Nursing - Associate Degree of Nursing

Reasons to consider a career as a registered nurse

  • Positively impact the lives of patients and their families everyday.
  • Have a sense of purpose and personal satisfaction in caring for others.
  • Work in a dynamic profession with other members of the healthcare team.
  • Chose different specialty areas and work in a variety of settings.
  • Ample career advancement opportunities and pathways to further education.
  • Work-life balance and flexible schedule opportunities are available.

Program Length

2 semesters
(After general education requirements met)

Average starting wage


Growth Rate for RN Jobs in MN

12.4% (2018-2028)

Data Source: MN DEED


AD Nursing Program Pre-Requisites

  • Must possess a current LPN License in the State of MN
  • Must have a Practical Nursing GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Must have American Heart Association (AHA) BLS CPR certification
  • Must pass DHS Background Study


Students are admitted to Phase II (containing all nursing courses) of the AD program each fall. Students may begin Phase I (general education requirements) any time according to the college calendar.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn an associate degree of nursing, and will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

Outcome Data for ATCC Associate Degree Program
Associate Degree of Nursing 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
Percentage of First Time Success Rates for RN-NCLEX 88.00% (2019) 80.65% (2020) 94.12% (2021) 91.30% (2022 YTD)
Job Placement Rate 100% 100% Unavail. Unavail.
Completion Rate within 100% of Program Length (Phase II only) 86.1% 53.1% 71.4% Unavail.


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NLN-CNEA Accreditation LogoThe Alexandria Technical & Community College Associate Degree in Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037. Phone: 202-909-2526