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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Flexible - 100% online

The RN Baccaluarete Completion Program is a 100% online program offering flexible opportunities for the working RN. You can attend part time or full time. Take just one course at a time, or up to four courses per semester. Develop an individulized plan of study that works for you!

  • 30-credit program
  • Major courses offered every fall, spring and summer semester
  • 8 and 16-week course offerings during fall and spring terms
  • 10-week course offerings during the summer term
  • Asynchronous Program- No mandatory login times!
  • No campus visits
  • Online orientation

Online Format

Minnesota State University, Mankato uses D2L Brightspace as the online platform for courses. University Extended Education provides great resources for students to prepare for online learning including a demonstration course in D2L. Technology requirements and skill requirements are also listed at this valuable website. It is recommended that all students interested in taking online courses at MNSU review this website before starting class work

The seven major courses all include a significant amount of projects and papers, for which the professor provides instruction and individualized feedback. The course sizes are limited to 25 students to facilitate a high level of interaction. Students are assigned weekly discussion forums in which they interact with each other and the professor online. For the 16-week courses students can expect to spend 3-4 hours on coursework, per credit, per week. For example, if a student enrolls in a 4 credit course, this translates into 12-16 hours of coursework per week during fall or spring semester. This amount will increase for the 8-week course offerings.

Professors are expected to be in the online course room several times per week and most often they access the course daily. The professors are readily accessible to the students through an online question-answer area, e-mail and also telephone for more urgent or complicated needs.

Although students do not attend campus, many courses will require outside assignments to be completed within your home community, these are referred to as [PDF] clinical/experiential learning activites (261 KiB). [PDF] NURS 482W (393 KiB) is the only course where students will need to log and obtain 90 hours of clinical activities. Students may need to take time off of work for these assignments. 

There are no specific technical needs accept high-speed internet. The rest of the software is all downloadable for free once you become an MNSU student.

Plans of Study

Students enrolled in the RN Completion Program develop individualized plans of study to meet their unique needs. Students may take as many courses as they want each semester and are not locked into a cohort format. Students who choose to enroll in the program full-time, by taking 3 courses per term, can expect to complete the degree in 1 year. Part-time students can expect to complete the degree in 4 or 5 semesters, depending on their desired credit load.

Per University policy, students have 6 years to finish the program requirements under the catalog year they were admitted. Students may extend this period, but this could change curricular requirements. Undergraduate Catalogs

Sample plans of study for both full time and part time enrollment can be found on the curriculum page.