Admissions Requirements and Checklist

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1. Preparation

  • B.A./B.S. degree in a non-nursing field from an accredited college or university 
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology (3-4 credits)
  • General Chemistry - no lab required (3-4 credits)*
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology (Human Anatomy 1 & 2 OR Human Anatomy and Human Physiology) (6-8 credits total)*
  • Microbiology (no lab required) (3-4 credits)*
  • Nutrition (minimum 2 credits)
  • Statistics – Descriptive & Inferential (3-4 credits)
  • Pathophysiology (upper-division credits required; cannot be taken at a community college) (3-4 credits)*

*Science course

All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to program start. It is recommended that you have four prerequisite courses completed (with a grade) at the time of application, three being science courses. Preference will be given based on number of prerequisite courses completed at the time of application. A minimum grade for prerequisite courses is a "C". Please note, meeting this minimum requirement does not guarantee admission to the program. There is no time limit for taking the prerequisite courses, however you will be held accountable for the content. The accelerated nursing curriculum builds upon the prerequisite courses and requirements. For example, you must understand pathophysiology of disease processes to care for patients with a specific disease. You may want to consider retaking one or more prerequisite courses, especially the science courses, to refresh your knowledge and comprehension. CLEP credits will be accepted for all prerequisite courses if a CLEP exam is available.
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2. Application

Request official transcripts (in original sealed envelope from the school): B.A./B.S. transcript showing degree conferred, relevant coursework necessary for admission, and prerequisite coursework. If you will be completing courses after submitting your application, you will need to send updated transcripts to Nursing CAS for verification. If you attended The College of St. Scholastica for your B.A./B.S. or prerequisite coursework, you will still need to request an official transcript from OneStop Student Services office to be sent to Nursing CAS. No high school transcripts are required.

Mail transcripts to: Nursing CAS *Do not send official transcripts to The College of St. Scholastica.*

The following requirements will be required in the online Nursing CAS application. Please carefully review all the instructions prior to beginning your application.  No items should be sent directly to CSS.

A complete Nursing CAS application includes:

  1. Two recommendations
  2. All official transcripts (high school transcripts are not required)
  3. Resume uploaded*
  4. Essay uploaded*
    The essay should represent your highest level of academic writing. Prepare a 1000 word essay, typed and double-spaced, using 12 point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins, answering the following:
    • What life experiences lead you to pursue a post-baccalaureate degree in nursing?
    • What are the most pressing health care concerns today and what qualities would you bring to your future nursing practice to address these concerns?
    • What would you like to be doing in 5 years?
    • Describe a time when you realized that you were not going to achieve a goal you had set. What did you do when this happened?
  5. Plan of Study (.docx) document*
  6. A personal interview with a faculty member in the School of Nursing may be requested.
*Please combine Resume, Essay and Plan of Study into one document upload

If you have international transcripts or non-citizen status, you will need to send additional documentation. Please see the International Admissions Policy for complete details.

There are many financial aid options available to help you pay for your education. Contact the OneStop Student Services office early in the application process  at (877) 287-8716 or onestop@css.edu.

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3. Post-Completion

  • Submit $750 non-refundable deposit along with Decision Response Form
  • Complete and pass Caregiver and Criminal Background checks. These requirements are mandated by our clinical agencies.  
  • Submit current CPR certificate with expiration date (must be American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR course or equivalent)  
  • Submit CNA/NA-R registration and proof of course completion  
  • Submit documentation of completed immunization requirements  

Immunization requirements

  • MMR: (two doses) or positive titers for measles, mumps and rubella.
  • Tdap: (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox): Verbal history OR positive titer OR two doses of varicella vaccine
  • Tuberculosis (TB): A negative tuberculin skin test (Mantoux); two-step required (two tests with the second being 1-3 weeks after the first - both must be negative).
  • Hepatitis B series: (three vaccines - can be in process) OR a positive titer.
  • Influenza

Application deadlines

May Start — Duluth

September Start — St. Cloud

Applications for the May 2016 cohort in Duluth and the September 2016 cohort in St. Cloud will be accepted  Aug 3. - Nov. 2, 2015. Admission is competitive and determined based upon evaluation of baccalaureate degree completed from an accredited institution, evaluation of prerequisite grades, goal statement and possible interview. Application materials must be submitted to Nursing CAS by our deadline of Nov. 2, 2015 for admissions consideration. The application review process will start after the deadline, applicants will be notified of admissions decision in early January, 2016.   

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Katie Wayne Katie Wayne
Admissions Counselor 
(877) 287-8740
kwayne@css.edu