Century College Nursing Program Review

Century College came into existence after a bill was passed to merge two state colleges; Northeast Metro Tech College and Lakewood Community College. This happened in 1996 and resulted to the now Century College. The college is dedicated to offering affordable high quality education in the Ramsey and South Washington counties among others in Minnesota and beyond. It is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities System (MnSCU) system

Nursing Programs at Century Community and Technical College

Century Community college has four nursing programs under its health care careers division. Three of the four lead to an associate degree and one is a certificate program. The college has also a number of continuing education courses for Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses who want to keep abreast with changing trends or for license renewal contact hours. All programs at Century are fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing

Associate Degree Nursing Program

This program has three career pathways all leading to the award of an associate degree in nursing as outlined below:

  • Traditional Track Nursing

The first option of the associate degree is the traditional track that takes four semesters to complete.  64 credits in the ratio of 34 to 3o are required for the nursing and general education course requirements. The candidates for this program are fresh nursing students who no prior nursing experience.  Completion of the program places the students in a position to sit for the NLCEX-RN to become registered nurses.

  • LPN Mobility Track

This track is meant for candidates who hold licenses as practical nurses. The programs total number of credits is equivalent to those of the traditional track only that here, students receive advanced standing for their LPN licenses.  Students take 23 nursing credits at Century and receive 11 advanced standing credits after passing an assessment of LPN skills and Knowledge. An additional 30 general education units are needed to complete the 64 credit associate track. Completion is after three semesters; a summer for the LPN assessment and a fall and spring semester for the nursing courses.

  • Paramedic Mobility Track

This enables licensed paramedics to make the transition to registered nursing. Just like the LPN mobility track, paramedics receive 11 advanced standing credits after assessment of their paramedic skill and knowledge. 23 credits are then taken at Century in three semesters, with the same mode as the LPN track. After completion of the 64 credits, paramedics are usually in a position to write the NCLEX-RN and become registered nurses.


The three tracks of the associate degree are delivered in either day or a hybrid of day and online modes for the nursing courses.  All general and prerequisites can be completed in day, evening or online modes on part time or full time basis. The traditional track starts at fall and spring semesters while the LPN and Paramedic Mobility start only in the summer semester.

Nursing Assistant

The nursing assistance certificate program is a 4-credit program that enables students to be entered in the States’ Registry of Nursing Assistants. The program has admission in all three semesters year round and is available in daytime or evening schedules.

Continuing Education

On this segment of Century Community & Technical College, nurses and LPNs have access to a number CEUs.  Courses are CPR training, nursing cont’ Ed, Nursing assistant, phlebotomy and other health related technician courses.

Century College
3300 Century Avenue North,
White Bear Lake, MN 55110