Practical Nursing to Associate Degree Nursing

Associate in Applied Science

Prescribed Technical Program24
General Education17
Associate Degree Nursing Required Program Electives10
Digital Literacy
Total Degree Credits60
Plan of Study Grid
Fall SemesterCredits
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
General Education Requirements
Business, Math, Science & Technology
MICR 202 Introductory Microbiology 3
MICR 202L Introductory Microbiology Lab 1
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 Requirements
Written or Oral Communications
Select one of the following: 3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Introduction to Professional Writing
 Total Credits31
Associate Degree Nursing Required Program Electives 1
BIOL 221Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIOL 221LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab1
PHRM 215Introduction to Pharmacology3
PSYC 250Developmental Psychology3
Total Credits10

General Education Requirements 1
Arts & Humanities/Social & Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology3
Business, Math, Science & Technology
BIOL 220Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIOL 220LAnatomy and Physiology I Lab1
Written or Oral Communications
ENGL 110College Composition I3
Total Credits10
Total Credits9
Digital Literacy Requirements
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Computers 2
Principles of Information Security 2
BSC Approved Training Course
NDUS Institution Approved Training Course
NDUS Institution Designated Digital Literacy Course


Coursework taken prior to entry into the Associate Degree Nursing Program.


CSCI 101, CIS 147 or courses transferred in from another NDUS Institution that are listed as both general education and digital literacy may satisfy both requirements upon successful completion.

College Degree & Digital Literacy Requirements

General Education & Diversity Course Matrix Requirements

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. 
  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/or current LPN with an active, unencumbered license to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the United States.
b.  A graduate from a state board approved paramedic program and a current paramedic, of at least one year 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 "Nursing- BSC (Associate Degree)".
    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
  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 or "T" (test score) or "S" (satisfactory) in each of the required nursing courses from an approved Practical Nursing Program and the general education requirements of the Nursing Program PN curriculum.
    1. PHRM 215 Introduction to Pharmacology (must have been completed within the past 7 years).
  6. 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) and 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

Students must complete with "C" or better or "T" (test credit) or "S" (satisfactory) in all required program courses, including General Education requirements.

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.