Applying for Nursing: Incoming Freshman

Incoming freshman will spend their first two years at Northwestern as a pre-nursing major fulfilling the pre-requisites for the baccalaureate nursing degree program. New nursing cohorts begin each May and the application opens five months prior (usually in December) to your May start date. Applicants are chosen by April.

Did you know that nursing candidates with more credits from Northwestern will be given higher consideration over those with fewer credits from UNW?

Space in the program is limited and not all candidates are guaranteed acceptance, so apply for pre-nursing at Northwestern today!

How will I enroll in the Baccalaureate Nursing Degree Program during my second year at UNW?

  1. Apply and be accepted to University of Northwestern – St. Paul.
  2. Successfully complete (with a C or higher) all pre-requisite courses during your first two years at UNW.
  3. Achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (4.00 scale) based upon credits earned from UNW.
  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.

Contact Us

Still have unanswered questions about enrolling in pre-nursing at Northwestern? Contact our Admissions department.