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Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Proposed Associate of Science in Nursing Degree

Phase I of process to develop new Associate of Science in Nursing has been approved; Minnesota State College Southeast is now in Phase II


Minnesota State College Southeast is proud to announce that the Minnesota Board of Nursing has approved Phase I of the college's process to develop a new 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 now in Phase II of this process, which involves:

  • Creating brand new curriculum.
  • Partnering with community agencies to provide clinical learning experiences, and
  • Developing program admission and graduation standards.

The proposed program will be submitted for candidacy for national accreditation, with a vision to complete full national accreditation prior to graduation of the first cohort of students.

The college is working with a nationally renowned provider of nursing curriculum resources to design 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.

Proposed Plan

In the proposed program plan, students will take at least two semesters of college-level general education courses prior to beginning nursing courses. The general education requirements are similar to other Associate of Science in Nursing programs in Minnesota colleges.

To prepare for acceptance to the proposed nursing program, students should register as Health Sciences Broad Field majors and begin taking the following courses.

  • Note that this new program is PROPOSED, meaning that we have designed the following list of coursework to transfer to other colleges who have similar requirements for their ASN programs. 
  • At this time we suggest that students take these courses both in preparation for the proposed ASN program at Minnesota State College Southeast as well as for the Health Sciences Broad Field degree. Note: MSC Southeast cannot guarantee that the proposed ASN program will come out of proposed status.

Pre-Program Courses:

  • BIOL 1200 or 1201 as needed for BIOL 2515
  • CHEM 1010 as needed for CHEM 2518

First Semester:

  • BIOL 1226: Nutrition (3cr)
  • BIOL 2515: Anatomy and Physiology I (4cr)
  • COMM 1228: Interpersonal Communications or COMM 1218: College Speech (3cr)
  • ENGL 1215: College Writing I (3cr)
  • 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)
  • HUMA 1125: Moral Problems (3cr)
  • PSYC 1115: Lifespan Psychology (3cr)

Additional course recommended for most ASN RN programs:

  • BIOL 2520: Pathophysiology (3 cr)

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.

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

Contact Admissions

Students can begin at MSC Southeast in 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 proposed program launch of the Associate of Science in Nursing degree.

Chris Cook

Chris Cook
Admissions Representative, Winona

Laura Thomas

Laura Thomas
Admissions Representative, Red Wing

Updated 12.9.2019

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