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Delivery: A mix of daytime and online courses
Start: Fall or Spring Semester (Trad), Summer (Mobility)

Nursing – Traditional Track — Associate in Science Degree (64 credits)
Nursing – LPN Mobility Track — Associate in Science Degree (64 credits)
Nursing – Paramedic Mobility Track — Associate in Science Degree (64 credits)

About the Program

Admission into this program requires a special application and is highly competitive. The college may not be able to accept all applicants that meet the minimum admission standards.

The Inver Hills-Century Colleges Associate Degree Nursing Program has been a joint program since the 1970’s. As a result of our National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) accreditation standards, college administration have determined the need for the program to become individualized programs. We have received new program approval through the MN Board of Nursing to become an independent program in January 2011. We will keep you informed of the progress and timeline for these changes.
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 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 and meet the Minnesota State Board of Nursing requirements for licensure. The Mobility Nursing Tracks are two and one-half semester tracks offered to qualified licensed practical nurses (LPN) and qualified emergency medical technician-paramedics (EMT-P). Both Traditional and Mobility nursing graduates have many lower-division, MnTC/general education requirements needed to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing. A Minnesota statewide nursing articulation agreement provides “seamless transfer” to students who pursue their bachelor’s degree from most baccalaureate nursing programs offered throughout the state.


The Century College Nursing Program is approved by the Minnesota State Board of Nursing and remains accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) under the Inver Hills-Century Colleges Associate Degree program.

Application Deadline

  1. Application deadline for the Traditional Track is February 1st of each year preceding the fall and spring start dates of the following academic year.
  2. Application deadline for the LPN and Paramedic Mobility Track is November 1st of each year preceding the summer start date of the following academic year.

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: $35.69/hour
    Top Earners: $47.58/hour
(seven county metro area -

Program Prerequisites

  1. Special Application to Nursing is Required. Students must meet Nursing academic admission requirements. Minimum requirements based on college performance include: Completion of a minimum of 10 semester credits of general education (Minnesota Transfer Curriculum) courses with a GPA in those courses of a 3.0 or higher; BIOL 1020 or CHEM 1020 with a grade of C or higher (both are needed eventually as prerequisites for the required BIOL 2031); and specific minimum assessment scores in reading, writing and mathematics (arithmetic level) or specific coursework in those areas.
  2. 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 several criteria.
  3. Please refer to the Nursing application booklets available online and in the Admissions and Counseling Offices for more details. These booklets for each program option are updated annually during Spring Semester. Applicants are responsible for knowing the information within including any changes from the previous year. 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. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with a counselor for planning their coursework.
  4. 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. Call MN Department of Human Services with specific questions, 651.431.2000.

Occupational Trends reports that “Nurses are No.1 for the second consecutive year in a Gallup survey of the top 10 professions that the public rates as "very high" or "high" in honesty and ethics.” Nursing continues to be a high demand and flexible career path that allows students opportunity to work in a variety of settings.

The following local health care systems offer employment opportunities:


Contact Information

Admissions Office 651.773.1700 Room 2350 West
Counseling & Advising Office 651.779.3285 Ask Century Room 2410 West
Financial Aid Office 651.779.3305 Room 2320 West

Program Contact Information

Kerry Keenan 651.773.1798 Room 2265 East
Michelle Lemire 651.779.3431 Room 2251 East