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BSU Nursing Academic Programs

Our academic programs focus on preparing baccalaureate nurses who are workforce ready, with a strong emphasis on cultural competence. We offer two tracks to the baccalaureate in nursing: 

Four-Year Track

Designed for those students entering Bemidji State University as freshmen, the 4-year track begins the university education with foundational coursework and accepted students journey into nursing courses during their sophomore year.

RN to Baccalaureate Track

Designed for working professionals, the RN to BS Track is designed in a blended format (combination of on campus & online) to accommodate busy nurses who have jobs and families and who may commute long distances: 

  • Students come to campus approximately three days per semester for nursing courses.
  • Some classes (mostly in the summer) are offered in a fully online format.
  • Full-time and part-time options are available.
  • Clinical/practicum experiences are identified and arranged by each student in their communities
  • The Bemidji State University bachelor’s degree in nursing is 36 major credits, plus 4 upper division credits (3000 and/or 4000 level), and any additional credits needed to meet the 120 total credit graduation requirement. All transfer credits count toward the 120 credit total.

Graduates of both the Four-Year RN Track and the RN to BS Completion Track will:

  • Hold core competencies in critical thinking, communication, and performing holistic assessments on individuals, families and communities.
  • Have added skills specifically related to the care of American Indian patients and the complexities of rural health strategies.
  • Hold core knowledge in health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, illness and disease management, ethics, and health care systems and policy.
  • Be prepared to employ cutting edge technology in the delivery of health care.
  • Be eligible for certification as a Public Health Nurse (PHN).
  • Be prepared to take the examination offered by the Minnesota Board of Nursing to become Registered Nurses.
  • Qualify for employment opportunities to provide professional nursing care for individuals, families, and communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this an online program?

What are the requirements to get in? How many students are accepted into the program each year?

How do I apply and is there a deadline?

Do you have a spring start?

Do you accept transfer students, including LPNs?

How long does it take to complete the program and how many credits would I need to complete the degree?

Are there any practicums or off-campus clinicals?

What courses should I take (high school or college) to prepare for the Nursing program?

What percentage of students pass the NCLEX on the first try?