LPN Admission Requirements and Process


1. Completion of the NLN NACE (Validation) Exams.  Please see Validation Exams for more information. 

2. Admission to NDSU. Admission to NDSU is not required to complete the validation exams (NACE exams).

3. Professional Nursing Program Requirements

  • NLN NACE exams must be completed prior to applying to the professional program.
  • Graduate with a Certificate, Diploma, Associate of Applied Science, or Associate of Arts/Science in Practical Nursing. 
  • Cumulative GPA of a 2.75 or greater and a Nursing GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • The completion of the following courses with a "C" or higher:
    • Biology 220/2201 & 221/2211: Anatomy and Physiology I and II with lab
    • Microbiology 202/202L: Introduction to Microbiology
    • English 120: College Composition II
    • Communications 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking
    • Psychology 250: Developmental Psychology
    • Sociology 110: Introduction to Sociology
  • Current unencumbered Nursing License as a Licensed Practical Nurse in an eligible state, or must be able to obtain license by May and will be admitted on probation pending licensure
  • Completed Nursing Application, (sent to students after passing all 4 NACE exams)
    • Personal Statement and Resume 
    • Application Capacity Fee (currently $50 but is subject to change)
    • Criminal background check (See College of Health Professions Policy 3.08). (student responsible for fee)

5. Upon admission, students must provide documentation of the following:

  • CPR for the Healthcare Provider
  • Health Status and required immunization documentation
  • FBI background Check with fingerprints ($25, subject to change)
  • Health Insurance
  • Acceptance Deposit ($100, subject to change; applied to first semester tuition once nursing courses start; non-refundable if nursing courses not started). 

6. Additional courses will be required for the nursing major including, Chemistry Concepts (Chem 117/L); Biochemistry (Bioc 260); Introduction to Psychology (Psyc 111 ).

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