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Delivery: Daytime and blended online classes only, some evening clinical experiences
Start—Traditional Nursing Program Courses: Fall or Spring Semester; Full-time only
Start—LPN Mobility Nursing Program Courses: Fall or Spring Semester; Full-Time only

Prerequisite and General Education/MnTC courses are available in a mix of daytime, evening, and online classes; Fall, Spring, and Summer; Full- or Part-Time

Nursing – Traditional Track–Associate in Science (75 credits)
Nursing – LPN Mobility Track–Associate in Science (75 credits)

Curriculum Change

The Century College Associate Degree Nursing Program is changing the way we educate nurses.

The Institute of Medicine has challenged the country to have 80% of our Registered Nurses educated to the Baccalaureate level by the year 2020. Century College is rising to this challenge by teaming up with the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE). MANE is an alliance of eight colleges and universities in Minnesota who have collaborated to create a new transformative and spiraled curriculum, providing seamless transition through associate degree to the baccalaureate level. These eight colleges and universities include: Metropolitan State University, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Century College, Inver Hills Community College, Normandale Community College, North Hennepin Community College, Ridgewater Community College, and Riverland Community College.

The new curriculum includes one year of general education courses, followed by 3 years of nursing coursework to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Students will be dually enrolled with Century College and Metropolitan State University on entry into the nursing program. After the first three semesters of nursing coursework through Century College the student has the option of obtaining the Associate of Science in Nursing degree and writing the NCLEX-RN ® exam. The student also has the option of continuing, on Century College campus, to complete their BSN through Metropolitan State University.

About the Program


Program Overview
Century College is a member of The Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE), an alliance of Minnesota nursing programs dedicated to increasing the educational capacity for baccalaureate education. 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 Century College and a MANE Alliance nursing program, culminating in a baccalaureate degree.

The program is designed as four years of full-time study, with the first two semesters devoted to prerequisite/preparatory courses required for admission to the nursing program. Successful completion of five semesters leads to an Associate of Science (AS) Nursing degree offered by Century College and eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. The MANE curriculum continues for three additional semesters leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing (BSN) offered by a collaborating university. The intent is that all courses, in a variety of formats, will be offered at Century College campus.

Program Learning Outcomes for Five Semester Program

  • Demonstrate reflection, self-analysis, self-care, and lifelong learning into nursing practice.
  • Apply leadership skills to enhance quality nursing care and improve health outcomes.
  • Utilize best available evidence and informatics to guide decision making.
  • Incorporate ethical practice and research within the nursing discipline and organizational environment
  • Collaborate with inter-professional teams to provide holistic nursing care.
  • Adapt communication strategies to effectively respond to a variety of health care situations.
  • Practice holistic, evidence-based nursing care including diverse and underserved individuals, families, and communities.
Program Competency Statements

  • A competent nurse develops insight through reflection, self-analysis, self-care and lifelong learning.
  • A competent nurse demonstrates leadership as part of a health care team.
  • A competent nurse effectively uses leadership principles, strategies and tools.
  • A competent nurse locates, evaluates, and uses the best available evidence.
  • A competent nurse utilizes information technology systems including decision support systems to gather evidence to guide practice.
  • A competent nurse practices within, utilizes and contributes to the broader health care system.
  • A competent nurse communicates effectively.
  • A competent nurse practices relationship-centered care.
  • A competent nurse’s personal and professional actions are based on a set of shared core nursing values.

Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE) Philosophy Statement
We believe the purpose of nursing education is to prepare professional nurses to practice successfully in today’s complex health care environment, respond to future health care needs, and lead in the broader health care system. A commitment to excellence in professional nursing practice, based on a set of collaborative core nursing values and innovation, is reflected in the use of integrative review in a spiraled, competency-based curriculum. We believe in a transformative curriculum that moves away from independent silos of education to a collaborative effort between universities, community colleges, and practice with the goal of increasing numbers of baccalaureate prepared nurses in Minnesota. This collaborative curriculum fosters a seamless transition from associate to baccalaureate nursing education. We believe baccalaureate nursing education enhances a comprehensive understanding of healthcare policy, research, systems leadership, and community health nursing.

MANE nursing graduates are educated to use the best available evidence in making sound clinical judgments during provision of safe, high quality, holistic nursing care across the lifespan and the health continuum. We believe with the use of informational technology, a nurse is prepared to provide health care in a variety of environments. We believe nurses act as transformational leaders and vital members of an interdisciplinary team. A strong focus on health promotion supports nursing graduates to best serve diverse individuals, families, and communities locally, nationally, and globally.

We believe adult learners must be actively engaged in the learning process. We value lifelong learning, reflective nursing practice, and insights gained through self-analysis and self-care. Faculty members teaching in the MANE curriculum model professionalism, scholarship, inclusiveness, beneficence, and collegiality. This transformative approach to nursing education encourages deep understanding of key nursing concepts while addressing the changing healthcare environment.

MANE Mission:
The mission of the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE) is to increase baccalaureate prepared nurses through collaborative, transformative educational strategies.

MANE Vision:
Through increased access to baccalaureate nursing education MANE will prepare professional nurses to promote health and meet the evolving and complex healthcare needs of an increasingly diverse population in Minnesota.

MANE Philosophy, Mission and Vision Statements: © Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education, 2013

Accreditation


The Century College 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
www.acenursing.org/

Application Deadline


The new MANE curriculum will start in Fall 2014. The next available application cycle will be February 1, 2014, for a start in Fall 2014. After February 1, 2014, the following application cycle will apply:
  1. Fall start: Application deadline is February 1st of each year preceding the fall start date of the following academic year.
  2. Spring start: Application deadline is June 1st of each year preceding the spring start date of the following academic year.

Application Requirements


  1. Admission into the nursing program requires a separate special application and the selection process is highly competitive. Students must meet Nursing Program academic admission requirements. Minimum requirements are based on college performance and performance on a nursing program admissions exam. The college may not be able to accept all applicants that meet the minimum standards.
  2. Applicants will be required to submit scores on the ATI TEAS-V Nursing Admission Exam. This exam will be administered on Century College campus. To register for the ATI TEAS-V Nursing Admission Exam at Century College please click here. You may also take the exam at other MANE participating college sites with no need to pay a transcript fee to have your results sent to Century College. MANE participating colleges are: Metropolitan State University, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Century College, Inver Hills Community College, Normandale Community College, North Hennepin Community College, Ridgewater Community College, and Riverland Community College.
  3. The following criteria are required for application to a MANE collaborating college or university:
    1. General admission to a MANE collaborating college or university.
    2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 based on the first semester of the MANE curriculum plan.
      1. Official transcripts will be used to calculate GPA.
      2. The most recent course grade will be used for the GPA calculation, whether it is higher or lower than previous grades.
    3. Each course of the MANE curriculum plan must have been achieved with a letter grade of C or better.
    4. Full acceptance to the MANE collaborating college and university is dependent on successful completion of the second semester of the MANE curriculum plan, maintaining a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75, including criteria in categories b & c above.
    5. All applicants are required to complete the most current Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI), standardized Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) prior to application deadlines. Applicants are allowed two (2) attempts at the TEAS exam with a minimum of 4 weeks between attempts.
    6. Advanced standing applicants, Licensed Practical Nurses, must maintain unencumbered licensure from any state in the United States.
    7. Please note that advanced standing for Paramedics is currently on hold at Century College. This may again become available in the future. If it becomes an option, Paramedics must be certified as a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (NREMT-P), and/or state certified as an EMT-P (certification may be in any state in the United States, but must be to a level equivalent to a nationally registered EMT-P).
    8. Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency via examination if (1) English is not their native language; and (2) the applicants have lived in the US fewer than 8 years at the time of application to the program. Applicants are exempt from taking an English proficiency exam if their native language is English or they have been in the US, as a non-native English speaker, for more than 8 years. Minimum scores in the following exams are required to demonstrate English language proficiency:

      TestMinimum Satisfactory Score
      TOEFL iBT84 with a minimum speaking score of 26
      TOEFL PBT560
      IELTSOverall score of 6.5 with the minimum of 6.0 on all modules
      MELABTotal passing score of 81 and a speaking section score of 3
      Pearson Test of English AcademicOverall score of 55 with the minimum of 50 on all sub-scores


      https://www.ncsbn.org/NCLEX_technicalbrief_PTE_2010.pdf
      https://www.ncsbn.org/TOEFL_iBT_Proficiency_Standard_Process.pdf

  4. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission when there are more applicants than spaces in the program. Applicants are ranked and selected for admission based on scores on the TEAS-V entrance exam and GPA in the first semester of the Century College MANE Curriculum Plan.
  5. Please refer to the Nursing application brochures-available in the quick-links on the right side of this webpage, and in the Admissions and Counseling Offices for more details. These brochures for each program option are updated annually during Spring Semester. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with a counselor for planning their coursework. Also see the Application Advising Review sheet available in the Counseling Center and online. Timing of coursework is critical in order to meet application deadlines.
  6. Minnesota Department of Health requires any individual having contact with patients to complete a background study prior to starting the clinical experience. An individual may be disqualified from having patient contact and would not be permitted to participate in the clinical experience if a clearance is not issued. This would result in the inability to successfully complete the requirements of the nursing program. Call MN Department of Human Services with specific questions, 651-431-2000.
Bachelor in Nursing Completion Programs


Programs are available both online and on Century College Campus to allow RNs with Associate Degrees to obtain their Bachelors in Nursing. Programs available on Century College Campus are offered by Bemidji State University and Metropolitan State University. Many RN to BSN programs are available in the area or online, including but not limited to: Augsburg College, Bethel University, Minnesota State University Mankato, St. Catherine’s University, St. Mary’s University, The College of St. Scholastica, and Winona State University.

Articulation Agreements


Articulation agreements provide students with educational plans that help them transfer into four-year colleges and universities.

Potential Job Titles


Registered Nurse

Salary Data


  • Registered Nurse
    Average Wage: $35.45/hour
    Top Earners: $46.18/hour
iseek.org-Registered Nurse(seven county metro area - www.iseek.org)

Learning Outcomes


Nursing - AS 64 Credits

  • Provide safe, patient-centered, and holistic care in entry-level positions in nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate academic proficiency in nursing by qualifying to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse(NCLEX_RN).
  • Culturally-aware students who are prepared to work within a diverse and ever-changing world.
  • Academically prepared to continue formal professional nursing education if desired.

Occupational Trends


DiscoverNursing.com states: “by the year 2020, there will be an estimated shortage of 800,000 nurses. With the world population living longer and needing more care, the healthcare field is one of the best places to get a job, and will likely stay that way for many years to come.”

The following local health care systems offer employment opportunities:
Links

Contact Information


Admissions Office 651.773.1700 admissions@century.edu Room 2350 West
Counseling & Advising Office 651.779.3285 Ask Century Room 2410 West
Financial Aid Office 651.779.3305 finaid@century.edu Room 2320 West

Program Contact Information


Teri Wisdorf, MSN, RN,
Interim Director of Nursing
(Fall semester 2014)
651.747.4016Teri.Wisdorf@century.eduRoom 2254 East
Jennifer Eccles,
Director of Nursing
(on leave)
651.779.3987Jennifer.Eccles@century.eduRoom 2294 East
Sherry Hegstrom
Admissions Advisor
651.779.3910Sherry.Hegstrom@century.eduRoom 2230 West

Other Links:
Nursing Assistant Program
Health Sciences Broad Field Associate in Science Program