Nursing

Practical Nursing to Associate Degree Nursing

Associate in Applied Science

College Degree Requirements

Prescribed Technical Program24
General Education17
Associate Degree Nursing Required Electives32
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
 Credits16
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  
 Credits15
 Total Credits31
Associate Degree Nursing Required Electives 1
BIOL 221Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIOL 221LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab1
NURS 120Foundations of Nursing3
NURS 121Practical Nursing I3
NURS 122Clinical Practice I3
NURS 124Clinical Practice II3
NURS 126Clinical Practice III3
NURS 127Practical Nursing II: Introduction to Medical/Surgical Nursing2
NURS 129Practical Nursing III3
NURS 145Introduction to Maternal/Child Nursing2
PHRM 215Introduction to Pharmacology3
PSYC 250Developmental Psychology3
Total Credit32
General Education Requirement 1
Communications I
ENGL 110College Composition I3
Business, Math, Science & Technology
BIOL 220Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIOL 220LAnatomy and Physiology I Lab1
Arts & Humanities/Social & Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology3
Total Credit10

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

  1. For current DNP PN Students and Paramedic to Nurse Bridge Students requesting admission:
    1. Successful completion of the first year of the Nursing Program with a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the 42 credit course requirements as defined in the PN curriculum or
    2. Successful completion of the LRSC Paramedic to Nurse Bridge Program with a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the 9 credit course requirements as defined in the Paramedic to Nurse Bridge Curriculum.
    3. NOTE: The student must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 in either program.
  2. A Nursing Program application dated no later than March 5 of the year the student would be entering the 2nd year of the program. 
  3. Pass a pre-admission examination (ATI Comprehensive PN Predictor).
  4. Positive recommendations from nursing administration and nursing faculty.
     

Prerequisites for Incoming Advanced Standing LPN Application Toward the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

An advanced standing is:

a.   A graduate from a state board approved PN program from an accredited college and current LPN with an active, unencumbered license to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the United States.
Or
b.  A graduate from a state board approved paramedic program and a current paramedic, of at least two years' experience, with an active, unencumbered, license to practice as a paramedic in the United States AND have completed the LRSC Paramedic to Nurse Bridge Program. 

  1. Application and Admission to Bismarck State College is required before applying to the nursing program (refer to BSC Catalog).
    1. ​Apply as "Pre-Associate Degree Nursing Program".
    2. Check Campus Connection to ensure all of your "To Do List" items have been completed. Students cannot be admitted to the Associate Degree Nursing Program if they are not admitted to BSC due to an incomplete Admissions file.
  2. Detailed nursing program application requirements, online applications, and program of study can be accessed at www.dakotanursing.org.
  3. Minimum GPA of 2.75 in all prerequisite courses (including prior practical nursing classes) and an overall minimum GPA of 2.5.
  4. Pass a pre-admission examination (ATI Comprehensive PN Predictor).
  5. Currently enrolled (if competitive) or satisfactory completion with a "C" or better in each of the required nursing courses from an approved Practical Nursing Program and the general education requirements of the Nursing Program PN curriculum.
  6. Proof of Math Skill Readiness.
  7. A certain level of English proficiency is necessary for academic success in nursing as well as for patient safety. In addition to general college English proficiency requirements, all applicants for whom English is not their native language (including International and/or U.S. residents) or who have not attended 4 years of U.S. high school and achieved a HS GPA of 3.0 or higher must meet additional language proficiency requirements for admission to the Nursing Program.

    Minimum TOEFL Scores for Admission to the Nursing Program

To be considered for admission to the pre-licensure program, English as a second language (ESL) applicants must achieve minimum scores on the TOEFL internet based test (TOEFL iBT) of:

Minimum Cumulative Score of:

  • 86 Combined

AND Minimum Individual Scores Of:

  • 26 in Speaking
  • 20 in Writing
  • 20 in Reading
  • 20 in Listening
     

Graduation Requirements for the Nursing Program Associate Degree

  • Minimum of 2.0 GPA on all completed prescribed courses required for the 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.

  • Upon successful completion of the above curriculum, the student will receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree and is eligible to take the NCLEX-RN.