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South Central College (SCC) is proud to have been training competent, compassionate and confident nurses for over 50 years. This history illustrates the Nursing Program's committment to excellence throughout student classroom, lab, and clinical experiences.

A Professional Nursing, Associate of Science Degree will prepare a student to work in long term care, treatment service facilities, clinics, assisted living, home care, and acute care facilities.  The 64 credit 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 working towards an Associate of Science in Nursing Degree. Participants will be granted advanced standing and start their first semester with a 4-credit transition course (NURS 2200, LPN to RN Role Transition) to establish foundations to the RN role. Additionally, returning LPNs will follow an adjusted Professional Nursing Degree plan with advanced standing of 4 credits for your previous nursing education.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for the registered nurse (NCLEX - RN).

Students earning an Professional Nursing Degree may transfer credits to a four-year institution to work towards a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Locations: Faribault and North Mankato Campuses
Admission Dates:
 Fall and Spring Semesters

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What Professional Nursing Students Say

Nursing Accreditation = Excellence!

ACEN logoThe Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) has accredited of South Central College’s Professional Nursing (RN) associate degree program and Practical Nursing (LPN) diploma program.  ACEN accreditation is an indicator of excellence for nursing programs nationwide.  

Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850

Atlanta, Georgia 30326

Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020  
Web: www.acenursing.org

One of the requirements for ACEN accreditation is an average pass rate of 75% over a three year period for graduates taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for the first time. South Central College’s average first time pass rate on the NCLEX for 2017 was 97.06% for the Professional Nursing (RN) program and 90.00% for the Practical Nursing (LPN) program. These percentages were well above the national average for first time NCLEX test takers, which were 84.24% for Professional Nursing (RN) programs and 83.85% for Practical Nursing (LPN) programs.

These South Central Nursing programs are also approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing (MBON).

USDE Licensure Disclosure
Successful completion of the Practical Nursing (PN) or Associates of Science in Nursing (ASN) programs at South Central College will meet the requirements for licensure in the State of Minnesota. The pdfU.S. Dept. of Education requirement fo ASN and PN PDF(125.90 KB) helps you find information regarding which state licensure requirements are met in states outside of Minnesota. This data was collected in August of 2020 with steadfast attempts for accuracy, however as programs and state requirements change, this should not be considered the definitive resource. South Central College highly recommends that you contact the appropriate state licensing board in the state or locality in which you intend to practice or be employed to determine whether the program you are considering will meet that state’s licensing requirements. Information about specific state requirements for licensure can be located through the board of nursing for each state.

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Faculty Spotlight - Nursing

Andrea Mettler
Andrea Mettler
Education:B.S.N., M.S.N., Excelsior College
North Mankato Phone::(507) 389-7431
North Mankato Office:D-135: I
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Annette Benson
Annette Benson
Education:A.D., Normandale Community College; B.S.N., Metropolitan State University; M.S., Winona State University
North Mankato Phone::(507) 389-7317
North Mankato Office:D-135: M
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Bradly Ely
Bradly Ely
Education:PN Saint Paul College, ASN Century College, BSN Augsburg College, MSN Sacred Heart University
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Candy Mortenson-Klimpel
Candy Mortenson-Klimpel
Education:B.S.N., M.S.N., Minnesota State University, Mankato
North Mankato Phone::(507) 389-7479
North Mankato Office:D-135: F
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Dr. Angela Christian
Dr. Angela Christian
Director of Nursing
Education:D.N.P., Metropolitan State University; M.S.N., Minnesota State University, Mankato; B.S.N., College of Saint Benedict
North Mankato Phone::(507) 389-7336
North Mankato Office:D-135: J
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Jennifer Ongie Jindra
Jennifer Ongie Jindra
Education:B.A.N., The College of St. Catherine
Faribault Phone:(507) 332-5825
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Linda Mensing
Linda Mensing
Education:BSN St. Olaf, MPH University of North Carolina, St. Catherine University, DNP
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Liz Thompson
Liz Thompson
North Mankato Phone::(507) 389-7307
North Mankato Office:D-135: E
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Rebecca Gullickson
Rebecca Gullickson
North Mankato Phone::(507) 389-7300
North Mankato Office:D-135: G
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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.