Nursing - Associate Degree in Nursing (RN)

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


*The AD program is a Mobility program. An applicant must have a current Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license to apply.

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 in nursing, and will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

Outcome Data for ATCC Associate Degree Program
Associate Degree Nursing (RN) 2014 2015 2016 2017
Percentage of First Time Success Rates for RN-NCLEX 82.35% 71.88% 75.86% 94.74%
Job Placement 100% 100% 100% 100%
Completion Rate within 150% of Program Length 97% 83% 78% Available

*Completion rates are for Phase II of the program.

The Alexandria Technical & Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program holds pre-accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by the NLN CNEA will be received.

The ATCC Associate Degree Nursing Program and the Practical Nursing Program are pursuing accreditation from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20037: phone 202-909-2500. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments in writing directly to NLN CNEA, attention Lusetha Rolle, NLN CNEA Manager of Accreditation Services, no later than October 22, 2018.