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Nursing Program Admissions (On Campus)

Step One: Apply to Concordia University

Please submit the following information in order to be considered for admission to CSP’s traditional on campus BSN program.

Upon acceptance to Concordia, additional materials must be submitted for admittance to the nursing program.

  • 1. Online Application

    2. Official High School Transcripts

    3. Admissions Essay

    • Please submit a typed essay you would like your admissions counselor to consider in the application review process.  Minimum of 500 words suggested.  Submit as a PDF document through your application portal or via email.
    • CSP Essay Question:
      Please describe a life experience (academic or personal) that has shaped you as a person. How will this experience impact your success as a college student at Concordia University, St. Paul?
    • Essays should answer the question above, or may be an essay submitted as part of the Common Application or other college preparatory requirement (ie. College Possible essay).

    4. *Official ACT/SAT Scores (optional)

    • *Concordia has a test-optional admissions policy, and thus, applicants are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.Applicants who would like their scores considered as part of their application review are welcome to send official scores (writing test not required) to CSP.
    • Learn more about our test-optional admission policy
    • ACT school code: 2106 | SAT school code: 6114

    First-year students who do not meet initial admissions criteria may be asked to complete the academic success essay and/or an additional semester of coursework.

  • 1. Online Application

    2. Official College Transcripts

    • Submit official transcripts from all previous institutions attended.
    • Request your transcripts online
    • *To be considered official, transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the institution or through secured electronic delivery.

    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 toward our general education requirements, in addition to course-by-course review. Please contact your admissions counselor with any questions.

    Transfer students with fewer than 20 college credits completed will also need to submit an official high school transcript and essay.

Looking to do Nursing fully online?

Along with our on campus nursing program, we also offer an accelerated online (ABSN) program.  Choose the path that is right for you!

Learn about our ABSN program

Send University Admission Materials to CSP

Submit all CSP application materials to the Office of Admissions:

by mail:
Concordia University
Office of Admissions
1282 Concordia Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104

or email:

Attend a Nursing (BSN) Information Session

Tour our nursing facilities, meet faculty, and learn more about Concordia’s traditional on campus nursing (BSN) program by attending an information session.

View Upcoming Sessions

Step Two: Apply to the On Campus Nursing Program

Upon acceptance to Concordia and completion of your prerequisite courses, you will apply through NursingCAS to the Nursing Program.  NursingCAS will be your primary application portal for all nursing application documents listed below.

Nursing App Deadline

Fall 2021 Term: TBD

    • All prerequisite courses must have been completed in the past seven years with a grade of C or higher in order to count toward the Bachelor of Science Nursing program.
    • A cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.
    • Only two retakes & withdrawals of prerequisite courses are allowed.
    • Chemistry for Health Sciences, Anatomy and Physiology I & II, and Microbiology must have a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    • An applicant denied admission to the CSP pre-licensure nursing program may reapply once. An applicant denied admission twice should not reapply as the application will not be reviewed for a third time.
    • Demonstrated English Language Proficiency: Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency via examination if (1) English is not their native language, and (2) the applicants have lived in the US fewer than eight years at the time of application.
    • Students who have completed nursing courses toward a pre-licensure nursing program at another college or university must submit recommendation letters from two nursing faculty at their previous institution.
  • Please ensure you have read the GPA policies listed above.

    • Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO315)*
    • Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO316)*
    • Microbiology (BIO300)*
    • Chemistry for Health Sciences (CHE105) or General Chemistry I with lab (CHE115)
    • Quantitative Reasoning for Nursing (MAT165) or Statistics (MAT110) or College Algebra (or higher)

    *Students who take any of the upper level biology courses at CSP must first take Biology I (BIO120).

    • Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) must be submitted with a score of 65% or higher with proficiency preferred in all subject areas.
    • TEAS must have been taken within the last year (12 months prior to application) to be eligible for submission.
    • Only two attempts within a year are allowed. If the student has taken the TEAS more than two times within a year, the higher of the first two attempts will be counted.

    If TEAS Math score is below 63.3%, MAT095 must be taken prior to MAT165.


    Pearson Vue testing centers have temporarily closed all test locations within the United States and Canada based on safety concerns for its employees and testing candidates.

    The TEAS exam is offered through Concordia University St. Paul VIRTUALLY. This is open to anyone to register (whether you are interested in CSP’s Nursing program or not).

    Register here:

    • Registration will close 24 hours prior to exam.
    • Cost of exam is $90. Applicant will pay upon registration.
    • Applicants will receive an email prior to the exam (12 hours) with a link to log onto for the dry run. Check spam inbox.

    Important Testing Notes:

    • Once registered, applicants should plan on logging on 15 minutes prior to begin a dry run-through with the online proctoring software.
    • Applicants will need a computer with a web camera, microphone, as well as a photo ID.
    • Applicants are allowed one piece of blank paper and a pencil/pen to use during the exam.

    Note: Your computer must be plugged in and you must have a strong Wi-Fi connection to access the test. Please contact the ATI Tech Support with any technical issues: 1-800-667-7531.

Nursing Program FAQ

  • The average cumulative gpa is 3.0.

  • The average cumulative prerequisite GPA is 3.1.

  • Yes. Inform the department if courses are in progress when submitting the other programmatic requirements. Mid-term grades will be requested to gauge progress.

  • The nursing program follows our traditional undergraduate tuition and aid structure with a nursing program fee of $1,500/semester once accepted to and enrolled in the nursing program. Course Fees are also charged in several courses throughout the nursing program.

    Additionally, there is a one-time ATI fee of $2,450 assigned to each student accepted to the program for NCLEX-RN preparation materials.

  • 24 students are accepted every start.

  • Courses are offered face to face, during the day. In the traditional pre-licensure program, courses are designed to build upon one another. Students start clinicals their first semester in the program.

    If you are interested in our fully online Accelerated BSN program please visit the ABSN website.

  • There is a fall and spring start every year.

  • Deadlines are typically the semester before the anticipated start date of the program.

  • The traditional pre-licensure nursing program is 5 semesters long, taken during the Fall and Spring semesters each year. There is no part-time option.

  • Acceptance rates vary upon qualified applicants. Qualified applicants acceptance rate is approximately 98%.

  • Yes, after completing the program, students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX exam in any state that they choose.

    CSP’s pre-licensure nursing programs prepare students to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN®), which is required for professional nursing licensing in all states. CSP BSN program graduates are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN® in any state. States may require additional licensure application conditions including but not limited to background studies that may include fingerprinting. State specific professional nursing licensure requirements are accessible via the identified state’s nursing board website. []

    • 2018 NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 100%
    • 2019 NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 100%

    The MN Board of Nursing displays pass rates for all universities in the state.

  • Clinicals are held in a variety of health facilities throughout the metro. Settings will vary based on semester and associated courses.

  • No. General education courses can be completed while in the program.

  • No, we only accept the TEAS exam.

Program Mission, Goals, and Expected Outcomes


The mission of the nursing program at Concordia University, St. Paul is to provide a transformative education for students to become exceptional nursing leaders who value lifelong learning, a spirit of inquiry, and are resilient within the dynamic healthcare environment. This is accomplished through the integration of experiential learning that is informed by Christian values, the liberal arts and sciences, and nursing knowledge. Graduates are prepared for informed living and dedication to holistic and evidence-based nursing practice that advocates for social justice, tolerates ambiguity, and improves health outcomes for diverse populations in the evolving global context of healthcare delivery.


Concordia University, St. Paul will be an exemplary, academically respected, Christ-centered nursing program that cultivates creative and innovative thinking, while fostering meaningful partnerships in the healthcare community to collaborate on clinical and academic best practices.

Baccalaureate Nursing Program Goals

Graduate highly educated, compassionate, competent, and inquisitive nurses who are empowered to have a meaningful impact on the nursing workforce in a variety of roles and settings.
Inspire the passion and value of ongoing professional education that will serve as a foundation for personal growth, career progression, and optimal healthcare outcomes.

Program Outcomes

The graduate of the baccalaureate (BSN) program will:

  • Outcome #1 Professional Accountability: Maintain accountability for personal and professional behaviors to advocate for ethical and legal practice, social justice, and quality improvement in healthcare.
  • Outcome #2 Understanding the Healthcare Context: Understands the impact of health care policy, finance, and regulatory factors that influence healthcare quality, safety, and optimal care for diverse populations in evolving healthcare settings.
  • Outcome #3 Holistic and Patient-Centered Care: Provide safe, holistic, and patient-centered care by integrating evidence, clinical reasoning, interprofessional perspectives, moral and ethical values, and patient preferences in planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes of holistic care.
  • Outcome #4 Leadership: Apply leadership concepts and skills to promote the provision of competent, compassionate, cost-effective and safe care in a variety of settings and systems.
  • Outcome #5: Technology & Informatics: Utilize healthcare technologies, information and communication systems to support safe, efficient, and optimal nursing practice.
  • Outcome #6: Optimizing Healthcare Outcomes: Utilize effective communication, coordination and collaborative strategies with patients and members of the healthcare team to optimize healthcare outcomes.
  • Outcome #7: Health Promotion/Illness Prevention: Utilizes community assets and collaborates with community stakeholders to empower communities and populations for long-term health promotion and/or illness and injury prevention and identifies methods to evaluate effectiveness of interventions.
  • Outcome #8: Baccalaureate Generalist: Synthesize knowledge from the liberal arts and science with nursing knowledge to provide compassionate, competent, and creative nursing care to diverse populations across the lifespan.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Concordia University Saint Paul is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (