Rolling Admissions

The application process to be admitted into the nursing program is a two-step process. The first step is to be accepted to Bemidji State University. Once a student is accepted to BSU they may begin the application process to join the nursing program.

Qualified Applicants are accepted on a continual basis until all seats are full. If program fills, qualified applicants can be added to a waitlist for the current academic year. Prospective applicants should expect to receive notice of acceptance within 10 business days of submission of a complete application.

Application Process

Pre-Licensure Admission Process

  1. Complete the BSU Undergraduate Application
  2. Once admitted to Bemidji State University, you may apply to the Pre-Licensure Track once you’ve met the application requirements.
Criteria Requirements
General course work (successfully completed) At least 30 college credits (including transfer credits)
Program prerequisites (completed within the past 5 years and achieved at least a “C” grade)*

·        BIOL 1111/1112 Anatomy & Physiology for Allied Health I/II — 8 credits w/lab

·        PSY 3237 Lifespan Development — 4 credits

·        PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology — 4 credits

·        CHEM 1111 General Chemistry I — 4 credits with lab

Nursing course work (enrolled in or successfully completed) NRSG 2000: Introduction to Professional Nursing at BSU (Note: NRSG 2000 is only offered in the fall semester)
GPA (Overall) At least 2.80 (including transfer credits). Applicants who do not have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher may still apply if their credits in the last five years are at a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (at least 30 credits including transfer)
Nursing Assistant course or valid Practical Nurse license Acceptable proof includes an educational transcript or course completion document from a care facility. Taking the CNA certification test is not required, nor does the certificate qualify as proof of course completion.
CPR Certification Current American Heart Association HeartCode BLS or American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR certification
ATI TEAS Assessment Exam Complete the ATI TEAS Assessment Exam with a minimum score of 58.7%. Students may take the exam more than once but any test results must be from the last two years in order to be considered.
International Students

All international students’ transcripts must be reviewed prior to being admitted to Bemidji State University. CGFNS International, Inc., will be used to evaluate transcripts.

International students and all students that graduate from a high school outside of the United States must meet these minimum National Council of State Boards of Nursing TOEFL or IELTS scores:

  • TOEFL Internet Based Test (iBT) overall score of 71
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 6.0

International students from the following countries are exempt from English proficiency or English testing requirements, if their entry-level education (with language of textbooks and verbal instructions in English) was from the following countries: Australia, Barbados, Canada (except Quebec, the only schools approved for exemption are: McGill University, Dawson College, Vanier College, John Abbott College and Heritage College), Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), United States. Applicants from any other country must pass an English-speaking proficiency exam.