• Become a nurse

    Nursing applications for fall 2019 are now available.

  • Three Nursing Options at M State

    Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) - Generic Option and Advanced Standing Option and Practical Nursing.


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Nursing

Whether you are just beginning or continuing your nursing career, we are excited to provide 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, admission is competitive. 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.

If you're a high school student who plans to enroll in a nursing program, you will benefit from taking high school courses in biology, chemistry and mathematics.

Please note: 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 are required to take a one-credit lab in order to make up the required credit difference and/or lab component.

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Applying to a Nursing Program

Fall 2019

ADN Advanced Standing Option
ADN Generic Option
Practical Nursing

Spring 2019

ADN Advanced Standing Option
ADN Generic Option
Practical Nursing

 

Nursing Accreditation and Program Approval

The Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Associate Degree Nursing (system-wide) and Practical Nursing (system-wide) programs are pursuing accreditation from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20037; phone 202-909-2500. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments in writing directly to NLN CNEA, attention Lusetha Rolle, NLN CNEA Manager of Accreditation Services, no later than January 30, 2019.

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



 

PN Program Ranked No. 2 in Minnesota

May 3, 2018

The Practical Nursing program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College has been ranked as the No. 2 PN program in Minnesota by PracticalNursing.org.

Colleges offering PN programs were assessed primarily on pass rates for program graduates in the NCLEX-PN licensure exam over a five-year period. Twenty-six Minnesota PN programs were analyzed, and 10 were ranked.

The 2017 NCLEX-PN pass rate for graduates of M State's PN program was 95.92 percent, compared to a rate of 86.22 percent at all Minnesota colleges and a national rate of 83.85 percent. M State's pass rates were 91.67 percent in 2016, 97.59 percent in 2015, 98.89 percent in 2014 and 98.17 in 2013.

"I believe our historically high pass rates for students in our Practical Nursing program reflects the excellence of our M State nursing instructors," said Jennifer Jacobson, M State's dean of health careers. "We take great pride in preparing future nurses for successful careers in the health care profession."

M State offers a full-time PN program on the Moorhead campus with both fall and spring starts. For more information about M State Nursing programs, visit Minnesota.edu/programs/nursing.

PracticalNursing.org is an online resource that "champions the growth of nursing professionals through education, advancing knowledge and inspiring patient care." This is the second year in a row that M State has been ranked among the organization's top programs in Minnesota.


Lydia Bradrick

Lydia Bradrick

 

Our Students' Stories

"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. My favorite part of my classes is getting to work with my classmates on school projects, presentations and volunteer projects. I have the best classmates!

"Being the oldest in a large family, I have always wanted to take care of and make a difference in the lives of people who are hurting. Choosing to major in nursing was an obvious choice. This spring, I am planning to travel to Angola to help friends who are serving in a hospital as a doctor and nurse practitioner. The hospital is located in a large city where one in three children do not survive to age 5. The need there is tremendous!"

Lydia Bradrick will graduate in Spring 2019 from the Associate Degree in Nursing program.


 

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Degrees Offered Click on a degree below to view details

Practical Nursing Diploma
Locations: Moorhead

Nursing - (Generic Option) Associate of Science (AS)
Locations: Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Wadena

Nursing - (Advanced Standing option) Associate of Science (AS)
Locations: Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Wadena

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Background Check Required

State law requires that students having direct contact with individuals in licensed institutions complete an annual background study with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Students also are required to complete a national background check and may be required to complete a federal background check as directed by clinical facilities. Students will be provided with instructions after they are accepted. The fee for the national background check is incurred by the student at the time the background study is submitted. Students who do not pass required background checks will not be allowed to participate in clinical activities and thus are not eligible for graduation.


 

Program Resources

To improve student success, nursing faculty at M State have selected an integrated learning product from Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI). While the product is used in every course, students purchase the product through student fees attached to particular courses within each program. For information on Fee Assessment, please see the attached 'ATI Fee Assessment' document.

Course

2018-19 FEES

PNSG 1508

$450

PNSG 1518

$400

NURS 1406

$478.50

NURS 1416

$414.25

NURS 2438

$414.25

NURS 2448

$388.75

NURS 2410

$822.50


 

Interested in Nursing?

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 minnesota.edu/visit.


 

Advancing Your Nursing Career

NURSING ARTICULATION IS DEFINED AS the intentional planning and coordination of nursing education programs so that the program at one level serves as the foundation for the next educational level. The goal is to help students make transitions that are smooth and seamless, educationally sound, and do not require revalidation.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Statewide Nursing Program Transfer Agreement provides a pathway for transition from the Practical Nursing to Associate of Science in Nursing as well as Associate of Science in Nursing to Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Students considering advancing their degrees through this process are encouraged to read the articulation agreement in its entirety and consult with a Student Development Services advisor as they plan their educational transitions.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Statewide Nursing Program Transfer Agreement


 

Meet the faculty

Pat Ahlschlager

Nursing Faculty
Wadena
Contact Pat

Erica Berg

Associate Director of Nursing
Moorhead
Contact Erica

Shannon Dahms

Nursing Faculty
Moorhead
Contact Shannon

Alena Deutschlander

Nursing Faculty
Fergus Falls
Contact Alena

Steph Furstenau

Nursing Faculty
Moorhead
Contact Steph


Carla Hansen

Nursing Faculty
Detroit Lakes
Contact Carla

Joel Hoffman

Nursing Lab Assistant
Moorhead
Contact Joel

Jennifer Jacobson

Dean of Health Careers
Moorhead
Contact Jennifer

Janell Juelich

Nursing Faculty
Moorhead
Contact Janell

Angie Mohr

Nursing Faculty
Detroit Lakes
Contact Angie


Cindy Moore

Nursing Faculty
Detroit Lakes
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Tracy Morstad

Director of Nursing
Fergus Falls
Contact Tracy

Ashley Murray

Nursing Faculty
Detroit Lakes
Contact Ashley

Nikki Oliver

Nursing Faculty
Moorhead
Contact Nikki

Amber Reed

Nursing Faculty, Nurse Refresher Course Coordinator
Fergus Falls, Moorhead
Contact Amber


Leah Rocholl

Nursing Faculty
Wadena
Contact Leah

Mary Roers

Nursing Faculty
Fergus Falls
Contact Mary

Lea Schiltz

Nursing Faculty
Moorhead
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Jamie Steinle

Nursing Lab Assistant
Fergus Falls
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Dave Uselman

Nursing Lab Assistant
Wadena
Contact Dave


Diane Wolden

Nursing Faculty
Fergus Falls
Contact Diane