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Nursing (MANE): Traditional (RN) Track or LPN to RN Track

Program Information

Anoka-Ramsey Community College is a member of the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE), an alliance of Minnesota nursing programs dedicated to increasing the educational capacity for baccalaureate education. The MANE program is a shared, concept-based baccalaureate curriculum, based on a set of core competencies, intended to prepare graduates to provide care to individuals, families and communities in health promotion, acute or chronic illness, and at the end of life. This shared curriculum provides a seamless transition from associate to baccalaureate nursing education. 

The program is designed as four years of full-time study, with the first two semesters devoted to prerequisite/preparatory courses required for admission to the nursing program. 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. The MANE curriculum continues for three additional semesters leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing (BSN) offered by Metropolitan State University. It is intended that all courses will be offered at Anoka-Ramsey Community College campus. Please note that Nursing courses at Anoka-Ramsey are offered daytime only.

MANE Nursing Holistic Admissions at ARCC

Please thoroughly read the Nursing Information Packet and the MANE Nursing Application Guidesheet for ARCC before submitting application. The link to the application form is on the Guidesheet.

MANE Nursing Program Application Guidesheet for ARCC 2022

MANE Holistic Admissions Criteria

Changes to the nursing program on Coon Rapids and Cambridge Campuses

Anoka-Ramsey has been awarded funding to complete 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 will be done on the Cambridge Campus. The construction will enable 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 space will allow 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.

What does this mean for students entering the program now? The construction is set to begin in May of 2021 and be completed by August of 2022. During the construction and remodeling the nursing department will continue to use current and newly created lab and simulation spaces. The theory portion of the classes will remain online as they have been through the COVID-19 pandemic until the newly remodeled and expanded space opens in August of 2022.

We look forward to serving even more students with the remodeling of our 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 MANE 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 MANE Associate of Science in nursing dual enrollment program is Continuing 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 culminating in a baccalaureate degree.

    To apply for the Nursing program, submit the Application for the Nursing Program to the Nursing Department at the Coon Rapids campus.

    Students meeting the criteria below are invited to apply to Anoka-Ramsey's MANE nursing program. 

    Application Periods:

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

    The following criteria are required for application to a MANE collaborating college or university:

    1. General admission to a MANE collaborating college or university.
    2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 based on the first semester of the MANE 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 MANE curriculum plan must have been achieved with a letter grade of C or better.
    4. Full acceptance to the MANE collaborating college and university is dependent on successful completion of the second semester of the MANE 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. 
    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 Applications must submit Evidence of having completed the following criteria to the MANE collaborating college and university prior to the start of MANE 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 MANE 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 receive your diploma, you must apply to graduate.
    • 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 that is not already a required course in the MANE curriculum plan.
    *Course has a prerequisite. Prerequisites are listed on the course schedule and in the Anoka-Ramsey Catalog Course Descriptions pages.

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

    Applicants to the Anoka-Ramsey's MANE nursing program are required to take the most current 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 cost to take the ATI TEAS test at a MANE testing site campus is posted on the ATI website. Students choosing to take the TEAS at a non-MANE sponsored site will need to contact ATI and pay an additional fee to have their transcript sent to a MANE campus. The TEAS transcript is accessible to nursing admissions staff at every MANE campus if student takes the TEAS at a MANE testing site or if student takes TEAS at a non-MANE site and pays the additional fee to have the transcript sent to a MANE campus.

    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 became available September 2016. All current applicants and re-applicants to the nursing program must take the new version of the test. TEAS V results will no longer be accepted.

    Content Area Number of Test Items Amount of Time Allotted
    Reading 53 64 minutes
    Mathematics 36 54 minutes
    Science 53 63 minutes
    English and Language Usage 28 28 minutes

    Please plan approximately one (1) minute for every question. You do not need to have #2 pencils as this is an electronic test, but feel free to bring a writing utensil and scratch paper will be provided.

    Attend the FREE TEAS Prep Classes to reduce your test anxiety, learn test taking tips and strategies, and brush up on the science, math, grammar and reading skills you need to get the best score you can on the TEAS test.

  • 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 MANE 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 Sandy Kohler.

    ***Disclaimer: The information above is valid as of July 31, 2020. 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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