Associate Degree in Nursing (Advanced Standing Option) admission requirements

Start: Fall 2020

Location: Fergus Falls and Wadena campuses

Priority Application deadline: March 15, 2020

Thank you for your interest in Minnesota State Community and Technical College’s Associate Degree in Nursing (Advanced Standing Option). This program is for licensed practical and vocational nurses who are seeking to become registered nurses. Students are awarded 11 prior learning credits for completing their practical nursing degree and licensure. Eligible applicants will complete a 2-credit transition course prior to joining Associate Degree in Nursing (Generic Option) students in the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing program on the Fergus Falls or Wadena campus. 

Important information: 

  • Acceptance into the Nursing program is competitive. Admission is based on the selective eligibility criteria below. Meeting the criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Please review this information carefully.
  • To apply to this program you must hold a current, unencumbered practical nursing license or be in the process of receiving your practical nursing degree and able to obtain a license prior to the start of classes.
  • Curriculum information can be found at https://www.minnesota.edu/degrees/781.

We are pleased you are considering M State and look forward to receiving your application. We strongly encourage you to discuss the admission and program requirements with an academic advisor on the campus you plan to attend. For assistance in reaching an advisor, please contact the M State Support Center at 877.450.3322 or email info@minnesota.edu.

Associate Degree in Nursing (Advanced Standing Option) admission information:

Apply to M State

To be considered for an M State Nursing program, students must be accepted to M State. The application for the Nursing program is separate but can be submitted at the same time.

New to M State - Follow the admissions checklist at www.minnesota.edu/admissions

Returning to M State - Submit an online application for admission at www.minnesota.edu/admissions. If you have attended another college since you last attended M State, you will also need to request the official transcript be sent to the M State Processing Center.   

M State Processing Center
1414 College Way 
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Students should allow up to six weeks for transfer work to be received, evaluated and entered onto their Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) audit. Transfer courses will not count toward admission to the program until they have been evaluated by the M State transfer specialist and successfully transferred.

Current M State Student - If you are currently attending M State, you will not need to update your application to the college. 

Apply to Associate Degree in Nursing - Advanced Standing program 

The ADN (Advanced Standing Option) program application must be submitted for an applicant to be considered for the program. The eligibility criteria must be read and understood prior to applying.

ADN-Advanced Standing Option Program Application

Placement testing

Complete the Accuplacer assessment to determine which, if any, English and/or math developmental courses you need to complete. Transfer students may have previous coursework to satisfy developmental coursework and therefore may not need to assess. View the Accuplacer assessment exemptions at www.minnesota.edu/testing

Students who need assessment testing should check www.minnesota.edu/testing for upcoming assessment testing dates and locations.

Associate Degree in Nursing (Advanced Standing Option) eligibility criteria: 

Students must meet the following eligibility criteria. 

Entrance exam

Students must score at the “Proficient” competency level (58.6 percent) or higher on the Assessment Technology Institute Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS).

Students’ scores on the previous version of ATI TEAS (TEAS V) are valid for two years after the test date.

For more information regarding the TEAS, including special accommodations, exam dates and how to register, visit www.minnesota.edu/nursing/entrance-exam.

ATI TEAS official results are required and must be completed prior to the application deadline to be considered for the program. Nursing applicants who take the ATI TEAS exam at a site other than M State must request that their test results be sent prior to the Nursing application deadline to M State Processing Center, 1414 College Way, Fergus Falls, MN 56537.

Nursing program applicants are ranked by their TEAS scores.

    Math and English requirements

    Math scores on the Accuplacer/ACT must place the student into Math 1114 College Algebra or higher. Students testing into developmental math must complete the highest-level developmental course with a grade of C or higher prior to starting the 2-credit transition course.

    English 1101 College Writing I is a prerequisite and must be completed with a grade of C or higher to start the program.

    If you have coursework in progress, you can submit the ADN (Advanced Standing Option) program application to maximize your chance of being accepted into the program. Students may be conditionally accepted while courses are in progress, but courses must be completed prior to the program’s start.

    GPA requirements

    A 2.75 cumulative GPA is required for the ADN (Advanced Standing Option), both in core practical nursing courses and general education courses.* The course grade on the applicant’s most recent attempt in core practical nursing courses will be used to calculate the cumulative GPA.

    If the practical nursing degree was earned more than three years ago, only general education courses will be used to calculate the student’s GPA.

    Grades of “Pass” or “Satisfactory” do not affect the GPA calculation. All completed general education courses must have an earned grade of C or higher. Students who have earned a grade of less than C (D, F, FN or FW) in any of the required general education courses will not be eligible until the grades have been replaced with a grade of C or higher.

    *The following general education courses are used to determine cumulative GPA:

    • BIOL 2260/2261 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab
    • BIOL 2262/2263 Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab
    • BIOL 2267/2268 Medical Microbiology and Lab
    • ENGL 1101 College Writing
    • PSYC 2222 Lifespan Development
    • CHEM 1100 Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry (includes a chemistry lab)

    The general education courses listed above are prerequisites for all core NURS courses except NURS 2410 Role Transition. Students may be conditionally accepted into the program with prerequisite courses in progress. Students who have been conditionally accepted prior to the completion of this requirement will become ineligible for the program if minimum requirements are not met prior to the start of the program.

    PLEASE NOTE: Program-required general education courses must be completed with a grade of C or better before or during the semester in which they appear in the program plan. Students who do not meet this expectation will not be permitted to continue taking NURS courses and should work with an advisor to create a Revised Plan of Study (RPOS).

    To calculate your cumulative GPA, use the GPA Calculator at www.minnesota.edu/nursing/adn-advanced-standing

    Admission of students to the Associate Degree in Nursing (Advanced Standing Option) program: 

    Applicants who meet all requirements for admission will have the greatest chance of being admitted into the program. Students are encouraged to submit the program application even if they are in the process of meeting all the requirements for admission to the program. If the application deadline has passed, check this page to see if applications are still being accepted. 

    Students are awarded seats in the following order:

    1. TEAS scores – those with the highest scores will be awarded a seat.
    2. GPA for general education courses – will be used only if a tiebreaker is needed.

    If there are more eligible applicants than available seats by the priority deadline, eligible applicants with the highest entrance exam scores will be offered a seat first. Eligible applicants who do not get into the program due to the competition for a limited number of available seats will be placed on the waiting list. If a seat in the program opens, it will be offered to the student with the highest entrance exam score who was eligible to be accepted by the priority deadline.

    Acceptance notification: 

    Each student who has submitted a complete admissions file by a posted deadline will receive an email from the college indicating whether he or she is accepted into the program, placed on the program waiting list or currently ineligible for the program. Please be sure to provide your current email address on your program application. 

    Applicants will be notified within 30 days after the application deadline. 

    Additional program requirements for accepted students: 

    Correspondence from the college will provide more information related to the following. However, Nursing program applicants are encouraged to consider these requirements ahead of time. 

    Laptop computer

    All Nursing programs require students to have a laptop computer. The cost will be in addition to the cost of tuition, fees and books. The required computer specifications can be found at www.minnesota.edu/nursing/accepted/#Nursing_ Laptop_Requirement.

    Practical Nursing license

    An active, unencumbered practical nursing license is required to start the Advanced Standing Option program. (This does not include NURS 2410 Role Transition, which is taken prior to the start of the core Nursing courses.)

    Students who have been conditionally accepted prior to the completion of this requirement will become ineligible for the program if minimum requirements are not met prior to the start of the program.

    CPR

    Students are required to upload official documentation of American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification into the Student Passport by July 1 to be eligible to start NURS courses in the fall. Certification must include a hands-on component.

    Minnesota Department of Health background check

    Accepted nursing students are required to upload into Student Passport a cleared Minnesota Department of Health background study by July 1 to be eligible to start classes in the fall. A $30 fee will be assessed for processing the background study and fingerprinting/photo. The process for background studies and fingerprinting will be included with acceptance literature.

    Accepted students who choose not to complete the background check OR who do not pass the background check may not be permitted to attend clinical experiences or service learning opportunities. In such cases, the college cannot guarantee alternative learning opportunities, which ultimately will affect the students’ ability to complete the program.

    National Background Check

    Accepted nursing students are required to have a cleared National Background Check by July 1 to be eligible to start classes in the fall, even if they have completed a National Background Check for employment. National Background Checks are completed through a third-party vendor.

    Instructions and codes will be provided via official M State email from Joel Hoffman, nursing lab assistant. The cost of the initial background check is $45.75. Students are responsible for the cost.

    Accepted students who choose not to complete the background check OR who do not pass the background check may not be permitted to attend clinical experiences or service learning opportunities. In such cases, the college cannot guarantee alternative learning opportunities, which ultimately will affect the students’ ability to complete the program.

    Health forms

    Students are required to upload a completed Health Division Health Form into the Student Passport system by July 1. If there is a change in a student’s physical or emotional health status, (s)he is required to upload a Change in Health Status Approval Form from a health care provider indicating the specific activities in which (s)he can or cannot engage during clinical and/or lab. Students with clinical and/or lab restrictions must be able to meet all associated course outcomes in order to successfully complete the course(s). Clinical partners may choose not to permit students with restrictions(s) to participate in their facilities, resulting in the students not being able to meet those course outcomes. A list of the Nursing program Technical Standards can be found on the Nursing web page at www.minnesota.edu/nursing/accepted/#Technical_Standards.

    Proof of immunizations (including yearly influenza vaccination) is required by clinical facilities. Conscientious objectors may not be able to complete clinical courses at the discretion of the clinical facilities.

    Student Passport

    Health forms, supporting documentation, American Heart Association BLS (CPR) documentation and evidence of LPN licensure are required to be uploaded to the Student Passport system by July 1 to be eligible to start classes in the fall. Information on Student Passport will be sent to all accepted Nursing students.

    If you experience any issues with the application, please call our Support Center at 877.450.3322 or email info@minnesota.edu.

    Please be aware that M State’s Nursing admission requirements are subject to change in order to assure the quality of the program.