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The Nursing Program at Bemidji State University

BSU's Nursing Program is an established nursing program with a 30 year history of providing Baccalaureate educated nurses to the region. BSU Nursing offers two tracks to complete the Baccalaureate degree, a four-year track for students just beginning their education, and a two-year track for students who are licensed Registered nurses with an Associate Degree or Diploma.

The focus of the program is to give students broad, practical experiences along with the deep technical education required of a nurse. The program applies a student-centered approach that mentors students throughout their educational journey. 

Comprehensive and Unique Curriculum 

BSU Nursing offers an innovative curriculum with many unique aspects that include focuses on:


A technology focus factors heavily into the program's curriculum. BSU Nursing is a leader in the use of technologies such as hand-held devices and simulation mannequins. Simulation is a key element to BSU's 4-year track curriculum design. Simulation education utilizes computerized mannequins and multi-media applications to enhance student learning and allow students the opportunity to practice skill development in a simulated environment prior to interacting with an actual patient. 

With the use of hand held devices, students have the latest information in drug interactions and other patient important data. Such access is critical to providing safe and effective care.

Rural Health

Nurses develop excellent critical thinking skills and are effective in a variety of departments and clinical settings. Because of the variety of cases rural nurses must handle, the program educates nurses to assess and address individuals efficiently and effectively.

Family Health

Many nursing programs have nearly eliminated the study of family health. In our curriculum, Family Health is supported and explored as a vital critical care component.

Cultural Awareness

BSU has a unique opportunity to develop nurses with cultural awareness with its proximity to the region's Native American population. The program also requires six cultural-care credits aimed at producing practitioners attuned to a variety of patients and their diverse needs.

Palliative Care

The four-year program includes a component of palliative care, focusing on helping people to live in peaceful and comfortable ways.