BSN Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions about Minnesota State University Moorhead's (MSUM) Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
What types of undergraduate programs in nursing does MSUM offer?
- BS in Nursing (for nurses that do not have an RN license)
- RN-BSN (for nurses who already have an RN license but not a bachelor’s degree)
Can I enroll at MSUM and take classes before I am admitted to the BSN program?
Yes, please contact Admissions.
What courses do I take to apply to the BSN program?
Please see the BSN Admission & Application Requirements webpage.
What is the holistic admission process for the BSN program?
The full holistic admission process can be found on the BSN Program Admission & Application Requirements webpage.
When will I be notified of acceptance into the program?
Find information about admission decision notification on the BSN Admission & Application Requirements webpage.
What is the TEAS test?
TEAS, which stands for Test of Essential Academic Skills, is administered through Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Nursing Education. The test is a basic aptitude test designed to identify students who would succeed in nursing school and who have the ability to think like a nurse. The cost to take this assessment is incurred by the student.
Where can I take the TEAS exam?
The TEAS exam is a product of Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI). Applicants can create an account on the ATI TEAS website and look to register for a test date by searching for MN State U Moorhead. More information on the TEAS test and dates can be found on the Testing Services webpage.
How can I prepare for the TEAS exam?
Please see the ATI website for further details: TEAS Prep
May I retake the TEAS exam to get a better score?
Yes, you can but you will have to pay each time.
What are the required courses for the BSN program?
Please view the MSUM BSN program plan and Nursing Admission and Application Requirements.
Is the BSN program offered online?
The delivery method varies from course to course. Some courses are a combination of face to face, online, lab and clinical. On campus, lab and clinical presence is required for the program. The program is not offered completely online.
I have another degree but am interested in the BSN program. What should I do?
Is there a limit to the number of students admitted to the BS in nursing program?
Yes, we will admit 32 students per nursing term start.
Is a CNA required for admission to the program?
Although a CNA is not required, it is highly encouraged as it helps students become more comfortable with patient care and interpersonal skills.
Do I have to take courses in the summer?
Once you are accepted into the nursing program, you will be taking courses/clinicals in the summer. We have sequenced this program to allow students to complete as an 8-semester program (this includes summers).
I took college level coursework in high school. How do you evaluate those courses for admission into the nursing program?
The registrar’s office will review all your coursework prior to admission to MSUM. The courses used to evaluate for nursing program admission must have a letter grade associated to that course and we need an official college transcript. Advanced Placement (AP) courses will be considered on the following grade equivalent scale:
- AP Score of 5 = A
- AP Score of 4 = B
- AP Score of 3 = C
May I retake a course(s)?
You may retake courses according to university and program policy. Please speak with your advisor about your specific situation.
What courses will I take each semester?
Semester on and semester two are prerequisite courses and nursing courses start in semester three of the progression plan.
Do I need to have all of my prerequisites complete to apply to the program?
For application to the program, you need to complete your first semester of courses and take the TEAS exam. Please see BSN program Admission & Application Requirements.