Delivery: Daytime and blended online classes only, some evening clinical experiences
Start: Fall and Spring Semester
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.
IMPORTANT: Due to the significant change in nursing program curriculum design, the last entry of students into the currently run curriculum will be in Fall 2013 for a planned graduation in May 2015. There will be no entry of students into the nursing program in Spring 2014. Students will be entered into the new curriculum starting in Fall 2014. Those who planned to enter the program in Spring 2014 may apply to enter the newly designed program starting in Fall 2014. Applications will be due prior to February 1, 2014. The opportunity for these students to obtain an AS in Nursing will occur in December 2015, the same time as those who would have entered in Spring 2014 were scheduled to graduate. Please see below for more information.
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.
The Century College Associate Degree Nursing Program is designed to educate students who are prepared to begin professional nursing careers and administer safe, culturally competent patient-centered nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings in our increasingly diverse communities.Coursework includes nursing theory focusing on holistic assessment, therapeutic nursing interventions including complementary/alternative modalities, communication, levels of prevention, critical thinking, collaboration and leadership/management concepts. Clinical application occurs in a variety of settings including: acute, sub-acute and long-term care facilities, community clinics, schools and home health settings. Safe, caring, competent nursing care across the lifespan is fostered.Graduates are awarded an Associate in Science degree in Nursing and are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN ® exam and meet the Minnesota State Board of Nursing requirements for licensure. Graduates who enter in Fall 2014 or later are also able to continue for a further three semesters with upper division full-partner schools in the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE) to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Metropolitan State University will be teaching these semesters on the community college campuses.The Mobility Nursing Tracks are offered to qualified licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and qualified paramedics. Mobility track students who enter in Fall 2014 or later are granted 5 credits of advanced standing and participate in a transition course to assist in the change of role to professional nursing. All students will be dually enrolled in Century College and Metropolitan State University to allow seamless education to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. A Minnesota statewide nursing articulation agreement provides articulation agreements to students to pursue their bachelor’s degree from most RN to BSN nursing programs offered throughout the state who are not participating in the MANE initiative.Admission into the nursing program requires a separate special application and the selection process is highly competitive. The college may not be able to accept all applicants that meet the minimum standards.Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE) Philosophy Statement We believe the purpose of nursing education is to prepare professional nurses in a partnered curriculum 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 shared 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 combined effort between universities, community colleges, and practice with the goal of increasing numbers of baccalaureate prepared nurses in Minnesota. This shared 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 as vital members of a health care 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. Philosophy Statement: © Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education, 2012
For more information about our programs, check out our program videos at century.edu/videos.
The Century College Nursing Program is approved by the Minnesota State Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
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Applications for Fall 2013 are complete for the current nursing curriculum, under the past rule of a February 1st deadline for admissions.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:
- Fall start: Application deadline is February 1st of each year preceding the fall start date of the following academic year.
- Spring start: Application deadline is June 1st of each year preceding the spring start date of the following academic year.
- A separate Special Application to Nursing is Required. Students must meet Nursing Program academic admission requirements. Minimum requirements are based on college performance and performance on a nursing program admissions exam. Specific application requirements will be announced in spring 2013, for a start date of fall 2014.
- 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 admission criteria.
- Please refer to the Nursing application brochures-available online 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.
- 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.
Articulation agreements provide students with educational plans that help them transfer into four-year colleges and universities.
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The following local health care systems offer employment opportunities:
Nursing Assistant Program
Health Sciences Broad Field Associate in Science Program