• Nursing (RN to BSN)

School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership

  • RN-BSN Current Student Resources


    New and current RN-BSN students will find essential information here within the tabs below.

  • The RN-BSN student handbook is your guide to the program processes and your success.

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    On admission to the program, RN-BSN students must provide verification of the following health related immunizations and/or tests and other programmatic requirements. Students admitted since January 2015 submit verifications to the Certified Background® repository. Students who began prior to 2015 submit verifications to the Nursing Student database (see Uploading Documents to the Database).

    To comply with Minnesota, federal, and agency requirements for MSUM’s RN-BSN students, all students must verify all program requirements (listed below) before program start. Thereafter, some requirements will need re-verification, depending on how long your program of study lasts. Also, some agencies may add requirements beyond what are current below; in such case students would need to comply with the added clinical site requirement(s).

    To remain program compliant, it is absolutely the student’s responsibility to remain current with verifications listed below. Students who are non-compliant face risk of program dismissal.

    Required Health Related Verifications: Immunizations and/or Tests


    Acceptable Proof


    1. FLU Vaccine

    Annual record of vaccine during flu season (Oct 1 – March 31); deadline: Nov 1.

    on file in fall by Nov 1 annually

    1. Hepatitis B

    Documentation of 3-dose series OR lab report documenting Hep B immunity (e.g., HepBsAb or anti HepB)

    on admission

    1. Varicella (Chickenpox)

    Documentation of immunization (2 doses) OR lab report documenting immunity (a varicella-zoster virus (VZV) titer).
    Note: a history of varicella disease does not guarantee immune status.

    on admission

    1. TB screening

    Either a, b, or c below

    1. One two-step Tuberculin Skin Test (TST). Submit report of two TSTs on admission. One-step annually thereafter. OR
    2. Chest X-Ray report by provider. A healthcare provider report of one negative chest x-ray (within past 24 months) and absence of symptoms. OR
    3. Lab Test. A negative TB blood test on admission (e.g., QuantiFeron®-TB or T-Spot® TB).

    on admission
    2-step TB or b, c
    annual one-step TB

    1. Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (MMR)

    Documentation of two vaccines OR lab report documenting immunity (a titer documenting immunity of all three diseases)

    on admission

    1. Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis

    Either a or b below

    1. One dose of Tdap vaccine within the last 10 years. OR
    2. One dose of Tdap vaccine administered as an adult and one booster dose of Td within the last 10 years. (must provide both records as a single upload)

    on admission and annually


    Required Other Verifications


    Acceptable Proof


    1. Background check – Minnesota

    MSUM nursing students must complete a Minnesota Department of Human Services (MDHS) background study on admission and annually.

    on admission and annually

    1. Background check - Federal

    Admitted students must complete the ACI federal background study on admission and within 12 months of the final student semester, before capstone courses begin.

    on admission and prior to final semester

    1. Current CPR Certification

    Documentation of current Healthcare Provider/Professional Level CPR certification (expires q 2 yrs)

    on admission keep current while actively enrolled

    1. Demographics Questionnaire form

    In School of Nursing website > RN-BSN Program > Student Resources tab > forms. Sign and submit

    on admission

    1. Current RN Licensure

    Proof of licensure is required by program start and must remain current (re-submit as needed).

    on admission keep current while actively enrolled

    1. HIPAA Training & Acknowledgement Signature

    A brief HIPAA review is linked further in this Handbook. Students must review and then verify obligations related to HIPAA by signing and submitting the Acknowledgements and Understandings Form (Appendix C of the Student Handbook).

    on admission

    1. Student Handbook Acknowledgement

    Students verify understanding of the current RN-BSN Program Student Handbook by signing and submitting the Acknowledgements and Understandings Form (Appendix C of the Student Handbook).

    on admission re-submit, as directed, as handbook is updated


    Where to Upload Required Verifications



    • Do not send verifications/compliance documents to the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership.
    • All records must be OFFICIAL and must be uploaded in the Certified Background or faxed/emailed to their agency. If you need assistance, please call CertifiedBackground.com directly at (888) 666-7788, OR
    • All records must be uploaded to the Nursing Student Database (admits prior to 2015)


    Uploading Documents to the Database


    HIPAA Training & Acknowledgment

    For program compliance, new RN-BSN students must verify HIPAA obligations. The 3-step process follows:

    1. RN-BSN students are to review the following document:

      HIPAA Basics for Providers:Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules (Medicare Learning Network, May 2015)
    2. Next, students review the following for RN-BSN Program compliance:
      1. the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) requires that individually identifiable patient information be disclosed on a need to know basis only;
      2. care must be taken to minimize incidental disclosures & must disclose only minimal amounts of information necessary to accomplish a task;
      3. the minimum disclosure standard does not apply to requests for information by a healthcare provider for treatment purposes (for example, if one must administer a medication, you will have full access to the medical record) - this is covered by the patient’s consent for treatment;
      4. in order to protect patient/client privacy, all personally identifying information must be removed from student assignments (e.g., individual’s name, initials, address, phone #, etc);
      5. student papers with possibility of patient information available may not be copied for careless circulation & handling – these documents must be carefully stored or shredded;
      6. confidentiality & privacy also extends to oral communications which extend beyond the need to know for treatment &/or educational purposes; and
      7. a clinical agency may require the nursing student to meet any additional HIPAA
      8. HIPAA is a federal law and penalties for wrongful disclosure include fines &/or imprisonment.
    3. Sign appropriate section on the RN-BSN Program Acknowledgements and Understandings Form (RN-BSN Student Handbook, Appendix C).
      • Students must verify acknowledgement of this HIPAA information on the RN-BSN Program Acknowledgements and Understandings Form
    4. Upload the signed form to the appropriate site (Certified Background for admits after 2015; Nursing Student Database for those admitted prior to 2015).





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    RN-BSN Program: Computer Access and Recommendations

    This program exclusively uses the online environment in this educational experience. Therefore, it is important for students to utilize appropriate hardware and software to be successful. MSUM’s Information Technology department will help ensure that your equipment will serve your needs; please contact Information Technology for any questions: support@mnstate.edu.

    Basically, you will be served best in the MnSCU system if your computer is a PC, if you use current Microsoft Office products, and use Firefox as your browser.

    Below are the suggested minimum technology requirements for the RN-BSN Program.


    • Processor: Inter Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM or higher (8 is better)
    • Hard Drive: 250 GB minimum
    • Internet Access: Cable, DSL, FiOS
    • Video: On board video, 512 MB memory, minimum
    • Wireless: Campus does have 802.11g or 802.11b access points, fyi
    • Soundcard: Any compatible type – there will be internet meetings in some courses
    • Speakers: Any compatible type – see above
    • Webcam: Optional – though desirable for internet meetings
    • USB Flash: 2 GB (recommended only)
    • Browser: Firefox (recommended as works best with MnSCU systems), Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari (most recent version)
    • Surge Protector: Recommended
    • Anti-Virus: Yes [examples: Symantec, McAfee, Bitefender (paid products) OR Avast amd MS Security Essentials (freeware)]

    Minimum Software

    • Operating System: Microsoft Window 7 professional or higher
    • Programs: Microsoft Office 2010 or newer/higher version
      • Microsoft Word (not Microsoft Works)
      • Microsoft PowerPoint
      • Microsoft Excel Virus Protection required to access campus networks


    • The program does not recommend or support the Microsoft Vista Operating system.
    • The program recommends Windows/Intel based computers to ensure full compatibility with internal systems and applications.
    • A Macintosh brand computer may work for some operations; however, there are typically instances where a Macintosh is not compatible.
    • MSUM offers discounted software purchased for current students @ http://www.mnstate.edu/it/personalpurchases.aspx
    • MSUM also has a link to a computer check @ http://www.mnstate.edu/instructional-technology/computer-check.aspx  
    • A computer for educational purposes can be applied to your financial aid and might be a tax deduction.
    • Maintenance of a personal computer is the student’s responsibility.
    • See IT Purchasing Recommendations for computers.


    You will find a great introduction to our program and frequently asked questions in this video.


    Scholarships available through the funding of the MSUM Alumni Foundation and facilitated through the MSUM Nursing Scholarship Committee 

    MSUM Nursing Scholarships

    Students interested in applying for a scholarship offered through the MSUM Nursing Department, please submit an electronic application to the MSUM Scholarship Committee by February 15 each year. There are a number of scholarships available, each having individual criteria. A single application will be used to screen for scholarship eligibility.

    Application for all is completed with the provided online application:

    • Antoinette Eliason Memorial Scholarship - This award is made available through MSUM past President and Mrs. Barden, in memory of Mrs. Barden’s mother. Award selection is based on applicant need.
    • Arty Heald Memorial Scholarship - Arthur (Arty) John Pedro Heald was the son of nursing professor Donna Heald Clark, who died at age 30 of a rare form of kidney cancer. Throughout his 20 month battle with the disease, Arty exemplified the heroism of those who are diagnosed with a serious illness. He never lost courage or spirit. This need based scholarship provides financial support for baccalaureate nursing students as they further their knowledge to provide the most competent and compassionate care for heroes like Arty.
    • Dakota Medical Foundation Scholarship - This ward is made available through a matching grant with the Dakota Medical Foundation. Award selection is based on applicant merit and need, and requires residence or employment within the DMF service area.
    • Leroy Justesen Family Scholarship - This scholarship is provided by the Justesen family and selection is based on academic achievement, as well as scholarship qualification.
    • MeritCare Oswald Ronice Scholarship - This award is made available through the Oswald Ronice family. Scholarship selection is based on scholarship, merit, extra-curricular activity and need.
    • MSUM Nursing Program Scholarships - This award is made available through gifts provided to MSUM and designated for nursing education. The recipient selection is based on academic achievement, professional goals and financial need.
    • Olaf and Ruby Aarseth Endowment - Financial Need, Honors Apprentice
    • The Rodney and Carolyn Pseka Annual Nursing Scholarship - Nursing & Health Care Leadership, Female, Single Mother

    Other Scholarship, Grant, Loan, Reimbursement & Career Information


    The MSUM Student Handbook provides general guidance and direction and is not intended to cover every conceivable situation. The information about University policies outlines the rights, responsibilities, and privileges enjoyed by the students, faculty, and staff that make up the University community.

    The Xi Kappa Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, provides valuable resources throughout your nursing career, connection with peers, opportunities for mentoring and making a difference in the future of health care.