RN to BSN Program

**Click here to watch a video introduction to the RN to BSN program**

Current Students!
If you are registered for N240, N348L or N475L, make sure you have sent us your current CPR certification card, a yearly negative mantoux shot record or chest x-ray and submitted your information for a yearly background check ASAP! These all need to be renewed annually and uploaded to the Nursing Student Records database. For help on how to upload your documents, please watch this video. Questions? E-mail

Admission Criteria
  • Admission to Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Completion of 21 credits of Liberal Studies
  • Minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.75
  • Two professional reference forms
  • Typed essay
  • Active RN license or scheduled to take State Board Exam
  • Provisional acceptance will be granted to qualified students who are waiting to take the NCLEX Exam or receive results

Admission Deadlines
Fall Semester: March 15th
Spring Semester: October 15th

Previously admitted students who withdrew need to reapply to MSUM and to the School of Nursing. If you reapply to the School of Nursing the semester after withdrawing from the program, you must also reapply to MSUM unless you are enrolled in a non-nursing course. There is no fee for re-application. The form is available on the MSUM Records website. See the Nursing Student Handbook for policy information.

Application Procedure

Two separate application processes must be completed:
apply to MSUM. Complete the application and mail the MSUM application to the Admissions Office. You must be accepted to MSUM before the School of Nursing application is processed. You will need to have an MSUM Dragon ID Number before applying to the School of Nursing. 

After you are accepted into MSUM, you will apply to the School of Nursing online.

Post-Admission Requirements

  • Copy of current RN license
  • Copy of current CPR card (healthcare provider or professional level)
  • Copy of yearly Mantoux shot record or chest X-ray
  • Evidence of Hepatitis B immunization 
  • Evidence of Tetanus immunization 
  • Evidence of Varicella immunization, titer, or disease (must come from medical provider)
  • Evidence of Influenza immunization
  • Evidence of MN background check (you will receive an e-mail from the SNHL on how to do this)
  • Evidence of a federal background check (you will receive an e-mail from the SNHL on how to do this)

Nursing Student Records database

Click here for help uploading your documents

International Student Policy: School Of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership
The Homeland Security Act of 2002 fundamentally changed the requirements for the international students who wish to study in the United States. The major change that affects an online program is that no more than the equivalent of one online/distance education class or 3 credits per session may count towards the ‘full course of study’ requirement. A full copy of the NAFSA (Association of International Educators) Advisory Manual is available through the International Student Affairs Office [Chapter 3: F-1 Students; Section 3.20.7; Authority cite 8 C.F.R. SS 214.2(f) (6) (i) (G)]. Students are able to be admitted to this program if they have an active Work Visa.
Students are unable to be admitted to this program if they have a Student Visa.

RN to BSN Orientation

Orientation to the online RN to BSN (RNB) program will be part of the first course taken by all newly admitted students - NURS 302: Bridge to BSN Education. This one-time event takes place on campus on the first day of the semester you begin the RNB program.

This orientation is very important, especially for those new to web-based learning. The MSUM nursing program is discussed in detail, students learn how to navigate the library from home and registration procedures, and are introduced to the instructional management system (Desire to Learn, D2L).

See RN to BSN curriculum here.


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