South Central College’s nursing programs have received accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

SCC offers a Professional Nursing (RN) associate degree program and a Practical Nursing (LPN) diploma program. President Dr. Annette Parker said the path to accreditation began in 2011 after, “The Minnesota Board of Nursing required all Minnesota state institutions to be accredited by the end of 2018.”

In 2017, just over a quarter of the state’s practical nursing programs were nationally accredited and just over half of the RN programs.

South Central College President Dr. Annette Parker.

One of the requirements for national accreditation is that 75% of students pass the licensing exam the first time they take it, for three years in a row, and Parker says students blew that number out of the water last year. “Our 2017 score was 97 percent for professional nursing and 90 percent for practical nursing,” she explained. That’s well above the national average.

The accreditation required visits from several people who were tasked with taking a look at the program, course materials, and other requirements, and Parker says faculty, staff, and students played a big role in obtaining the status, “And they could sense that the entire institution was committed to this work.”

SCC is accepting applications until May 31 for students wishing to begin the nursing program this fall and Parker urged, “If there’s people out there who really want to be a nurse and go to a good school that has high success, please visit us here at South Central College.”

The first step for those interested in these programs is attending one of the following nursing information sessions:

Faribault Campus:   

Wednesday, May 16, 9 – 11 a.m. in C110

Thursday, May 24, 1 – 3 pm in C110


North Mankato Campus:

Monday, April 30, 9 – 11 a.m. in E123

Monday, May 14, 9 – 11 a.m. in E119

Thursday, May 31, 9 – 11 a.m. in E119