RN to BS Track Admission Process

Admission to BSU

Application to Bemidji State University can be made at any time. 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. 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. COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be fully admitted to Bemidji State University.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Click here for a transfer GPA calculator.
  • 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.
  • Submit a current, unencumbered RN license number by July 15.
  • Have Internet access suitable for delivery of online courses and peer collaborations.

Transfer Credits

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.

Admission Status

  • 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 July 15 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or licensure status indicates the applicant has not met the admission requirements, provisional status will be withdrawn; the applicant will not be considered as admitted to the program and will not be permitted to continue with enrollment in nursing courses.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 and are encouraged to attend on-campus orientation provided by the Department of Nursing, usually scheduled on the first day of classes.