Minnesota State College Southeast to suspend registered nursing program

MSC suspending 2-year nursing program

WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) - A local college is suspending one of its nursing programs.

Minnesota State College Southeast is suspending its registered nursing program at the end of the 2018-19 school year.

Current students will be able to finish their degrees, but the school will not admit new students into the program.

The program's suspension was decided after the school failed to meet Minnesota Board of Nursing standards for Professional Nursing.

Under those standards, at least 75% of students should be able to pass the nurse licensing test on their first attempt.

"We're already reaching out to some partners in education, and have had partners reaching out to us, and we're going to see if we can find some alternative solutions to still be able to be graduating registered nurses in our communities," said MSC Dean of Health Jennifer Eccles.

Minnesota State College Southeast's one-year Practical Nursing and other health-focused programs will not be affected by the suspension of the two-year registered nursing degree.

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