Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The mission of the School of Nursing is to advance nursing knowledge and develop dynamic nurse leaders who improve the health of all people, emphasizing the underserved, rural, and diverse populations.

NDSU's nursing curriculum prepares professional nurses by providing a sound educational base for practice, graduate study, professional development, and professional and civic responsibility.

The nursing program serves as a resource for society through consultation, collaboration, advocacy and scholarship.

Career Opportunities

Rapid changes in health care and technology require the nursing profession to continually expand its role. Employment forecasts predict an increasing demand for professional nurses.

Career opportunities for a nurse with a BSN include positions in hospitals, schools, community agencies, the military, insurance companies, nursing homes, clinics, businesses and research settings.

Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of settings that demand critical thinking, autonomy, collaboration and accountability. A four-year BSN degree offers an array of career options and opportunities for career advancement.

Extra-Curricular Activities

There are numerous active student organizations at NDSU, including Student Nurses Association chapters in Bismarck and Fargo. Nursing students are strongly encouraged to participate in campus activities because they provide opportunities for building skills through teamwork, leadership, service and enjoyment.


Information on scholarships for students admitted to the major is available from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and the School of Nursing. Information on first year or transfer student scholarships is available from the Office of Admission.


The School of Nursing is part of the College of Health Professions. Pre-nursing advising is available for all students prior to acceptance into the professional program.

Each nursing student admitted to the professional program is assigned a nursing faculty advisor who is available for academic guidance and assistance.

Students are strongly encouraged to seek the assistance of their advisor early in their plan of study and maintain contact on a regular basis thereafter.


The pre-professional program may be completed at NDSU or at another accredited college or university. Transfer students are encouraged to contact a pre-nursing advisor early to discuss course selection and transferability.

The professional program, which takes three years to complete, must be taken in sequence and cannot be accelerated due to clinical placements.

Selective Admission

To apply, students must be admitted to the University and have completed select prerequisite coursework. Click program buttons above for more information.

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