Total Credits: 75
Major Number: 5210
CIP Code: 51.3801
The Century College Associate Degree Nursing Program is designed to educate students who are prepared to begin professional nursing careers and administer safe, culturally competent patient-centered nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings in our increasingly diverse communities. Coursework includes nursing theory focusing on holistic assessment, therapeutic nursing interventions including complementary/alternative modalities, communication, levels of prevention, critical thinking, collaboration and leadership/management concepts. Clinical application occurs in a variety of settings including: acute, sub-acute, and long-term care facilities, community clinics, schools, and home health settings. Safe, caring, competent nursing care across the lifespan is fostered. Graduates are awarded an associate in science degree in nursing and are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN and meet the Minnesota State Board of Nursing requirements for licensure. Graduates are also able to continue for a further three semesters with upper-division full-partner schools in the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE) to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The Mobility Nursing Track is offered to qualified licensed practical nurses (LPN) and qualified paramedics. Mobility track students are granted 5 credits of advanced standing and participate in a transition course to assist in the change of role to professional nursing. All students will be dually enrolled in Century College and an upper-division full-partner MANE college to allow seamless education to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. A Minnesota statewide nursing articulation agreement provides articulation agreements to students who pursue their bachelor’s degree from most baccalaureate nursing programs offered throughout the state who are not participating in the MANE initiative.
Special Application to Nursing is required. Students must meet Nursing academic admission requirements. Minimum requirements based on college performance include:
- Completion of four general education (Minnesota Transfer Curriculum) courses with a GPA in those courses of 2.75 or higher. Courses include: COMM 1031 , COMM 1041 , OR COMM 1051 ; PSYC 1020 ; and BIOL 1020 and CHEM 1020 OR 8 cr. of MnTC electives if applicants have completed BIOL 2031 or transferred in equivalent of BIOL 2031 and are not required to complete BIOL 1020 /CHEM 1020 . GPA scores will be used, along with other admission criteria, to rank each candidate for admission purposes.
- Specific minimum assessment scores in reading and writing or specific coursework in those areas, to meet college-level requirements.
- High School and all College/University transcripts must be sent to Century College.
- Applicants must complete a required nursing program admission exam, the ATI TEAS prior to the application deadline. See application packet or website for more information on registering for this exam. Scores for this exam will be used, along with other admission criteria, to rank each candidate for admission purposes.
- Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency via examination if (1) English is not their native language; and (2) the applicants have lived in the U.S. fewer than 8 years at the time of application to the program. Applicants are exempt from taking an English proficiency exam if their native language is English or they have been in the U.S., as a non-native English speaker, for more than 8 years. Minimum scores in the following exams are required to demonstrate English language proficiency:
||Minimum Satisfactory Score
||84 with a minimum speaking score of 26
||Overall score 6.5 with the minimum of 6.0 on all modules
||Standard set by MCSBN
|Pearson Test of English Academic
||Overall score of 55 with the minimum of 50 on all sub-scores
- Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission when there are more applicants than spaces in the program. Applicants are ranked and selected for admission based on criteria.
- Please refer to the Nursing application information available online and in the Admissions Office and Advising, Counseling & Career Center for more details. Applicants are responsible for knowing the information within including any changes as these materials are updated regularly. Also see the Application Advising Review sheet available in the Advising, Counseling & Career Center and online.
- Timing of coursework is critical in order to meet application deadlines. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with an advisor or counselor for planning their coursework.
- Application deadline for the fall semester is February 1st of each year; application deadline for the spring semester is June 1st of each year.
Admission into this program requires a special application and is highly competitive. The college will not be able to accept all applicants that meet the minimum admission standards. Application requirements are subject to change.
All applicants must complete the ATI TEAS pre-nursing admission exam prior to the application deadline.
Exam scores will be applied to selection criteria for admissions. See the Nursing program webpage for exam and registration details.
Minnesota Department of Health requires any individual having contact with patients to complete a background study prior to starting the clinical experience. An individual may be disqualified from having patient contact and would not be permitted to participate in the clinical experience if a clearance is not issued. This would result in the inability to successfully complete the nursing course requirements. Call MN Department of Human Services with specific questions, 651.431.2000. Effective 2014, The Minnesota Board of Nursing requires all new licensure applicants to complete an FBI Fingerprint Federal Background Study. Results of this study may affect a new licensure applicants’ ability to become licensed as a Registered Nurse in Minnesota.
Career/Occupational Elective Requirements
MnTC/General Education Requirements
Goal 2: Critical Thinking
Fulfilled when all MnTC goals for this degree are complete.
Goal 3 and/or 4: Sciences/Math/Logical Reasoning
Goal 5: History/Social/Behavioral Sciences
Goal 6: Humanities/Fine Arts
Goals 7-10: Theme Goals
Three credits in each of two Goal areas selected from Goals 7, 8, 9 or 10 are required. Many courses from Goals 1-6 also meet Goals 7-10. One course may fulfill a maximum of two Goals. Credits count only once.
Goal 8: Global Perspectives
Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility
Goal 10: People and the Environment
MnTC Elective Requirements
Prerequisite courses for BIOL 2031, if needed:
If not needed for BIOL 2031
Additional Elective Requirements
Recommended Courses (not required)
General Requirements for Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates
See Century College Policy 22.214.171.124
*Students who complete PSYC 1020 and PSYC 1041 at Century, will reach 8 cr. in Goal 5 and may not need to complete any MnTC electives to reach the 40 cr. MnTC total. Three (3) credit transfer courses equivalent to PSYC 1020 and/or 1041 are accepted, however students are still required to reach 40-credit MnTC requirement. For students planning to complete a BSN through MANE, MATH 1025 , Goal 6 second discipline, and/or Theme goals are recommended. See your Advisor/Counselor for assistance.
Students must earn a minimum of a C grade in every required course for the Nursing degree.
Minimum MnTC GPA of 2.75 must be maintained prior to and during Nursing coursework.
Most of the required nursing courses are offered ONLY during the day. Some of the clinical experiences may be during evening hours. Students must follow the prescribed schedule. Some of the general education courses may be offered ONLY day or evening. For most students, the time for completion of this degree is longer than two and a half years, due to student preference for completing many of the general education courses prior to starting the nursing courses. Nursing courses start each Fall and Spring Semesters. Some limited nursing courses may be available in summer terms.
Transfer, Articulation Agreements, and Partnerships
See the Century College website for information regarding transfer.
This degree program is designed for both employment preparation and transfer. Some of the courses may not transfer to a number of four-year colleges. If you are considering the possibility of transfer, you may wish to talk with your advisor, counselor, or program instructor before registering to discuss your goals, look at programs designed for transfer, and develop a plan. All students will be dually enrolled in Century College and an upper-division full-partner MANE college, currently Metropolitan State University, to allow seamless education to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. A Minnesota statewide nursing articulation agreement provides articulation agreements to students who pursue their bachelor’s degree from most baccalaureate nursing programs offered throughout the state who are not participating in the MANE initiative.
Program Learning Outcomes
At the end of this program students will be able to:
- Demonstrate reflection, self-analysis, self-care, and lifelong learning into nursing practice.
- Apply leadership skills to enhance quality nursing care and improve health outcomes.
- Utilize best available evidence and informatics to guide decision making.
- Collaborate with inter-professional teams to provide holistic nursing care.
- Adapt communication strategies to effectively respond to a variety of health care situations.
- Incorporate ethical practice and research within the nursing discipline and organizational environments.
- Practice holistic, evidence-based nursing care including diverse and underserved individuals, families, and communities.
Program Contact Information
Jennifer Greger, Nursing, 651.779.3437 Room 2265 East
Star Poindexter, Admissions, 651.779.3906 Room 2230 West
Teri Wisdorf, Nursing, 651.747.4016 Room 2290 West
Please note that this is a sample course sequence. Individual schedules will vary depending upon student needs, goals, and availability. Students are recommended to meet with their advisor, counselor, or faculty program instructors to create an individualized plan that includes prerequisites and application requirements. For detailed program information see the Century College website. This information is subject to change.
This information is subject to change. Changes and updates are posted on century.edu
Century College is a member of the Minnesota State system. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator. This document can be available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 651.779.3354 or 1.800.228.1978 x 3354.