The Associate Degree (AD) nursing program prepares learners who want to practice as registered nurses, awarding an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree. The program offers full-time and limited part-time options. Learners will gain experience in simulated clinical settings as well as in direct care of persons in supervised clinical environments. Diverse healthcare settings provide learners with opportunities to care for individuals and families of various ages and in different stages of the health-wellness continuum. The program is designed for students who have no previous education in nursing.
|Generic Track||LPN Step-in Track|
|For students with no previous nursing education.
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|For practical nursing students or licensed practical nurses (LPN).
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To obtain an AS degree in nursing, the learner must successfully complete all required courses. After successful program completion, graduates apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) to become a RN. The learner is taught the use of the nursing process at the registered nursing scope of practice for the maintenance of health and prevention of illness, for the observation and nursing care of persons experiencing changes in health status, and in the administration of prescribed medication and treatments. The successful RN possesses excellent communication skills required to educate clients and/or staff and consult with physicians and other members of the interdisciplinary health care team. The RN must possess sound clinical judgment, ethical decision-making, and abilities essential to safe and effective nursing practice as part of a health care team. The experienced RN delegates tasks to other personnel, assumes leadership and management roles, and supervises other team members.
Through an articulation agreement with the nursing program at Bemidji State University, interested graduates may continue their educational advancement through the Baccalaureate Degree completion program.
Northwest Technical College is a regionally accredited college. The nursing program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and is working on national accreditation. The program is not currently nationally accredited by an accreditation agency for nursing. Click here for more information.
This program exercises a competitive process for admission.
Employment opportunities have experienced a major expansion in recent years. Graduates are currently employed in acute-care hospitals, state hospitals, long-term care facilities including nursing homes and rehabilitation hospitals, clinics and physicians' offices, group homes and child care centers, health care and public health agencies, armed services, school nursing, industry and private homes.