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 and spring semester start.


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. A student may still apply if they are in the process of completing their nursing degree.
  • 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.
  • Submit:
    • A current, unencumbered RN license
    • 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 BSU Department of Nursing.

Admission Status

  • Applicants who meet all admission requirements will be admitted and assigned a faculty advisor.
  • 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 by August 1st in order to remain enrolled in program courses.

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 32 of the 40 credits through required nursing courses; students may need to take up to 8 additional 3000/4000 level credits to complete the degree.