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Department of Nursing
Deputy Hall 218-755-3860


Dr. Jeanine Gangeness (Chair,, Ms. Jennifer Atteberry, Ms. Mary Fairbanks, Ms. Nancy Hall, Ms. Tiffany Hommes, Ms. Marci Maple, Dr. Sheila Paul, Dr. Sarah Tarutis, Ms. Carolyn Townsend

Areas of Study

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 program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The program has two tracks, the RN to Baccalaureate Track and the 4-Year Track.

The RN to Baccalaureate Track 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 some on-campus. Students may enroll in liberal education courses and selected Nursing courses prior to being admitted to the Nursing major.

The 4-Year Track serves students who are entering Bemidji State University as freshmen and are seeking a baccalaureate nursing education that will prepare them to take the NCLEX RN exam after graduation.


RN to Baccalaureate Track

Registered Nurse Licensure in Minnesota, North Dakota, or Wisconsin

4-Year Track

See Section II, Enrollment for required high school preparation

Recommended High School Courses

Life Sciences

Second Majors and Minors

Students are encouraged to discuss with their Nursing 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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