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Nursing - Associate Degree Overview

Nursing - Associate Degree

Career/Program Overview

The purpose of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program at Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) is to provide the student with the education, knowledge, and skills for the practice of professional nursing. This is a four-semester program that can be completed in two years. Students may be enrolled on a full or part-time basis. Students are accepted directly into the ADN Program or given advanced placement though transfer credits as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The nursing curriculum provides a framework for students learning in the classroom, laboratory and clinical setting. These educational experiences allow the student to achieve defined program learning outcomes. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to apply for to take the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) and enter the profession of nursing as defined by Minnesota statutes (148.171 Subd. 15, Practice of Professional Nursing).


Coursework includes 30 credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum General Education and 34 nursing credit requirements. Core requirements include Fundamentals of Nursing, Adult Nursing I and II, Maternal Newborn Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Advanced Concepts in Nursing, and Leadership and Management in Nursing. 

The program has five (5) core integrating concepts embedded into each course. These concepts include: Professionalism, Critical Thinking, Caring, Collaboration, and Nursing Intervention.

Program/Degree Options

The Associate in Science degree in Nursing is 64 credits and can be completed in two years. The program sheet provides a four-semester plan of study for the full-time student.

RCTC can offer students a career path in nursing beginning with the Nursing Assistant program, advancing to the Practical Nursing Diploma program, and then completing an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing. 

Program Start Date(s)

Students can begin general education requirements any semester. RCTC starts a cohort in fall and spring semesters. Specific applications deadlines for each of these semester starts are noted on the program website below.

Career Opportunities/Information

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Upon successful completion of this program, graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). The ADN program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and i accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. is located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, in Atlanta, Georgia 30326. For more information, visit ACEN’s website at

Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at:

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Overview content updated: 2016-04-19
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