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Frequently Asked Questions – BSN Track


Is the BSN program accredited?

  • Yes, NDSU’s BSN program has been fully accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for over 10 years.

What requirements are needed for admission?

  • Evidence of admission to NDSU
  • Evidence of pre-nursing status (pre-nursing declared as your major)
  • Completion of all pre-requisite coursework, including 11 science credits.
  • Completed application to the nursing major
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (except NDSU) on file with Office of Registration and Records.
  • Two references
  • Essay
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all college level work.
  • Eligibility for sophomore standing (27 credits completed)

Can the professional nursing program be completed in less than 3 years?

  • No. The curriculum is designed in a way which allows courses to build on each other, and the courses must be taken in sequence.

When can I apply to the nursing program?

  • You are able to apply when all pre requisite courses are completed (see admission requirements page). Applications are available mid-March on the NDSU Nursing web page, and they are due May 20th.

 If I take pre requisite courses in the summer after applying to the program, will they count for the application?

  • No. All pre requisite courses must be completed prior to May 20th in order for the application to be considered.

Do courses transferred from another college count for pre requisite courses?

  • If the transferred course is accepted as equivalent to a pre requisite course at NDSU, it will be accepted. NDSU’s Registration & Records Department determines this by evaluating transcripts from other colleges. You are responsible for submitting official transcripts for all college credits you have received.

Does NDSU offer an Accelerated BSN program (for students who already have a Bachelors degree)?

  • No, there is not an accelerated program offered.

Do I have to be an NDSU student to apply to the nursing program?

  • No. You must be accepted to NDSU before applying, but prerequisite courses can be completed at another college.

When is the deadline to apply to the BSN program?

  • May 20th.

How often are applications accepted for the BSN program?

  • Applications are accepted once per year, in the Spring for Fall admission.

What Chemistry course do I need to take in order to apply to the program?

  • CHEM 117/117L is required and is the pre-requisite for taking CHEM 260. CHEM 121/121L will be accepted, but CHEM 140 would also need to be taken in order to meet the requirements for CHEM 260.

Will I be able to “specialize” in an area of nursing while in the BSN program?

  • The NDSU nursing program will prepare you as a generalist. You will be exposed to many areas in nursing. You will be able to “specialize” in a certain area of nursing when you become employed after graduation.

Is the BSN program offered online?

  • No, the courses in the BSN program are traditional, in classroom courses.

Does being a nurse aide help my chances of getting into the program?

  • Being a nurse aide does not give a student an advantage in the admission process.

How many pre-requisite classes can I retake?

  • There can be no more than three retakes. This includes courses retaken at NDSU or at another institution.

Who should I ask to be references for the application?

  • It is recommended to ask 2 people who know you well who can evaluate your qualities. Examples of an appropriate reference would be a former employer, teacher, clergy, etc. who you have worked closely with. It does not have to be someone working in a medical profession.

When will I be notified if I am accepted into the program?

  • You will receive a letter in the mail typically by the July 4th holiday.

What should I do if I do not get accepted into the program?

  • It is recommended to discuss your situation and options with your academic advisor. Typically there is a designated person available for this during the summer. You can contact the Nursing Department office at 701-231-7395 or to arrange an appointment.

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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7395 / Fax: (701) 231-6257
Campus address: Sudro Hall 136
Physical/delivery address: 1401 Albrecht Boulevard, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2670 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 2:37:07 PM