Application Process

A formal application is required for admission to the major. Admission to the nursing major is highly competitive.


Fall Semester 2018 currently closed
Spring Semester 2019 currently closed

Application 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):

  1. Accepted to St. Cloud State University as an undergraduate student.
  2. Active HuskyNet E-mail by the application date.
  3. These courses must be complete at time of application: BIOL 202, CHEM 151 and PSY 240/CEEP 262.
  4. Completed a minimum of 30 credits of the required 39 credits of preadmission coursework.
  5. “C” or better in all preadmission courses.
  6. A minimum cumulative St. Cloud State GPA of 2.75 (based on a 4.0 scale).
  7. A minimum cumulative preadmission coursework GPA of 2.75 (based on a 4.0 scale).
  8. TOEFL Score of 220 or higher, 560 paper.
  9. Submit application with unofficial academic record/transcripts, degree audit report and two reference forms; one academic and one professional by application deadline.

Application Process

Step 1

Program Application

Students are required to complete an application form, include two references, an unofficial transcript from attended universities, and an up-to-date DARS report while meeting all the application requirements.

Step 2

If a student meets the application requirements above, with successful submission of their application form, along with references, unofficial transcripts and DARS, they will be granted the opportunity to take the HESI exam. Applicants will be notified regarding HESI testing dates after the application deadline.

Step 3

Final review of applicants takes place. Students are offered admission based on a final review of scores from the HESI exam along with all application materials.

Upon admission students will be required to:

  1. Complete all 39 credits of preadmission coursework before the major’s January or August start date.
  2. Successfully complete a Minnesota Criminal Background Check, as required by Minnesota state law for professionals working with vulnerable populations.
  3. Obtain American Heart Associate CPR certification at health care provider level for infants through adults, and to meet other health requirements.
  4. Pass a drug and alcohol screen.
  5. Complete a health screening at SCSU Health Services, which includes physical demand analysis, immunization history, TB test, and other requirements.

HESI Entrance Exam for Nursing

Students who have submitted an application and meet the minimum requirements above, are eligible to take the HESI Entrance Exam.

HESI Dates

Generally students who are applying for a fall start date will take the HESI exam in February/March, for students who are applying for a spring start date, the HESI will be taken in September/October.

The HESI is a computerized, five-hour entrance exam covering the areas of Math, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar, and Anatomy & Physiology. Applicants pay $45.00 to take the HESI.