Spring 2020 Practical Nursing - Apply - Application Packet

 Whether 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:

  • Associate Degree in Nursing Advanced Standing Option (32 credits supported by 21 credits of prerequisites and 11 credits for prior learning)
  • Associate Degree in Nursing Generic Option (64 credits)
  • Practical Nursing diploma (40 credits)

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 that includes a lab, four credits of Anatomy and Physiology II that includes a lab and four credits of Microbiology that includes a 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 1.877.450.3322 or visiting

Nursing Accreditation

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

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.


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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