• RN to BSN Program Admission

School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership

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  • RN to BSN Program Admissions & Applications

  • Admission Criteria

    Applicants to the RN-BSN program must be licensed RNs or eligible for licensure by RN-BSN program start. A minimum overall (cumulative) GPA of 2.75 in post-secondary (after high school) course work is required for consideration of admission; actual GPAs of admitted students are generally higher.

    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.

    Application Deadlines

    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. General applications will be considered after the deadlines of March 15th (for Fall start) and October 15th (for Spring start). 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:

    • October 15 (for spring admission) and
    • March 15 (for fall admission)


    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. references (2 from recent nursing faculty or RNs who have supervised your work - references from peers/friends are not accepted)
    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

    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. Call 218.477.2695.

    Application Procedures

    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)


    Frequently Asked Questions about the RN-BSN Program LIVE!


    • Verifications for Program Compliance. 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. See list of requirements in the Student Resources section and here: Verifications for RN-BSN Program Compliance
    • Mandatory on-site orientation. New students will receive information on the REQUIRED on-site orientation at either MSUM’s campus or in a Minneapolis-St. Paul locale. Please know that orientation is typically within a week before or during the new semester start.


    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.