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Program Highlights


Generic 2-Year AD Program

The associate degree nurse is prepared to practice nursing in situations involving direct patient care, most frequently in the hospital or long-term care facility.

Graduates are prepared to function as defined in Minnesota Statutes by:

  • providing a nursing assessment of the community;
  • providing nursing care supportive to or restorative of life functions such as skilled ministration of nursing care, supervising and teaching nursing personnel, health teaching and counseling, case finding and referral to other health resources; and
  • evaluating these actions.

After successful completion of this program, which includes classes at RCTC and care of patients in a variety of clinical settings across the life-span, graduates are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

The RCTC AD Nursing Program has consistently met the program outcomes of student satisfaction, NCLEX-RN first time pass rates, graduate employment, and program completion.

LPN Mobility into General AD Program

Career mobility is available for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who have graduated from a state-approved school of practical nursing, have a current license from the Minnesota Board of Nursing, and meet criteria listed on the application. 

LPNs should review the Program Plan for the Associate Degree Nursing program (see Program Requirement tab under “Popular Topics” to the left). This will provide you will all of the requirements needed to complete the degree.  All Nursing-AD students must complete 30 credits of general education courses and 34 credits of Nursing.

LPNs accepted into the program would receive advanced placement into the second semester of the four-semester program and will be awarded 6 credits for the Semester I, NURS 1117-Fundamentals of Nursing course. You must have successfully completed ENGL 1117-Reading and Writing Critically I, BIOL 1217-Anatomy and Physiology I, and CHEM 1117-General, Organic and Biological Chemistry prior to admission into the program.  The student will then progress with the other AD Nursing Students.

High School "STAT" Program

The STAT Program emerged out of a 2005 grant from the Center of Excellence in Health Care to increase diversity in nursing. Over the course of the one year grant which led to similar grants funded for three subsequent years, the STAT program was fine-tuned and became a post-grant, self-sustained RCTC program. The grant focused on recruiting diversity in nursing education. The STAT program maintained this focus while expanding to all high achieving high school students in Southeastern Minnesota, with a special focus on Rochester Public Schools.

The RCTC Nursing Program has a highly competitive selection criterion that typically prevents even the best current high school graduate from being selected. The STAT Program remains highly selective, but with conditions that current high school seniors can attain through planning, proper course selection and good grades.

The STAT program is merely an alternate pathway to admission that considers most high school students inability to earn the level of points required to meet the usual Nursing Program selection criteria. STAT Program students see no difference in the program requirements after completion of the admission process.

For more information regarding the STAT program contact Dale Amy, RCTC Director of High School Collaborations at Dale.Amy@rctc.edu or (507)285-7332 or Merry Beth Gay, RCTC Director of Nursing at MerryBeth.Gay@rctc.edu or (507)285-7143.

 

Last Updated: October 7, 2014

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