Metropolitan State University (MSU) is a member of the public Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) System and gets its institutional accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The university has won several awards from local organizations, including for teaching and community service.
MSU offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with two entry/ completion paths. One is a collaborative pre-licensure track for new undergraduates. The second track caters to Registered Nurses who have a diploma or associate’s degree in nursing (ADN). MSU’s BSN degree requires 120 credits for graduation. The prelicensure track is a traditional four-year program, other than the fact that it can be completed at seven community colleges instead of MSU’s main campus, if preferred. Sample courses include:
- Acute and Complex Care
- Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing
- Nursing Care of the Family
- Epidemiology for Nursing
The MANE BSN program is a collaborative effort between MSU and the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education. The university partners with community colleges to increase access to BSN programs, thereby increasing the number of nurses with a baccalaureate degree. Students in either track can study at either MSU or a partnered community college. Traditional track graduates are eligible for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam, to obtain certification as a Registered Nurse.