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Associate Degree Nursing
Why Choose Associate Degree Nursing at CLC?

5 full-time faculty with over 90 years combined nursing experience in all areas

Program accredited through Higher Learning Commission, approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing

2013 MnSCU Educator of the Year, Darci Goeden, teaching full-time in the program

Mobility Program for current Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to move into the RN role after 2 semesters of nursing courses

New Traditional Nursing Program that allows students to achieve an Associates Degree in Nursing in 4 semesters

Articulation agreements with 4-year colleges, creating a smooth transition into a BSN program

About the Program

Do you want to be an RN? If you are looking for a program that you can start quickly, with high NCLEX-RN passing rates, low attrition and can be completed in a short time – then this program is for you! Students who have a current Minnesota LPN license can complete the program in 2 semesters, after completing pre-requisites.  For students without an LPN license, the program can be completed in 4 semesters or 2 years, through our new Traditional Nursing Program.  Courses are held on campus two days a week, with practicums in a variety of clinical settings two days a week.  Many students from the St. Cloud and Metro area choose to relocate for the length of the program.  Graduates have reported being very satisfied and their employers have reported that they are well prepared.

Tara Karels
Tara graduated from both our nursing programs, completed her BSN at the College of St. Scholastica, and her Master’s degree from Walden University. Her past nursing experience includes: prenatal, labor/delivery, and postpartum nursing, pediatrics, childbirth education, and doula training. Tara teaches in the classroom on the Brainerd campus and at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center for the OB practicum. When she isn’t working, Tara enjoys playing volleyball, being outdoors, writing, and spending time with her three teenagers.
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Gayle Ollila
Gayle is the Nursing Lab Coordinator for the Central Lakes College Nursing Department. Prior to entering the nursing field, she owned and operated her own business for 27 years. She graduated with honors in May 2005 from the PN program at CLC, then worked for six-and-a-half years as an LPN before assuming the position of Nursing Lab Coordinator at CLC. Gayle’s responsibilities include setting up patient simulations for nursing classes, maintaining simulation hardware and software, managing nursing student files, ordering class supplies, and controlling inventory.
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Darci Goeden
Darci graduated from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She completed a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix and pursued her interest in nursing education. Darci has worked as a Registered Nurse for 17 years, including work experience in various clinical areas such as medical-surgical, intensive care, telemetry, obstetrics/pediatrics, pre-surgery, and mental health. She has taught at CLC since 2002 and continues to work casual at Essentia Health: St. Joseph's Medical Center. She has an Advance Practice Nursing Education Certificate from the National League for Nurses. What Darci brings to nursing education is a true love, enthusiasm, and passion for the nursing profession. She was honored to receive the Educator of the Year Award for MnSCU in 2013. Darci's hobbies include "anything outdoors", camping, fishing, boating, exercising, and hanging out with her family.
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Laura Oeltenbruns
Laura is a graduate of both of our nursing programs and went on to complete her baccalaureate degree from Bemidji State as well as a Master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. Her past nursing experience includes: acute care float pool, homecare/hospice, camp nursing, school nursing, and traveling nursing. Laura teaches in the classrooms on the Brainerd campus, online for Medication Administration Concepts and at the Lakewood Senior Care Center for practicum. She has a certificate in public health as well an Advance Practice Nursing Education Certificate from the National League for Nurses. When she isn’t working at Central Lakes College or casual nurse in the float pool at Essentia St. Joseph’s Medical Center, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and cooking.
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Kim Scott
Kim earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and her Master of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Minnesota. Kim worked as an RN in pediatric oncology, hematology, and pre- and post-bone marrow transplant at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital and also worked as a surgical nurse in admitting, the operating room, and the post-anesthesia care unit at the St. Cloud Surgical Center and Midsota Surgical Suites for 15 years. She has also held both nursing and educational administrative positions. She has been teaching nursing for the past ten years and is currently in the process of earning her Nurse Practitioner certification and a doctoral degree in nursing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Hobbies include attending sporting events, reading, and spending time at her family’s lake.
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