Nursing ProgramsPage address: http://ahn.mnsu.edu/nursing/about/
The basic nursing program is for individuals who wish to become a registered nurse.
- Students are prepared to take the national licensing examination (NCLEX).
- Graduates are qualified for Public Health Nurse Certification and also meet the requirements for school nurse licensure.
- Four years of full–time study are needed to complete the requirements for graduation.
- This program has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.
The RN Baccalaureate Completion Program is for individuals who are licensed registered nurses (RN), have graduated from a diploma or associate degree program and are interested in completing a baccalaureate degree.
- Nursing courses are completed online.
- In accordance with the statewide MN Articulation Agreement, 30 semester nursing credits are transferred for associate degree graduates.
- An additional 30 credits must be earned through a four–year college.
- A total of 40 upper division credits must be earned through a four–year college.
- The length of time necessary to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing will vary depending on the number of non–nursing credits earned prior to entering Minnesota State Mankato and the nursing plan selected by the student.
The Family Nurse Practitioner Program and Post–Masters Certificate Program are dedicated to developing Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) who advance nursing clinical practice, education, and research in practice settings.
- Graduates are prepared for national certification as family nurse practitioners.
- Graduates are prepared to practice in acute care and community settings with a focus on primary care of individuals across the lifespan and their families.
- Minnesota State Mankato's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program strives to enhance access to health care.
- Many graduates are providing primary care in rural communities, thus increasing access to health care in those communities.
- The graduate student who selects the FNP program will be prepared to perform an expanded role in the delivery of primary health care.
What is a Nurse Practitioner?
- Nurse Practitioners are registered professional nurses who have completed a graduate education program in nursing.
- Nurse Practitioners are certified through a professional nursing organization to practice as a Nurse Practitioner.
- Nurse Practitioners collaborate, consult, and refer patients to physicians when a patient's situation warrants more advanced diagnosis and treatment.
What do Family Nurse Practitioners do?
- Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) provide direct patient care.
- FNPs provide care in such settings as clinics, hospitals, retirement communities, schools, the workplace, health maintenance organizations, public health departments and client homes.
- Many FNPs promote quality health care for individuals and their families through education, research and legislative activities.
The Nurse Educator Program and Post–Master's certificate programs are dedicated to developing nurse educators who advance nursing clinical practice, education and research in academic and practice settings.
- Graduates are prepared for national certification as academic nurse educators through the National League for Nursing.
- Students complete courses in the College of Education and the College of Allied Health and Nursing to form the foundation for the Nurse Educator practicum experience.
- Nurse educators prepared at the graduate level are able to contribute to the advancement of nursing practice and the discipline of nursing.
What is a Nurse Educator?
- Academic nurse educators are licensed registered professional nurses prepared at the graduate level who are expert in facilitating learning through:
- curriculum design
- other activities undertaken by faculty in schools of nursing
- Nurse educators practicing in clinical settings are responsible for addressing the learning needs of professional staff and may be health care unit or system-based.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) curriculum prepares nurses to be Family Nurse Practitioners, while the post-nursing master's DNP program prepares advanced practice nurses at the doctoral level.
- The DNP program is structured around the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Doctoral Education.
- The post-nursing masters course content builds upon the masters degree and consists of a minimum of 30 credits.
- Five semesters of doctoral didactic and clinical coursework culminates in completion of an evidence-based clinical capstone project.
- Throughout the course sequence, students will work with clinical experts and graduate faculty with expertise in applied research.
- A variety of teaching and learning approaches, primarily distance learning modalities, are used.
For courses in the various nursing programs, contact the School of Nursing at 507-389-6022 to be directed to the appropriate coordinator.
Ms. Kasi Johnson
Student Relations Coordinator
Dr. Laura Schwarz
RN Baccalaureate Completion Coordinator
Dr. Julie Hebenstreit
Chairperson and Basic Program Coordinator
Dr. Patricia Young
Graduate Programs Coordinator
Phone: 507-389-6824 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org