Professional Nursing


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 (ASN) Degree will prepare a student to work in long term care, treatment service facilities, clinics, assisted living, home care, and acute care facilities.

The ASN program at SCC is approved by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State), the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and the Minnesota Board of Nursing (MBON). Your ASN can be earned in four semesters after Pre-Nursing requirements and successful application to the nursing program are complete. Full completion of the ASN program makes you eligible to take the NCLEX RN exam.

  1. Develop professional behaviors appropriate to the ASN - Registered Nurse including leadership and patient advocacy.
  2. Utilize therapeutic communication skills with clients, support person/s and members of the health care team.
  3. Apply critical thinking by making clinical judgments to ensure safe client care.
  4. Review, administer and teach clients about prescribed medication.
  5. Demonstrate holistic and comprehensive assessment skills.
  6. Demonstrate competence in application of the nursing process to clients with multiple needs.
  7. Teach client and support person/s the information and skills needed to achieve client outcomes.
  8. Evaluate progress toward desired outcomes with client/support person/s and healthcare team.
  9. Coordinate and manage care for clients and support person/s.
Admission Dates: Fall and Spring
South Central College Credentials: AS Degree
Location: Faribault and North Mankato Campus


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 

LPN to RN Track

As an LPN who is interested in earning an Associate of Science in Nursing (RN) Degree, you will be granted advanced standing and start your program with a transitional course establish the foundations of the RN role. In addition, as a returning LPN, you will follow an RN adjusted course plan that takes your previous nursing education into account.

RN to Transfer
A student who completes either the 64-credit RN curriculum or the 60-credit LPN Transition plan is awarded an Associate of Science Degree and is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for licensure as a Registered Nurse. Also, students earning an Associate in Science Degree may transfer credits to a four-year institution to work towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. 

How to Apply 
Like many programs, the Associate in Science Nursing (RN) plan has a specific pathway for students to follow. To begin the nursing application process, you need to:

  1. Be accepted as a South Central College student at time of Nursing Program application
  2. Demonstrate a college GPA of 2.7 or higher and a minimum of “C” grade in general education courses required in the Nursing Program
  3. Establish and maintain good academic standing at the college
  4. Successfully pass the ATI Teas V Exam with score of 58.7 or greater
  5. Attend SCC Nursing Information Session
  6. Provide proof of evidence for Nuring Assistant Registry or enrolled in course at time of application
  7. Submit completed paper application, available on the Nursing website, starting March 1 and September 1
  8. Be enrolled in or have successfully completed the following Pre-Nursing required courses at time of application:
    - HC 1886 Nursing Assistant (4 credits)
    - ENGL 100 English Compositions (4 credits)
    - BIOL 220 Human Anatomy (4 credits)
    - CHEM 110 Chemistry for Health Sciences or CHEM 108 Intro to Chemistry 

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