Nursing (AD) Program

Career/Program Overview

The Associate Degree Nursing Program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the practice of professional nursing. The integrating concepts of professionalism, critical thinking, caring, collaboration, and nursing interventions are embedded into each nursing course. Program coursework provides a framework for students learning in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings. These educational experiences allow the student to achieve defined program learning outcomes.

An advanced placement, LPN Mobility track, is available for Licensed Practical Nurses who have graduated from a State approved practical nursing school and who have completed the general education courses required for Semester I (see program plan). Individuals eligible for this track receive six core-nursing credits for the first semester and can complete the program in three semesters.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to apply for 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 nursing 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.

Program/Degree Options

Associate in Science Degree, Nursing, 64 credits

Program Start Date(s)

This program requires a separate application with specific admission criteria. Please visit the program website at for more details. Specific applications deadlines for each semester are noted on the program applications.  Students can begin general education requirements any semester. RCTC starts a Nursing cohort in fall and spring semesters.

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The Higher Learning Commission accredits Rochester Community and Technical College.

The Associate Degree Nursing program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, in Atlanta, Georgia 30326. For more information, visit their website at

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Gainful Employment Programs

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Overview content updated: 2017-04-19