The nursing department offers supportive opportunities for all nursing students, including specialized scholarships, the Student Nurses Association, internships, and several resources to guide your way through the program.
Several scholarships are available for students who have been accepted into the nursing program. Applications are due in February each year for the following school year. Learn about eligibility and application guidelines here.
Student Resource Manual
The Department of Nursing Student Resource Manual serves as the student handbook for nursing students, containing policies that govern progression through the program. Students wishing to submit a complaint or file a grievance about department policy should follow the process outlined by the department. Find the current version of the Resource Manual and grievance process here.
Upon admittance to both the pre-licensure and RN-BS tracks, students must submit documentation of clinical eligibility to the TCCP Student Passport tracking system and must maintain that eligibility throughout the program. Required elements include American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers or BLS HeartCode CPR certification, immunizations, drug testing, annual TB screening and background studies.
The Student Nurses Association is an active student club for all current and prospective nursing students. Learn more about SNA here.
Niganawenimaanaanig Indigenous Nursing Program
Niganawenimaanaanig (We take care of them) provides support and community to Indigenous nursing students within the pre-licensure and RN-BS tracks at Bemidji State.
The department regularly offers an Internship course to support nursing students in exciting and rewarding internship experiences. Internships provide an opportunity to practice nursing in the company of an experienced nurse preceptor for 8-10 weeks during the summer. Many hospitals provide paid or non-paid internships for nursing students between their junior and senior years. Nurse Interns must be actively registered in a nursing course to participate in most internship programs. Find the most recent information about nursing internship requirements here. For help finding an internship, visit the Career Services Internship web page.
Opportunities to study abroad are often available to nursing students. Classes that have been offered by the department include:
- Bemidji State University nursing students have the opportunity to travel to China in the 2nd year of a study abroad pilot-program during the month of May 2020. This trip allows students to gain knowledge, experience and perspective of other cultures in relation to health care and medical practices. Learn about eligibility and application guidelines here.
How to Apply for a RN License or PHN Registration in MN
- Fact Sheet for Online Licensure by Exam
- Applying for PHN Registration (Online only; we do not accept the paper affidavit forms)
The role of the nursing department in both of these processes is to verify degree completion for the Minnesota Board of Nursing, which can be done after your degree is posted. The Records Office will begin processing applications for graduation at the end of the semester. It may take 3-5 weeks after the end of your last semester for your degree to be posted. To see if your degree has been posted go to MyBSU – E-Services – Academic Record – Chronological – Get Academic Record. Once your degree has been posted it will show up at the top.
The above instructions apply to MN licensure only. Graduates wishing to obtain a license in another state will need to follow the process outlined by that state’s board of nursing.