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NDSU online nursing program provides seamless transfer for associate degree nurses

NDSU’s School of Nursing and the North Dakota State College of Science are making it possible for seamless transition of students with two-year nursing degrees who want to pursue their four-year online Bachelor of Science in nursing degree.

NDSU’s online blended RN to BSN program makes it possible for nurses with associate degrees to work fulltime while seeking a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The application process is convenient because NDSU and NDSCS are in the same state university system. In-state transfer allows students to seamlessly move within the North Dakota University System to advance their nursing careers.

The courses in NDSU’s online, blended RN to BSN program build on the nursing knowledge that students gain in their associate degree education, without repeating content from their previous nursing program.

Two-year nursing students can apply for the NDSU online BSN program at any time while studying at NDSCS. There are no application fees for fall 2020 admission to the program.

After completing one semester in the online NDSU RN to BSN program, eligible students who meet criteria can receive 25 competency credits at no cost. In addition, eligible students who meet criteria may pursue a direct admission option to the NDSU online RN to BSN program when they complete their associate degree in nursing.

Students interested in the program receive personalized advising from an NDSU nursing faculty member.

Kyra Ekre, a Bismarck, North Dakota, native currently enrolled in the program appreciates being able to invest in her education and the accessibility of professors. “They get back to us really fast. They understand that we are full-time working professionals. My professors are so understanding. They want to meet you where you’re at,” said Ekre.

“This innovative and exciting program helps nurses who are working fulltime pursue their online BSN degree and advance their nursing practice,” said Carla Gross, chair and associate dean of NDSU School of Nursing.

“The collaboration between NDSCS and NDSU Nursing Departments is a great opportunity for NDSCS RN graduates who want to continue their education,” said Deb Smith, chair and assistant professor at NDSCS Department of Nursing.

The NDSU School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions provides bachelor’s and graduate nursing education. Programs are available for part- and full-time students, working professionals and those seeking online educational opportunities. 

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