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A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is a four-year course of study and provides a broad background of liberal arts, sciences and general education as a minimum foundation for professional nursing.

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is associated with high quality patient care, positive outcomes, and saving lives. Graduates are prepared to take the licensure examination to become Registered Nurses and work in a variety of healthcare settings.

Career outlook
Overall job opportunities for registered nurses are expected to be excellent, offering the largest number of new jobs of any occupation in the United States. Positions for registered nurses will be available in physician/provider offices, home health care services, public and community health settings, nursing care facilities, and acute care hospitals. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Role of the RN with a BSN
Registered Nurses with a bachelor of nursing degrees:

  • Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records
  • Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients
  • Advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention and provide case management
  • Fulfill professional roles in nursing science, research, leadership, and nursing informatics
  • Be sought by employers as a goal of the Institute of Medicine recommendation from The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2010) is to increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80% by the year 2020.

Right for you?
Registered nurses should be caring, sympathetic, responsible, and detail oriented. They must be able to direct or supervise others, correctly assess patients’ conditions, and determine when consultation is required. They need emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies and other stresses.

Quality program
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Minot State University is:

  • Accredited by Accreditation Commission For Education In Nursing (ACEN)
  • Approved by the North Dakota Board of Nursing
  • Taught by faculty with exceptional professional, clinical, and academic credentials

Exceptional training
Bachelor of Science in Nursing students:

  • Graduate with a broad background in sciences, liberal arts, and general education
  • Experience high-fidelity clinical simulation experiences in clinical simulation
  • Assist clients in remaining independent through care provided by nursing students in the department's Adult Health Maintenance Clinic
  • Participate in over 1,000 hours of clinical experience in urban and rural hospitals, nursing homes, community public health agencies and specialized facilities

The Department of Nursing is dedicated to delivering students the best possible education and the personal attention they need to succeed.

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Admission requirements
Acceptance into the nursing program is competitive and involves an application process for selection. Detailed admissions criteria can be reviewed at Application criteria includes but is not limited to:

  • Completion of or enrollment in a minimum of 49 semester hours
  • Completion of required science courses and labs within the past 10 years (can only be repeated once)
  • GPA of 2.75 or higher (minimum required support courses GPA of 2.8)
  • Essay on philosophy of nursing
  • Two letters of recommendation and advisor’s approval
  • Completion of the TEAS V Exam with a score of Proficient or above
  • Complete the TOEFL Exam if born outside the United States or Canada
  • Upon acceptance, candidates must pass a criminal background check, complete the American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Course for Healthcare Providers, complete Health Protection Requirements (i.e. immunizations), and provide evidence of healthcare insurance

See the details and information on our Nursing Guaranteed Admission Policy.

College of Education and Health Sciences
Our college: The College of Education and Health Sciences is internationally known for producing quality professionals and pre-professionals in education, human service and health science.

Our department: Energetic and dynamic, the Department of Nursing consists of pre-nursing students, students enrolled in the pre-licensure nursing program, and licensed Registered Nurses enrolled in the BSN Completion Program.

Our faculty: Our faculty members are sought after for their scholarly expertise and their contributions to the community.

BSN Completion Program
Our department offers an online BSN degree for registered nurses. To learn more, visit our BSN Completion Program Web Page. Better yet, schedule a campus visit so we can meet face-to-face and show you around.

Contact Information
MSU Department of Nursing
Memorial Hall, Room 302
Phone: 701-858-3101 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3101