Nursing—Dakota Nursing Program

Practical Nursing Certificate

College Degree Requirements

Total Degree Credits42
Plan of Study Grid
Fall SemesterCredits
Prescribed Technical Program Requirements  
BIOL 220 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL 220L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
NURS 120 Foundations of Nursing 3
NURS 121 Practical Nursing I 3
NURS 122 Clinical Practice I 3
Spring Semester
Prescribed Technical Program Requirements  
BIOL 221 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL 221L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology 3
PHRM 215 Introduction to Pharmacology 3
NURS 127 Practical Nursing II: Introduction to Medical/Surgical Nursing 2
NURS 145 Introduction to Maternal/Child Nursing 2
NURS 124 Clinical Practice II 3
Summer Semester
Prescribed Technical Program Requirements  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
NURS 126 Clinical Practice III 3
NURS 129 Practical Nursing III 3
 Total Credits42

Prerequisites for entry into the Dakota Nursing Program Practical Nursing Certificate include:

  • High school diploma or GED

  • Admission to Bismarck State College

  • CNA experience merits one point on interview rating scale.

  • Current CPR Certification for Health Care Providers

  • If required science courses are repeated, a grade of 2.0 ("C") or higher is required on first repeat.

  • Proof of Math Skill Readiness completed within seven years of application.

    • Student must have completed, at minimum, the developmental math courses (ASC 93) with a grade of "C" or better so they are prepared to enter MATH 103 (or higher math courses), OR

    • Equivalent scores for ACT/PLAN/SAT/COMPASS and/or ACCUPLACER taken within the past two years:

      • ACT-MATH = 21 or higher

      • PLAN-MATH = 19 or higher

      • SAT Critical Reading + Math = 990 or higher

      • COMPASS (Algebra Domain) = 49 or higher

      • ACCUPLACER (Elementary Algebra Domain) = 76 or higher

      • ACCUPLACER (College Level Math Domain) = 50 or higher

  • Must be 18 years of age by December of the fall semester during which the candidate is accepted into the nursing program.

  • FBI background check required (including fingerprints) after acceptance into the Dakota Nursing Program.

  • Prospective students must take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) test which is a proctored online multiple choice exam that measures entry level skills and abilities in science math, language and reading. Applicants must score at the Basic, Proficient, Advanced or Exemplary level to be eligible for application.

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

  • Proof of Academic Readiness:

    • ACT composite score of 19 or completion of 12 credits of nursing program coursework (this includes any program prerequisites and program required general education courses) with GPA of 2.75 or higher.

  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 for all completed prescribed technical courses required for the Dakota Nursing Certificate program.

  • An overall minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all college courses taken.

  • "C" or better in all prescribed technical program courses previously completed.

  • The following courses need to be repeated if 7 years since completion date:

    BIOL 221Anatomy and Physiology II3
    BIOL 221LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab1
    PSYC 250Developmental Psychology3
    PHRM 215Introduction to Pharmacology3
  • Students who meet the prerequisites and whose file is complete are selected for a competitive entry interview.

  • Applications will be available in December and are due by March 5.

Graduation Requirements for the Dakota Nursing Program Practical Nursing Certificate:

  • Minimum of 2.0 GPA on all completed prescribed technical courses required for the Dakota Nursing Program Practical Nursing Certificate.
  • Minimum of 2.0 overall instituational GPA (BSC Only).
  • Minimum of 2.0 overall Cumulative GPA (BSC + Transfer).
  • "C" or better in all required program courses.
  • Upon successful completion of the above curriculum the student will receive a Certificate in Practical Nursing and is eligible to apply to and complete the NCLEX PN®