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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 completed reference forms
  • Essay
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on all college level work.
  • Eligibility for sophomore standing (27 credits completed)

How often are applications accepted for the BSN program? 

  • We accept applications twice per year: in the fall for spring admission and in the spring for fall admission.  

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 prerequisite courses are completed (see admission requirements page). Applications, reference forms, and instructions will be available on the NDSU Nursing main page. Applications for fall admission are due April 20th and applications for spring admission are due September 20th.  

If I take prerequisite courses in the summer after applying to the program for fall admission, will they count for the application?  

  • No. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to April 20th in order for the application to be considered. 

If I take prerequisite courses in the fall, can I still apply for spring admission?  

  • Prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the summer semester (prior to fall semester starting) in order to be considered as part of your application for spring admission.  

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?  

  • April 20th for fall admission; September 20th for spring 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 for fall admission. 

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. 

How many times can I apply to the program? 

  • There is no limit to the number of times you can apply, but there is a limit of three prerequisite courses you are able to retake. 



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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7395 / Fax: (701) 231-6257
Fargo Campus address: Stop and Go Center
Physical/delivery address: 1919 University Drive North, Suite 1,Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2670 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050

NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health
Phone: 701.323.6271
Address: 512 N Seventh Street, Bismarck, ND 58501

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