Associate Degree and Bachelor of Science Nursing
The Registered Nursing – Associate and Bachelor's degree applications for Spring 2016 will be available from April 1, 2015, thru June 1, 2015. This program accepts applications two times a year for Fall and Spring Semesters.
Students interested in AD Nursing at Ridgewater College will begin the pre-requisite general education courses in the Associate Degree and Bachelor of Science Nursing curriculum.
•SMALL FACULTY-TO-STUDENT RATIO in classroom, lab and clinicals
•DUAL ADMISSION - No need to re-apply to complete BSN
•MULTIPLE clinical sites for student practice in a variety of settings
•Simulation HANDS-ON learning
•Complete ENTIRE baccalaureate program in WILLMAR or HUTCHINSON
AD Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing: As a dual enrollment nursing program with Metropolitan State University, students can continue coursework to complete their bachelor's degree upon the completion of associate degree requirements.
The program is designed as four-years of full-time study, with the first two semester devoted to prerequisite/preparatory courses required for admission to the nursing program. Successful completion of five semesters leads to an Associate of Nursing degree (AS), offered by Ridgewater College and eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.
The Associate Degree and Bachelor of Science Nursing curriculum continues for three additional semesters leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing (BSN) offered by a collaborating university. All courses, in a variety of formats, will be offered at a Ridgewater College campus.
There are two options leading to the Associate in Science degree (AS) in nursing. The basic nursing program, "Traditional Track", requires completion of the entire three semester nursing course sequence and liberal arts requirements. The Advanced standing credit is offered to licensed practical nurses. Students are encouraged to continue through to a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.