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Nursing BSN Pre-Licensure

BS in Nursing Pre-Licensure


A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Concordia University sets students up for rewarding careers in nursing. This pre-licensure program prepares graduates for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), required to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN).
  • Program Design: The St. Paul-based on-campus program is offered to be completed over 5 semesters during the fall and spring semesters (no classes during summer semesters). The nursing program starts new nursing cohorts each fall and spring semester.
  • Clinical Learning: Students begin clinical learning experiences in their first semester of the nursing program. Clinical learning experiences occur in a variety of healthcare and community-based settings throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan region and through various modalities, including simulation.
Nursing Program Admissions Requirements Required Courses


Program Length

61 Credit Hours


On Campus

Preferred Admission

CSP Nursing offers a Preferred Admission Pathway for students wanting to pursue the BSN program. Preferred Admission Pathway eligibility requirements include:

  1. A minimum of 15 credits of AA Pre-Nursing coursework must be completed at CSP prior to starting the nursing program.
  2. Completion of the CSP Nursing Preferred Admission Pathway Acknowledgement Form.
  3. Upon conditional acceptance to the CSP nursing program, the student is required to clear a criminal background check and complete additional clinical compliance requirements prior to full admission to the nursing program.
  4. Meet all other admissions criteria noted in the CSP University catalog BSN page.

Over 700

Hours dedicated to clinical learning


CSP’s 2021 First-Time Minnesota NCLEX-RN Pass Rate


Laboratory hours

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Program Details

BSN students build on a wide range of study in sciences, including human anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry. They’ll study the fundamentals of professional nursing, behavioral health, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. In addition, students gain deep academic study in nursing care for adults, childbearing & childrearing family care, as well as aging and palliative care.

The program builds the foundation for CSP students to serve as generalists in a wide range of care settings. Dynamic learning opportunities combine in-person classroom learning with hands-on experience in CSP’s high-fidelity simulation labs and supervised clinical practice in actual health care facilities.

With a BSN from CSP, graduates emerge with the skills needed to help them pass licensure and enter the nursing profession, which then opens additional opportunities for further specialization in various aspects of health care.

Pre-Nursing (Prerequisites) Through CSP

CSP offers pre-nursing coursework, designed to prepare students with the necessary science and liberal arts knowledge to be successful in the the workplace after graduation. Students have the ability to transfer in pre-nursing coursework or take it at CSP, with preferred admission being given to those who have taken pre-nursing coursework at CSP (please see Preferred Admission information above).

Student Outcomes

CSP graduates are leaders and trailblazers. Meet some of our alumni below and see how they’re shaping the world.

Ovie Embu

ICU RN at Mayo Clinic

Arika Robinson

BSN '22 & MBA in Healthcare Management '24


CSP Nursing Mission, Vision, Goals, & 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 thinkers, while fostering meaningful partnerships in the healthcare community to collaborate on clinical and academic best practices.

  • 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.

    • 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 (