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Nursing MANE BSN

The Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE) is an alliance of Minnesota nursing programs, using a common baccalaureate curriculum. The alliance is compiled of seven community college and Metropolitan State University; it is dedicated to increasing the educational capacity for attainment of a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

This program is intended for individuals wishing to attain a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing who are not currently registered nurses. The MANE BSN program plan is a four-year, eight semester (not including summers), 120 credit concept-based baccalaureate curriculum. It is based on a set of core competencies that are intended to prepare graduates to provide care to individuals, families and communities in health promotion, acute or chronic illness, and at the end of life. Students are admitted to a cohort each fall at Metropolitan State University.

Licensed Practical Nurses will receive five credits of advanced standing and must maintain unencumbered licensure from any state in the United States.

Acceptance to the Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the BSN major, students must complete/submit the following:

  1. General admission to Metropolitan State University.
  2. Submission of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 based on the first semester of the MANE curriculum plan. View the curriculum plan.
    • Official transcripts will be used to calculate GPA.
    • The most recent course grade will be used for the GPA calculation, whether it is higher or lower than previous grades.
  4. Each course of the MANE curriculum plan must have been achieved with a letter grade of C or better.
  5. Full acceptance to the MANE program is dependent on successful completion of the second semester of the MANE curriculum plan, maintaining a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75, including criteria in numbers 3 and 4 above.
  6. All applicants are required to complete the most current Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI), standardized Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) prior to application deadlines. Click here for instructions on registering for the TEAS Exam.
  7. Advanced standing applicants (Licensed Practical Nurses) must maintain unencumbered licensure from any state in the United States.
  8. Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency via examination if (1) English is not their native language; and (2) the applicants have lived in the US fewer than 8 years at the time of application to the program. Applicants are exempt from taking an English proficiency exam if their native language is English or they have been in the US, as a non-native English speaker, for more than 8 years.

Minimum scores in the following exams are required to demonstrate English language proficiency:

Test Minimum Satisfactory Score
TOEFL iBT 84 with a minimum speaking score of 26
IELTS Overall score of 6.5 with the minimum of 6.0 on all modules
MELAB Total passing score of 81 and a speaking section score of 3
Pearson Test of English Academic Overall score of 55 with the minimum of 50 on all sub-scores

Pre-Application Requirements

To apply to the nursing program the following first semester courses must be completed *

The prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university. All courses must be at least three (3) semester credits. Courses taken under the quarter system must be at least four (4) quarter credits.

*Applicants must have a GPA of at least 2.75 in the required MANE first semester courses to apply to the program. Students are required to obtain letter grades in all courses required for the degree and must have earned a letter grade of "C" or greater. Equivalent transfer courses from a regionally accredited institution may be accepted to meet these requirements.

Program Requirements

The MANE BSN program has two avenues for admission and completion through Metropolitan State University.

  1. Admission to the MANE BSN program at Metropolitan State University

    In order to be accepted to the MANE BSN program, students must first be admitted to Metropolitan State University for the spring semester in which MANE program application is due). The deadline for application for general admission to Metropolitan State University is November 15. The MANE program application deadline is February 1 each year for a fall semester start in.

    Students who have been admitted to and wish to continue their studies at Metropolitan State University apply to the MANE BSN Program at Metropolitan State University after completion of the first semester courses in the MANE curriculum plan listed above. Students admitted to the MANE-BSN program at Metropolitan State University will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam after successful completion of the BSN degree.

    Note: All of the courses required for completion of the MANE BSN Program are available at the university with the exception of Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II, and Microbiology. Equivalent transfer courses from a regionally accredited institution may be accepted to meet these requirements.

    120 credits are required for completion of the nursing major degree. Acceptance to the program requires completion of the first two semesters of the MANE Program Plan with a letter grade of "C" or greater in all courses and a GPA of 2.75 or greater.

  2. Dual Admission Metropolitan State University and a MANE Community College

    Dual admission at a MANE alliance Community College campus with Metropolitan State University granting the Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing after successful completion of the last three semesters of the MANE Baccalaureate Curriculum Plan.

    Note: Completion of the first five semesters the MANE Curriculum Plan at a community college offers students the ability to complete the Associate of Science degree at the community college and provides the educational eligibility for NCLEX-RN licensure testing.

Pre-Practicum Requirements

Prior to beginning the practicum experience, information must be submitted to the School of Nursing which may include, but is not limited to the items listed here. Requirements must be valid for the duration of practicum experiences.

Program Courses

General Education Requirements (55 total General Education credits, including semester one courses above)

Equivalent transfer courses from a regionally accredited institution may be accepted to meet these requirements.

Requirements (65 total NURS program credits)


The baccalaureate program at Metropolitan State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

Metropolitan State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools:

Higher Learning Commission
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Chicago, IL 60602-2504