Applying for Nursing as a Current or Returning UNW Student

Applications for the Department of Nursing at Northwestern opens in December each year. Applicants are chosen by April of the following year.

Space is limited; not all candidates are guaranteed acceptance. Candidates with more credits from Northwestern will be given higher consideration over those with fewer credits from this institution.

How do I enroll in the Baccalaureate Nursing Degree Program?

  1. Successfully complete (with a C or higher) all pre-requisite courses.
  2. Achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (4.00 scale) based upon credits earned from UNW.
  3. Complete all of the below application forms.
  4. Provide evidence of CPR certification (American Heart Association's CPR for Health Care Providers or American Red Cross's CPR for Professional Rescuers). Online certification is not acceptable.
  5. Obtain satisfactory scores on both the TEAS (based on national average) & HESI (at least 77%) entrance exam. Contact for more information about these exams.
  6. Complete satisfactory personal interview with Northwestern's Nursing Admission and Progression Committee. Interviews are scheduled by nursing staff and conducted March-April.
  7. Written acknowledgment of Department of Nursing Acceptance Letter.

Application Forms

The following forms are required for admission to Northwestern's Department of Nursing.

Application for Admission to the Northwestern Deparment of Nursing

Health Clearance form

Student Confidentiality Agreement

Background Disclosure

Release Agreement

Agreement to Program Policies

Character Reference Form

All completed forms can be sent via email to or sent by mail to Department of Nursing, attention Leane Gondek, 3003 Snelling Ave N, St Paul MN 55311 or delivered to the Department of Nursing, 2803 Lincoln Drive, St Paul MN 55113, 3rd Floor Office.

Prerequisite Courses

Re-enrolling students

In order to be eligible to apply to Northwestern's Nursing Degree program, students who have previously taken post-high school classes at Northwestern must:

  1. Fill out the re-enrollment application.
  2. If re-enrollment is approved (pending checks with our registrar, student development, and student accounts offices), the enrollment coordinator will notify you of your acceptance.
  3. Upon re-enrollment, you will be assigned an advisor to determine what curriculum requirements are still needed to be eligible to apply to the nursing degree program.
  4. Upon completion of steps 1-3, students may submit an application to the Nursing Degree program.
  5. The Nursing Degree Program application lists the additional requirements that are needed to be considered for the Nursing Degree program.

Current students

Students currently enrolled at Northwestern must be sure to complete the below prerequisite courses.

Intro to Psychology or Lifespan Psychology
Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
Principles of Chemistry I


Important Dates

December 1, 2013: Application opens

March 1, 2014: Application closes

March 19, 2014: Deadline for all forms

April 7, 2014: Admission & Progression Committee meeting (applicant review)

April 11, 2014: Letters of acceptance/rejection sent

May 13/14, 2014: Orientation for new students

May 15, 2014: Nursing student orientation

May 19, 2014: Classes begin

Frequently asked questions

  • How do I know if I've met the prerequisites? Contact the Registrar's office at to verify your transfer credits.
  • What are my chances of getting into the program? This depends on the number of applicants and varies from year to year.

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