Admission to BSU
Students must be admitted to Bemidji State University prior to applying for admission to the Nursing major. Apply to BSU Online.
Application to Nursing Program
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. Applications to the nursing program are accepted from August 15 to September 15 only. Students wishing to apply for admission to the nursing major should:
- Enroll in NRSG 2000 for the fall semester.
- Submit a completed, online application no later than September 15 to be considered for acceptance into the nursing program for spring semester. Please review the detailed instructions before beginning the process.
For admission consideration, applicants must have:
- Completed at least 30 semester credits at the 0900-level or above from an accredited college or university, including the required non-nursing courses listed below:
- BIOL 1111/1112 Anatomy & Physiology for Allied Health I/II — 8 credits with lab
- PSY 3237 Lifespan Development — 4 credits
- PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology — 4 credits
- CHEM 1111 General Chemistry I — 4 credits with lab
- The above-listed courses must have been completed within the past five years. All prerequisite courses must be taken for a letter grade; a grade of C or higher is required. Prerequisite classes can be repeated only once for the purpose of improving a grade.
- Prerequisite courses transferred from another school must be formally approved by the nursing department as equivalent before the nursing application is submitted.
- A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. This GPA is required to apply to the program but does not guarantee admission.
- Two completed reference forms from teachers, counselors or employers (see form under MATERIALS above).
- Proof of a completed 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.
- Current American Heart Association HeartCode BLS or BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR certification. Check the links under MATERIALS above for more information about course options.
- Taken or be enrolled in NRSG 2000 at BSU.
Admission to Program
Because the size of each entering class is limited, admission to the nursing program is competitive. The Department of Nursing utilizes a holistic review process for admission, which is centered around our Mission statement and evaluates applicants on the following factors:
- Metrics: 35% weighted value of the overall admission score. Includes cumulative GPA, prerequisite GPA, and scores on sections of the HESI Admission Assessment Exam that focus on Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Mathematics, and Anatomy and Physiology.
- Experience & Attributes: 35% weighted value of the overall admission score. Includes work and volunteer experience, life experience, personal essay and references. References need to speak to attributes such as the applicant’s integrity, perseverance, critical thinking, leadership and problem-solving ability, caring attitude, ability to work with others, and how the applicant values diversity and learning.
- Interview: 30% weighted value of the overall admission score. Applicants will participate in individual interviews and will be scored on the depth, clarity and thoughtfulness of answers.
- 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 scores:
- TOEFL written overall score of 560
- TOEFL CBT overall score of 220
- TOEFL iBT overall score of 83
The Department of Nursing will begin reviewing applications after the September 15 deadline. After that date, additional requirements including HESI Admission Assessment Exam and interviews will be arranged by the department. The Admissions Committee will notify students of their status after all qualified applicants have completed the admissions process and before the registration window opens for spring semester.
Final acceptance into the major is contingent upon completion of state and federal background studies and submission of clinical eligibility documentation by December 1, including CPR certification, immunizations, TB screening and background studies. Candidates will receive detailed information with their acceptance letters about these submission requirements. Accepted Nursing candidates who fail to comply with these requirements by December 1 will not be permitted to start the spring nursing classes and will be dismissed from the program.