BSN Admitted Student Requirements

Upon admission to the BSN program, new students will receive information about required documentation of immunizations and other screenings, CPR, background checks, etc., prior to program start.

Frequently Ask Questions about the BSN Program

The BS in Nursing student handbook is your guide to the program processes and your success. Students are accountable for familiarizing themselves with that latest Handbook version contents and for compliance with the policies and procedures within the Handbook.

To comply with Minnesota, federal, and agency requirements for MSUM’s BS in Nursing students must verify all program requirements before program start and during enrollment in the program. 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 currently required; in such case students would need to comply with the added clinical site requirement(s).

Specific immunizations and other verifications are required by our clinical agencies. It is the student’s responsibility to remain compliant and up-to-date with all program required verifications. Students who are non-compliant in their requirements face risk of program dismissal. The following verifications are currently required by our clinical agencies; thus, are required for all nursing students.

  • Chickenpox/Varicella
  • COVID-19
  • Flu
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (MMR)
  • Pertussis, Tetanus, Diphtheria (Tdap)
  • Mantoux/Tuberculosis (TB) Clearance (2-step TB Skin Test (TST) or blood test)

Liability Insurance
The University (through MnSCU) provides liability insurance for nursing students (and faculty members) only for when students/faculty function as students/faculty. Students are not covered by this liability insurance while practicing for pay, during personal volunteer work, or during any engagements other than in student role. BS in Nursing students are encouraged to carry their own personal professional liability policies as practicing clinicians. Reasonable insurance rates may be obtained from insurance companies, e.g., the Nursing Service Organization (NSO), Mercer (through the ANA) and others.

Criminal Background Checks
National and State criminal background checks are required by the program. A student who is disqualified from having patient contact based on results of a background check will be delayed in academic progression until qualified to provide direct care or the student will be ineligible for a degree in this program.

Professional Level BLS CPR/First Aid Certification
All students are required to be Professional Level BLS CPR/First Aid certified through the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association. Students must be certified by program start, and maintain all renewals throughout the program.

Students are required to purchase specific uniform attire, equipment, and learning resources that are used throughout the program. These specific requirements are shared at the program orientation.

BS in Nursing students are REQUIRED to attend the on-site orientation. Please know that orientation is typically within a week before or during the new semester start.

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.