This 64-credit Associate of Science (AS) degree is a three-semester step-in program for current Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who wish to become registered nurses (RNs). Graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). Students may then transfer to Bemidji State University to pursue a Baccalaureate in Science (BS) in Nursing.
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 regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The nursing program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The associate degree nursing programs are nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, or ACEN.