School of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing


 Program overview
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a full-time, day school program that prepares students for the contemporary health care environment. Graduates are qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and earn certification as public health nurses.

The four-year program is available at two locations: the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and via the facilities at the University of Minnesota Rochester. It includes 1) one year of prerequisite courses and 2) three years of sequenced nursing coursework.

Our applicants have a broad educational background. We have applicants in current undergraduate programs, those seeking a second undergraduate degree, and even applicants who have completed a master's program.

The curriculum focuses on basic science and nursing practice, complemented by courses in psychology, humanities, nutrition, and leadership. Students benefit from Web-based resources, clinical simulations, interprofessional experiences, and research opportunities.

Students do clinical rotations at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, ranked within the top 45 hospitals in the nation, and at the internationally acclaimed Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Other clinical sites include:

  • Local hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Hospice
  • Public health departments
  • Human service agencies
  • Clinics
  • Child care centers

In addition, a Clinical Immersion Experience during the senior year allows students to develop leadership skills and make the transition into full-time clinical practice.


Uniforms for Current Students
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The school’s BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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