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Nursing Major Core Requirements

Note: Enrollment in the nursing core courses requires formal acceptance into the nursing major. Students must pass the nursing core courses with a grade of “C+” or higher (per nursing grade scale).

Immunization Requirements

In addition to college health requirements, students must meet clinical requirements needed to participate in clinical practicum. This includes obtaining a physical examination and providing official documentation (clinic, hospital, health care provider, lab reports, state immunization record) of required immunizations. The physical exam must be completed within twelve (12) months prior to starting the nursing program. Students must complete the Health Clearance Form and provide official documentation of:

  • MMR (measles/rubeola, mumps, rubella/German measles): Two (2) MMR vaccinations or positive titer of each. If titer is negative, documentation of 1 “booster” dose and a repeat titer is required. Those who have a positive titer after the single “booster” dose are considered to be immune and no further testing or vaccination is needed. Those who have a negative titer after the “booster” dose must receive 1 additional dose.
  • Tetanus/Diptheria (Td) or Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis (Tdap): Vaccination within past 10 years.
  • Pertussis: If did not receive Tdap, vaccination since age 6 years or positive pertussis titer
  • Polio: Four (4) vaccinations as a child or three (3) vaccinations as an adult or positive polio titer for polio types 1 and 3
  • Varicella (Chicken pox): Two (2) vaccinations or positive varicella titer. If titer is negative, documentation of 1 “booster” dose and a repeat titer is required. Those who have a positive titer after the single “booster” dose are considered to be immune and no further testing or vaccination is needed. Those who have a negative titer after the “booster” dose must receive 1 additional dose.
  • Tuberculosis: Negative two-step TB skin test (Mantoux), QuantiFERON gold test, or T-Spot test. If skin test is positive, a chest x-ray is required with provider documentation of negative disease within 12 months of beginning nursing program. A one-step skin test must be completed annually and current while in the nursing program. Students who have a history of a positive TB skin test must complete an annual symptom screen instead of an annual TB skin test.
  • Hepatitis B vaccination: Three (3) vaccinations. Documentation of the first of three doses is required prior to the start of clinical. Documentation of the entire series of three doses within six months of starting the Hepatitis B series is required. Positive anti-HBs titer is also acceptable. If anti-HBs titer is negative, documentation of 1 "booster” dose and a repeat test for anti-HBs 1–2 months later is required. Those who test positive for anti-HBs after the single “booster” dose are considered to be immune and no further testing or vaccination is needed. Those who test negative for anti-HBs after the “booster” dose must receive 2 additional doses to complete a second 3-dose series. OR Complete Hepatitis B vaccination declination form.
    Note: Some clinical sites may not allow participation in clinical experiences at their site without the Hepatitis B vaccination. The nursing program does not guarantee an alternative facility placement. If no clinical agency placement is available, you may be dismissed from the nursing program.
  • Influenza: Vaccine required annually by November 1 based on the availability of the vaccine. Documentation from a physician or provider, stating that the student is medically contraindicated (ex: allergic reaction) from receiving such vaccine, is the only exception. A note from a medical doctor, chiropractor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant will not be acceptable simply because the individual is against having the vaccine.
  • Medical health insurance coverage (self, through parents, Medical Assistance) is recommended but not required. Student insurance may be purchased from a variety of companies such as: Nurses Service Organization (www.nso.com), Aetna (www.aetnastudenthealth.com), United Healthcare (www.uhcsr.com), and Cigna (www.cigna.com). 


The following additional requirements are due prior to the Transcultural Nursing clinical experience as specified by faculty or the Director of Nursing. Additional vaccinations may be required depending upon travel arrangements.

  • Hepatitis A vaccination. Two (2) vaccinations. First dose should be before September 1 and second dose should be before March 1
  • Typhoid. One (1) vaccination before March 1 (either 1 injection or 4 doses of oral vaccine)
  • Passport. Students must have a valid passport by March 1 of junior year

Compliance tracking of the Health Clearance Form, CPR Certification, and required immunizations is completed online through Castle Branch. Please contact the Director of Nursing for specific procedures.

Program Fee

In addition to the college tuition and fees, students who are admitted to the nursing program will be assessed a program fee of $800 per semester. Nursing students incur many costs beyond tuition and textbooks. The use of a formal program fee will help evenly distribute the payment of costs over four semesters, provide for more consistent budgeting for the student, and will enhance the student’s ability to integrate the costs into their financial aid requests. The fee will pay for the following personal property and services:

  1. Official Uniforms (Scrub top x 2; Polo top; Pants or skirt x 2; Lab coat; Name badge)
  2. Nursing Practice Tools
  3. Nursing Skills Supply Lab Kit
  4. Malpractice/Liability Insurance
  5. MN Department of Health and Human Services Background Study
  6. Clinical Placement
  7. Simulation Lab
  8. Student Nurses Association Membership
  9. HESI Exams
  10. Nursing Pin
  11. International Immersion Experience (*Note: Students who pay the semester fee but do not participate in the immersion experience due to academic reasons will be refunded the portion of the fee applied to the immersion experience.  Students who participate in the immersion experience but do not progress in the nursing program will be billed for the remaining balance of their immersion experience expenses.)