AS — Nursing Generic Track
This 64-credit Associate of Science (AS) Nursing — Generic Track degree is offered as a two-year program for students with no previous nursing experience. Graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). Coursework includes all the foundational courses needed to pursue the Baccalaureate of Science (BS) in Nursing degree at Bemidji State University.
An RN is qualified to administer medications and treatment to patients, coordinate plans for patient care, perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, instruct patients on how to manage illnesses after treatment and oversee other workers such as LPNs, nursing aides and home care aides.
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.
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.
Credits of the AS in Nursing are transferable to the Baccalaureate of Science (BS) degree in Nursing at Bemidji State University. Graduates of the AS Nursing — Generic Track are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse to become an RN.
A student may be required to enroll in college readiness courses in reading, writing and math. A student’s scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in college readiness courses. The purpose of college readiness courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.
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