Applying for Nursing as a Post-baccalaureate Student
Applications for the Department of Nursing at Northwestern open 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?
- Apply and be accepted to University of Northwestern – St. Paul.
- Successfully complete (with a C or higher) all pre-requisite courses.
- Achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (4.00 scale) based upon credits earned from UNW. A transfer or post-baccalaureate student must also achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75. Questions on figuring out GPA? Contact the Registrar's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete all of the below application forms.
- 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.
- Obtain satisfactory scores on both the TEAS (based on national average) & HESI (at least 77%) entrance exam. Contact email@example.com for more information about these exams.
- Complete satisfactory personal interview with Northwestern's Nursing Admission and Progression Committee. Interviews are scheduled by nursing staff and conducted March-April.
- Written acknowledgment of Department of Nursing Acceptance Letter.
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
Agreement to Program Policies
Character Reference Form
All completed forms can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
In order to be eligible to apply to Northwestern's nursing program, students who have already received a bachelor's degree from an accredited higher education institution must submit transcripts and have a Transfer Credit Evaluation completed for you by Admissions to officially approve previously completed courses and to determine what prerequisites may still need to be completed.
Note: Northwestern is not a member of the MNSCU system, therefore the core curriculum may differ from other institutions.
Intro to Psychology or Lifespan Psychology
Principles of Chemistry I
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? Complete a Transfer Credit Evaluationto 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.
- Do I need to submit high school transcripts? Yes—we require a high school transcript/GED from all students.
- I have an associate's degree; do I still have to fulfill all of the core curriculum and prerequisites? Yes.
- What are my financial aid and loan options? Our Financial Aid office would be happy to assist you with that!
- Will I still be able to work while I'm in this program? Due to the intense schedule it is suggested that you reserve at least 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. (and possibly later) for classes and study time. The schedule will change from term to term.