BSN Degree Requirements
Complete these nursing school requirements to earn a BSN degree.
Freshman: Direct Admission
Ensure a spot in the BSN program as an incoming freshman student. Direct admission is a criterion-based early admission program for pre-nursing students who have exemplary academic performance during high school.
This program is limited to approximately the top 20 most qualified candidates. Selection process begins in September for the following fall. Students must meet either Option A or Option B requirements (listed below). Those considered under Option B must complete the Nursing direct admission application (invitation and link to application will be emailed to a selection of qualified candidates). Priority is given to early applicants and those who most align with the mission of the College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines.
Apply for Direct Admission
High school seniors apply for admission to UND and declare intent to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing on UND admission application.
Admission Criteria for Direct Admission (students must meet all criteria):
- Must be admitted to the University of North Dakota as a senior in high school anticipating becoming a full-time freshman student the next academic year with declared intent to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing on their UND admission application.
- Priority given to early applicants.
- Transfer students are not eligible for direct admission (apply through standard process).
- Preference will be given to those students graduating from a high school that is:
- located in ND
- rural (as defined by HRSA)
- Students who are not selected for direct admission are encouraged to apply for admission to the traditional B.S.N. program through the standard admission process
OPTION A: Must have earned a high school (unweighted) GPA of 3.5 and earned a composite ACT score of at least 27 or a combined SAT score of at least 1280 in the previous 2 years. Super scores are not considered.
OPTION B: Must have earned a high school GPA of 3.5 and earned a composite ACT score of at least 27 or a combined SAT score of at least 1280 in the previous 2 years. Super scores are not considered.
BSN Degree Requirements Disclaimer
The requirements on this page are pulled from UND’s academic catalog and may not reflect future terms. Updates are published annually in April.
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General Education Courses
Essential Studies (ES) is UND’s program in general education. Along with your required major courses, it helps form the core of your UND undergraduate education. Your ES courses focus on essential skills employers require including communication, critical thinking and problem solving.