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LPN Admission Requirements and Process


  1. Admission to NDSU (recommended it is submitted by Sept. 1st for Spring semester). 
  2. Professional Nursing Program Application deadline:  October 15th
  3. Diploma in Nursing with completion of a 66 or more University Credits or Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree.  
  4. The completion of the following courses with a ā€œCā€ or higher are required for admission:
    a.  Biology 220/220L & 221/221L:  Anatomy and Physiology I and II with lab
    b.  Microbiology 202/202L: Introduction to Microbiology
    c.   English 120:  College Composition II
    d.  Communications 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking
    e.  Psychology 250:  Developmental Psychology
    f.   Sociology 110: Introduction to Sociology
  5. Current unencumbered Nursing License as a Licensed Practical Nurse in any state or must be eligible for licensure (must obtain license by May and will be admitted on probation pending licensure)  
  6. Cumulative GPA of a 2.75 or greater and a Nursing GPA of 3.0 or greater 
  7. Completion of the NLN NACE II (RN-BSN) Exams in the areas of Adult Health, Mental Health, Care of the Child, Care of the Client During Childbearing
    a.  Score of 60-70% (exact score required varies per exam) must be obtained on each exam to be eligible to apply to the program
    b.  Exams may be taken twice in a calendar year
    c.  Cost of the exams is subject to change, currently $34-60/each. Student is responsible for the cost.  
    d.  Exams are administered a minimum of  twice a year, April and August. Dates and Registration information is posted in February and June.
    e.  Exams are Computer-Based, and currently are only available at NDSU
  8. Completion of Background Check with satisfactory results prior to admission. Students responsible for costs.  
  9. Completion of an Essay and/or Interview as requested 
  10. $50 Application Fee (subject to change)
  11. Completed Application Form, which includes two References
  12. Students may apply to the LPN-BSN track twice
  13. Upon Admission, students must provide documentation of the following: 
    a.   CPR for the Healthcare Provider
    b.   Health Status Documentation (form to complete)
    c.   Background Check with fingerprints
  14. 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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Phone: +1 701.231.7395 / Fax: 701.231.6257
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