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Program Information

Anoka-Ramsey Community College (ARCC), along with other nursing programs in the Minnesota State System, is in the process of transitioning out of the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE) alliance. Campuses that were formerly part of the MANE program will offer a nursing program tailored for their respective campus. This includes a separate application form and process for each college. Nursing Admissions Notice

The nursing program at ARCC will continue to prepare graduates to provide care to individuals, families, and communities in health promotion, acute and chronic illness, and at the end of life. We will continue to offer a nursing program that leverages evidence-based, innovative practices to produce knowledgeable, diverse, and skilled nursing graduates.

The Dual Admission nursing program at ARCC remains designed to be completed in as little as four years of full-time study. Successful completion of five semesters leads to the option for an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing offered by Anoka-Ramsey Community College and eligibility to take the NCLEX RN licensure examination. Nursing students may then continue for three additional semesters leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing (BSN) offered by Metropolitan State University or Minnesota State University Moorhead. Nursing courses at ARCC are offered daytime only during the spring and fall semester.

Nursing Holistic Admissions at ARCC

Please thoroughly review all the information on this nursing webpage before applying to the ARCC nursing program. The questions that will be on the nursing application form are provided on the materials provided. Group Zoom sessions to review the application questions will not be scheduled. Guidance on where to find assistance if needed is included on the materials provided below.

Application for the Fall 2023 nursing cohort has closed. Application for the Spring 2024 nursing program start will open April 1, 2023 through June 1, 2023.

Fall 2023

Nursing Program Admission Criteria for Fall 2023
Nursing Information Packet for ARCC - Fall 2023
Nursing Application Guide Sheet for ARCC - Fall 2023

Spring 2024

Nursing Program Admission Criteria for Spring 2024
MANE Curriculum Plan for Spring 2024 (Traditional)

New and improved space for the nursing program on Coon Rapids and Cambridge Campuses

We are pleased to announce completion of the modernization and expansion of the Nursing and Business building on the Coon Rapids Campus. In addition, enlargement and expansion of the Nursing classrooms, labs, and simulation spaces are also completed on the Cambridge Campus. The construction enables the nursing curriculum to be supported by the physical spaces needed to educate contemporary Nursing students to meet the needs of the ever-expanding workforce. This includes an emphasis on the importance of simulation (SIM) labs. The optimized physical spaces allow more active learning of skills and the application of nursing theory that are needed to be successful in the health care industry. Aligning simulation spaces with practicum environments and hands-on learning labs in a contiguous area will enhance learning efficiencies and effectiveness.

We look forward to serving students with the remodeled Nursing spaces in an environment that supports active learning in the classroom and hands-on skills and simulation experiences in state-of-the -art facilities.

  • The ARCC Associate of Science in nursing dual enrollment program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College at the Cambridge and Coon Rapids Campuses located in Cambridge and Coon Rapids Minnesota is accredited by the:

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
    Atlanta, GA 30326
    (404) 975-5000

    The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the ARCC Associate of Science in nursing dual enrollment program is Continued Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

  • Upon completion of the associate of science (AS) degree in Nursing (MANE) program’s five semesters, students will met the following learning outcomes:

    1. Demonstrate reflection, self-analysis, self-care, and lifelong learning into nursing practice.
    2. Apply leadership skills to enhance quality nursing care and improve health outcomes.
    3. Utilize best available evidence and informatics to guide decision making.
    4. Incorporate ethical practice and research within the nursing discipline and organizational environments.
    5. Collaborate with inter-professional teams to provide holistic nursing care.
    6. Adapt communication strategies to effectively respond to a variety of health care situations.
    7. Practice holistic, evidence-based nursing care.
  • Acceptance to the program allows for dual admission to Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Metropolitan State University and Minnesota State University-Moorhead culminating in a baccalaureate degree at students' university of choice.

    Students meeting the criteria below are invited to apply to the nursing program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

    Application Periods:

    December 1 through February 1: Fall Start
    April 1 through June 1: Spring Start

    The following criteria are required for application to: the nursing program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College:

    1. General admission to Anoka-Ramsey Community College.
    2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 based on the first semester of the curriculum plan.
      1. Official transcripts will be used to calculate GPA.
      2. The highest grade earned will be used for the GPA calculation.
    3. Each course of the curriculum plan must have been achieved with a letter grade of C or better.
    4. Full acceptance to the ARCC Nursing Program is dependent on successful completion of the second semester of the program curriculum plan, maintaining a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75, including criteria in numbers 2 and 3 above.
    5. All applicants are required to complete the most current Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI), standardized Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) prior to application deadlines. The TEAS Version 6 or Version 7 is accepted for the Fall 2023 application cycle; only the TEAS Version 7 will be accepted for the Spring 2024 application cycle. 
    6. Advanced standing applicants, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) must maintain unencumbered licensure from any state in the United States during their entire time in the nursing program. Applying for advanced standing is only available for Fall Semester start at the Coon Rapids campus.

    II. Accepted Applicants must submit Evidence of having completed the following criteria to Anoka-Ramsey Community College prior to the start of nursing courses and must remain current throughout the program.

    Requirements include, but may not be limited to:

    • Documentation of current CPR Healthcare Provider.
    • Completion of current Minnesota Human Services Background Check.

    If an applicant has  been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, he or she should investigate the impact that the charge or conviction may have on his or her chances of employment or licensure as a registered nurse and the student’s  chances to obtain federal, state and other higher education financial aid ( by Minnesota Statute 135A. 157).

    If the applicant refuses, or is disqualified as a result of the background study, the applicant will be unable to successfully complete the requirements of the program.

    Completed health and immunization record, including proof of current immunizations and tuberculosis testing, and/or other requirements as defined by the clinical agency.

    Admission policies are subject to change without notice. Applications will be accepted under the terms in place at the time of application and received by the nursing department. It is the responsibility of the student to keep up to date on any changes that may affect their qualifications for acceptance.

  • To graduate with your associate in science (AS) degree in Nursing from Anoka-Ramsey Community College, you must fulfill the following General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) requirements:

    • A minimum of 75 semester credits numbered 1000 or above.
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses numbered 1000 or above at ARCC.
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all MnTC courses.
    • Satisfy residency requirements.
    • A minimum grade of C and an evaluation of “safe” in clinical practice must be earned in all program and General Education/MnTC requirements.
    • Completion of specific degree requirements.
    • To complete your program, please submit the appropriate application found here.
    • The requirements of this program are subject to change without notice.


  • 35 credits
    NURS 2700*        Health Promotion and the Role of the Professional Nurse—Theory (4), Lab (2), Clinical (3)  9
    NURS 2750* Nutrition and the Role of the Professional Nurse  2
    NURS 2800* Chronic & Palliative Care—Theory (3), Clinical (3), Lab (1) 7
    NURS 2820* Pharmacology and the Role of the Professional Nurse  3
    NURS 2850* Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing I  2
    NURS 2900* Acute and Complex Care—Theory (3), Clinical (3), Lab (1)  7
    NURS 2920* Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing II 2
    NURS 2950* Nursing Leadership ITheory (2), Clinical (1) 3
    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.
  • 35 credits
      LPN Advanced Standing credits 5
    NURS 2720*               Transition to the Role of the Professional Nurse—Theory (3), Clinical (1)  4
    NURS 2750*                    Nutrition and the Role of the Professional Nurse  2
    NURS 2800* Chronic and Palliative Care—Theory (3), Clinical (3), Lab (1) 7
    NURS 2820* Pharmacology & the Role of the Professional Nurse  3
    NURS 2850* Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing I  2
    NURS 2900* Acute & Complex Care—Theory (3), Clinical (3), Lab (1)  7
    NURS 2920* Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing II 2
    NURS 2950* Nursing Leadership I—Theory (2), Clinical (1) 3
    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.
  • 40 credits 
    BIOL 1106*+  Principles of Biology I  4
    BIOL 2113*  Human Anatomy & Physiology I  4
    BIOL 2114*  Human Anatomy & Physiology II  4
    BIOL 2201*  Microbiology  4
    CHEM 1050* Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry  3
    CMST 1110
    OR CMST 2220
    OR CMST 2210
    Introduction to Communication
    OR Interpersonal Communication
    OR Intercultural Communication
    ENGL 1120*
    OR ENGL 1121* 
    Crosscurrent College Writing and Critical Reading OR College Writing and Critical Reading 4
    PHIL 1200
    OR PHIL 1110
    Medical Ethics
    OR Introduction to Ethics
    PSYC 1110 General Psychology 4
    PSYC 2235* Lifespan Development 4
    SOC 1111
    OR ANTH 2201
    General Sociology 
    OR Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

    +BIOL 1106 as needed for BIOL 2113 and 2201. Applicants can use for admission purposes any MnTC General Elective course that is not already a required course in the curriculum plan.
    *Course has a prerequisite. Prerequisites are listed on the course schedule and in the Anoka-Ramsey Catalog Course Descriptions pages.

  • The most current data for ARCC Nursing Program Licensure Pass Rates and Job Placement and Graduation Rates will be posted soon.

  • Please go to for the most up-to-date information about TEAS testing.

    Applicants to the Anoka-Ramsey nursing program are required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) prior to being admitted. Applicants may take the TEAS as many times as they like and submit their highest score. The TEAS Version 6 or Version 7 is accepted for the Fall 2023 application cycle; only TEAS Version 7 will be accepted for the Spring 2024 application cycle.

    The cost to take the ATI TEAS test at a MANE testing site campus is posted on the ATI website. Students will need to upload a copy of the TEAS transcript with the ARCC nursing application form. ARCC is working with ATI and the MN State Systems Office to enable nursing programs at any Minnesota State system campus to have access to TEAS scores, so students do not have to pay for duplicate transcripts. Until an agreement is confirmed in October, students applying to the nursing program at ARCC who test at sites other than ARCC should have TEAS transcripts sent to ARCC. Further information will be posted here in October if additional steps are needed. For the Fall 2023 term or until further notice, our Nursing department can share with other MN State campuses TEAS transcripts that ATI emails directly to ARCC upon students’ written request:

    ATI Nursing Education website 
    (Set up an account with ATI in order to register for the TEAS test)

    A new version of the ATI TEAS test (TEAS 7) became available June 1, 2022. The TEAS Version 6 or Version 7 is accepted for the Fall 2023 application cycle; only the TEAS Version 7 will be accepted for the Spring 2024 application cycle

    Review the ATI TEAS Version 7 breakdown

  • Be sure to review the information on the Minnesota Board of Nursing website for important information about preparing for the NCLEX.

    Alignment with U.S. States and Jurisdiction’s Nursing Educational Requirements

  • The Student Nursing Association (SNA) is a student run organization that is dedicated to promoting the success and health of all Anoka-Ramsey students and the community we serve.  We strive to provide education and leadership opportunities to all students. We are a member school of the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) whose mission is: to mentor students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses, and to convey the standards, ethics and skills that students will need as responsible and accountable leaders and members of the profession.

    National Student Nursing Association (NSNA):

  • *Some occupations may require advanced education

    • Ambulatory Care Nurse
    • Case Manager
    • Clinic Nurse
    • Community Nurse
    • Correctional Nurse
    • Critical Care Nurse
    • Enterostomal Therapy Nurse
    • Flight Nurse
    • Forensic Nurse
    • Gastroenterology/Endoscopy Nurse
    • Home Care/Visiting Nurse
    • Infection Control Nurse
    • Intravenous Therapy Nurse
    • Long-Term Care Nurse
    • Managed Care Nurse
    • Maternal/Child Nurse
    • Medical Equipment Sales and Training
    • Mental Health Nurse
    • Parish Nurse
    • Perioperative Nurse
    • Pharm/Med Sales
    • Rehabilitation Nurse
    • Research Nurse
    • School Nurse
    • Staff Nurse
    • Subacute Care Nurse
    • Telephone Triage
    • Travel Nurse
  • Successful completion of the Nursing degree program at the Anoka-Ramsey Community College will meet the requirements for certification by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.
    Certification is required by Minnesota as well as by some states to acquire a state license to practice the profession of Nursing or for employment as a certified/licensed Nurse. Anoka-Ramsey Community College 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 Dr. Sandra Kohler.

    ***Disclaimer: The information above is valid as of July 31, 2022. The information is not a legal determination, but is based on non-legal interpretation of the information provided by the respective Boards of Nursing. Each nursing program should validate information for their particular program. This information was provided by the System Director for Nursing Initiatives.

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