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Nursing A.S. Degree

Career Description
Registered nurses (RN's) work to promote health, prevent disease, and help clients cope with illness.  They are advocates and health educators for clients, families, and communities.  When providing direct client care they observe, assess, and record symptoms, responses and progress of clients; assist physicians during examinations, treatments, and surgeries; administer medications; and assist in convalescence and rehabilitation.  RNs develop and manage nursing care plans and must posses critical thinking, problem solving, time management, prioritization and therapeutic verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

Program Information
The Associates Degree (AD) Nursing Program at Central Lakes College is a practical nursing mobility program designed to educate and prepare qualified licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to take the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs. The program is one calendar year in length, beginning in June with graduation the following May.

Program Learning Outcomes
Graduate will be able to:
1. Apply the knowledge and science of nursing by performing within the scope of practice as a registered nurse.
2. Collaborate with the health care team, including use of nursing judgment to accurately plan patient priorities and preferences, utilize available resources and referrals, and develop shared accountability and mutual respect for safe, ethical, patient-centered holistic nursing care.
3. Demonstrate development of personal/professional behaviors by implementing one’s role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving professional identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, life-long learning, service learning/civic engagement, caring, advocacy, excellence, and safe quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context.
4. Demonstrate comprehensive, holistic, assessments that include diversity in the dimensions of physical, developmental, emotional, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual and functional status of the client in context of environment.
5. Analyze assessed information to determine effective clinical decision-making through a spirit of inquiry that results in problem resolution, individualizing care through use of the nursing process, and assuring the delivery of accurate, safe care that moves the client and support person toward positive outcomes.
6. Effectively utilize therapeutic verbal and non-verbal communication techniques through culturally competent care directed toward promoting positive outcomes and establishing trusting client-centered relationships.

Special Program Requirements (see handbook link below for additional information)

  • Completion of all science courses is required prior to formal acceptance into the AD Nursing Program.
  • Completion of all other required liberal arts courses is highly recommended prior to application, but can be taken concurrently during the program, however, applications are considered more competitive when general education co-requisites are completed prior to program entry.
  • A minimum grade of 'C' is required in each of the required courses (liberal arts, sciences and nursing) for the AD Nursing Program. A grade of 'C-minus' is not acceptable.
  • The applicant must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA in required liberal arts and sciences courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in the practical nursing program.
  • Students must apply each year that they are seeking acceptance to the AD Nursing Program. Applications are accepted for the following August beginning each September; the application deadline is February 1st, however, late applications will be reviewed if the program is not filled by the end of May.
    Admission continues to be highly competitive and in strong demand. Experience working as an LPN is highly beneficial to applicants.
  • Background study: Any person who has direct contact with patients and residents at health care facilities licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health must have a criminal background check completed. Results of the study are to be on file in the department of nursing before students begin their clinical experiences. Any student who does not pass the criminal background check will not be permitted to participate in clinical experiences, thereby rendering the individual ineligible to progress in the AD Nursing Program. Students should direct questions and appeals to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Licensing Division, 444 Lafayette Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155-3842. Phone: (651) 296-3971. Web address:
  • Permission from Facility Health Partners for site clinical participation
  • Immunization documentation requirements
  • Mandatory orientation session

This program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing; Central Lakes College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The AD Nursing Program is seeking national accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.(NLNAC), the program is a candidate for this accreditation with the expectation of obtaining national accreditation in 2013.  The accreditation visit is scheduled for August 27, 28, and 29, 2013. Information regarding NLN Accreditation may be found at their web site: 
NLNAC is located at:  NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR NURSING ACCREDITING COMMISSION, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA  30326, phone: (414)975.5020.

Transfer Opportunities
Broader career opportunities are available for RNs with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing. The CLC AD Nursing Program has articulation agreements with the following schools: Bemidji State University, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University @ Mankato, Minnesota State University @ Moorhead, St. Cloud State University, Winona State University and The College of St. Scholastica.

Employment Opportunities
RNs make up the largest number of health care professionals in the United States. Currently there are 2.6 million RN jobs in the nation with an expected job growth rate of 22% accounting for a much more rapid growth rate than the national average for all other professions.  The median salary for RNs is $62,450. Information about RN jobs in Minnesota may be found at:



For more detailed information on this program


NURS 2522* Medication Administration Concepts (1cr)
Successful completion of a PN Program (8cr)
Total 9 Credits

General Education Prerequisites
BIOL 2457* Microbiology (4cr)
BIOL 2467* Anatomy & Physiology I (4cr)
BIOL 2468* Anatomy & Physiology II (4cr)
CHEM 1407 Life Science Chemistry*** (4cr)

General Education Co-requisites**
ENGL 1411 Composition II (4cr)
PHIL 2420 Ethics (3cr)
PSYC 2421 General Psychology I (4cr)
PSYC 2431* Human Development (3cr)
Total 30 Credits

Required Courses
NURS 2500* Professional Nursing Leadership (3cr)
NURS 2501* Professional Nursing Concepts through the Lifespan I (7cr)
NURS 2502* Professional Nursing Concepts through the Lifespan II (7cr)
NURS 2513* Professional Nursing Practicum I (3cr)
NURS 2514* Professional Nursing Practicum II (3cr)
NURS 2518* Clinical Reasoning & Skills in Professional Nursing Lecture (1cr)
NURS 2519* Clinical Reasoning & Skills in Professional Nursing Lab (1cr)
Total 25 Credits

*Denotes Prerequisites

**Co-requisites may be taken concurrently with required courses, however applications are considered more competitive when completed prior to admission.

***The following CHEM courses may be substituted:  1410, 1410, 1424 or 1425, 2472 or 2473

Notes:  The student must earn a "C" or above in nursing courses and required liberal arts and science courses.  A student earning a grade below a C cannot progress or graduate. 

Admission to the Nursing sequence is competitive and based on grades and performance in the PN program and general education courses.


Last Updated: 6/7/13