Admissions | Bachelor's to DNP


There is one application cycle per year from July to December with the start term of Summer 2014.  Application materials must be submitted to Nursing CAS by our deadline of December 15, 2013 for admissions consideration.  The application review process will start after the deadline of December 15, applicants will be notified of admissions decision in mid-February 2014.  

In Nursing CAS you will be required to choose your desired track and campus to attend.  Applicants may apply for both St. Cloud and Duluth campuses and both levels of preparation (ex. MS and BS to DNP) but may only select one track for consideration.  Applicants who designate more than one track (ex. FNP & PMHNP) will not be considered for admission.

The following requirements will be required in the online Nursing CAS application.   Please carefully review all the instructions prior to beginning your application.  No items should be sent directly to CSS.

A complete Nursing CAS application includes:

  1. Three recommendations.
  2. All official transcripts
    1. If you have previously attended CSS you must request your transcripts to be sent to Nursing CAS.  Please contact One Stop Student Services 
    2. No high school transcripts are required.
  3. Resume uploaded
  4. Essay uploaded
    • The essay should represent your highest level of academic writing and demonstrate ability to participate in a rigorous, fast-paced academic program.  Prepare a three page (maximum) essay, typed and double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins, answering the following:

      1. Explain your rationale for choosing your Graduate Nursing track selection (ex. FNP, ANP/GNP, etc.). Please designate your preference if applying to both St. Cloud and Duluth campuses.
      2. How do you see Advanced Nursing Practice influencing your professional career?
      3. Discuss (in general) your proposed DNP Clinical Project, and why this makes you an excellent candidate for the DNP program at CSS.
      4. Why did you choose The College of St. Scholastica for your studies?


4-year nursing degree from an accredited program conferred prior to the start of the program

Statistics course with a grade of B or better within the past 7 years.  Statistics is not a prerequisite for admission.  The course may be taken as a part of the program during the first term.

Cumulative GPA of 3.0

One to three years' experience as a registered nurse preferred

After Acceptance

Upon acceptance into the BS to DNP program, students will need to:

  • Submit $750 non-refundable deposit along with Decision Response Form
  • Submit Student Immunization Form
  • Annually submit proof of coverage by professional liability insurance ($3 million for each occurrence) and nurse practitioner (NP) students must carry NP student liability
  • Meet specific health requirements of the School of Nursing:
    1. Physical examination by a licensed healthcare provider
    2. Annual Mantoux test or chest x-ray

  • Annually pass a state-mandated criminal background check for all Minnesota nursing students prior to first day of classes
  • Submit a copy of current nursing license (to be current and on file at all times).
  • Submit a copy of current CPR certification (to be current and on file at all times).

Transfer Credits

See Graduate Transfer Credit Policy

Credit Transfer Application form 

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