BS in Nursing Frequently Asked Questions

  • Frequently asked questions about Minnesota State University Moorhead's (MSUM) pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BS in Nursing) (pending Minnesota Board of Nursing Approval).

    What types of undergraduate programs in nursing does MSUM offer?

    MSUM offers:

    1. BS in Nursing (for nurses that do not have an RN license) (pending MN Board of Nursing approval)
    2. RN-BSN (for nurses who already have an RN license but not a bachelor’s degree)

    When is MSUM’s new baccalaureate nursing degree going to be available?

    Currently, MSU Moorhead is starting phase 1 of the application process for a proposed BS in Nursing program. After our letter of intent to the Minnesota Board of Nursing is approved, we will be seeking approval from the Minnesota Board of Nursing for a new BS in Nursing program. BS in Nursing applications will be available Spring 2020 with nursing courses expected to start Fall 2020.

    Can I enroll at MSUM and take classes before the program starts?

    Yes, please contact Admissions.

    What is the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE)?

    MANE is an alliance of community college and university programs offering a dual admission Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Learn more about MANE.

    What is the admission process for the BS in Nursing program?

    To be eligible for acceptance to the BS in Nursing major, students must:

    1. Submit your application to MSU Moorhead and be admitted and accepted to the university;
    2. Completion of the four prerequisites (first semester courses) with a 2.75 minimum GPA;
    3. TEAS exam, must also be completed by the application deadline;
      • The minimum TEAS score for consideration is 58.7% (Proficient). The best score achieved (at or above 58.7%) may be used for application. TEAS score will be verified with ATI if taken at a MANE college or university. If TEAS was taken at a non-MANE college or university, the applicant must request an official TEAS transcript be sent to the program(s) where submitting an application;
       
    4. Submit the BS in Nursing application;
    5. Second semester classes must be completed prior to program start;

    Admission is limited and competitive; it is advised that all applicants also consider a parallel plan. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in both the first and second semester prerequisite courses listed in the BS in Nursing program course sequence (link) to maintain eligibility for admission. Official transcripts will be used to calculate the GPA, and the most recent grades will be used. Each individual course must have at least a C grade. If you are a Licensed Practical Nurse, you must maintain an unencumbered practical nursing license from any state in the U.S. throughout the program.

    When will I be notified of acceptance into the program?

    Information coming soon.

    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?

    Information coming soon.

    How can I prepare for the TEAS?

    Please see the ATI website for further details: TEAS Prep

    May I retake the TEAS to get a better score?

    Yes, you can but you will have to pay each time.

    What are the required courses for the BS in Nursing program?

    Please view the BS in Nursing program plan.

    Is the BS in Nursing program offered online?

    The delivery method varies from course to course. Some courses are a combination; others are face to face, online, lab and clinical.

    I have another degree but am interested in the BS in Nursing program. What should I do?

    Please contact the MSUM Admissions Office.

    Is there a limit to the number of students admitted to the nursing program?

    Yes, we will admit 32 student per admission cycle.

    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?

    Yes, we have sequenced this program to allow students to complete this 8-semester program in 3 years. Once you are accepted into the nursing program, you will be taking courses/clinicals in the summer.

    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. Advance Placement (AP) courses will not be considered for BS in Nursing admission because they don’t have an accredited college issued grade.

    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?

    Check out the program 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 provide a TEAS score.