Nursing AS

The North Hennepin Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program is designed to educate students who are prepared to begin professional nursing careers as competent, caring members of today’s healthcare team. The NHCC program is a partner in the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE). Coursework includes nursing theory focusing on holistic assessment, therapeutic nursing interventions including communication, levels of prevention, critical thinking, collaboration and leadership/management concepts. Clinical application occurs in a variety of settings including: acute, sub-acute and long-term care facilities, community clinics, schools and home health settings. Safe, caring, competent nursing care across the lifespan and along the wellness continuum is fostered.

All students admitted will be dually enrolled in North Hennepin Community College and Metropolitan State University. Upon the completion of five semesters, graduates are awarded an Associate in Science degree in Nursing and are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN ® exam and meet the Minnesota State Board of Nursing requirements for licensure. NHCC nursing graduates can seamlessly continue for an additional three semesters with an upper division full-partner school in the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE) to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Admission into the nursing program requires a separate special application and entrance exam. The selection process is highly competitive. The college may not be able to accept all applicants that meet the minimum standards. The application deadlines are February 1st for fall semester and June 1st for spring semester.

The Associate of Science in Nursing is designed to align with the Metropolitan State University B.S.N. in Nursing degree.

 

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2017 - 2018

  • Curriculum

    Nursing Application Prerequisite Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: BIOL         Course Number:1001
    Course Title:Biology I      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:This course focuses on the concepts of biological chemistry, cell structure and function, cellular metabolism, molecular genetics and heredity reproduction and development. The course is intended for allied health majors and others not requiring a majors-level introductory biology. High school algebra and chemistry are recommended. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab).
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    1 course from CHEM1010, CHEM1061
    Course Subject: CHEM         Course Number:1010
    Course Title:Introduction to Chemistry or      Goal Areas:03,10       Credits:4

    Course Description:An introduction to the basic concepts of Chemistry along with mathematical application, which include the atomic theory, periodic trends, stoichiometric relationships, kinetic-molecular theory, molecular structure, heat transfer, and chemical properties as related to the gas and liquid and solid phases. Additionally, this course will explore the role that chemistry plays in our personal and professional lives. This course enables students to think critically about current environmental issues in science. The lab portion contains experiments that includes observation, data collection and analysis, and mathematical applications that support the concepts being studied in class. The course is designed for non-science majors or students who have not completed chemistry in high school in order to prepare them to take Chem 1061 or courses in various health programs. Prerequisite: Math 0900 or Math 0980 with a grade of 'C' or better.
    Introduction to Chemistry orView03,10 4
    Course Subject: CHEM         Course Number:1061
    Course Title:Principles of Chemistry I      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:This course is a study of the basic concepts of Chemistry, with an emphasis on atomic theory, stoichiometric relationships, kinetic-molecular theory, molecular structure, and chemical bonding as related to the gas and liquid and solid phases. The lab portion with experiments includes observation, data collection, and mathematical applications that support the concepts being studied in class. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Placement in this class will be determined by student college assessment score and/or successful completion of Math 1150 with a grade of C or better.
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    College Writing I
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1200
    Course Title:Gateway College Writing or      Goal Areas:01       Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    Gateway College Writing orView01 4
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1201
    Course Title:College Writing I      Goal Areas:01       Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    College Writing IView01 4
    Psychology
    Course Subject: PSYC         Course Number:1150
    Course Title:General Psychology or      Goal Areas:05       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course provides an overview of topics in psychology. Topics may include history of psychology, research methods, physiological psychology, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, personality, stress and coping, abnormal behavior, therapy, and social psychology. Students are strongly encouraged to check with an advisor to determine if this is the appropriate course for their degree/program.
    General Psychology orView05 3
    Course Subject: PSYC         Course Number:1160
    Course Title:Introduction to Psychology      Goal Areas:05       Credits:4

    Course Description:This course provides an in-depth introduction to psychology. Topics may include history of psychology; research methods; physiological psychology; sensation and perception; consciousness; learning; memory; cognition; motivation; emotion; personality; stress, health and coping; abnormal behavior, therapy; social psychology; human development; sexuality; and gender. Students are strongly encouraged to check with an advisor to determine if this is the appropriate course for their degree/program.
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    Program Prerequisite Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: BIOL         Course Number:2100
    Course Title:Microbiology      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:This course is a study of bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa, infection, immunity, human diseases and microbiology of food and water. Laboratory exercises stress detection, isolation and control of microorganisms. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Prerequisite: Biol 1001 or 1101 with grade of "C" or better
    MicrobiologyView03 4
    Course Subject: BIOL         Course Number:2111
    Course Title:Human Anatomy and Physiology I      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:This course is the first course of a two-course sequence. The course offers students a comprehensive study of the structure and function of the human body in a classroom and laboratory setting. Topics include anatomical terminology, homeostasis, cell structure and function, histology, as well as the anatomy and physiology of the following organ systems; integumentary, skeletal, articular, muscular, nervous, special senses and endocrine. Utilization of preserved specimens in the laboratory is a required part of the course. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Strongly recommend college level reading abilities, a working knowledge of elementary algebra and a medical terminology course. Prerequisite: Biol 1001 or 1101 with grade of "C" or better. Recommendations for student success in this class include: a prior course in medical terminology, college level reading and basic algebra skills
    Human Anatomy and Physiology IView03 4
    Course Subject: COMM         Course Number:1110
    Course Title:Principles of Interpersonal Communication      Goal Areas:01,07       Credits:3

    Course Description:This introductory course looks at communication in one-to-one relationships in friendships, families, the workplace, and elsewhere. Students will be challenged to discover and assess their own communication strengths and weaknesses as they define and discuss what it means to be a competent interpersonal communicator. Course content includes both theory and practice (skill development).
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    Course Subject: PSYC         Course Number:1250
    Course Title:Life Span Developmental Psychology      Goal Areas:05       Credits:4

    Course Description:Life Span Developmental Psychology examines continuity and change across the life span. The course examines the biological, cognitive, and social development of humans from conception through death. Topics will explore maturation, human growth experiences, transitions, and the various stages of psychological and physical development as key components influencing human behaviors.
    Life Span Developmental PsychologyView05 4
     
    Other General Education Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: BIOL         Course Number:2112
    Course Title:Human Anatomy and Physiology II      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:This course is the second course of a two-course sequence. This course offers students a comprehensive study of the structure and function of the human body in a classroom and laboratory setting. Topics include the anatomy and physiology of the following organ systems: circulatory, non-specific and specific defenses, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive and early development. Strongly recommend college level reading abilities, a working knowledge of elementary algebra and a medical terminology course. Utilization of preserved specimens in the laboratory is a required part of the course. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Prerequisite: Biol 2111 with a grade of "C" or better.
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    Course Subject: SOC         Course Number:1110
    Course Title:Introduction to Sociology      Goal Areas:05,07       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course is a study of social and cultural aspects of human behavior. Topics include society and culture, roles and norms, groups and organizations, deviance, inequality, social and cultural change, and research methods.
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    Ethics
    Course Subject: PHIL         Course Number:1020
    Course Title:Ethics or      Goal Areas:06,09       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course will introduce students to both the methods and issues connected with thinking about morality and ethical systems. Moral skepticism will also be examined. The aim of this class is to allow students to be more aware of their own ethical modes of thinking and the diversity of ways morality enters into human lives.
    Ethics orView06,09 3
    Course Subject: PHIL         Course Number:1220
    Course Title:Health Care Ethics      Goal Areas:02,06,09       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course looks at the underlying assumptions that affect beliefs, practices, and policies in contemporary health care. Emphasis will be placed on understanding of the ethical principles and theories related to health care. A wide variety of health care issues and the challenges they present will be studied. Critical thinking skills will be emphasized in determining the best course of action for making ethical decisions in the health care field.
    Health Care EthicsView02,06,09 3
     
    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: NURS         Course Number:2700
    Course Title:Health Promotion and the Role of the Professional Nurse      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:9

    Course Description:This course introduces the student to the role of the professional nurse. The emphasis on health promotion across the lifespan includes learning about self-health, as well as holistic client health practices. Students learn to access and apply research evidence to guide safe preventative care. The student will incorporate communication and growth and development theory in a caring and culturally sensitive manner. The student will work as an ethical member of multi-disciplinary teams giving and receiving feedback about performance and use reflective thinking about their practice. Within the context of the nursing process, populations studied will include children, adults, older adults and the family experiencing a normal pregnancy. Prerequisites: Admission to Nursing program, BIOL 2100, BIOL 2111, PSYC 1250 and COMM 1110 Co-requisite: NURS 2750 Strongly Recommended to be taken prior to or concurrently: BIOL 2112
    Health Promotion and the Role of the Professional NurseViewn/a9
    Course Subject: NURS         Course Number:2750
    Course Title:Nutrition and the Role of the Professional Nurse      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:This course introduces the student to the role of the nurse in promoting and supporting nutritional health. Emphasis is on the role nutrition plays in health promotion/prevention of illness, recovery from acute illness and/or management of chronic illness. Students learn to access evidence to support healthy nutritional choices that reduce risk factors for disease and/or illness across the lifespan. Students explore how culture, ethnicity, socio-economic status, nutritional trends and controversies, and integrative therapies influence the nutritional health of the client. Prerequisites: Admission to Nursing program, BIOL 2100, BIOL 2111, PSYC 1250, and COMM 1110 Co-requisites: NURS 2700 or NURS 2720 Strongly Recommended to be taken prior to or concurrently: BIOL 2112
    Nutrition and the Role of the Professional NurseViewn/a2
    Course Subject: NURS         Course Number:2800
    Course Title:Chronic and Palliative Care      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:7

    Course Description:This course focuses on the nursing care of clients experiencing chronic illness and/or end of life. Emphasis is placed on understanding the lived experience of clients and families. Ethical issues related to advocacy, self-determination, and autonomy are explored. Evidence-based practice is used to support appropriate focused assessments and management of care of clients experiencing concurrent illnesses/co-morbidities. Prerequisites: BIOL 2112, NURS 2700 or 2720, and NURS 2750 Co-requisites: NURS 2850 and 2820 Strongly Recommended to be taken prior to or concurrently: SOC 1110
    Chronic and Palliative CareViewn/a7
    Course Subject: NURS         Course Number:2820
    Course Title:Pharmacology and the Role of the Professional Nurse      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course introduces theoretical concepts that enable students to provide safe and effective care related to pharmaceuticals and natural products to diverse clients across the lifespan. A framework is presented for approaching the study of pharmacotherapeutics including pharmaceutical research and regulation, quality and safety, major drug classifications, and clinical management. Prerequisites: Admission to the Nursing Program, BIOL 2112, NURS 2700 or 2720, and NURS 2750 Co-requisites: NURS 2800 and 2850 Strongly Recommended to be taken prior to or concurrently: SOC 1110
    Pharmacology and the Role of the Professional NurseViewn/a3
    Course Subject: NURS         Course Number:2850
    Course Title:Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing I      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:This course introduces a holistic perspective of pathophysiological processes and the disruption in normal body function. Emphasis will be on objective and subjective manifestations of common chronic health problems resulting from environmental, genetic, and stress-related maladaptations to provide a foundation for nursing care. This course complements selected topics addressed in Chronicity and End of Life to provide a comprehensive understanding of disease processes. Prerequisites: Admission to the Nursing Program, BIOL 2112, NURS 2700 or 2720, and NURS 2750 Co-requisites: NURS 2800 and 2820 Strongly Recommended to be taken prior to or concurrently: SOC 1110
    Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing IViewn/a2
    Course Subject: NURS         Course Number:2900
    Course Title:Acute and Complex Care      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:7

    Course Description:This course focuses on the nursing care of clients experiencing acute disruptions of health and/or end of life issues. Emphasis is placed on understanding and application of theory and skills required to provide nursing care to clients with complex and/or unstable conditions. Evidence-based practice is used to support appropriate focused assessments, and effective, efficient nursing interventions. Knowledge of life span, developmental factors, cultural variables and legal aspects of care guide the ethical decision making in delivery of care. Prerequisites: Completion of NURS 2800, 2820, 2850; SOC 1110 Co-requisites: NURS 2920 and 2950 Strongly Recommended to be taken prior to or concurrently: PHIL 1020 or 1220
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    Course Subject: NURS         Course Number:2920
    Course Title:Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing II      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:This course will facilitate ongoing critical thinking and analysis of pathophysiological concepts. Emphasis will be on interpretation and prioritization of data resulting from environmental, genetic, and stress-related maladaptations. This course complements the selected topics addressed in Acute & Complex Care to provide a comprehensive understanding of disease processes. Prerequisites: NURS 2800, NURS 2820, NURS 2850; SOC 1110 Co-requisites: NURS 2900 and NURS 2950 Strongly Recommended to be taken prior to or concurrently: PHIL 1020 or PHIL 1220
    Applied Pathophysiology for Nursing IIViewn/a2
    Course Subject: NURS         Course Number:2950
    Course Title:Nursing Leadership I      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course focuses on prioritization, delegation, and supervision of nursing care of clients across the lifespan. Healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environment issues are analyzed. Emphasis is on planning, collaborating and coordinating care for individuals and groups across the care continuum. Prerequisites: NURS 2800, NURS 2820, NURS 2850 and SOC 1110 Co-requisites: NURS 2900 and NURS 2920 Strongly Recommended to be taken prior to or concurrently: PHIL 1020 or PHIL 1220
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    Total Credits
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    75 Total Credits Required
     
    NHCC Residency and GPA
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    15 Credits must be earned at NHCC
     
                                   Total Credit Required75

  • Admission Information

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    The nursing program has limited enrollment and nursing classes start in the fall semester and the spring semester of each year. The nursing course sequence for the Standard and Mobility Option begin each fall and spring semester with separate deadlines for each cohort. Students are encouraged to plan ahead because there is a separate application process required for admission to the Nursing Program. The application process is competitive. Therefore, meeting the minimum requirements does NOT assure that a student will be competitive with other applicants.


    Students accepted to the nursing program will be required to participate in nursing clinical experiences, receive certification in CPR for the healthcare provider, maintain current immunizations records and criminal background checks. Upon acceptance to the nursing program a student would receive more information on these requirements. Please do NOT complete these requirements prior to attending the nursing program orientation, which takes place after acceptance into the nursing program. Note: Minnesota law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a health facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health must have a background study conducted by the state. Any individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commission of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement in a Minnesota licensed health care facility. Failure to participate in a clinical placement required by the academic program could result in ineligibility to qualify for a degree in this program.

  • Program Outcomes

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    Outcome:


    NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rates


    Expected Level of Achievement:


    The program's most recent annual licensure examination pass rate will be at least 80% for all first-time test takers during the same 12-month period.


    Actual:


    1/1/2017 - 6/30/2017 - 86.9%


    1/1/2016 - 12/31/2016 - 79.84%


    MN Average: 81.86%


    National Average: 81.68%


    Outcome:


    Program Completion


    Expected Level of Achievement: 


    70% of students will complete the program in 150% of the program length.


    Actual: 


    2016: 82%


    Outcome: 


    Job Placement


    Expected Level of Achievement:


    Within six months of completing semester five, 70% of students will be employed as a Registered Nurse.


    Actual:


    2015: 80.6%




     


    Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World:



    • Assisting clients in meeting needs by implementing nursing behaviors and actions based on knowledge and understanding of the natural and behavioral sciences, nursing theory and research and past nursing experiences.

    • Conducting Nursing interventions that are compassionate, nurturing, protective and client-centered creating an environment of hope and trust.


    Intellectual and Practical Skills:



    • Utilizing critical thinking and evidenced-based information as the foundation for clinical decision making.

    • Using effective personal, professional and therapeutic communication processes.

    • Promoting, restoring and maintaining health and reducing risk through use of the teaching-learning process in collaboration with the client, significant support person(s) and the healthcare team.

    • Collaborating with the client, significant support person(s), peers, and other members of the health care team and community agencies to meet client needs and assist the client toward desired outcomes.


    Personal and Social Responsibility and Engagement:



    • Adhering to standards of professional practice.

    • Is accountable for her /his own actions and behaviors.

    • Practicing nursing within legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks.

    • Exhibiting professional behaviors including valuing the profession of nursing and participating in ongoing professional development.


    Integrative and Applied Learning:



    • Relying upon the collection, analysis and synthesis of relevant data for the appraisal of a client’s health status and to meet a client’s changing needs.

    • Managing care through the efficient, effective use of human, physical, financial and technological resources to meet client needs and support organizational outcomes.

    • Qualified for recommendation to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses ®. In order to qualify for licensure, graduates must satisfy the requirements stated by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.


    Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)



    • Demonstrate reflection, self-analysis, self-care, and lifelong learning into nursing practice

    • Apply leadership skills to enhance quality nursing care and improve health outcomes

    • Utilize best available evidence and informatics to guide decision making

    • Collaborate with inter-professional teams to provide holistic nursing care

    • Adapt communication strategies to effectively respond to a variety of health care situations

    • Incorporate ethical practice and research within the nursing discipline and organizational enviromnents

    • Practice holistic, evidence-based nursing care including diverse and underserved individuals, families, and communities


     


     

  • Career Opportunities

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    Information on careers, including salary and employment outlook data, is available on the iseek and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites: www.iseek.org and www.bls.gov.

  • Transfer Information

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    If you are planning on transferring to another institution, follow the guidelines available on our transfer resources web page to help you plan the process: Transfer Information

  • Degree Information

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    The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree is intended for students whose primary goal is to complete the credentials for a specific career and/or prepare for transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree at a college or university with whom North Hennepin Community College has an articulation agreement. The A.S. degree provides a balance of general education courses and the required scientific, professional or technical courses in the degree program.


    A student shall:



    • Earn a minimum of 75 semester credits as required in the program, with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or above in courses taken at North Hennepin Community College. Specific programs may have additional requirements or a higher minimum grade point average.

    • Each nursing course must be completed with a C or better for progression to the next nursing course

    • Earn a minimum of 15 semester credits at NHCC.

    • Have four years to complete the graduation requirements in effect at the time of their initial enrollment. Students taking more than four years to complete their graduation requirements may follow any catalog published during the four-year period preceding their graduation.


    Service Learning
    In addition to the General Education courses and the Nursing Curriculum courses, nursing students are required to participate in 30 hours of service learning by the end of the nursing program. Some or all hours may be completed during semester breaks however no service learning hours can be earned until after the first day of class in a NURS course.


    Sequences and Prerequisites


    Courses are planned to build upon previous course work. Therefore, the following sequence of courses is required; however, it is recommended that a student pursue the general education and supporting science courses first. Note: High school chemistry and algebra are recommended prior to Biology 1001.



    • Biology 1001 is taken in the first semester of the Nursing program

    • Psychology 1160 is taken in the first semester of the Nursing program

    • English 1201 is taken in the first semester of the Nursing program

    • Communications 1110 is taken concurrently or prior Nursing 2700

    • Biology 2111 is taken prior to Nursing 2700

    • Biology 2112 is taken prior to Nursing 2800

    • Biology 2100 is taken prior to Nursing 2700

    • Psychology 1250 is taken with the second semester of the Nursing program


    Nursing courses are taken in sequence



    • Nursing 2750 is taken concurrently with Nursing 2700

    • Nursing 2820 is taken concurrently with Nursing 2800

    • Nursing 2850 is taken concurrently with Nursing 2800

    • Nursing 2920 is taken concurrently with Nursing 2900


    Highly Recommended Courses



    • Applicants should have completed at least high school chemistry OR a college level introduction to chemistry course with a 'C' or better.

    • Placing at college level on the Accuplacer or completing course work to get to college level in Math, English and Reading (as well as Listening and Vocabulary for students with an ESOL background).


    Developmental Courses
    Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.


    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information
    North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 763-493-0555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.

  • Accreditation

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    North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the: Higher Learning Commission, 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400 Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (800)621-7440


    The nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404)975-5000, and approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.