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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the entrance requirements to the Nursing program?
  2. Must all pre-nursing courses be completed before admission to the nursing sequence?
  3. What is the deadline for application?
  4. How many entry points are there per year into the School of Nursing?
  5. Are letters of recommendation required?
  6. Does work experience in a health-care facility better an applicant's chances of being selected?
  7. When will notification of acceptance or rejection be made?
  8. Are applicants selected strictly according to G.P.A. (Grade Point Average)?
  9. How many spaces are available in each class?
  10. Who makes up the Admissions Committee?
  11. Once admitted to the Nursing program, how long will it take to complete nursing course requirements?
  12. Can a student accelerate and graduate in less than six semesters?
  13. Will I have to attend school during the summer?
  14. What is the status of freshmen students?
  15. From whom are applications for Admission to the Nursing major available.
  16. What courses from other institutions will transfer?
  17. Is there a Student Nurses Association at Lake Superior State University?
  18. Are there student loans available to help with my education?
  19. Are scholarships available for nursing students?
  20. Once I've been admitted to the BSN program, must I always maintain a certain cumulative grade point average?
  21. What if I fail a nursing course?

1. What are the entrance requirements to the Nursing program?

The following courses must be completed prior to admission into the clinical portion of the nursing program. Students must complete these courses with an overall grade point average no less than 2.7 on a 4 point scale. Each class must be completed with a grade of "C" or better:

BIOL121 Human Anatomy & Physiology I  4
BIOL122 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
CHEM108 Applied Chemistry 3
COMM101 Human Communication 3
ENGL110 Freshman Composition I 3
ENGL111 Freshman Composition II 3
PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 4
PSYC155 Lifespan Development 3
SOCY101 Introduction to Sociology 4

2. Must all pre-clinical courses be completed before admission to the nursing sequence?

Yes.  But one can be in the last of their pre-clinical classes and be able to apply for the upcoming semester.

3. What is the deadline for application?

May 10 for fall semester cohort. December 10 for the spring semester cohort. The BSN application will be made available during the second week of classes each semester.

4. How often do you admit to the BSN program?

Twice.  Fall and Spring semesters.

5. Are letters of recommendation required?

No.

6. Does work experience in a health-care facility better an applicant's chances of being selected?

Not necessarily.  It is sometimes more important that you get a good college preparation program in high school. Frequently, students do take nurse aid type courses in high school at the expense of getting chemistry, algebra, and other critical science and math courses which is sometimes a detriment to getting accepted into registered nursing programs.  However, work experience may help you better decide about your nursing career.

7. When will notification of acceptance or rejection be made.

Final acceptance occurs following posting of course grades and review; approximately June 1 for Fall Admission and December 27 for Spring Admission.

8. Are applicants selected strictly according to G.P.A. (Grade Point Average)?

No.  You must have a "C" or better and a 2.7 G.P.A. and a "C" or better in all preclinical courses. See the BSN Curriculum Pattern. We also require TEAS testing at a proficient level.

9. How many spaces are available in each class?

28 for each semester.

10. Who makes up the Admissions Committee?

Faculty and the Dean and/or Chair.

11. Once admitted to the Nursing program, how long will it take to complete nursing course requirements?

Approximately three years or 6 semesters.

12. Can a student accelerate and graduate in less than six semesters?

Not at this time.

13. Will I have to attend school during the summer?

RN to BSN Completion students and Practical Nursing students will have summer courses. Many students, however, choose to take some non-nursing courses during the summer so that they have a lighter course load in the regular academic year.

14. Can a student take nursing courses without being enrolled in the BSN program?

All NURS prefixed classes require admission. However, there are courses offered which do not require admission to the nursing major threaded through the program.  You must plan to meet with your advisor for class selection.

15. What is the status of freshmen students?

Freshman, and others completing the pre-nursing requirements, are classified as "pre-nursing" students until accepted into a BSN program cohort. All are assigned a faculty advisor within the School of Nursing.

16. What courses from other institutions will transfer?

All non-nursing courses in which a "C" or better was received and which are collegiate level are usually acceptable for transfer credit.  Contact the Registrar's Office for information on specific courses or try the Course Equivalency Tool.

17. Is there a Student Nurses Association at Lake Superior State University?

 Yes, our organization is called the Lake State Student Nurses Association.  All LSSU nursing studentss are encouraged to join.

18. Are there student loans available to help with my education?

 Yes.  In fact there are several loans available specific to nursing students.  Contact the Financial Aid office for more information on students loans.

19. Are scholarships available for nursing students?

Yes.  Scholarship information is available from the Financial Aid Office, Nursing Scholarships page, and in the BSN Student Handbook.

20. Once I've been admitted to the BSN program, must I always maintain a certain cumulative grade point average?

Yes.  While you are in the Nursing major, you must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0. 

21. What if I fail a nursing course?

You must immediately discuss your problems with your nursing advisor and reapply for placement into the course.  Note:  You may repeat a nursing course only once. Two failures in any combination of nursing courses or nursing support courses will result in dismissal.