What is MANE?

A transformative four year nursing program for Minnesota

  • MANE is an alliance of eight partners. We have six Community Colleges and two University partners, brought together in a unique alliance to increase access to the nursing profession, through an innovative baccalaureate degree for nursing students in Minnesota.
  • MANE is a comprehensive four year curriculum designed to address Minnesota’s growing demand for baccalaureate-prepared educated nurses in the workforce.
  • MANE nursing students have an opportunity to complete their baccalaureate degree in two formats, dependent on community college or university admissions.

Mission and Vision


Our Mission

The mission of the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE) is to increase baccalaureate prepared nurses through collaborative, transformative education strategies consistent with our core values.

Our Vision

Through increased access to baccalaureate nursing education MANE will prepare professional nurses to promote health and meet the evolving and complex healthcare needs of an increasingly diverse population in Minnesota.

Our Core Values

MANE is dedicated to achieving our mission and vision in a manner consistent with our values of:

  • Innovation and the Pursuit of Excellence
  • Collaboration and Partnership
  • Integrity and Accountability
  • Mutual Respect and Collegiality
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness
  • Responsiveness to Local and Global Healthcare Needs


What Makes MANE Different?

We bring unique value for nursing students and their urban and rural communities by providing affordable, local access to a dual admission Bachelor of Science in nursing curriculum.

Our offering is a concept-based, dual admission bachelor of science in nursing curriculum which prepares graduates for nursing practice through a transformative educational approach.

We are different because:

  • We are an alliance of community colleges and university nursing programs that collaboratively developed and implemented a dual admission baccalaureate curriculum based on The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008).
  • Community college students are admitted through one application to a Bachelor of Science in nursing program where licensure is not required for progression to attainment of the baccalaureate degree.


What are MANE’s Guiding Principles?

Transformative Curriculum — We believe the purpose of nursing education is to prepare professional nurses to practice successfully in today’s complex health care environment, respond to future health care needs, and lead in the broader health care system.

Health Promotion — MANE nursing graduates are educated to use the best available evidence in making sound clinical judgments during provision of safe, high quality, holistic nursing care across the lifespan and the health continuum. A strong focus on health promotion supports nursing graduates to best serve diverse individuals, families, and communities locally, nationally, and globally.

Lifelong Learning — We believe adult learners must be actively engaged in the learning process. We value lifelong learning, reflective nursing practice, and insights gained through self-analysis and self-care. MANE Faculty members teaching in the MANE curriculum model professionalism, scholarship, inclusiveness, beneficence, and collegiality.

Who are the Participating Institutions?

An Alliance of Minnesota Colleges and University Nursing Programs

MANE’s partner institutions currently consist of six different community colleges and one university. Students who apply to the MANE program apply to the institution that best fits their needs with the knowledge that they will be receiving the same unified curriculum presented at every MANE institution.

Upon acceptance students are enrolled in a community college through the 5th semester, and complete the 6th, 7th, and 8th semesters through a university on their home campus. We believe that this format encourages a wider range of students to obtain a four year degree in nursing and provides greater access to education throughout the state of Minnesota.

What does Dual Admission Mean?

Obtain a four year degree, stay close to home

MANE is a dual admission program culminating in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Students will be dually admitted simultaneously through one application to a ‘home campus’ community college and a MANE partner university, currently Metropolitan State University.

MANE lower division courses (community college) and upper division (university) courses are both taken at the home campus, allowing students greater flexibility in obtaining the baccalaureate nursing degree. Students are not required to attain RN licensure before continuing to upper division courses to complete the MANE BSN Degree.

MANE partner institutions admit students twice a year, once in February and in June.  Individuals interested in applying should reach out to the MANE partner institution Advising Team to learn more about how to qualify for application. Also, please visit the prospective students page.