Nursing (RN Track)

Associate in Science, 75 Credits

AVAILABLE IN: Classes and Labs are in Austin, MN. Clinicals are in Austin, Albert Lea & Owatonna
PROGRAM STARTS: Spring 2017, Fall 2018
COURSE PLAN: 5 semesters for AD at Riverland into a seamless progression to 3 additional semesters for attainment of BSN through Metropolitan State University on the Riverland campus in Austin, MN

Riverland Community College is a member of The Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE), an alliance of Minnesota community college and university nursing programs dedicated to increasing baccalaureate prepared nurses in Minnesota. We do this through increasing the educational capacity for baccalaureate education.

The Traditional RN Track

This track is intended for students that do not have an LPN license. If admission requirements are met, students will start out in the traditional track in the MANE program for attainment of their nursing degree. For more information, please see the Traditional RN Track Curriculum Plan.

Traditional RN Track Curriculum Plan

The LPN to RN Track 

This track is intended for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who want to become an RN. If admission requirements are met, LPNs will receive advanced standing in the MANE RN program and will be granted 5 credits towards the attainment of their nursing degree. For more information, please see the LPN to RN Track Curriculum Plan.

LPN to RN Track Curriculum Plan

What is the MANE program?

The MANE program is a collaborative, concept-based baccalaureate curriculum, based on a set of core competencies, intended to prepare graduates to provide care to individuals, families and communities in health promotion, acute or chronic illness, and at the end of life.

This collaborative curriculum provides a seamless transition from associate to baccalaureate nursing education. Acceptance to the program allows for dual admission to Riverland Community College and a cooperating university, in this case Metropolitan State University, culminating in a baccalaureate degree.

Total credits after attainment of AD 75 credits | Total credits after attainment of BSN = 120 credits

All additional information can be found on the MANE website.

Why we are different from an RN to BSN program.

Community college students are admitted through one application to a Bachelor of Science in nursing program where licensure is not required for progression to attainment of the baccalaureate degree.

Upon entry into the MANE program at Riverland Community College, students will be dually admitted at Riverland Community College and Metropolitan State University. Completion of the program is successful when students meet the 5th and 8th semester benchmarks. Students will complete the first 5 semesters at Riverland Community College and will complete the 6th, 7th, and 8th semesters through Metropolitan State University on the Riverland Community College campus.

At the completion of the 5th semester benchmark and attainment of the Associate in Science in nursing degree, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN and if successful, practice as a licensed Registered Nurse. Licensure is not required to register for semesters 6-8 of the MANE curriculum to attainment of the baccalaureate degree.

Registered nurses typically do the following:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Record patients’ medical histories and symptoms
  • Administer patients’ medicines and treatments
  • Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute to existing plans
  • Observe patients and record the observations
  • Consult and collaborate with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Operate and monitor medical equipment
  • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze the results
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries
  • Explain what to do at home after treatment

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Employment Outlook

Job Prospects

Overall, job opportunities for registered nurses are expected to be good. However, the supply of new nurses entering the labor market has increased in recent years. This increase has resulted in competition for jobs in some areas of the country. Generally, registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) will have better job prospects than those without one. Employers also may prefer candidates who have some related work experience.

Job opportunities should be good because of the need to replace workers who retire over the coming decade and because of the growing number of people with access to healthcare services.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Registered Nurses, 
on the Internet at (visited May 16, 2016).

      Program Accreditation


      The Riverland Nursing Program is approved by the Minnesota State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

      Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
      3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
      Atlanta, GA 30326

      Phone: 404-975-5000
      Fax: 404-975-5020

      Additional Information

      Background Study Requirement

      Students accepted and enrolled in an Allied Health Program must complete a Department of Human Services (DHS) background study. The background study will be initiated through the Allied Health Department at the college. Students will receive further details including the DHS privacy practices notice prior to the study being initiated.

      Download Background Study Requirement

      Guaranteed Transfer Agreement

      Institution Award Degree Curriculum Agreement
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      Last Updated: April 24, 2016

      The MANE Nursing program requires an additional application.  

      The application for the Fall 2018 cohort will be available late Fall 2017.

      Program Specific Downloads

      Required ATI TEAS (6th Edition) Nursing Entrance Exam

      All Pre-Nursing Students applying to either MANE (RN) or the Practical Nurse (LPN) program at Riverland Community College will need to take the  ATI TEAS  (6th Edition) nursing entrance exam. 

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