Nursing - Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) pre-licensure track is designed to prepare graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and to enter the nursing profession as a generalist in a variety of care settings, serving culturally diverse clients of all ages in an ever-changing, dynamic health care context. Learning takes place in a variety of settings including; the classroom, simulation laboratory, and supervised clinical practice experiences to ensure students have a solid foundation for practice. This program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

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Nursing - Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Curriculum Overview

The three-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) pre-licensure track aims to prepare students for baccalaureate generalist practice where they will advocate for high quality health outcomes for the diverse populations they will serve. The program will instill the value of ongoing professional education and life-long learning that will serve as the foundation for further academic progression towards graduate education and advanced roles. Students will gain an understanding of leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and evidence-based practice concepts that will allow them to impact patient outcomes positively.

Coursework will cover six to eight semesters (depending on previous college work) and will be a year round program. Students will be placed in a cohort based program that will provide students a network of colleagues throughout the program. Courses are offered on-campus and clinical experiences take place with affiliated clinical partners. We ask that students dedicate their studies full-time to this program to ensure success.


Program Application Deadline

December 11th (for Spring 2018)

The Nursing Program is now offering 2 tracks-Traditional or Accelerated

Accelerated: flat cost/credit ($420/credit gen eds, $700 credit/nursing courses)

Traditional: traditional tuition and aid structure, nursing program fee of $1500/term for


Admissions Requirements for General and Pre-Requisite Courses

  1. Apply Online
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher in previous coursework
  3. Final and official transcripts from all previous institutions attended –
    • If you have attended a MNSCU college or university we also ask that you provide an official accompanying DARS or MnTC goal area worksheet. Concordia accepts completed goal areas.
    • If you have less than 20 college credits completed, you will need to submit your official high school transcript, any college-level courses you have taken, and official ACT or SAT scores.

Students who do not meet initial admission criteria may be asked to complete additional items for admission consideration.

Submit official transcript to:

Concordia University – St. Paul
Office of Admissions
1282 Concordia Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104

By email:


Pre-Licensure Nursing (BSN) Admission Requirements

Prior to being accepted to the Pre-Licensure Nursing program you will be required to submit the following materials to the Nursing Department at

  1. Nursing program applicants may be required demonstrate English language proficiency via examination if English is not their native language.
  2. Pre-Requisite Courses
    All pre-requisite courses must have been completed in the past 5 years with a grade of ‘C’ or higher in order to count toward the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Biology I and General Chemistry I must have a combined GPA of 2.75 or greater.

    • Biology I (3-4 credits)
    • General Chemistry I with lab (3-4 credits)
    • Anatomy and Physiology I (3-4 credits)
    • Anatomy and Physiology II (3-4 credits)
    • Introduction to Psychology (3-4 credits)
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Letter should state relationship to the applicant
    • Letter should state how or why the applicant will be successful in the Pre-Licensure BSN track
  4. Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a score of 62% or greater –
    If TEAS Math score is below 63.3%, MAT 095 will be required to take prior to MAT 165.
  5. Nursing Assistant Registry document or evidence of completion of a Nursing Assistance course.
    To download this document, go to the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry Verification of Registration document that contains an image of the state seal at:
  6. Each applicant is require to write a Nursing Goal Statement:
    • The statement should fall between 400 and 700 words.
    • Include a beginning (introduction), middle (body), and end (summary/conclusion) in your personal statement.
    • Be sure to address items a-c below. To support the flow of the content, include transitions from one topic to another.
    • This statement should be original and reflective of you individually. Do notincorporate any other work requiring citation or referencing.
    • Do not plagiarize.
    • Explain what has led you to desire to become a nurse. Provide specific detail to support your explanation
    • Identify professional values that you possess that will enable you to contribute as a professional nurse.
    • Share how you feel Concordia University, St. Paul (CSP) will help you meet these goals
    • Review and edit your nursing goal statement for spelling, grammar errors, and to assure that you have met the requirements detailed above.

Please submit all materials to the Nursing Department
by email:
Contact the Nursing Department with any questions regarding these materials at 651-641-8873

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling in an adult undergraduate program must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University’s technology requirements. Contact Concordia’s Help Desk at or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

Concordia University Technology Requirements (PDF)

Meet Your Professors

Josanne Christian - DNP, RN, PHN Assistant Professor of Nursing

Josanne has been a registered nurse for 24 years and has previous academic experience as a clinical instructor and an online RN to BSN instructor.

Kendra Saal - MSN, RN Nursing Faculty

Kendra has over 12 years experience in women’s health, obstetrics, pediatrics, neonatal intensive care, and school nursing.

Claire Keller - MN, RN, CPNP, OCN Nursing Faculty

Claire has extensive clinical and leadership experience in adult and pediatric hematology and oncology including stem cell transplantation.

Megan Wentz - MSN, RN, PHN, OCN  Nursing Faculty

Megan has eight years of clinical expertise in medical-surgical nursing, adult oncology, electronic health records, and unit-based leadership roles.

Janet Rounsville - MSN, RN Nursing Faculty

Janet has been a nurse for 24 years and has worked in the emergency department for 18 years.

Janiel Preuss - MSN, RN Nursing Faculty

Janiel has served in a variety of clinical, teaching, leadership, and management roles as a professional nurse.

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