Minnesota State Mankato and Minnesota North College Announce Partnership for Nursing Students

Maverick Advance Plan Allows Nursing Students to Complete to Complete BSN in 100 Percent Online Program

October 24, 2022 | Featured

MN North MAP signing

Representatives from Minnesota State University, Mankato and Minnesota North College sign a nursing partnership plan on Oct. 24, 2022. Pictured (left to right; all are from Minnesota State Mankato except where noted) are Laura Schwarz, RN-BS program coordinator, School of Nursing; Marie Slotemaker, RN-BS program advisor, School of Nursing; Bart Johnson, provost at Minnesota North College; Lynette How, director of nursing at Minnesota North College; Teri Wallace, interim associate vice president for research and dean of extended campus; Patricia Marincic, dean of the College of Allied Health and Nursing; and Mike Bilden, director of marketing & recruitment for University Extended Education.

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato and Minnesota North College announced today they have collaborated on a partnership known as the Maverick (Nursing) Advance (Transfer) Plan, or “MAP,” between the Associate of Science in Nursing degree from Minnesota North College and the 100 percent online Registered Nurse (RN) Baccalaureate Completion degree from Minnesota State Mankato.

Students in the Associate of Science in Nursing program at Minnesota North College who participate in the Maverick Advance Plan will be provided with guidance and support from both institutions to ensure a seamless transfer path directly after graduating with an Associate of Science in Nursing degree from Minnesota North College to the 100 percent online RN Baccalaureate Completion Program at Minnesota State Mankato.

“We are pleased to add Minnesota North College as a partner in the Maverick Advance Plan nursing program,” said Edward Inch, president of Minnesota State Mankato. “There is a critical need for baccalaureate degree-educated nurses all across the state, and this partnership will contribute to addressing that need in northeastern Minnesota.”

“Anytime a Minnesota State university and a two-year college like Minnesota North College collaborate on offering degrees, the outcome is a win for students,” said Michael Raich, president of Minnesota North College. “We look forward to this nursing program agreement with Minnesota State University, Mankato so local students can live and work in their communities while advancing their education.”

As part of the plan, students will work directly with advising teams at both institutions to ensure that necessary prerequisite coursework is completed at Minnesota North College and that all admissions criteria for Minnesota State Mankato are met. Advisors at Minnesota State Mankato will also make information about the Minnesota North College Associate of Science in Nursing degree program available to Minnesota State Mankato pre-nursing students, when appropriate.

More information on the Maverick Advance Plan is available by contacting Lynette How, nursing director at Minnesota North College at lynette.how@minnesotanorth.edu or 218-322-2365.

Minnesota North College graduates who meet the following requirements will receive guaranteed admission into Minnesota State Mankato’s 100 percent online RN Baccalaureate Completion Program:

  1. Students must successfully complete the 64-credit Associate of Science in Nursing degree from Minnesota North College prior to admission to the RN-Baccalaureate Completion Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
  2. Students must have an Unrestricted RN License by the start of the RN-Baccalaureate Completion Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Students may be in progress, or have plans to complete the NCLEX-RN examination when making application. Full admission requires RN Licensure.
  3. Students must earn a minimum of a C grade in all Minnesota North College nursing coursework.
  4. Students must have a total cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Considering the grading scale requirements for nursing at Minnesota North College, GPA waivers will be considered.
  5. Interested students will be strongly encouraged to apply to Minnesota State University, Mankato by the second semester of their Minnesota North College program to allow for a more comprehensive joint advising experience.
  6. Students accepted into the MAP program will be eligible for the transfer student scholarship from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Minnesota North College, a member of the Minnesota State system, is a comprehensive community and technical college that serves 3,038 students across six campuses in greater northeastern Minnesota.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,482 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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