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LPN Admission Requirements and Process


  1. Admission to NDSU (must have submitted by Sept. 1st for Spring). 
  2. Professional Nursing Program Application deadline:  October 15th
  3. Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree or a Diploma in Nursing with completion of a 66 or more University Credits.  
  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 3.0 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.       A Decision Score of 90 must be obtained on each exam (Overall Score 60-70%, exact score required varies per exam)
    b.      Exams may be taken twice in a calendar year
    c.       Cost of the exams is subject to change, currently $35-65/each. Student is responsible for the cost.  
    d.      Exams are administered a minimum of  twice a year, April and August
    e.       Exams are Computer-Based, and currently are only available at NDSU
    f.       Admission preference to individuals who have passed all 4 exams

  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 Admission 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. As Courses are online, students must meet the technology requirements for the program as outlined in the Student Handbook and online at the DCE website.  
  15. Additional courses will be required for the nursing major including, Chemistry Concepts (Chem 117/L); Biochemistry (Chem 260); Introduction to Psychology (Psyc 111).  



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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 07, 2015 11:29:55 AM