During its June 4 meeting, the Minnesota Board of Nursing approved Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing to meet the education requirements for licensure as a registered nurse.

“This program represents the collaborative efforts of faculty, staff and administrators to develop curriculum, renovate facilities, secure equipment and supplies, train staff, and communicate with clinical partners and prospective students,” said Lisa Nawrot, MSUM’s interim dean of the College of Science, Health and the Environment. “MSUM is committed to investing in programs that serve our students, strengthen our community, and meet local and national workforce needs.” 

Benefits of MSUM’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing:

  • It’s an eight-semester program designed to be completed in three years, including summer enrollment.
  • Membership in the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE) promotes concept-based experience to support student learning.
  • Virtual and augmented reality will be widely incorporated in the simulation lab.
  • A holistic admissions process is in development with our MANE partners.  
  • MSUM will seek endorsement from the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Cooperation (AHNCC).

“What’s unique about MSUM’s program is our membership with the Minnesota Alliance of Nursing Education (MANE) as a second university partner,” said Carol Roth, co-chair and associate professor at MSUM’s School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership. “This alliance is rich and rewarding for our colleagues, plus the curriculum will prepare our students to be concept-based thinkers who can adapt quickly to changing healthcare environments.”

Roth said the next cohort will utilize a holistic admissions process. “It’s a different kind of educational experience for our students that’s more in line with the next generation NCLEX (nursing licensure exam), which our students will be taking by the time our first cohort graduates,” Roth said.

The addition of the pre-licensure baccalaureate strengthens MSUM’s breadth of offering multiple entry points on the professional ladder of nursing education.

“The Bachelor of Science in Nursing builds upon our rich history of delivering innovative and quality nursing education for the region,” said MSUM President Anne Blackhurst. “For more than 40 years, we’ve graduated outstanding alumni through our RN to BSN program and the Master of Science with Major in Nursing. We’re providing educational opportunities for current and future nurses wherever they’re at in their careers.” 

In the past year, MSUM nursing graduates included:

  • 73 RN to BSN graduates 
  • 16 MS with Major in Nursing graduates
  • 1 graduate certificate
  • To date, MSUM has graduated more than 1,800 nursing alumni.

More than 50 students applied for admission to the pre-licensure baccalaureate. By July 1, applicants will learn of admission decisions for the Fall 2020 nursing start. MSUM expects to be at or near capacity of 32 students in this first nursing cohort.

MSUM’s nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, with plans to include the new baccalaureate. 

For more information about all of MSUM’s nursing opportunities, visit mnstate.edu/nursing.