College of Nursing

Nursing Major (ABSN)

Admissions Criteria

  • Students must have completed at least 54 credits before enrolling in the nursing program
  • Hold a cumulative college GPA of 3.00.
  • Hold a 3.0 GPA of combined science prerequisites (microbiology, human anatomy and physiology I and II, and chemistry for health sciences).
  • Complete the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam with a minimum score of 65% within a year prior to your application to the nursing program (only two attempts allowed per year).
  • Complete prerequisites with the required letter grade (C or higher), within the time limit, and meet the prerequisite course repetition policy.*
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency: Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency via examination if (1) English is not their native language, and (2) the applicant has lived in the United States fewer than eight years at the time of application to the nursing program.
  • Upon conditional acceptance to the nursing program, clear a criminal background check and complete additional clinical compliance requirements prior to full admission to the nursing program.
  • An applicant denied admission to the CSP nursing program may reapply once. An application denied admission twice should not reapply as the application will not be reviewed for the third time.
  • Students who have completed nursing courses toward a pre-licensure program at another college or university must submit recommendation letters from two nursing faculty at their previous institution. Nursing coursework taken at previous institutions will not transfer into CSP's nursing program.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science degree consists of a major of typically 30 to 60 credits, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 120 credits.

General Education Requirements

All degree seeking undergraduate students must complete the general education requirements.

Prerequisites (must be completed prior to starting the nursing program) 1
BIO 315Human Anatomy and Physiology I 24
BIO 316Human Anatomy and Physiology II 24
BIO 300Microbiology 24
PSY 230Lifespan Developmental Psychology4
Prerequisites that count within general education credits:
Chemistry for Health Sciences (4)
Quantitative Reasoning for Health Care Professionals (3)
Nursing Core Courses:
NUR 376Applied Pathophysiology3
NUR 378Pharmacology in Nursing4
NUR 380Fundamentals of Professional Nursing6
NUR 382Health Promotion and Assessment3
NUR 384Behavioral Health Nursing4
NUR 388Population Health5
NUR 390Nursing Care of the Adult I6
NUR 417Nursing Care of the Adult II6
NUR 418 Nursing Care of Childbearing and Childrearing Family6
NUR 419Aging, Chronicity and Palliative Care3
NUR 420Nursing Informatics2
NUR 424Transition into Professional Nursing7
NUR 426Nursing Introduction to Evidence Based Practice3
NUR 428Leadership in Nursing3
Total Credits77

Minimum C grade required in all pre-requisite and required courses.


Students who take the prerequisite course at Concordia University, St. Paul will need to either take BIO 120 prior to this course or transfer in the equivalent to BIO 120.


Admissions requirements indicate students are only able to repeat two Science courses in order to meet the Science cGPA and minimum grade in a course.  Lifespan Development is a 10-year latency, and Math and Science is a 7-year latency.   Students should discuss these requirements with their admission counselor/academic advisor.

CSP’s pre-licensure nursing programs prepare students to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN®), which is required for professional nursing licensing in all states. CSP BSN program graduates are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN® in any state. States may require additional licensure application conditions including but not limited to background studies that may include fingerprinting. State specific professional nursing licensure requirements are accessible via the identified state’s nursing board website. Please click here for more information.

Plan of Study Grid
First YearCredits
First Semester
NUR 376 Applied Pathophysiology 3
NUR 378 Pharmacology in Nursing 4
NUR 380 Fundamentals of Professional Nursing 6
NUR 382 Health Promotion and Assessment 3
Second Semester
NUR 384 Behavioral Health Nursing 4
NUR 388 Population Health 5
NUR 390 Nursing Care of the Adult I 6
THL 200 Scripture and its interpretation: A Global Introduction to the Bible 3
Third Semester
NUR 417 Nursing Care of the Adult II 6
NUR 418 Nursing Care of Childbearing and Childrearing Family 6
NUR 419 Aging, Chronicity and Palliative Care 3
THL 355 Understanding World Religions for Healthcare Professionals 1
THL 378 Christian Vocation and Ethics for Healthcare Professionals 1
Second Year
NUR 420 Nursing Informatics 2
NUR 424 Transition into Professional Nursing 7
NUR 426 Nursing Introduction to Evidence Based Practice 3
NUR 428 Leadership in Nursing 3
 Total Credits66