Traditional RN Program (AS)

This 64-credit Associate of Science (AS) Traditional RN Program degree is offered as a two-year program for students who are Nursing Assistants, or who have completed a Nursing Assistant course. 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. 

Review the Traditional RN plan of study.


Northwest Technical College is a regionally accredited college by the Higher Learning Commission. The nursing program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. NTC’s nursing programs are nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, or ACEN.


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.

Next Steps

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 — Traditional RN are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse to become an RN.

Degree Requirements

Course #Course NameCredit
Must be taken prior to ADNG prefixed courses
HLTH 1110Nursing Assistant3.00
HPER 2200CPR Healthcare Provider1.00
Required Program Courses
ADNG 1000Foundations of Nursing2.00
ADNG 1050Foundations of Nursing Skills4.00
ADNG 1100Pharmacology2.00
ADNG 1150Nursing I4.00
ADNG 1200Clinical I2.00
ADNG 2050Advanced Skills2.00
ADNG 2100Clinical II4.00
ADNG 2150Nursing II4.00
ADNG 2200Clinical III4.00
ADNG 2250Leadership2.00
ADNG 2350Maternal-Newborn Nursing2.00
ADNG 2400Psychosocial Nursing2.00
Required Courses
BIOL 2221Microbiology3.00
BIOL 2252Anatomy & Physiology I3.00
BIOL 2254Anatomy & Physiology II3.00
BIOL 2256Advanced Physiology2.00
CHEM 1100Intro to Chemistry4.00
ENGL 1111College Writing I3.00
PSYC 2201Developmental Psychology3.00
Select a Mathematics course
MATH 1110College Algebra3.00
MATH 1930Introduction to Mathematical Sciences3.00
Select a Philosophy course
PHIL 1201Ethics3.00
PHIL 2210Bioethical Issues in Contemporary Society3.00
 General Education Electives3
Total Credits: 64