The baccalaureate nursing program at The College of St. Scholastica is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 887-6791.


Admission Requirements and Checklist

Eligibility/foundational requirements

All applicants to the R.N. to B.S. Online Nursing Track of the baccalaureate nursing program will need to fulfill the following requirements before the start of the program:

Current registered nurse license from at least one state; eligibility for licensure in Minnesota

Associate's degree with a major in nursing from an accredited college

Meet our general education requirements; or have earned an Associate of Arts degree or previous B.A. or B.S. degree; or meet the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum requirements

Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

Three to six months of experience as a registered nurse required to complete the Portfolio credits

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

Application checklist

  1. Request official transcripts. Transcripts must be in the original sealed envelope from the school, or from a certified electronic official transcript provider such as Docufide, Scrip Safe or National Clearinghouse. (email to

    • College transcripts from all colleges that you have attended and/or from which you received financial aid
    • High school transcripts, if you have no college credit, or you took three full years of high school foreign language.
    Please order early - transcripts can take up to 4-6 weeks to arrive. If you are currently attending college, a final official transcript will also be required after grades are posted.  Mail transcripts for receipt on or before the deadline to:

    The College of St. Scholastica
    Office of Graduate and Extended Studies Admissions
    1200 Kenwood Avenue
    Duluth, MN  55811
  2. Complete the Online Application. You will need to use an updated browser, preferably Firefox, Chrome or Safari.
    1. Submit state and license number for current registered nursing license from at least one state. 
  3. If you have international transcripts or noncitizen status, you will need to send additional documentation. Please see the International Admissions Policy for complete details.
  4. Discuss financing your education with OneStop early in the application process by calling (877) 287-8716. 
  5. Upon receipt of all application materials, the application packet will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review and the admissions decision.

Application deadlines

Summer: May 2
Summer mid-term: June 20
Fall: Aug. 15
Fall mid-term: Oct. 10
Spring: Dec. 15
Spring mid-term: Feb. 21

After acceptance

Upon acceptance into the R.N. to B.S. Nursing Track and before taking the Community Health Clinical course, students will need to:

Submit Decision Response Form

Submit Release of Information Form

Submit Health History and Physical Exam Form

Submit proof of coverage by professional liability insurance ($1 million for each occurence)

Annually pass a state-mandated criminal background check

Submit a copy of CPR certification that includes expiration date

Technology requirements

Technology Requirements (pdf)


Our Financial Aid office can help you find ways to pay for your education. From grants, loans and scholarships to employer reimbursement and discounts, there are many ways to finance your education.

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