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Application to the Nursing Major


The College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University admits 54 students each year into the nursing program. Students must meet the minimum qualifications to be considered for acceptance to the nursing program. The acceptance process is competitive. 

Requirements/Minimum Qualifications for Application - Due May 1

  • CSB/SJU students may apply for acceptance to the Nursing major by May 1 of each year by completing the Application to the Nursing Major Form
  • Applicants must meet the minimum prerequisite course GPA requirement of 2.75 and complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher in each course.
  • Prerequisite courses include: Biology 101, Biology 212, Psychology 111, Nursing 220, Chemistry 125, Nutrition 125.

Academic Planner (nursing major four-year plan)

Course Descriptions for the required courses of the nursing major.  


Policy on Late and Incomplete Submission of Applications:

Incomplete or late applications will be considered last after all other timely and qualified applications have been accepted, and only on a space available basis. Applicants not accepted may reapply the following year.


Acceptance Process

The Nursing Department will only accept qualified applicants up to the approved institutional limit. The Nursing Faculty retain the right to make the final decision regarding student admission to the nursing major. 

Acceptance is based on timely submission of the Application to the Nursing Major Form, completion of nursing major requirements (see below) and rankings of prerequisite GPA in the following priority order:

  1. Qualified CSB/SJU ROTC students
  2. Qualified CSB/SJU Early Admission Program (EAP) students
  3. Qualified other CSB/SJU students
  4. Qualified Transfer students
  5. Late (after May 1 deadline) qualified applicants

If there is a tie in the nursing prerequisite GPA, then the College Cumulative GPA will be used to break the tie. Acceptance in the nursing major is contingent upon successful completion of all nursing prerequisite courses and the nursing major requirements listed below. A student may repeat prerequisite courses one time; no more than two prerequisite courses may be repeated. Applications to the major are reviewed annually in May. Students will be notified of acceptance decisions via campus e-mail accounts in early June. Academic Advising will assist those students not accepted to the major with any necessary registration changes for fall semester.


Nursing Major Requirements - Due by August 15

Electronic submission of the three documents listed below is required by August 15. Scan the documents and send in one email to You will receive a confirmation email upon receipt. Failure to submit the required documentation to the nursing department by August 15 will result in a notification that your standing as a student within the department is in jeopardy. You will have one week to respond to the notification and submit the required documentation.  If the required documentation is not received within one week of notification you will be dismissed from the program and may not progress in the program for that semester. Refer to the Student Handbook section on disciplinary action.

     Health Care Provider Clearance Form - The health form must be completed by your health care provider after May 7, 2015. Read the form carefully to allow adequate time to complete all elements of the health clearance form. The form will require an appointment with your health care provider and possibly follow-up appointments.

      Two-Step Tuberculin Skin Test - The TB Skin Tests must be completed by your health care provider after May 7, 2015. Read the form carefully and allow three weeks to complete all steps. Multiple appointments with your health care provider are required. Scan and submit the form only when all steps have been completed.

      Copy of current CPR Certification - Must be the American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) for Healthcare Provider or the American Red Cross CPR Certification: CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider. No other certifications are acceptable. Your name must appear on the CPR card and both sides scanned. The CPR certification must be valid until at least May 7, 2016.


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