The Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) announced today that the South Central College's nursing program in North Mankato received initial accreditation in the month of March. Both the North Mankato and Faribault campuses have been offering nursing courses since the early 60s and both received state accreditation several years ago.

One of the requirements for national accreditation is an average pass rate of 75 percent over a three year period for grads taking the licensure examination for the first time. Last year, SCC's pass rate was just over 97 percent for its Professional Nursing Program, and 90 percent for the Practical Nursing Program.

Future demand for Licensed Practical nurses on the career  website careerwise.minnstate.edu showed that those types of nurses will be in demand for about 7,200 new Licensed Practical Nurses to meet market demand between 2014-2024. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.