Pre-Licensure Admission Process

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 once a year 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.
New Nursings Students Reading Nightengale Pledge
Newly-admitted students recite the Nightingale Pledge at the Induction Ceremony.

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 ATI TEAS Assessment Exam that focus on Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Mathematics, and Anatomy and Physiology. Applicants are allowed to take the ATI TEAS Admission Assessment Exam two times, with the best score to be considered for application. The BSU Advising Success Center is offering the ATI TEAS Exam click here for more information on testing times and requirements.
  • 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:  All international students’ transcripts must be reviewed prior to being admitted to the program.  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 Paper Based Test (PBT) overall score of 560
    • TOEFL Computer Based Test (CBT) overall score of 220
    • TOEFL Internet Based Test (iBT) overall score of 84
    • TOEFL speaking score of 26
    • IELTS Academic overall score of 6.5
    • IELTS minimum of 6.0 on all modules
    •  Countries exempt from English proficiency or English testing requirements:
           BSU Department of Nursing follows the Minnesota Board of Nursing guidelines, 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 & Northern Ireland), United States. Applicants from any other country must pass an English-speaking proficiency exam.
Incomplete Application Components

If any component of the metrics and application requirements noted above are not completed by the due date or appointment time, the student will get a zero in that category.  If you have any questions, contact the nursing department at BSU at

Acceptance Process

The Department of Nursing will begin reviewing applications after the September 15 deadline.  The Student Admission & Progression Committee will notify students of their status in mid-October.

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. Students will also be expected to attend a mandatory program orientation that will be held in late October (details will be outlined in the admission letter).