Concordia University, St. PaulNursing Program Admissions

Step One: Apply to Concordia University

Please submit the following information in order to be considered for admission to Concordia.  Upon acceptance to Concordia, additional materials must be submitted for admittance to the nursing program.

First-Year Student Admission Requirements

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.

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

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.

Step Two: Apply to the 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.

If you have attended a previous nursing program, please contact your admissions counselor for additional requirements.

An applicant denied admission to the CSP pre-licensure nursing program may reapply once. An applicant denied admission twice should not re-apply to the CSP pre-licensure program 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.

Prerequisite Coursework

All prerequisite courses must have been completed in the past five years with a grade of ‘C’ or higher in order to count toward the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Any courses being transferred from other institutions must be verified as equivalent to CSP’s prerequisite courses. Verify course equivalencies using the Transferology tool.

Only one prerequisite course may be repeated in its entirety one time in order to meet the grade and GPA requirements. Only one withdrawal and retake of a prerequisite course is allowed.

Biology I, General Chemistry I, Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Microbiology must have a combined GPA of 2.75 or greater.

  • Biology I (BIO120)*
  • Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO315)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO316)
  • General Chemistry I with lab (CHE115)
  • Microbiology (BIO300)
  • College Writing (ENG120)
  • Quantitative Reasoning for Nursing, College Algebra, or Statistics (MAT165, MAT110)

*Biology requisite would be met with successful completion (C or higher) of Microbiology and A&P I&II.

Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Letters should be completed and submitted by a professor or employer
  • Letters should state relationship to the applicant
  • Letters should state how or why the applicant will be successful in the Pre-Licensure BSN track
TEAS Scores

Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) must be submitted with a score of 65% or greater.  TEAS must have been taken within the previous two years to be eligible for submission.

If TEAS Math score is below 63.3%, MAT 095 must be taken prior to MAT 165.

Nursing Assistant Documentation

Submit a Nursing Assistant Registry document.

To obtain this document, go to the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry and download your document that contains an image of the state seal.

Nursing Program FAQ

What is the nursing program cost, and are there any fees?

The nursing program follows our traditional undergraduate tuition and aid structure with a nursing program fee of $1,500/term once accepted to and enrolled in the nursing program.

Additionally, there is a one-time ATI fee of $2,350 assigned to each student accepted to the program for NCLEX-RN preparation materials.

In what format are nursing classes offered?

Nursing course work includes on-campus classroom and lab/simulation, and off campus clinical experiences (group and precepted). Courses may be held in a blended format (online and in class) to accommodate clinical scheduling. All courses will include face-to-face on campus class time.

What are the start dates for the program?

There is a fall, spring and summer start every year.

What is the deadline for the nursing program?

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

How many students are accepted to the program?

24 students are accepted every start.

What are the acceptance rates?

As a new program we do not have these numbers yet.

What are the board passing rates?

2018 NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 100%

Where are clinicals held?

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

Do all gen. ed. courses need to be completed before getting into the program?

Prerequisites must be completed before the program, but any other course can be completed throughout your time in the nursing program.

How long is the program?

Once in the nursing program, it is two full years of six consecutive semesters including summers. There is no part-time option available.

Can I apply with courses in progress?

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

Program Mission, Goals, and Expected Outcomes

The mission of the CSP nursing program is to transform students to be exceptional nursing leaders who value lifelong learning and the spirit of inquiry. This will be accomplished through integration of experiential learning with a solid base in Christian values, the liberal arts and sciences, and nursing evidence, concepts and theories. Our graduates will be prepared for informed living and will be dedicated to nursing practice that advocates for social justice, tolerates ambiguity, improves health outcomes while serving diverse communities in an evolving context of health care delivery.

The goals of the baccalaureate-nursing program are to:

  1. Prepare students for baccalaureate generalist practice where they will advocate for high quality health outcomes for diverse populations they serve while participating in initiatives that contribute to the profession of nursing in a variety of roles and settings.
  2. 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.

There are eight expected outcomes of the graduates of the baccalaureate nursing program. These are related to the mission and goals of the program and include the following:

  1. Effective Communicator: Demonstrates effective culturally congruent professional communication and collaboration with patients (support system, families, communities, and population) and interdisciplinary team members to build relationships and promote safe and reliable, relationship-centered care.
  2. Accountable Decision-Maker: Ensures decisions made in practice support global consciousness, social responsibility, ethical awareness, and safeguard the quality and safety of care while maintaining congruency with legal, ethical, professional, and regulatory standards.
  3. Inquisitive Synthesizer: Integrates evidence, clinical reasoning, and concepts from various disciplines while synthesizing with health care preferences in the planning, implementing, and evaluation of outcomes.
  4. Resourceful Leader: Engages others by applying leadership and quality improvement principles to promote delivery of safe and quality care.
  5. Advocating Activist: Analyzes contemporary professional nursing issues that impact healthcare delivery and/or patient outcomes, and advocates for social justice, quality and safe care through cognizance of health policy, finance, and regulatory standards.
  6. Effective Informaticist: Utilizes information technology to influence decisions that support efficiency, encourage effective communication, enhance the quality of safety of patient care, and are cost-effective.
  7. Prevention Practitioner: Applies knowledge of protective and predictive health concepts to assess community/population health needs, and address the broad determinants of health by providing culturally congruent levels of prevention to support health promotion and disease/injury prevention to individuals, families, groups, communities and populations across the lifespan.
  8. Continuous Learner: Demonstrates responsibility for continued personal and professional development and advancement of the profession through reflection, self-care, and life-long learning

Apply to CSP

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:

Program Application Deadlines

  • Summer 2019 Term: March 15, 2019
  • Fall 2019 Term: June 23, 2019
    NursingCAS will open April 15, 2019
  • Spring 2020 Term: October 11, 2019


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