Admission to the University does not grant admission to the nursing program. All students must apply and be accepted to the major before they can begin the sequence of professional nursing courses. Acceptance is on a first-come, first-served basis. The program has a fall semester start only. Once the program is full, applicants will be placed on campus-specific waiting lists. To be considered for acceptance, students must:
- Apply to BSU through the Center for Extended Learning.
- Once admitted to Bemidji State University, you may apply to the RN to B.S. track Nursing major.
- Be fully admitted to Bemidji State University.
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Submit a Department of Nursing Application.
- Be a graduate of a state-approved associate degree or diploma nursing program. There are no required prerequisite courses.
- Be licensed to practice as a registered nurse or be a graduate with license pending. Full admission to the program requires an unencumbered license.
- Have internet access suitable for delivery of online courses and peer collaboration.
- A current, unencumbered RN license number
- CPR certification
- Current, up-to-date immunizations and Mantoux
- Complete both a Federal and State (in the state the student resides) background study that shows the ability to provide direct patient care. A student that is not authorized to provide unsupervised care, based on background study results, will be unable to progress in the program.
- Students must reside in Minnesota, North Dakota or Wisconsin and a student must have an unencumbered RN license from the state in which they reside. If a student changes states of residency while in the program they may not be able to continue in the program unless they move to North Dakota, Wisconsin or Minnesota. If a student changes states of residency, they must notify the Department of Nursing.
- Applicants who meet all admission requirements will be admitted with regular status.
- Applicants who are in the process of completing an AS/AA/AD nursing program or are awaiting licensure results may be admitted with provisional status. Provisionally admitted students must provide a valid RN license number by August 1st in order to be fully admitted to the program. If a final transcript or licensure status indicates the applicant has not met the admission requirements, provisional status will be withdrawn; the applicant will not be considered as admitted to the program and will not be permitted to continue with enrollment in nursing courses.
- Individuals admitted to the nursing program are required to register for fall classes by August 1. Seats in the nursing classes will not be held for admitted students after that date and will be given to others on the wait list.
- Individuals admitted to the nursing program are required to complete an on-line orientation course provided by the Department of Nursing.
Applicants will receive transfer evaluations from the Admission’s Office once they have been admitted to BSU. The completion of a bachelor’s degree at BSU requires the completion of BSU’s liberal education requirements or the MN transfer curriculum.
In addition, universities in the Minnesota State system require 40 credits at the 3000 and 4000 level for the bachelor’s degree. The RN-BS program provides 36 of the 40 credits through required nursing courses; students need to take 4 additional upper-level credits to complete the degree.