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Nursing Department Overview

The South Central College Practical Nursing Diploma and Associate in Science Degree are approved by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) and the Minnesota Board of Nursing (MBN).

South Central College’s (SCC) Nursing Program is committed to excellence and provides invaluable educational preparation through classroom, lab, and clinical experiences.  SCC offers two nursing programs: a Practical Nursing Diploma and an Associate in Science Degree Professional Nurse.

Application to both the Practical Nursing and Associate of Science Degree is a separate process from admission to the college.

For more information on how to apply, click on “How to Apply”.


Want to learn more about the two nursing programs? Join us for one of our monthly Information Sessions!

We strongly recommended that any student who is considering nursing as major attend a Nursing Information Session.

View the dates of our upcoming Info Sessions.

At the Info Sessions participants will hear about:

  • Steps on becoming a pre-nursing student
  • Differences between pre-nursing and nursing programs
  • Program Policies
  • Entrance Exams
  • Admission criteria
  • A question/answer period is included
  • Info Sessions are two-hours in duration
  • Note: Attendance at an up-to-date Info Session is a required component to both the RN and PN core-nursing application

After attending a Nursing Info Session, if you still have questions, please reach out to one of our professional academic advisors at (800) 722-9359 or at 

If you are not an admitted student and have questions, please contact us at (800) 722-9359 or

Core Competencies

  1. Human Flourishing: Advocate for patients and families in ways that promote their self-determination, integrity and ongoing growth as human beings
  2. Nursing Judgment: Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, that integrate nursing science in the provision of safe, quality care and that promote the health of patients within a family and community context
  3. Professional Identity: Implement one's role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe quality care for diverse patients within a family and community context
  4. Spirit of Inquiry: Examine the evidence that underlies clinical nursing practice to challenge the status quo, question underlying assumptions, and offer new insights to improve the quality of care for patients, families, and communities