To apply to the professional program, an application must be submitted online by APRIL 20th (for fall admission) or by SEPTEMBER 20th (for spring admission) with additional application materials submitted to the School of Nursing, located at the Stop-N-Go Center (1919 University Drive N). Enrollment in the nursing major is limited. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 in college course work is required for evaluation for admission. Actual GPAs of admitted students are generally higher.
Admission is competitive and based on all of the following: 1) GPA in prerequisite courses (see below), 2) completion of prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better, 3) number of credits (up to 27) taken in the North Dakota University System (NDUS), 4) references and recommendations, 5) a personal statement, 6) a personal interview if requested, and 7) evidence of: a) outstanding leadership, b)exceptional community service, c) membership in a group under represented in nursing
Students applying to the nursing major must:
- be admitted to North Dakota State University (for the term of program start)
- be a pre-nursing major
- complete the application to the major
- have two completed reference forms
- have official transcripts for all colleges attended on file with Registration and Records
- have completed a personal statement (within the nursing application)
- provide any additional items as requested
These documents must be on file in the School of Nursing by APRIL 20th (for fall admission) or by SEPTEMBER 20th (for spring admission). Application forms are available in mid-March and are submitted online to the School of Nursing.
Students enrolled at NDSU in the pre-nursing program are encouraged to consult their pre-nursing academic advisor prior to the application deadline.
Selected Prerequisite Courses for Admission
The following courses must be completed prior to applying to the professional nursing major. The selected GPA is calculated on these course.
English 120 – College Composition II – 3 credits
Communication 110 – Fundamentals of Public Speaking – 3 credits
Psychology 111 – Intro to Psychology – 3 credits
Sociology 110 - Introduction to Sociology OR Anthropology 111 - Introduction to Anthropology
Completion of a minimum of 8 credits (of the 19 credits required) in the science category is required. Preference will be given to those students who have completed 11 credits (or more):
Chemistry 117 and 117L – Chemical Concepts and Applications and Lab – 4 credits
Chemistry 260 – Elements of Biochemistry – 4 credits
Microbiology 202 and 202L – Intro to Microbiology and Lab – 3 credits
Biology 220 and 220L – Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab – 4 credits
Biology 221 and 221L – Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab – 4 credits