Find Your Calling

As one of the most respected careers in the healthcare field, nursing is a great career option. South Central College (SCC) is proud to have been training competent, compassionate and confident nurses for over 50 years. This rich history illustrates how SCC’s Nursing Program is committed to excellence and how it successfully provides comprehensive educational preparation through classroom, lab, and clinical experiences.

Pursuing a nursing degree at SCC is a great value in a vibrant learning atmosphere with smaller class sizes, expert instructors and lower tuition than many other area colleges. An Associate of Science Nursing Degree will prepare a student to work in long term care, treatment service facilities, clinics, assisted living, home care, and acute care facilities.

The Associate of Science in Nursing Degree prepares the student to the RN role for future employment possibilities in long term care, treatment service facilities, clinics, assisted living, home care, and acute care facilities.

The 64-credit Associate of Science in Nursing degree is approved by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State), the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and the Minnesota Board of Nursing (MBON).

The LPN to RN Plan is for the current LPN who is interested in earning an Associate of Science in Nursing Degree, you will be granted advanced standing and start your first semester with a 4-credit transition course (NURS 2200, LPN to RN Role Transition) to establish foundations to the RN role. In addition, as a returning LPN, you will follow an adjusted ASN degree plan with advanced standing of 4 credits for your previous nursing education.

A student who completes either the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing curriculum or the LPN to RN Transition plan is awarded an Associate of Science in Nursing Degree and is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for the registered nurse (NCLEX - RN).

Students earning an Associate of Science Degree may transfer credits to a four-year institution to work towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. 

The Associate of Science in Nursing Degree program student learning outcomes and definitions are based on the National League for Nursing (NLN) for the associate degree in nursing.

  1. Human Flourishing: Demonstrate nursing care that is client-centered, culturally sensitive, and based on the holistic needs of clients and families.
  2. Nursing Judgment: Use sound nursing judgment in the provision of safe, quality care.
  3. Professional Identity: Practice professional nursing in an ethical and legal manner that integrates integrity, accountability, leadership, teamwork, and collaboration.
  4. Spirit of Inquiry: Contribute to the management of healthcare and continued quality improvement by incorporating evidence-based practice, cost containment, and current technology
Admission Dates: Fall and Spring
South Central College Credentials: AS Degree
Location: Faribault and North Mankato Campus
For more information: (507) 389-7200 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Employment Outlook
With the large aging population in the U.S., the need for Registered Nurses will remain strong for years to come.


Job Statistics

Region2016 Jobs2021 Jobs% ChangeMedian Hourly WageMedian Annual Wage
SCC Surrounding Area 3,095 3,471 12% $26.78 $55,702
State 58,230 64,272 10% $33.83 $70,360

Source: EMSI

Program Placement

Placement StatusFY11FY12FY13FY14FY15

Professional Nursing Grads Placed*

94% 89% 97% 97% 96%

Professional Nursing Grads Continuing Education+

24% 41% 37% 39% 47%

* Percent of graduates available for employment placed in related occupation
+ Percent of graduates continuing their education 


Nursing Majors

Many start by getting their Nursing Assistant certificate before moving on to their two-year nursing diploma (to become an LPN) or associate degree (to become an RN). Savvy students earn their associate degree, take (and pass) the RN exam, and then work in the field while pursuing a bachelor’s degree.