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    Registered Nurse, Registered Nurse - Advanced Standing Option and Practical Nursing.



 

M State's Nursing Program

M State offers three nursing degrees, RN Degree (Generic Option - 64 credits), RN Degree (Advanced Standing Options - 32 credits) and Practical Nursing (40 Credits).Whether you are beginning your nursing career or continuing your professional nursing education, we are excited to provide you with an excellent educational experience. We offer three nursing degrees, RN Degree (Generic Option - 64 credits), RN Degree (Advanced Standing Options - 32 credits) and Practical Nursing (40 Credits).

Whether you are beginning your nursing career or continuing your professional nursing education, we are excited to provide you with an excellent educational experience.


 

Associate Degree in Nursing Programs

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

Students have two options for obtaining this degree:

  • The RN degree (Generic Option) is 64 credits and can be completed in two years. The program is designed for students who have no prior nursing experience. Its goal is to prepare RNs to be direct caregivers, patient advocates and health educators for clients, families and communities. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam-RN following graduation. This program is offered at campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls and Wadena.
  • The RN degree (Advanced Standing Option) is designed for PNs seeking to become RNs. The program consists of one introductory course plus two semesters of full-time study, totaling 32 credits. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam-RN following graduation. This program is offered on all four campuses.

 

Practical Nursing Program

The Practical Nursing diploma program is 40 credits and can be completed in two semesters. Upon completion of the Practical Nursing program, students are prepared for licensure as a Practical Nurse and careers in long-term care centers, acute care, and ambulatory care facilities.

The program prepares students to practice nursing under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN), providing direct patient care in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and home- and community-based facilities. Students are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam-PN following graduation.

Students who complete the M State Practical Nursing program can continue their education at M State to become an RN through the Associate Degree-Registered Nurse (Advanced Standing Option).

Please visit the Prospective Nursing Students link to the left to find application deadlines, application packets, forms and information. Thank you for your interest in M State as you pursue your career in nursing.

 

Application Procedure

Complete nursing applications include an application to M State and a nursing program application. An entrance exam is required as part of the nursing program application. Incomplete applications are not considered.

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.

 

Advancing Your Nursing Career

Graduates who earn an associate degree in nursing are eligible to apply for admission to baccalaureate nursing programs through articulation agreements with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System and Minnesota State University Moorhead. All of MSUM's RN to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) courses are offered online. A bachelor's degree will offer a nurse increased opportunities in management and community settings.

 

Preparing for Nursing

While all students are welcome to apply to M State's nursing programs, acceptance is selective. 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.

High school students who plan to enroll in a nursing program will benefit from taking high school courses in biology, chemistry and mathematics.

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.

 

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 who do not pass the background check will not be allowed to participate in clinical activities and thus are not eligible for graduation. Students in some programs also are required to complete a national and/or federal criminal background study.

Students may also be required to complete a national background and/or federal background check as directed by clinical facilities. Students will be provided with instructions prior to clinical. The cost of the national background check is $65 is incurred by the student at the time the background study is submitted.

 

Clinical Partnerships

Through our excellent relationships with industry clinical partners, we provide students with clinical opportunities where they learn and practice nursing skills in welcoming and engaging environments.


 

Practical Nursing 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: Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.

Typical education level:Vocational Certificate


 

LPN Employment

5,042 Employed in your area

258 Estimated annual job openings

1,306 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational 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 25 441 9%
25-34 1,110 22%
35-44 941 19%
45-54 1,244 25%
55-64 1,067 21%
65+ 239 5%

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


 

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

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

 

Other M State Health Care Programs

M State offers degrees, diplomas and certificates in a number of other health care fields, in addition to nursing. Those programs include:

  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Health Information Technology
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Coding and Insurance
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Medical Transcription
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Surgical Technology

Last modified: April 2nd, 2015 at 12:05pm