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Nursing Career Ladder Options


Nursing is an occupation that offers a wide variety of job opportunities and career choices. Bemidji State University (BSU) Department of Nursing is a part of the Bemidji School of Nursing, which, along with Northwest Technical College (NTC), offers a stepladder educational mobility approach for students interested in nursing. So it will depend on your educational background where you begin your nursing program.

Below is a listing of the types of nurses and programs that are available at BSU and NTC:

 

Nurses Aid

Northwest Technical College

Pre-Admission Criteria
General College Admission Requirements:

  1. Official high school transcript or GED
  2. Immunization forms
  3. Assessment or Assessment waiver
  4. Official transcripts from colleges previously attended (to request credit transfer or apply for financial aid)  

Education
HS Diploma or GED
Certificate (CNA)

Starting Wage
*Wage Range MN $25,279-$33,094 Wage Range US $22,920-$30,892

Career Position Options

  • Nursing care facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Residential care homes

Home Health Aid

Northwest Technical College

Pre-Admission Criteria
General College Admission Requirements:

  1. Official high school transcript or GED
  2. Immunization forms
  3. Assessment or Assessment waiver
  4. Official transcripts from colleges previously attended (to request credit transfer or apply for financial aid)  

Education
HS Diploma or GED                
Certificates (CNA/HHA)

Starting Wage
*Wage Range MN $22,238-$28,338; Wage Range US $19,899-$26,779

Career Position Options

  • Home health care agencies
  • Residential care companies
  • Social service agencies
  • Nursing care facilities

Practical Nurse

Northwest Technical College

Pre-Admission Criteria
General College Admission Requirements:

  1. Official high school transcript or GED
  2. Immunization forms
  3. Assessment or Assessment waiver
  4. Official transcripts from colleges previously attended (to request credit transfer or apply for financial aid)  

Education
PN                                
Dipolma or AAS

Starting Wage
*Wage Range MN $36,349-$45,879; Wage Range US $37,187-$49,992

Career Position Options

  • Nursing care facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Residential care homes  Clinics
  • Temporary agencies

AS in Nursing (RN)

Northwest Technical College

Pre-Admission Criteria
Admission Requirements:

  1. General College Admission Requirements must be met.
  2. Accuplacer testing in math only (reading and writing components are waived.)
  3. Consent to Disclose/Allied Health Division Student Data form.
  4. Background Study upon program entry (annually thereafter).
  5. PN Program graduation (diploma or AAS) within the last 2 years or letter from employer evidencing the equivalent of 6 months work experience (within the past 2 years) and LPN status in good standing.
  6. LPN licensure upon application (or within 8 weeks of program start for recent PN graduates).
  7. Current CPR Certification for Healthcare Providers (maintained throughout program).
  8. Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher (applicants on academic probation or suspension are not eligible for admission).
  9. Biology (Anatomy & Physiology or Advanced Physiology) within past 7 years with earned grade of C or higher.
  10. Chemistry with a lab within past 7 years with earned grade of C or higher (1 year equivalent of high school or 1 semester college level).

Education
ASN

Starting Wage
*Wage Range MN $63,518-$83,690; Wage Range US $59,152-$82,636

Career Position Options

  • Nursing care facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Residential care homes
  • Clinics, Home care
  • Temporary agencies

BS in Nursing (RN)

Bemidji State Unviersity - RN to BS

Pre-Admission Criteria
Admission Requirements - Applicants Must:

  1. Be a graduate of a state approved associate degree or diploma nursing program.
  2. Be licensed to practice as a registered nurse or be a graduate with license pending.
  3. Be formally admitted to Bemidji State University. 
  4. Submit a completed Department of Nursing Application Form.
  5. Submit current RN license number for verification.

Education
BSN                           

Starting Wage
*Wage Range MN $63,518-$83,690; Wage Range US $59,152-$82,636

Career Position Options

  • Hospital (acute care)
  • Long-term care
  • Clinics (ambulatory care)
  • Community health (Public Health Nurse certification, Licensed School Nurse)
  • Leadership opportunities

BS in Nursing (RN)

Bemidji State Unviersity - 4-Year Track

Pre-Admission Criteria
Admission to BSU

Application to the major:
For Admission consideration, applicants must have completed at least 30 semester credits from an accredited college or university including the designated required non-nursing courses listed below:

  • BIOL 1110 Human Biology - 4 credits
  • PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology - 4 credits
  • PSY 3237 Lifespan Development - 4 credits
  • BIOL 2110 Human Anatomy & Physiology - 5 credits
  • CHEM 1111 General Chemistry I with lab - 4 crdits

Applicants will be prioritized according to:

  1. Students who start at BSU (do not transfer more than 24 credits) and
    declare their major as NRS4 in the first semester
  2. All other students

Education
BSN                           

Starting Wage
*Wage Range MN $63,518-$83,690; Wage Range US $59,152-$82,636

Career Position Options

  • Hospital (acute care)
  • Long-term care
  • Clinics (ambulatory care)
  • Community health (Public Health Nurse certification, Licensed School Nurse)
  • Leadership opportunities

*Source:  Hourly wage information Minnesota Salary Survey and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

MN and US annual incomes calculated from the hourly rates assuming 1949 hours worked per year (average work week for US employees).