Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program Focus

The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) requires that a student complete a Practical Nursing program with a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the PN courses and be a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at the time of application. The program prepares graduates to provide safe, competent, patient-centered care in hospitals, clinics, home-care, and long-term care facilities. Successful completion of NCLEX-RN licensure will create opportunities for a challenging and rewarding career as a Registered Nurse.

Students must obtain a grade of "C" or better in each course, including transfer courses, to be eligible to graduate.

Admissions Process

  1. Complete Practical Nursing Program with at least 2.75 GPA in PN courses
  2. Obtain LPN Licensure
  3. Phase one application: Complete online college application for admission into the ADN program and attend an informational meeting.
    1. Complete 32 required general education credits with a 3.0 average GPA for all five science courses. Science courses must be taken within 5 years of the start of the Phase II Nursing courses. (Note: If required general education is already completed, go to phase two application.)
  4. Phase two eligibility form: Eligibility form packets are available from the Information Center after September 1 for consideration to enroll in the core nursing courses for the following fall term. Call 320-762-4600.
    1. Submit the completed phase two application packet and all additional requirements for enrollment the following fall term. Initial phase two applications are due January 2. If available seats are not filled during the initial application process, applications will be considered at the end of spring and summer semesters until the class is full.


This degree has articulation agreements with: Bemidji State University, Metro State University, Minnesota State University Mankato, Minnesota State University Moorhead, St. Cloud State University, Southwest Minnesota State University, Winona State University. Please visit Minnesota Transfer for the most current articulation agreement information at