Make a real difference in patients' lives.


Minnesota State College Southeast is responding to the region's nursing shortage with new degree options.

Nursing is a challenging, innovative, and caring profession where you will have the opportunity to make a real difference in people's lives. MSC Southeast offers educational pathways for students who are new to the health care field as well as those with prior nursing experience, with the option to study Practical Nursing or Associate Degree Nursing. Our concept-based approach to the curriculum will give you a holistic view of the patient's health care needs. To learn more about the nursing program, view our nursing vision, mission, philosophy, and values page.

Associate Degree Nursing

  • Fall Term: Priority acceptance will begin on June 1. This program fills fast; do not delay.
  • Spring Term: Priority acceptance will begin on October 1. Applications will be accepted until November 1, pending space availability. This program fills fast; do not delay.

The purpose of the Associate Degree Nursing (AND) major is to provide the novice student with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to enter the demanding practice of professional nursing. Registered nurses are highly regarded leaders who manage staff and patient care in a variety of settings. This 4-semester program can be completed in 2 years.

Practical Nursing

  • Fall Term: Priority acceptance will begin on June 1. Applications will be accepted until August 1, pending space availability. This program fills fast; do not delay.
  • Spring Term: Priority acceptance will begin on October 1.Applications will be accepted until November 1, pending space availability. This program fills fast; do not delay.

The Practical Nursing major is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide direct nursing care to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, home and community-based settings under direction of a physician or registered nurse. This challenging 2-semester program requires students to demonstrate competence in classroom theory, laboratory experiences, simulated events, and supervised clinical rotations.

The college offers nursing programs at its campuses in Winona and Red Wing, MN. During their clinical rotations, nursing students may be required to travel up to a 100-mile radius from their home campus.

See the links to Major Offerings for more specific information on each of our program options and application materials.

Major Offerings

  • Associate Degree Nursing (AS) View Classes
    Winona/Red Wing - 64 cr
  • Practical Nursing (DIP) View Classes
    Winona/Red Wing - 36 cr
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Certified Nursing Assistant

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Nursing Assistant/Registered Training

Nursing Assistant/Registered Testing


ACEN SealThe Associate Nursing program at Minnesota State College Southeast has been granted Candidate status with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The Practical Nursing program at Minnesota State College Southeast is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

For information on the accreditation process, contact ACEN at (404) 975-5000 or at
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

MSC Southeast's nursing programs are approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

MSC Southeast is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Continued Education Pathways

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has a Statewide Nursing Program Transfer Agreement for Practical Nursing Diploma to Associate of Science in Nursing to Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing which supports a smooth articulation pathway.

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Outcomes & Opportunities

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates from the Associate Degree Nursing program will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate professional behaviors/accountability to legal and ethical nursing practice standards for a competent professional nurse.
  2. Demonstrate effective skills while providing patient care founded on physical, developmental, spiritual, cultural functional and psychosocial needs of patients/families/communities across the lifecycle.
  3. Recognize and report changes and responses to interventions to the appropriate licensed health care provider while providing a safe environment.
  4. Utilize information technology to facilitate best care practices in the healthcare setting.
  5. Utilize evidence-based nursing judgment when planning care, prioritizing care, implementing intervention, evaluating patient outcomes and promoting the health of individual patients across the lifespan.
  6. Use systematic processes to measure outcomes, identify variances and develop changes in policies/procedures to achieve effective patient outcomes.
  7. Participate as a member of the interprofessional team collaborating and communicating with other health care providers to promote safe, quality patient-centered care.
  8. Manage care through planning, organizing and delegating care to provide a safe, effective environment.

Placement & Costs

Program Job Placement: 92%
Estimated Program Costs (PDF)

2016 Year-to-date NCLEX
RN pass rate is 61.70%
PN pass rate is 55.17%

Career Opportunities

  • Acute Care
  • Clinics
  • Home Health Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Long Term Care

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer between MnSCU colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • Successful applicants can begin core classes in fall or spring semester
  • Clinical and lab experiences provide simulated scenarios and direct patient care with healthy and ill patients across the lifespan.
  • Multiple clinical sites allow the student to explore different fields within nursing before graduation.
  • Due to the chronic nursing shortage, there are several Loan Forgiveness Programs available to graduates.

Associate Dean of Nursing

  • Beth Rose, MSN, MAAT, RN


  • Janel Crawford, MSN, RN, CPN (Winona)
  • Marty Knauer, MSN, RN (Winona)
  • Katie Maschka, MSN, RN (Winona)
  • Maria Nielsen, MSN, RN (Winona)
  • Janet Thewis, MSN, RN (Winona)
  • Kris Wright, MS, RNC, CNP (Red Wing)
  • Academic Support

    • Shelly Cierzan

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