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Nursing (AS)

Why Choose Nursing?

The Normandale Community College nursing program will prepare you to administer patient-centered nursing care in a variety of settings. Our faculty, facilities and programs combine to give you a strong preparation for your health career as a registered nurse. The Normandale Community college nursing program has partnered with other Minnesota colleges and Metropolitan State University to offer the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE) curriculum offering students, with a single application, the opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing on the community college campus. Normandale nursing students are also awarded an Associate Degree in nursing when the degree requirements are met.

Skills Acquired

Registered nurses typically do the following:

  • Assess the health needs of individuals, families and communities
  • Establish health goals and outcomes for individuals, families and communities
  • Administer nursing care including medication administration, treatments and independent nursing actions
  • Set up plans for patients' care or contribute to existing plans
  • Consult with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Operate and monitor medical equipment
  • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries
  • Plan and participate in activities of wellness promotion and disease prevention efforts

Recognition

Normandale's Nursing program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Careers in Nursing

Projected Job Growth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of nurses to grow at a rate of 19%, which is much faster than the average occupation.

Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventative care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby boomer population, as they live longer and more active lives.

ISeek.org states that -

“There will be a need for about 22,970 Registered Nurses to meet market demand between 2010 and 2020. This includes demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupations or retiring) as well as growth.”

Types of Jobs

(Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Registered nurses duties and titles often depend on where they work and the patients they work with. Registered nurses are employed in an increasing variety of areas. The following list includes a few examples:

  • Acute care settings (Hospitals)
  • Ambulatory care/clinic setting
  • Public health nursing
  • Long term care
  • Home care
  • Occupational nursing
  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Nursing educators
  • Nursing administration

 

Average Pay

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists $31.48 per hour and $65,470 annually as the median pay for nurses. Iseek.org lists $72,030 ($34.63) as the annual medial salary for registered nurse in the state of Minnesota.

Description

Registered nurses work in a wide variety of health care settings assisting individuals, families and communities to optimize their health. With a focus on assessment, planning, implementation and ongoing evaluation nursing professionals are valued members of the health care team.  Nursing offers advancement opportunities through advanced degrees and specialty certification throughout a nurse's career.

Degrees & Certificates in Nursing

As a Normandale nursing graduate, you will earn an Associate of Science degree with a nursing major and be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN boards. Beginning fall 2014 Normandale (MANE) nursing students will be dually admitted to Normandale nursing and Metropolitan State University to facilitate seamless progression towards their Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN). Normandale offers you a high quality nursing education at an affordable cost. Our graduates are proud to say they are from Normandale!

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Students in Nursing may also be interested in pursuing careers as:

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technolologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists
  • EMTs and Paramedics
  • Licensed Practical and Licenses Vocational Nurses
  • Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives and Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants

Nursing Program Accreditation
Normandale's nursing program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. Contact at 404-975-5000 or online at ACENursing.org.

The Normandale Community College Nursing program is located within the Health Sciences Division. The Normandale Nursing Department educates students to become entry-level professional nurses who are prepared to begin their careers as competent, caring members of today's health care team. The Normandale Nursing program has adopted the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE) curriculum which is a collaboratively-developed curriculum designed to remove barriers for students wishing to obtain their baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN). Normandale offers five semesters of an eight semester BSN program. Students admitted to Normandale's Nursing program will be dually admitted to Metropolitan State University's Nursing program.

Normandale students will receive their associate of science degree following successful completion of the fifth semester of the program and may elect to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurse Licensure. Students will have the opportunity to complete the remaining three semesters of the MANE BSN curriculum as Metropolitan State University students on the Normandale campus. Each nursing course is offered every semester. This program is committed to quality, integrity, active life-long learning, student success, alliances and community service.

Students entering the nursing program are expected to meet the MnSCU Performance Standards for Entry-Level Nursing Programs, which are available on the Non-academics Requirements page on the Nursing website. These performance standards are required abilities for effective performance in MnSCU nursing education programs. The standards are compatible with the scope of practice as defined by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The examples show how a standard may be applied in entry-level nursing education programs. The examples listed are for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to be a complete list of all tasks in an entry-level nursing program.

Reasonable accommodations for meeting standards may be available for otherwise program-qualified individuals with disabilities. Information is available in the Office for Students with Disabilities at 952-358-8625.

Admission Requirements and Application Process

  • Submit the Normandale Community College general application form and the $20 application fee to the Admissions Office (applicants new to Normandale only).
  • The nursing program application deadlines are February 1 for fall and June 1 for spring the following year.
  • Please see the nursing program website for application information for detailed application instructions. 
  • Students wishing to petition an exemption of admission requirements must do so prior to the application deadline.
  • New students are encouraged to attend a college information session; current students should call 952-358-8261 to schedule a meeting with an advisor.
  • Nursing information sessions are offered each semester. Visit our nursing website for session dates and locations.

Applicants must meet the following requirements before the application is processed:

  • High school graduation or GED.
  • Complete semester one of the MANE curriculum plan:  ENGC 1101, CHEM 1050 or CHEM 1061, BIOL 2041, and an elective in MnTC Goal 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10.
  • Have a GPA of 2.75 or higher in the semester one coursework shown above.
  • Complete the ATI TEAS V pre-entrance exam. Visit Normandale's Nursing website or visit the ATI-TEAS testing page.

Submission of Nursing Program Application

When the program admission requirements are met, the nursing application form may be completed and mailed to the Health Sciences Enrollment Manager at:

Betty Blazer
Health Science Enrollment Manager
Normandale Community College
9700 France Avenue S
Bloomington, MN 55431

Applications to Normandale's nursing program are available on campus in the Activities building, online on the Nursing Department website and by downloading the Nursing Application PDF.

Admissions policies are subject to change. Applications will be accepted under the terms in place at the time an application is received by the Health Science Division. It is the responsibility of the student to keep up-to-date on any changes which may affect their qualifications for acceptance.

Application Deadlines

The application to the nursing program is February 1 for fall semester and June 1 for spring semester. The application and all required documents must be postmarked on or before the due date.

Application Notification

Applicants will be notified in writing on or before March 15 for fall semester and July 15 for spring semester. Candidates will be instructed in their acceptance letter of the due date to accept or decline the admission offer. If a response is not received by the due date, the seat will be considered declined.

Students who are not admitted must reapply to the nursing program the following cycle.

Nursing Course Requirements - 35 credits, For LPN - 30 credits total.

LPN students will substitute NURS 2720 for NURS 2700.

Code Title Credits
NURS 2700 Foundations of Nursing-Health Promotion 9
or NURS 2720 Transition to the Role of the Professional Nurse 4
NURS 2750 Nutrition and the Role of the Professional Nurse 2
NURS 2800 Chronic and Palliative Care 7
NURS 2820 Pharmacology and the Role of the Professional Nurse 3
NURS 2850 Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing I 2
NURS 2910 Acute and Complex Care 7
NURS 2920 Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing 2 2
NURS 2950 Nursing Leadership I 3

General Education Requirements - 40 credits

Code Title Credits
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
CHEM 1050 Foundations of Organic and Biochemistry 3
BIOL 2041 Human Anatomy 4
BIOL 2042 Human Physiology 4
BIOL 2204 Microbiology 4
PSYC 1110 Introduction to Psychology 4
COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication - Honors 3
PSYC 2210 Developmental Psychology: Life Span 4
SOC 1104 Introduction to Sociology 3
or ANTH 1127 Cultural Anthropology - The Global Human Experience 3
PHIL 1103 Ethics 3
or PHIL 1180 Biomedical Ethics 3

Elective Credits

Complete 4 credits from MnTC Goal Areas: 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10.

Semester 1

Code Title Credits
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
CHEM 1050 Foundations of Organic and Biochemistry 3
BIOL 2041 Human Anatomy 4

Elective Credits: 4 credits from MnTC Goals:  4, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10.

Semester 2

Code Title Credits
PSYC 1110 Introduction to Psychology 4
BIOL 2042 Human Physiology 4
BIOL 2204 Microbiology 4
COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication - Honors 3

Semester 3

Code Title Credits
NURS 2700 Foundations of Nursing-Health Promotion 9
or NURS 2720 Transition to the Role of the Professional Nurse 4
NURS 2750 Nutrition and the Role of the Professional Nurse 2
PSYC 2210 Developmental Psychology: Life Span 4

Semester 4

Code Title Credits
NURS 2800 Chronic and Palliative Care 7
NURS 2820 Pharmacology and the Role of the Professional Nurse 3
NURS 2850 Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing I 2
SOC 1104 Introduction to Sociology 3
or ANTH 1127 Cultural Anthropology - The Global Human Experience 3

Semester 5

Code Title Credits
NURS 2910 Acute and Complex Care 7
NURS 2920 Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing 2 2
NURS 2950 Nursing Leadership I 3
PHIL 1103 Ethics 3
or PHIL 1180 Biomedical Ethics 3

Upon completion of Semester 5, students are eligible for the AS in Nursing and NCLEX-RN/licensure.

Semester 6 - Metropolitan State University upper division coursework begins - 15 credits

Title

Credits

Nursing Care of the Family

4

Epidemiology for Nursing

3

General Education – Statistics (MATH 1080 or completing both Normandale’s MATH 0990 & MATH 1090 will fulfill this requirement –Statway Statistics 1 & 2)

4

General Education – Writing in your Major

4

Semester 7 - Upper division coursework 16 credits

Title

Credits

Population Based Care

7

Nursing Leadership II

4

Nursing Informatics

2

General Education - elective

3

Semester 8 - Upper division coursework 14 credits

Title

Credits

Integrative Seminar & Practicum

7

Global Health Perspectives for Nursing

3

General Education - elective

4