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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 skill 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 program learning outcomes. Upon successful completion of the program approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing, 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 the 2013 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.  These courses include: Fundamentals of Nursing, Adult Nursing I and II, Maternal Newborn Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Advanced Concepts, Leadership and Management, and Professional Practice Issues. 

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

Program/Degree Options

The Associate 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, then advancing to the Practical Nursing Diploma program and then completing an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing. 

The Practical Nursing Diploma program is 39 credits in length and can be completed in 10 months.

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 program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

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

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Last Updated: October 7, 2014

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