The transfer Nursing program at BSC provides the first two years of core classes toward a baccalaureate degree for students planning a career in nursing. Students study chemistry, anatomy and physiology, psychology, microbiology, sociology, nutrition, algebra, and statistics and complete general education courses required for an associate degree.


High School students who plan to follow a registered nursing curriculum should take biology, chemistry, and the appropriate mathematics courses in high school. Students without this background should expect to spend longer than two years at BSC finishing coursework. Anyone 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.


Students who complete requirements of the suggested curriculum receive an Associate in Science degree and can transfer to a college of nursing at a four-year institution.

Bismarck State College has many cooperative, articulation, or transfer agreements with postsecondary institutions both inside and outside of the North Dakota University System. Some of these agreements are established to allow students to remain on campus as they complete their bachelor’s degree. In all cases, students seeking to transfer after completing a degree at BSC should consult the academic catalog of their destination college and work with their academic advisor to plan for this transition.

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.