Nursing Science

Admission to the Traditional Program

If you missed one of the Nursing Admissions Information Sessions, you can now view the entire presentation online!

This presentation contains detailed information about the application and admission requirements, application packet and forms, and other options to consider for students not admitted to the nursing major program.

Applying to the Nursing Major

Prior to being formally admitted to the Nursing major, students are considered “Pre-Nursing” students.

Applying to the St. Cloud State University (SCSU) Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is a separate process from applying to St. Cloud State University. For information on applying to the university please contact the Office of Admissions at 1-877-654-7278 or at

The application deadline for admission to the nursing program is June 1st for Spring Semester or January 5th for Fall Semester. Your application is complete only when all materials have been received by the Department of Nursing. It is the student’s responsibility to be certain all materials are received by the due date. Late and incomplete applications are not reviewed. E-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Admission to the nursing major is highly competitive. Application does not assure admission.

The Admissions Process

Students are required to submit all application materials prior to the published deadline. Following the deadline, the Admissions Committee will begin reviewing applications.

Step 1: Initial Review

The Admissions Committee will evaluate complete applications to determine which students will qualify to progress through the admissions process. You will receive e-mail notification via Husky Net of either your progression to Step 2 or elimination from the applicant pool. 

Step 2:  Entrance Exam

The entrance exam used by the Department of Nursing is the Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI) Admissions Assessment Exam (A2). Study guides can be purchased at the Husky Bookstore, online through HESI, and through other booksellers. Test dates are determined by the Department of Nursing and are offered for a limited time during the admissions process. Eligible students will be provided with a schedule of exam dates/times/sites.

Once all applicants have tested, the Admissions Committee meets to determine progression to Step 3. Prerequisite course grades and GPA, scores from the entrance exam, and references are all part of the committee review. You will receive e-mail notification via HuskyNet of either your progression to Step 3 or elimination from the applicant pool. 

Step 3: Final Review of Records 

Students who successfully meet the minimum requirements on the HESI Exam will have their scores and specific subscores evaluated relative to the appropriate prerequisite grades. HESI results are also entered into a scoring rubric with all previous values. The candidates will be ranked with the top 40 candidates begin offered a spot in the program. We will maintain an alternate list in the event a candidate(s) does not complete all requirements.


At the time of application you must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for the nursing program (eligibility does not assure admission):

  • Accepted to St. Cloud State University as an undergraduate student.
  • Active HuskyNet E-mail by the application date.
  • Completed application forms and all supporting documentation
  • Completed a minimum of 30 credits of required prerequisite coursework, listed on page 2, and the ability to complete all required prerequisites before entering the program. 
  • A minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.75 (based on a 4.0 scale).
  • A minimum cumulative prerequisite GPA of 2.75 (based on a 4.0 scale).
  • TOEFL Score of 220 or higher, 560 paper.

Application Packet

More information about the application process, the required forms, and a student checklist can be found in the application packet.

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