Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) - Advanced Standing Option

Upon completion of our Associate of Science Nursing program, students are prepared to apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse and employment in hospitals, long-term care centers, medical clinics, community health facilities and other health-related facilities.

The ADN - Advanced Standing Option is for licensed Practical/Vocational nurses who are seeking to become Registered Nurses. Students receive 11 credits for previously completing their Practical Nursing degree and join the ADN - Advanced Standing Option students in the second year of the professional nursing program. Students earn 32 credits in the one-year program, which is offered on the M State campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena.

Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program

Two-year Occupational Grant Pilot Program imageThis program is eligible for the MnSCU Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.

Grant recipients must be Minnesota residents and meet income guidelines. They also must graduate from a Minnesota high school, complete an ABE program or pass a GED test.

There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.

For more information visit Learn More Pay Less, call 877.450.3322, or download the elgible program list.

Application Process

  • Apply to M State.
  • Review nursing application packets, application deadlines and pre-admission exam information.
  • Complete the entrance exam that is required as part of the nursing program application.
  • Apply to the Nursing program.

Please choose your Nursing program from the following:

Fall 2016 Spring 2017
Advanced Standing Advanced Standing
Packet Packet
Application Application

    Please make sure to read the eligibility information contained in the Application Packet.
    ADN - Advanced Standing Option Application Dates and Locations

    Program Start

    M State Campus

    Priority Deadline

    Secondary Deadline*

    Extended Deadline**

    Fall 2016 Application

    Fergus Falls, Moorhead, Wadena

    January 11, 2016

    April 11, 2016
    (Applications are being accepted for Fergus Falls and Wadena only. The Moorhead Program is full.)

    Spring 2017 Application Detroit Lakes July 11, 2016  

    * Secondary Deadline applications will be reviewed if program spots remain available after Priority Deadline review.
    ** Extended Deadline will be posted only if program spots are available after Priority and Secondary Deadline review.

We encourage prospective nursing students to contact our Solution Center at 1-877-450-3322 with questions regarding the application process, including admission criteria, very early in the process.


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Registered Nurse Career Outlook

Registered Nurse Career Outlook
source - Career Coach


Registered Nurse Career Outlook

Demand for nurses and other health care workers is expected to grow in coming years in west central Minnesota and throughout the region.

Description: Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.

Typical education level:Associate's degree

Registered Nurse Employment

Registered Nurse Employment
source - Career Coach


Registered Nurse Employment


10,174 Employed in your area

475 Estimated annual job openings

2,537 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Registered Nurses in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 460 5%
25-34 2,247 22%
35-44 2,110 21%
45-54 2,820 28%
55-64 2,178 21%
65+ 359 4%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics *Data captured from Career Coach 4/2/2015


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 prior to clinical. The $65 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.

Last modified: April 21st, 2016 at 12:12pm