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Nursing (RN Track) Dual Admission Program

New - Nursing (RN) Evening Program

Riverland's RN Nursing program will now be offering an RN Evening Program Application starting May 1 – August 15 for a spring semester start.  For more information please fill out our "Request Information" form.

Why study the Nursing (RN Track) at Riverland?

  • ACEN Accreditation- Riverland Community College’s Nursing Program is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). They are also approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing (MBON).
  • Strong clinical partners- Riverland Community College partners with numerous healthcare providers in the region to provide hands-on clinical experiences for students
  • Superior learning experiences including simulation space- active learning in the classroom, labs, and supervised clinical experiences. In addition, our state of the art Allied Health Simulation Lab creates a unique learning environment that promotes independent student learning and collaboration between nursing students and their respective nursing faculty members.
  • Faculty and staff- accredited programs assure that students have access to academically and experientially qualified faculty and staff.

Dual Admission Program partnership with Winona State University

Riverland is offering the Nursing (RN Track) Dual Admission 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.

More Information
  • At the time of enrollment to the Nursing Program at Riverland, students may be admitted at Riverland and Winona State University.
  • Students in the nursing program can begin Winona State University upper-level division general education courses during any semester of their ADN coursework, provided they have completed prerequisite requirements.
  • Winona State University allows nursing students flexibility in obtaining their BSN degree. Students can obtain their BSN full-time or part-time.
  • Any student from Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, or Minnesota who is currently enrolled at Riverland is granted in-state tuition when they transfer to Winona State University (WSU). Contact WSU admissions for details.

Program Options

Full-Time Day RN Program
(August start of each year. Four semesters in length)
  • Expect to be on campus for class, clinical, and lab 3-4 days per week- depending on the semester.
  • Clinicals are held in Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna.
  • We typically do not have evening classes but some clinicals are available in the evenings.
  • We accept 45 students in this program option.
Full-Time Evening RN Program
(January start of each year. Four semesters in length)
  • Expect to be on campus for class, clinical, and lab 3-4 evenings per week- depending on the semester.
  • Clinicals are held in Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna.
  • Clinicals will be held during the day.
  • This program option does run through summer.
  • We accept 20 students in this program option.
  • We highly recommend that all general education courses be completed prior to enrolling in this program option.

Program Tracks | Advising Guides

Traditional RN Track - Day Program 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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Traditional RN Track - Evening Program 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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LPN to RN Track - Day Program 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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LPN to RN Track - Evening Program 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 

Accreditation

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 with Conditions

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
www.acenursing.org/

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).

Scholarships

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

Next Steps..

Want to learn more about Riverland Community College? For more information about Riverland or to request program-specific materials, please complete the request information form

 
 

Last Updated: September 28, 2018

    Quick Facts
  • Associate of Science
  • 64 Credits | 4 Semesters
  • Location: Austin. Clinicals: Albert Lea, Austin and Owatonna
  • Offering: Fall and Spring
    Full time day and evening program options available
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