Nursing—Dakota Nursing Program

Practical Nursing to Associate Degree Nursing

Associate in Applied Science

College Degree Requirements

Total Degree Credits73
Plan of Study Grid
Fall SemesterCredits
General Education Course  
Business, Math, Science & Technology  
MICR 202 Introductory Microbiology 3
MICR 202L Introductory Microbiology Lab 1
Prescribed Technical Program Requirements  
NURS 224 Professional Role Development 2
NURS 225 Alterations in Health I 3
NURS 226 Maternal Child Nursing 3
NURS 227 Clinical Application I 4
Spring Semester
Prescribed Technical Program Requirements  
NURS 228 Alterations in Health II 4
NURS 229 Health Promotion and Psychosocial Nursing 2
NURS 237 Clinical Application II 5
NURS 259 Role Transitions 1
General Education Course  
Communications II  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
Fundamentals of Public Speaking  
 Total Credits31

Prerequisites for Internal Practical Nursing to Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing (ADN):

  • Successful completion of the Dakota Nursing Practical Nursing Program with a minimum GPA of 2.75 in all prescribed technical courses (the 42 credit course requirements as defined in the degree plan) and an overall cumulative GPA (BSC + Transfer) of 2.5.
  • A letter of intent desiring continuation dated no later than March 1st of the year the student would be entering the second year of the program.
  • Pass a pre-admission examination.
  • Received a minimum grade of "C" in all courses required for the program.

Prerequisites for Incoming Advance Standing LPN Application Toward the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing (ADN):

  • Unemcumbered license to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the United States.

  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 in all prerequisite courses (including Nursing courses) and an overall minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

  • Admission to Bismarck State College as well as completion of a formal application to the Associate Degree program of the Dakota Nursing Program.

  • Pass a pre-admission examination.

  • Current enrollment or satisfactory completion with a "C" or better in each of the following courses (all required Nursing courses from an approved Practical Nursing Program):

    ENGL 110College Composition I3
    PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology3
    BIOL 220Anatomy and Physiology I3
    BIOL 220LAnatomy and Physiology I Lab1
    BIOL 221Anatomy and Physiology II3
    BIOL 221LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab1
    PHRM 215Introduction to Pharmacology (must be within 7 years of ADN admission)3
    PSYC 250Developmental Psychology3

    If any required science courses must be repeated, a grade of 2.0 ("C") or higher must be achieved on the first repeat.

  • Students who meet the prerequisites and have their files complete are accepted into the program based on BSC's Dakota Nursing Program admission criteria.

  • English Proficiency Exam (TOEFL) requirements are listed on our website.

Graduation Requirements for the Dakota Nursing Program Associate Degree

  • Minimum of 2.0 GPA on all completed prescribed courses required for the Dakota Nursing Program Associate Degree Program.

  • Minimum of 2.0 overall institutional GPA (BSC only).

  • Minimum of 2.0 overall cumulative GPA (BSC + transfer).

  • "C" or better in all required program courses.