Nursing RN to BSN Admission & Application Requirements

  • RN-BSN Program Moves to Rolling Admissions Basis

    Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis. Highly qualified applicants may be offered early admission to the RN-BSN program. Applicants can expect to be notified of the next step in the application process within eight weeks of full completed application.

    General application deadlines for applying to the nursing program are:

    • Spring Admission: October 15
    • Fall Admission: March 15

    Frequently Ask Questions about the RN-BSN Program

  • Applicants to the RN-BSN program must be licensed RNs or eligible for licensure by RN-BSN program start. A majority of qualified applicants have an overall GPA greater than 2.75, however applications will be evaluated holistically on a number of criteria (see Admissions Decisions below).

    To apply for admission to the RN-BSN program, students must first be admitted to MSUM. Then, a separate online application to the RN-BSN program is submitted.

    Admission Decisions

    Admission is competitive and applications are scored and then ranked on the following elements:

    1. all college coursework GPA
    2. final nursing program semester GPA
    3. years of RN practice experience (some credit for experience)
    4. strength of written essay (essay is explained and submitted within the nursing application)
    5. two references (One reference should be from current or recent nursing faculty, RNs who have supervised your work, or a professional who has supervised your work. The second can be from a co-worker or other professional reference.)
    6. significant progress towards meeting general education (LASC) requirements (e.g., an AA or previous baccalaureate degree, etc.)
    7. past or current status as a MSUM student
    8. serving the MSUM mission, local/regional applicants will be given additional consideration
        
    1. Apply to MSUM
      The details for applying to MSUM are identified on the Transfer Student Admissions, How to Apply page.
       
      NOTE: to apply to MSUM, you will NOT need high school transcript (having achieved 24 successful credits by transfer) but you will need:
      • fee of $20.00 to apply to MSUM as a transfer student
      • official transcript(s) from all post-secondary institutions you’ve previously attended sent directly to the MSUM Admissions Office
       
    2. Apply to the RN-BSN Program
      Once you have made application to MSUM, you will be able to activate your student ID (called StarID). You will need to activate your StarID to apply to the RN-BSN program.

      You will also receive directions to establish your MSUM email, called DragonMail. You will need to use DragonMail email for any official correspondence about the RN-BSN program.
       
      The link to the RN-BSN admission application is here: Apply for RN-BSN program.

      NOTE: Before applying to the RN-BSN program, you will need:
      • a list of previous/current schools you have studied in
      • a list of current/previous employment sites
      • names and email of TWO professional references
      • to develop a 500-word (max) essay (directions within the online application)
       
    3. Out-of-State Applicants
      If you wish to enroll in our RN to BSN program and live in a state other than Minnesota, please inquire before applying to determine if MSUM is legally authorized to provide the program in your state. Contact the School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership Chair. 
        
    4. International Students
      The Homeland Security Act of 2002 fundamentally changed the requirements for the international students who wish to study in the United States. International students are advised to seek clarifications with the office of International Student Services. International students who are in the US on an F-1 Visa are not eligible to be admitted to a program that is completely online, as is the RN-BSN program. International students may qualify for admission if on certain work visas.

    Upon admission to the RN-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 RN-BSN Program