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The pre-licensure track is intended for students who do not currently possess an RN license. Students accepted to the program can complete their degree in as little as five semesters. In addition to earning their degree, students are  prepared to earn licensure by taking the NCLEX.

Why BSU Nursing?

  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Rolling admissions—once you meet the program requirements, you can apply and rest assured that you will be starting in the next cohort. There is no prolonged waiting period or surprises.
  • 100% NCLEX pass rate
  • Enormous, fully equipped nursing lab. Nearly 8,000 square feet (6 hospital bays, 2 high fidelity simulation rooms, 4 recording rooms and 5 clinic bays).

Your Next Steps

  1. Apply to BSU
  2. Apply for Financial Aid (if necessary)
  3. Contact the Nursing Student Services Coordinator to make a degree plan
  4. Apply to the pre-licensure track once you’ve met the application requirements
Pre-Licensure Program Specifications

For more information on the courses in this program, visit the course catalog.

Pre-Licensure Application Requirements

All applicants must be meet the following requirements prior to submitting their application:

Criteria Requirements
General course work (successfully completed) At least 30 college credits (including transfer credits)
Program prerequisites (completed within the past 5 years and achieved at least a “C” grade)*

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

GPA (Overall) At least 2.80 (including transfer credits). Applicants who do not have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher may still apply if their credits in the last five years are at a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (at least 30 credits including transfer)
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.
CPR Certification Current American Heart Association HeartCode BLS or American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR certification
ATI TEAS Assessment Exam Complete the ATI TEAS Assessment Exam with a minimum score of 58.7%. Students may take the exam more than once but any test results must be from the last two years in order to be considered.
International Students

All international students’ transcripts must be reviewed prior to being admitted to Bemidji State University. 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 Internet Based Test (iBT) overall score of 71
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 6.0

International 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 and Northern Ireland), United States. Applicants from any other country must pass an English-speaking proficiency exam.

*Prerequisite courses transferred from another school must be formally approved by the nursing department as equivalent before you submit your application.


Get in touch with the Nursing Student Services Coordinator if you have any questions about the pre-licensure program, submitting your application, registering for courses and everything in between!

Michael Simpson Nursing Student Services Coordinator photo

Michael Simpson
Nursing Student Services Coordinator

Location: Bensen Hall 223
Phone: (218) 755-2486


The pre-licensure track is NOT a hybrid/online program. Students can do their pre-requisite coursework to their choosing, but all courses in the major are offered on campus with no scheduled summer courses.

A minimum of five semesters. Admitted students officially begin the program in spring of their sophomore year (see four year recommended schedule). All students must be take NRSG 2000: Introduction to Professional Nursing in the fall or spring semester of their sophomore year. If the students decides take it in the spring, they should have already been accepted to the program.

Yes! — but transfer students must be admitted to BSU prior to applying to the nursing major. Any prerequisite courses transferred from another school must be formally approved by the nursing department. If you have any questions as to whether courses are considered equivalent, please work with the Nursing Student Services Coordinator.

Any student can apply provided they’ve met the application requirements. Many of our first-year students come to BSU with significant amounts of college credits earned, so it may be possible to apply to the program right away rather than using your first-year to complete those requirements. If you think this might apply to you, please contact the Nursing Student Services Coordinator.

Between 50 — 60.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Although there is no official deadline, students are encouraged to submit their applications by December 15th if they intend to start in the spring semester. If a cohort meets capacity, accepted students can be added to a waiting list or defer their start to the following year as there is one official start for the program.

You only need to show proof that you’ve completed the class. That can be a transcript or a certificate of completion. Although getting certified and working as a CNA is great experience for nursing, the department wants applicants to have taken the class for the skills you learn. It’s up to the applicant whether they want to get certified.

Bemidji and the surrounding areas. Clinical rotations begin during a student’s junior year.

Yes, the Community Health course and corresponding clinical experiences will allow you to apply within your state’s Board of Nursing upon graduation.

We do not have an accelerated LPN-BSN program. LPNs are welcome to apply, but they will need to fulfill the same requirements as other students.

We do not have an accelerated program; however, a prior Bachelor’s degree means that the student will have already met the Core Curriculum requirement.