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Department of Nursing
College of Social and Natural Sciences
Deputy Hall 218-755-3860


Dr. Rochelle (Riki) Scheela (Chair;, Ms. Jeanine Gangeness, Ms. Diane Rose, Ms. Joelyn Scriba

Area of Study

Notes: For Pre-Nursing, see description under "Pre-Professional Programs." The BSU Pre-Nursing curriculum does not serve as a foundation for admission to the BSU baccalaureate program, which admits registered nurses only. However, a licensed practical nursing program and an associate degree registered nurse program are available in the Bemidji area.

Professional nurses provide direct care to individuals and work with others in a variety of settings to address the health needs of individuals, families, and communities. The practice of nursing aims to help people of all ages experience optimal health. Respect for human dignity and a commitment to caring are essential to nursing practice. Expectations of the baccalaureate Nursing graduate include professional growth and scholarly approaches to practice. The profession of nursing provides opportunities for graduates to assume many roles in a variety of clinical areas. A baccalaureate degree in Nursing also provides a foundation for graduate study and further specialization.

The baccalaureate Nursing program is specifically designed to admit only registered nurse graduates of diploma and associate degree nursing programs. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is a member of the Agassiz Region Nursing Education Consortium (ARNEC) and Itasca Nursing Education Consortium (INEC). Because the program serves registered nurses who live and work in various geographical areas, courses are offered in block schedules, and some components are offered on the Internet and at off-campus sites throughout northern Minnesota. Students may enroll in liberal education courses and selected Nursing courses prior to being admitted to the Nursing major.


Registered Nurse Licensure in Minnesota

Second Majors and Minors

Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisor the option of a second major or minor that might strengthen or complement their major.

Career Directions

Community Health
Long-term Care
Also: Graduate Study

Credit Requirement

Transfer Students: At least one-third of the credits to be included in the major must be successfully completed at Bemidji State University.

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