MSU-Mankato, RCC partnering to offer online BSN degree

(ABC 6 News) – Minnesota State University, Mankato and Riverland Community College (RCC) announced they have collaborated on a partnership that will benefit students wanting to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

The collaboration is known as the Maverick (Nursing) Advance (Transfer) Plan, or “MAP,” and is between the Associate of Science in Nursing degree from Riverland, 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 RCC 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 RCC to the 100 percent online RN Baccalaureate Completion Program at Minnesota State Mankato.

“We are pleased to be working with RCC on this Maverick Advance Plan nursing partnership,” said Edward Inch, president of Minnesota State Mankato. “This partnership will help meet the critical need for baccalaureate degree-educated nurses in the region.”

“We are always proud of the partnerships we create with Minnesota State University, Mankato,” said Adenuga Atewologun, president of RCC. “This partnership will allow our nursing graduates to advance their learning to an online baccalaureate completion degree that will enhance the level of nursing offered in our region’s health care facilities.”

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

Riverland Community College, a member of the Minnesota State system, is a community college that strives to transform lives through excellence in service, education, and career training. Approximately 4,500 students are served annually through a wide range of credit-based educational opportunities with locations in Albert Lea, Austin and Owatonna.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,546 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities. It is the third-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States.