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Nursing (RN Track) Dual Admission Program

Why study the Nursing (RN Track) at Riverland?

In our RN program, you will prepare to become an RN in as few as 24 months.

You will learn from compassionate experts who have centered their working lives around helping nurses grow and succeed—from faculty members and academic advisors to tutors, financial aid experts, and tech support.

Our job is to support you from your very first step in our affordable RN Nursing program.

With a mix of online courses, on-campus lab simulations, and clinical experiences, you'll develop the knowledge you will need to take the NCLEX-RN® licensure exam and become a safe, practicing Registered Nurse (RN).

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth potential between 2020 and 2030 for registered nurses is 9%.

An Associate's degree in Nursing (ADN/RN) from Riverland Community College can help set you up for success in this growing field.

It's time you aim for an in-demand career that improves patients' lives while letting you live out your passion. Our program allows you to:

  • Learn patient-centered skills in real-world environments to prepare for serving in a variety of healthcare settings and in-demand RN roles.
  • Gain a well-rounded perspective and firsthand industry insights from nursing faculty with personal experience.
  • Develop critical decision-making skills and care interventions to meet patients' needs swiftly and calmly.
  • Use classroom and experiential learning to build your professional confidence so you can provide exceptional patient care.

Transfer Pathway Program -  Winona State University

Riverland is offering the Transfer Pathway Program partnership with Winona State University and is intended for students pursuing an Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) intending to bridge to their Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. This program allows students to complete some credits towards a BSN while they are enrolled in the ADN Nursing Program.

Please view our PDF guide for more information about the program

Program Tracks | Advising Guides

Traditional RN Advising Guide

This track is intended for students that do not have an LPN license. If admission requirements are met, students will start out in the traditional track for attainment of their nursing degree.

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LPN to RN Track Advising Guide

This track is intended for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who want to become an RN. If admission requirements are met, LPNs will receive advanced standing in the RN program and will be granted 5 credits towards the attainment of their nursing degree.

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Career Outlook

  • Once you are an RN you can work while you continue your Baccalaureate Degree- Dual Admission program allows ADN prepared RNs to complete their BSN degree seamlessly. The BSN courses are flexible for working RNs with full-time and part-time options. WSU courses are offered in online and blended/hybrid formats.
Current Demand
  • This career is currently in very high demand.
  • Future Demand This career is projected to grow much faster than average.
  • This career is seeing very high growth compared to other careers.
  • There will be a need for about 49,007 new Registered Nurses to meet market demand between 2018-2028. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.
Typical Work Tasks
  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
  • Administer intravenous medications.
  • Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
  • Treat patients using psychological therapies.
  • Administer anesthetics or sedatives to control pain.
  • Administer non-intravenous medications.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during surgery.
  • Immunize patients.
  • Prepare patients physically for medical procedures.
Job Title Examples
  • Charge Nurse
  • Operating Room Registered Nurse (OR RN)
  • Staff RN (Staff Registered Nurse)
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
  • Chief Nurse Anesthetist
  • Cardiac Care Unit Nurse (CCU Nurse)
  • Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR)
  • Clinical Nurse
  • Oncology RN (Oncology Registered Nurse)
  • Relief Charge Nurse
  • Staff Nurse 


The Associate Degree Nursing Program (RN Track) at Riverland Community College located in Austin, Minnesota is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing Program (RN Track) is Continuing Accreditation.

ACEN Contact Information

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326

Phone: 404-975-5000
Fax: 404-975-5020

Winona State Accreditation Information

Winona State University is accredited for Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Programs by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

General Licensure

Successful completion of the Registered Nursing degree program at Riverland Community College will meet the requirements for certification in Register Nursing by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.  Certification by Minnesota Board of Nursing  is required by Minnesota as well as by Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Florida, Iowa,  Kentucky,  Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts,  Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin states to acquire a state license to practice the profession of Register Nursing  or for employment as a certified/licensed Registered Nursing.  Riverland highly recommends that you contact the appropriate state licensing board in the state or locality in which you wish to practice or be employed.

State Board Licensing Contacts:

For questions, please contact the Registrar’s Office at or 507-433-0600.

States where the program curriculum does not meet state educational requirements for licensure or certification.

Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Guam, Louisiana,


The college offers several scholarships for students to help with the cost of their education.

Next Steps..

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Last Updated: September 21, 2022

    Quick Facts
  • Associate of Science
  • 64 Credits | 4 Semesters
  • Location: Austin. Clinicals: Albert Lea, Austin and Owatonna
  • Offering: Fall


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