• RN to BSN Program Admission

School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership

  • Admission to the RN to BSN Program

    Admission Criteria

    • Admission to Minnesota State University Moorhead
    • Minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.75
    • Two professional reference forms are required from registered nurses who are either nursing faculty members or who have supervised your work in the clinical setting. References from friends, peers, and family members will not be accepted.
    • Typed essay
    • Active RN license or scheduled to take State Board Exam
    • Provisional acceptance will be granted to qualified students who are waiting to take the NCLEX Exam or receive results

    Admission Deadlines

    • Fall Semester: March 15th
    • Spring Semester: October 15th

    Previously admitted students who withdrew need to reapply to MSUM and to the School of Nursing. If you reapply to the School of Nursing the semester after withdrawing, you must also reapply to MSUM unless you are enrolled in a non-nursing course.

    Application Procedure

    Two separate application processes must be completed:

    1. First apply to MSUM. Complete the online application or complete the paper application and mail the MSUM application to the Admissions Office. You must be accepted to MSUM and have an active application before the School of Nursing application can be processed. You will need to have an MSUM Dragon ID Number before applying to the School of Nursing.
    2. After you are accepted into MSUM, you will apply to the School of Nursing online.

    Post-Admission Requirements

    • Copy of current nursing license
    • Copy of current CPR card
    • Copy of yearly Mantoux skin test, blood test, or chest X-ray
    • Evidence of Hepetitis B immunization (complete series of 3 injections)
    • Evidence of Tetanus/T-dap immunization
    • Evidence of MMR immunity (vaccination or titer)
    • Evidence of Varicella immunity (immunization, titer, or letter from primary care provider)
    • Evidence of Influenza immunization
    • Evidence of MDHS background check (you will receive an e-mail from the School of Nursing on how to complete this)
    • Evidence of federal background check (you will receive an e-mail from the School of Nursing on how to complete this)

    International Student Policy: School Of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership

    The Homeland Security Act of 2002 fundamentally changed the requirements for the international students who wish to study in the United States. The major change that affects an online program is that no more than the equivalent of one online/distance education class or 3 credits per session may count towards the "full course of study" requirement. A full copy of the NAFSA (Association of International Educators) Advisory Manual is available through the International Student Affairs Office [Chapter 3: F-1 Students; Section 3.20.7; Authority cite 8 C.F.R. SS 214.2(f) (6) (i) (G)]. Students are able to be admitted to this program if they have an active Work Visa. Students are unable to be admitted to this program if they have a Student Visa.

    RN to BSN Orientation

    Orientation to the online RN to BSN (RNB) program will be held prior to the first semester you begin for all newly admitted students. This one-day event takes place at MSUM and NHCC at the beginning of the first semester you enter the RNB program.

    This orientation is very important, especially for those new to web-based learning. The MSUM nursing program is discussed in detail, students learn how to navigate the library from home and registration procedures, are introduced to the instructional management system (D2L Brightspace), and meet with their advisors.