ACEN Accredited Commission for Education in Nursing

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Advantages

Well-qualified faculty and the multi-cultural environment at the college offer opportunities that no other college can provide. Nursing graduates from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College are greatly valued and respected by prospective employers for their hands-on practical experience and culturally competent nursing care.

Small class sizes, on-campus child care, and opportunities for engagement in multiple student organizations are some of the added bonuses for students attending Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Study groups and professional tutoring are available as well as liberal access to computer resources and the campus library. Student support services are a primary focus of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Financial aid assistance is available to eligible students including many scholarship opportunities.



The mission of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Nursing Program is to provide the education necessary for entry into nursing. This program prepares the graduate to provide culturally competent care. The program aims to educate nurses to be culturally sensitive, focusing on the health needs of the American Indian population and the rural community. Upon completion of this program the graduate will be eligible to sit for the licensure exam.


Vision & Philosophy

The Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Nursing Program believes:

  • In the importance of preparing graduates who can provide excellent nursing care, which is compassionate, safe, and culturally competent for individualized patients and families based on current evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, teamwork, nursing informatics, and knowledge of quality and safety in the health care system.
  • That the adult learning theory is best suited to guide the instruction of nursing students in this program.
  • That a concept-based nursing program will foster and encourage professional development, the spirit of inquiry and the value of lifelong learning as nurses.
  • In the NLN core values of caring, diversity, ethics, excellence, holism, integrity, and patient connectedness.


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon Successful Completion of the Associate Degree Nursing Program the student will:

  • Demonstrate nursing care that is client centered, culturally sensitive, and based on the holistic needs of clients and families.
  • Use sound nursing judgment in the provision of safe, quality, care.
  • Practice professional nursing in an ethical and legal manner that integrates integrity, accountability, leadership and organizational skills.
  • Function effectively as individuals and within the interdisciplinary team with open communication, mutual respect and shared decision making.
  • Contribute to the management of healthcare and continued quality improvement by incorporating evidence- based practice, cost containment and current technology.

End-of-program outcomes for the Associate Degree in Nursing Program graduates are available here. (2018-2020 data)


Nursing Program National Accreditation

The Associate Degree Nursing program at FDLTCC is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and holds accreditation with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

The Associate Degree Nursing curriculum meets educational requirements for professional licensure or certification in the state of Minnesota. FDLTCC has not made a determination of whether the ADN curriculum meets educational requirements for initial licensure in any other state.

Effective March 28, 2018, the Associate Degree in Nursing program was granted initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The next evaluation visit will be during Fall 2024.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326


Licensure Disclosure

FDLTCC’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) meets requirements specific to Minnesota. Please be aware that nursing licensure requirements vary from state to state. If you are considering work in a state other than Minnesota, please contact the relevant state’s regulatory board overseeing nursing licensure or investigate licensure requirements via websites such as or
Associate Degree Nursing Program

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College offers two tracks toward achieving an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). Application for both tracks accepted January 1-April 1 for a fall start.


Traditional ADN program (four semesters)

Pre-requisite Courses:
BIOL 1001 Concept of Cell Biology OR BIOL 1101 General Biology
BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 2021 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
PSYC 2010 Developmental Psychology


LPN to ADN (two semesters)

Pre-requisite Courses:
ENGL 1101 College Composition
BIOL 1001 Concept of Cell Biology OR BIOL 1101 General Biology
BIOL 2015 Pathophysiology
BIOL 2020 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 2021 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
PSYC 2010 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 2030 Abnormal Psychology
MATH 1010 College Algebra OR MATH 1030 Introduction to Statistics



Step 1: Apply to FDLTCC
Complete the online College Admission application. Apply for college admission here.

Step 2: Apply to the Nursing Program
Application Due Date is ongoing until the program capacity is filled. Please apply early to not miss out.
Complete the online Nursing Program Application.
A PDF printable application is available here.

Step 3: Take the Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam
Applicants must receive a Composite score of >65 or Science score >60 for application to be considered. This exam is at no cost to the applicant.
2021 Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam Dates
Contacting nursing program office via email cnicholson*AT* or call 218-879-0846 to register for a testing date.

Kaplan scores are considered for student ranking in nursing program acceptance. A Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam study guide is available for purchase (ISBN: 9781506207540).



  1. Admitted students will be notified via their FDLTCC email and a letter will be mailed to the address listed in the application.
  2. Students admitted to the Associate Degree Nursing Program must confirm their acceptance into the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Nursing Program by making a $100 deposit. Deposits will be applied towards future tuition. Failure to submit deposit by May 30 will be considered a declination of seat in the nursing program.
  3. Accepted students must attend mandatory orientation session in August. (Date and location TBD)
  4. Requirements due PRIOR TO Orientation:
    • Documentation of the following immunization(s) and health screening tests:
    • 2-step Mantoux skin tests (both completed prior to deadline) or 1 negative Tspot blood test within the last 12 months
    • MMR vaccination series
    • Varicella (chickenpox) positive blood titer or proof of vaccination series
    • Hepatitis B (3 shot series completed or started with follow up appointments scheduled to complete the series)
    • T-Dap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) within the last 7 years
    • Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR for Healthcare Provider (must be American Red Cross or American Heart Association)



For re-admission of students who were previously admitted and enrolled, the Nursing program application must be submitted along with a Plan of Action for Success by the application deadline. Criteria for the Plan of Action for Success is available upon request to the Nursing Program office staff at cnicholson*AT* or 218-879-0846.



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