Minnesota State College Southeast will suspend its Professional Nursing (Associate Degree Nursing, RN) program the end of spring semester 2019.
Current students will be able to complete their degrees, but the college will no longer admit new students to the program.
The college made the decision to suspend the program because it has not been meeting Minnesota Board of Nursing standards, which require that a minimum of 75 percent of students pass the NCLEX-RN(r) licensing on their first attempt.
"By taking steps to voluntarily suspend this program, students who are currently enrolled will be able to complete the associate degree in nursing, graduate and sit for the NCLEX-RN(r) exam," said Jennifer Eccles, MSC Southeast dean of health. "However, it was necessary to stop admitting new students for spring semester 2018 in order to prevent them from enrolling in a program that could be suspended before they graduate."
Other health care programs unaffected
Some incoming students may opt to enroll in the college's one-year practical nursing program, which is not affected by the suspension. Additional allied health options at MSC Southeast include certified nursing assistant, radiography, medical laboratory technician, medical assistant and massage therapy.
"We want people to know that our practical nursing program is accredited by ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) and is in good standing with the Minnesota Board of Nursing," said Dr. Dorothy Duran, president of MSC Southeast. "Our radiography and medical laboratory technician programs have earned accreditation as well."
The suspension does not affect the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program, which will be offered by Winona State University at MSC Southeast's Red Wing campus starting in January.
"Minnesota State College Southeast is dedicated to providing a quality education experience for our students and our communities. We remain committed to providing education in the health care fields," Duran said. "Student success is our top priority, both that of our current students and our prospective students."