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Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Associate of Science in Nursing Degree

5-Semester program prepares graduates to take the NCLEX-RN® exam and become registered nurses


Minnesota State College Southeast is proud to announce that the Minnesota Board of Nursing has approved the college's new 5-semester program designed to prepare graduates to earn an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree, take the NCLEX-RN® exam, and become registered nurses.

The college is partnering with a nationally renowned provider of nursing curriculum resources to offer a modern learning experience, complete with high fidelity virtual skills labs and simulations, online student learning materials, faculty support, and national benchmarking of student progress.

The college will apply for initial candidacy for national accreditation of the ASN program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), with a vision to complete accreditation prior to graduation of the first cohort of students.

Through a partnership with Winona State University, students can continue their education to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Program Plan

In the Associate of Science in Nursing program plan, students will take two semesters of required pre-requisite college-level general education courses prior to beginning nursing courses as well as general education courses during the nursing program. The general education requirements are similar to other Associate of Science in Nursing programs in Minnesota colleges.

To prepare for acceptance to the Associate of Science in Nursing program, students should enroll as Health Sciences Broad Field majors and begin taking the following courses in their first semester. (Students can enroll in general education courses in the FALL SEMESTER 2020 in preparation for admission to the first nursing courses in Fall 2021.)

In their second semester of general education courses, students will apply for entry into the ASN program and continue with general education coursework while their applications are under review by the college's nursing department.

First Semester:

  • MnTC General Education Elective credits or BIOL 1200 or 1201 (Goal 3) as required for BIOL 2531 and/or CHEM 1010 as needed for CHEM 2518
  • BIOL 2515: Anatomy and Physiology I (4cr)
  • PSYC 1110: Introduction to Psychology (3cr)

Second Semester:

  • BIOL 2516: Anatomy and Physiology II (4cr)
  • BIOL 2531: Microbiology (3cr)
  • CHEM 2518: General, Organic and Biochemistry (4cr)
  • PSYC 1115: Lifespan Psychology (3cr)

Additional ASN general education courses required that may be taken earlier but not later than the identified semester within the nursing program:

  • ENGL 1215: College Writing I (3cr)
  • BIOL 2540: Pathophysiology (3 cr)
  • BIOL 1226: Nutrition (3cr)
  • COMM 1228: Interpersonal Communications (3cr)
  • HUMA 1125: Moral Problems (3cr)

Students may take the above courses on a part-time or full-time basis. Once accepted to the proposed ASN program, courses will be offered on a full-time basis only, mostly during daytime hours. Some clinical or lab experiences may be in the evening hours.

Students should prepare to take the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS®) as these test scores will be used in making program admission decisions. It is strongly recommended that students take many of the above college courses in preparation for this exam, and take time to prepare for the exam itself. Students need to achieve a minimum admission TEAS test score of Proficient level (58.7%) or higher to apply to the ASN program.

Once admitted, students would take three additional semesters of nursing coursework including clinical experiences.

Contact Admissions

Students can begin at Minnesota State College Southeast as soon as Fall 2020 on the general education requirements.

We recommend that you meet with an MSC Southeast Admissions Representative for detailed information on how to prepare for the Associate of Science in Nursing degree.

Chris Cook

Chris Cook
Admissions Representative, Winona

Laura Thomas

Laura Thomas
Admissions Representative, Red Wing

FAQs for Associate Degree Nursing Program

When will applications for the program be available?

Applications for the fall 2021 cohort will be available on February 1, 2021 with an application deadline date of May 1, 2021.

How many students will be accepted to the first cohort?

There will be 12 students accepted on each campus for fall 2021.

Will the program be offered more than once per year?

The program will offer both fall and spring start dates.

If I apply, am I guaranteed admission?

No; the application process will be competitive and non-guaranteed based on the number of qualified applicants.

How do I know if I was accepted or not?

Students will receive an acceptance or denial letter in their college email after applications are processed.

What courses do I need to have completed in order to apply?

There are two semesters of general education requirements listed on the ASN informational page that are all pre-requisites to start the program.

What if I am still taking pre-requisites when the application is due?

You are welcome to apply if you have pre-requisites in progress; applications will be accepted and considered for review based on space availability after qualified applicants are processed.

Do I have to be a nursing assistant on the state registry?

You have to be a certified nursing assistant with an unencumbered active status from any U.S. state OR provide documentation of completion of a college level nursing assistant course.

Do I have to be an LPN to apply?

No, but current licensed Practical Nurses with an active unencumbered licensed are welcome to apply to our mobility track and receive advanced standing with a transition course into the program.

Do current LPNs get precedence or favored as applicants?

No; the application process is the same for all applicants.

What admission selection criteria will be used for applicants?

A ranking of the following will be used as selection criteria:

  • A cumulative GPA of the core science courses:
    1. Anatomy & Physiology I
    2. Anatomy & Physiology II
    3. Microbiology
    4. General, Organic, & Biochemistry
  • Composite score of TEAS score

What is the minimum TEAS score required?

A student must score at the Proficient level (58.7%) or higher to be considered for admission.

What version of the ATI TEAS test is needed?

ATI no longer uses Roman numerals to number the version of TEAS; new TEAS tests are released every six months. TEAS test scores are valid for three years.

Updated 8-11-2020