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Entry into Nursing Major

Application for admission to the nursing program is a separate process and in addition to being admitted to the College. Space is limited and not all qualified applicants are guaranteed admission. Application materials are attached below.

Requirements for application to enter the nursing program:

  1. Application for Admission. Applications are accepted March 1–April 1 for admission to the fall cohort. Applications received after April 1 will be reviewed at the discretion of the program director. 
  2. Sophomore standing eligibility (at least 28 credits) by end of semester of application
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on all courses through fall of sophomore year; all courses taken through fall of sophomore year are included in cumulative GPA
  4. Minimum of “C” in pre-requisites (Must be completed or enrolled in at time of application): BIOL101 or BIOL151 (recommended course), PSYC110, ENGL110, CHEM107 or CHEM113, COMM111, BIOL221, PSYC120, BIOL222, BIOL360
  5. Minimum of “C” in support courses (Must be completed to graduate from nursing program): HLTH201, SCIE330, MATH120 (MATH111 is pre-requisite for MATH120)
  6. Required pre-requisite and support courses may be repeated only once. No more than three (3) required pre-requisite and support courses may be repeated. All of the required pre-requisite and support courses thereafter must be at least a “C” to qualify for admission to or progression in the nursing program. Failing a total of four (4) required pre-requisite and/or support courses will result in denial of admission to or dismissal from the nursing program. All failed required courses will be counted towards the dismissal policy (i.e. If first attempt is failed and the course is successfully repeated, the first attempt will be counted as one (1) failure for the dismissal policy). Two (2) withdrawals (either withdrawal passing or withdrawal failing) from the same required pre-requisite, support, or nursing course will be considered as one (1) failure and will count towards the dismissal policy.
  7. At the time of application to the core nursing program, science credits, including transfer science credits and science credits taken at Bethany, cannot be older than six (6) years. This includes the following courses: BIOL101, BIOL151, CHEM107, CHEM113, BIOL221, BIOL222, and BIOL360. Students with science credits older than six (6) years will need to retake applicable science credits.
  8. Copy of unofficial transcript
  9. Two (2) recommendations (Recommendation Form attached below)
  10. Complete and successfully pass a national criminal background check (and drug screen upon request) (Directions attached below)
  11. Completion of HESI Admission Assessment Exam (Exam arranged through nursing program)
  12. Director/faculty interview (upon request)
  • Acceptance status letters will be mailed on or before May 1. Letters will be mailed to the address on the application unless otherwise indicated by applicant.
  • Preference for admission to the nursing major will be given to students with general education, pre-requisite, and support course credits earned at Bethany. Transfer students must meet the same requirements for admission. Bethany Lutheran College does not accept nursing credits on transfer.
  • Students not accepted for admission may be listed as an alternate per the Nursing Department Admissions Committee. Students on the alternate list may also reapply for admission to the nursing program the following year. They will be considered in the next pool of applicants but will not be guaranteed admission.
  • Students not accepted for admission may reapply for admission to the nursing program the following year. Students may reapply for admission two (2) times and must do so in consecutive years.

Background Check

Minnesota state law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a health care facility complete a criminal and caregiver background check. Background checks are completed through Castle Branch and the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Acceptance into the nursing program is contingent on passing a criminal and caregiver background check. The criminal background check must be completed within 12 months prior to submitting the application for entry into the nursing program. The cost of the criminal background check is the responsibility of the applicant. Directions for completing the criminal background check are attached below. 

HESI Admission Assessment Exam

Nursing Program applicants must complete the HESI Admission Assessment Examination for admission consideration. The HESI Examination is a computerized exam administered by the Nursing Department. The HESI Admission Assessment Exam is used to gauge applicants’ academic readiness to complete an intense and rigorous program of study. Applicants’ should strive to score high on the admission exam; however there is not ‘cut-off’ score or minimum percentage. Content area scores and an overall score are included as part of the program application rubric points. Information and directions about the exam are attached below.

The cost of the HESI exam is the responsibility of the applicant and must be paid for each testing attempt. To ensure payment and secure a seat for the exam, applicants must complete the HESI Admission Assessment Exam Payment Form (attached below) and pay the appropriate fee to the Cashier's Office. Payment is due 15 days prior to scheduled exam date.

The HESI Admission Assessment Exam must be completed prior to submitting application materials. Applicants unable to complete the HESI exam during the on-campus date(s) must notify the director of nursing to make alternate arrangements. 

Testing Date: Contact Director of Nursing for Information

Requirements Upon Acceptance and Before Starting the Nursing Program

Upon acceptance to the nursing program, students must provide additional requirements for clinical placement. The following requirements are due by August 1:

  • Attend the mandatory nursing program orientation session (held in early May)
  • Documentation of certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant OR documentation of satisfactory completion of a nursing assistant course within six years preceding acceptance to the nursing program (Separate fees; Provide copy of certificate)
  • Current CPR/BLS for health care providers certification (Provide copy of certificate/card)
  • Health Clearance Form with proof of required immunizations (See Core Requirements for list of immunizations)