Minnesota State Mankato, South Central College Announce Maverick Advance Plan for Nursing Students
Allows Nursing Students to Complete BSN in 100 Percent Online Program
Participants in a May 24, 2021, signing ceremony at South Central College (from left to right) were: Kris Retherford, dean of Minnesota State Mankato's College of Allied Health and Nursing; Kathy Sheran, board member of the Minnesota State Board of Trustees; Matt Cecil, interim provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Minnesota State Mankato; Annette Parker, president of South Central College; Florence Msuya, student and graduate of South Central College; Laura Schwarz, associate professor of nursing and coordinator of the 100 percent online RN Baccalaureate Completion Program at Minnesota State Mankato; Angela Christian, director of the Associate of Science in Nursing Degree program at South Central College; and Dimitria Harding, dean of health sciences at South Central College.
MANKATO, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato and South Central College (SCC) 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 SCC and the 100 percent online Registered Nurse (RN) Baccalaureate Completion degree from Minnesota State Mankato.
Students in the Professional Nursing (preparation for RN) program at SCC 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 South Central to the 100 percent online RN Baccalaureate Completion Program at Minnesota State Mankato.
“We are proud to be working with South Central College on this Maverick Advance Plan nursing partnership,” said Richard Davenport, president of Minnesota State Mankato. “The nursing programs at both South Central College and Minnesota State Mankato have rich histories, and this partnership will benefit students transferring into the University’s 100 percent online program as well as help meet the critical need for nurses in our region and state.”
“Students who graduate from SCC’s two-year Professional Nursing program with their Associate of Science in Nursing degree can immediately start their career as an RN after passing their national licensure exam,” said Annette Parker, president of South Central College. “With MAP, SCC nursing graduates can not only immediately begin working in their field, but also begin in Minnesota State Mankato’s RN Baccalaureate Completion degree from anywhere online with the potential to complete it in just a few semesters.”
As part of the plan, students will work directly with advising teams at both institutions to ensure that necessary prerequisite coursework is completed at SCC and that all admissions criteria for Minnesota State Mankato are met. Advisors at Minnesota State Mankato will also make information about the South Central Associate of Science in Nursing degree program available to Minnesota State Mankato pre-nursing students, when appropriate.
South Central College graduates who meet the following requirements will receive guaranteed admission into Minnesota State Mankato’s 100 percent online RN Baccalaureate Completion Program:
- Students must successfully complete the 64 credit Associate of Science in Nursing degree from South Central College prior to admission to the RN-Baccalaureate Completion Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
- 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.
- Students must earn a minimum of a C grade in all South Central College nursing coursework.
- Students must have a total cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. Considering the grading scale requirements for nursing at South Central College, GPA waivers will be considered.
- Interested students will be strongly encouraged to apply to Minnesota State University, Mankato by the second semester of their South Central College program to allow for a more comprehensive joint advising experience.
- Students accepted into the MAP program will be eligible for the transfer student scholarship from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Both Minnesota State University, Mankato and South Central College are part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, which comprises seven universities and 30 community and technical colleges.