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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 2520: 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

Updated 8-11-2020

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