Admission Criteria for the RN to BSN Program

Admission Criteria for the RN to BSN Program

Step 1 of admission process:

  • Admission to Mayville State University
    • Applicants must meet university admission requirements for transfer students
    • Be in good academic standing (not on dismissed or suspended status) at the most recent college or university you have attended.
    • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 at the conclusion of any semester in which the number of institutional and transfer hours attempted reaches or exceeds 64 semester hours.
      • Note: minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 required for nursing program admission
    • Complete the Mayville State University Application for Admission – Online Application
    • Submit a non-refundable, one-time $35 application fee. No admissions decisions will be made until the application fee is received.
    • Submit official transcripts of all previous academic work from each institution attended. These must be sent directly from the institutions and must show all courses attempted and grades earned. Transcripts must be signed by a school official and contain the official school seal.

Step 2 of admission process:

  • Following admission to the University:  Admission to the RN to BSN Program
    • Completion of the RN to BSN Program application
      • Admission Deadlines
        • Fall Semester:  March 1st (for first review, open until cohort is filled)
        • Spring Semester:  October 1st (for first review, open until cohort is filled)
      • Submit $25.00 program application fee paid by check or money order, or by calling the MSU Business Office at 701-788-4757
    • Earned RN program Associate Degree (AAS-RN or AS-RN) from a regionally accredited institution (nursing program accreditation not required)
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale
    • Minimum grade of "C" required for all previous nursing courses
    • Active unencumbered RN license or be a graduate in current semester with license pending
      • Must be licensed by July 15th for Fall semester start/November 15th for Spring start
      • Submit license information including license number and state of issuance
      • Conditional acceptance will be granted to qualified students who are scheduled for or awaiting results of the NCLEX Exam.  Should a final transcript or licensure status indicate the applicant has not met the admission requirements, conditional acceptance will be withdrawn and the student will be required to reapply to the program in a future semester.  The applicant will not be considered as admitted to the program to continue with enrollment in nursing courses without current and valid RN licensure.  Enrollment in courses outside of the nursing major (essential studies courses, 300/400 level courses, and statistics courses), however, may proceed.
    • Two letters of reference addressing nursing role performance (use program Reference form).  References must be submitted in sealed envelope, with signature of reference source across the seal or may be emailed by reference source directly to, Administrative Coordinator for the Nursing Program.
    • Identification of clinical site for public health clinical
      • Applicant must identify public health agency and state for completion of clinical (NURS 442)
    • Completion of all clinical requirements following program admission
      (Must be completed prior to registration for NURS 442)
      • Approval for practice verified through criminal background check
      • Proof of current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider (BLS) CPR
      • Proof of immunizations - completion of Nursing Program Immunization Form
    • Access to a computer with high-speed Internet and virus protection
      • Personal computer requirements will be provided upon request
Program application, proof of RN licensure, letters of reference, and all clinical requirement documents should be either mailed or emailed to:
     Shannon Skovlund, Administrative Coordinator
     Mayville State University RN to BSN Program
     330 Third Street NE, Mayville, ND  58257 


Admission is competitive and is based on a point system.  Points are given based on cumulative GPA, earned nursing credit GPA, reference information, previous application to the program, RN nursing graduation from a North Dakota institution, residency in North Dakota or employment as an RN in North Dakota, and existence of an articulation/affiliation agreement.  The number of students admitted each semester is limited.

Admission Notification:

  • The Office of Admissions will notify applicants of their admission to MSU.
  • The Nursing Director will notify applicants of their admission status to the baccalaureate nursing program.