Nursing—Transfer to NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health

Program Description

North Dakota State University Nursing at Sanford Health (NDSU-NSH)) in Bismarck offers an upper division registered professional nursing program. One class is admitted each spring and fall. Students typically complete NDSU-NSH prerequisites at BSC. To apply to the professional program, an application must be submitted to NDSU online by April 20 for fall admission or by September 20 for spring admission; application materials must be submitted to the Department of Nursing concurrently. Enrollment in the nursing program is limited. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 in college course work is required for evaluation for admission.

Admission is competitive and based on all of the following:

  1. Evidence of admission to NDSU
  2. Evidence of pre-nursing status
  3. Completed application to the nursing major
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended (excluding NDSU)
  5. Two references
  6. Personal statement
  7. Background check

Application forms may be obtained online at

Selected prerequisite courses for admission to NDSU-NSH

The following courses must be completed prior to applying to the NDSU-NSH professional nursing program. The required GPA is calculated on these courses.

Selected prerequisite courses for admission to NDSU-NSH
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
ENGL 120College Composition II3
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
Completion of 8 credits in the science category.
Preference will be given to those students who have completed 11 credits or more.
CHEM 115Introductory Chemistry4
CHEM 115LIntroductory Chemistry Lab1
CHEM 116Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry4
CHEM 116LIntroduction to Organic and Biochemistry Lab1
MICR 202Introductory Microbiology3
MICR 202LIntroductory Microbiology Lab1
BIOL 220Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIOL 220LAnatomy and Physiology I Lab1
BIOL 221Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIOL 221LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab1


High School students who plan to follow a registered nursing curriculum should take biology, chemistry and the appropriate mathematics courses in high school. Those considering this career field should have a sincere desire to help those experiencing disease, as well as the ability to deal with increasingly complex technology.

Program Requirements

Graduates of NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health receive a Bachelor of Science in nursing and are eligible to write the National Council of State Boards of Nursing RN examination.

Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of nursing programs are in high demand in North Dakota and throughout the United States. Nurses provide care in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, home health, long-term care, community health and schools.

Career possibilities: Nursing, Nursing Education, Administration, Home Health Care, and Patient Advocacy.



Yvette Matthews • Jack Science Center 301H

Associate in Science

College degree requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits66
Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterCredits
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Math, Science & Technology  
CHEM 115 Introductory Chemistry 4
CHEM 115L Introductory Chemistry Lab 1
MATH 104 Finite Mathematics 4 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 3
Spring Semester
Communications II  
ENGL 120 College Composition II 3
Enrichment 1  
Enrichment Course Matrix 2
Math, Science & Technology  
CHEM 116 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 2 4
CHEM 116L Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Lab 1
MICR 202 Introductory Microbiology 2 3
MICR 202L Introductory Microbiology Lab 1
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
2nd Year
Fall Semester
Arts & Humanities  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
Electives (Required)  
BIOL 220 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL 220L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
NURS 210 3 Orientation to Research & Evidence Based Practice2
NURS 250 3 Health Promotion2
NUTR 240 Principles of Nutrition 3
PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology 3
Spring Semester
Arts & Humanities  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
Electives (Required)  
BIOL 221 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL 221L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
NURS 251 3 Skills & Concepts for Nursing Practice2
NURS 252 3 Gerontology Nursing2
NURS 360 3 Health Assessment4
 Total Credits66

All of the above courses must be completed before beginning junior year nurses courses.