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Admissions Requirements and Checklist

1. Preparation

  • B.A./B.S. degree in a non-nursing field from an accredited college or university 
  • Current Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA/NA-R) registration or course completion. Learn about St. Scholastica's mostly-online Nursing Assitant Training.
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology (3-4 credits)
  • General Chemistry - no lab required (3-4 credits)*
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology (Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2 OR Human Anatomy and Human Physiology) (6-8 credits total).*  Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2 must be taken at the same institution. 
  • Microbiology (no lab required) (3-4 credits)*
  • Nutrition (minimum 2 credits)
  • Statistics – Descriptive & Inferential (3-4 credits)
  • Pathophysiology (upper-division credits required; cannot be taken at a community college) (3-4 credits)*
  •  Current Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA/NA-R) registration or course completion

*Science course

See "Accepted Students" information for additional requirements.

All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to program start. It is recommended that you have four prerequisite courses completed (with a grade) at the time of application, three being science courses. Preference will be given based on number of prerequisite courses completed at the time of application. A minimum grade for prerequisite courses is a "C". Please note, meeting this minimum requirement does not guarantee admission to the program. There is no time limit for taking the prerequisite courses, however you will be held accountable for the content. The accelerated nursing curriculum builds upon the prerequisite courses and requirements. For example, you must understand pathophysiology of disease processes to care for patients with a specific disease. You may want to consider retaking one or more prerequisite courses, especially the science courses, to refresh your knowledge and comprehension. CLEP credits will be accepted for all prerequisite courses if a CLEP exam is available.


2. Application

Request official transcripts (in original sealed envelope from the school): B.A./B.S. transcript showing degree conferred, relevant coursework necessary for admission, and prerequisite coursework. If you will be completing courses after submitting your application, you will need to send updated transcripts to Nursing CAS for verification. If you attended The College of St. Scholastica for your B.A./B.S. or prerequisite coursework, you will still need to request an official transcript from OneStop Student Services office to be sent to Nursing CAS. No high school transcripts are required.

Mail transcripts to: Nursing CAS *Do not send official transcripts to The College of St. Scholastica.*

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. All official transcripts (high school transcripts are not required)
  2. Resume uploaded*
  3. Plan of Study (.docx) document*
  4. A personal interview with a faculty member in the School of Nursing may be requested.
*Please upload Resume and Plan of Study as separate documents

Please see our International Admissions page for information on additional documentation that may be required.

There are many financial aid options available to help you pay for your education. Contact the OneStop Student Services office early in the application process  at (877) 287-8716 or


3. Post-Completion

  • Submit $750 non-refundable deposit along with Decision Response Form
  • Complete and pass Caregiver and Criminal Background checks. These requirements are mandated by our clinical agencies.  
  • Submit current CPR certificate with expiration date (must be American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR course or equivalent)  
  • Submit CNA/NA-R registration
  • Submit documentation of completed immunization requirements  

Immunization requirements

  • MMR: (two doses) or positive titers for measles, mumps and rubella.
  • Tdap: (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox): Positive titer OR two doses of varicella vaccine - (can be process)
  • Tuberculosis (TB): A negative tuberculin skin test (Mantoux); two-step required (two tests with the second being 1-3 weeks after the first - both must be negative).
  • Hepatitis B series: (three vaccines - can be in process) OR a positive titer.
  • Influenza

Application deadlines

Nursing CAS is open!

We are now accepting applications for fall for our Duluth and St. Cloud locations. The cohort begins Sept. 8, 2020.*

*Please note that all prereq courses need to be completed before the program starts. Students will have the summer session to complete outstanding prereqs if needed.

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