Transfer to NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health


For more information contact:
Yvette Matthews • Jack Science Center 301H • 701-224-5586

Program Description
North Dakota State University Nursing at Sanford Health (NDSU-NSH)) in Bismarck offers an upper division registered professional nursing program. One class is admitted each spring and fall. Students typically complete NDSU-NSH prerequisites at BSC. To apply to the professional program, an application must be submitted to NDSU online by April 20 for fall admission or by September 20 for spring admission; application materials must be submitted to the Department of Nursing concurrently. Enrollment in the nursing program is limited. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 in college course work is required for evaluation for admission.

Admission is competitive and based on all of the following: 1) Evidence of admission to NDSU, 2) Evidence of pre-nursing status, 3) Completed application to the nursing major, 4) Official transcripts from all colleges attended (excluding NDSU), 5) Two references, 6) Personal statement, 7) Background check

Application forms may be obtained at

Selected prerequisite courses for admission to NDSU-NSH
The following courses must be completed prior to applying to the NDSU-NSH professional nursing program. The required GPA is calculated on these courses.
COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking
ENGL 120 - College Composition II
PSYC 111 - Introduction to Psychology
SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology

Completion of 8 credits (of the 19 credits required) in the science category is required. Preference will be given to those students who have completed 11 credits (or more):
CHEM 117, 117L - Chemical Concepts and Applications and Lab
CHEM 260 - Elements of Biochemistry
MICR 202, 202L - Introductory Microbiology and Lab
BIOL 220, 220L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab
BIOL 221, 221L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab

High School students who plan to follow a registered nursing curriculum should take biology, chemistry and the appropriate mathematics courses in high school. Those considering this career field should have a sincere desire to help those experiencing disease, as well as the ability to deal with increasingly complex

Program Requirements
Graduates of NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health receive a Bachelor of Science in nursing and are eligible to write the National Council of State Boards of Nursing RN examination.

Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities
Graduates of nursing programs are in high demand in North Dakota and throughout the United States. Nurses provide care in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, home health, long-term care, community health and schools.

Career possibilities: Nursing, Nursing Education, Administration, Home Health Care, and Patient Advocacy.