MSU Mankato, Riverland Community College announce Maverick Advance Plan

Minnesota State University, Mankato and Riverland Community College are teaming up to make it easier for nursing students to transition between programs.
Published: Jul. 26, 2022 at 6:26 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2022 at 6:55 PM CDT
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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - Minnesota State University, Mankato and Riverland Community College are teaming up to make it easier for nursing students to transition between programs.

The new partnership between the two schools is known as the Maverick Nursing Advance Transfer Plan (MAP).

Through the partnership, nursing students who are currently achieving their associate nursing degree at Riverland, and are part of MAP, will be given support from both institutions to transition into Minnesota State Mankato’s 100% online Registered Nurse Baccalaureate Completion after they graduate with their associate.

”They really get to hear from of people in their own workforce who are in different places. Their shared realities make for more comprehensive knowledge of the nursing world,” said Laura Schwarz, the coordinator of RN-BS Completion Program at MSU.

Currently, 500 nursing students are part of the Maverick Advance Plan.

For fall 2022, the program has already admitted 200 students.

”I think we are the largest as far as student numbers completion programs within the state and probably within the region too. Our number one way of recruiting students is still word of mouth. It gets out there that we’re a good quality program, we’re flexible and streamlined,” added Schwarz.

The program will benefit students wanting to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Last year, Minnesota State University, Mankato partnered with South Central College in North Mankato

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.

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