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Tired of Waiting? So Were We. Introducing Rolling Admissions for our RN to BSN Program!


We realize that students need to know what’s happening for their fall or spring semester. Finding out if you have been accepted into a program only shortly before it starts doesn’t leave a lot of room to make backup plans if things didn’t turn out the way you had hoped. It is a bit of guesswork on how many programs you should apply to “guarantee” you’ll get into one, and we want to help our students by notifying them as soon as possible.

Every 6 weeks from now on we will be reviewing the applications we have received and contact the applicants with our decision. That means you can apply right now and find out within a month! This early decision gives you the chance to make changes and finalize your plans and lower some of the nervous energy you may be feeling. It also gets rid of the looming deadline of when the application window slams shut.

The first group of applicants have already found out if they are in or not. I do have to say, we had a lot of excellent applicants for Spring 2018 so far. We will still have the same number of spots open, so the earlier you turn in your application the better if you want to better your chances of acceptance.

Almost everything you may need:

Program Application form

Program description

Here or here for course listings and descriptions


Contact us if you have any question or need help:

Phone: 218-477-2693
















Get Ahead of the Program! SNHL Summer Courses 2017

A smart thing to do instead of cramming all of your courses into one semester is to spread them out. Instead of focusing on two or three difficult classes simultaneously, you can devote more energy to each if you take one in the summer to lighten your load. The School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership understands this and decided to help you out. During this upcoming summer of 2017 they are offering 3 courses that are required to graduate:

  • NURS 342 Nursing Care of Diverse Populations (2 credits)
  • NURS 472 Nursing Leadership and Professional Development (3 credits)
  • NURS 473L Professional Pathways (3 credit lab)

These are all classes that are recommended to be taken in your 3rd or 4th semester of our RN-to-BSN Program. All of the class ID’s have a link attached to their information page if want to look into them more. It’s also recommended that you finish any LASC goals so you don’t keep pushing them off. Here are some classes that are some double whammies and fill two goals:

  • ENGL 317 Personal Lives, National Affairs (LASC 6 and 8) (3 credits)
  • ENGL 407 Big City, Big Impact (LASC 6 and 10) (3 credits)
  • PHIL 302 Buddhist Philosophy (LASC 6 and 8) (3 credits)
  • PHIL 311 Morals and Medicine (LASC 6 and 9) (3 credits)
  • PHIL 312 Business Ethics (LASC 6 and 9) (3 credits)
  • PHIL 318 Professional Ethics (LASC 6 and 9) (3 credits)
  • HIST 379 Environmental History (LASC 5 and 10) (3 credits)
  • WS 420 Feminism in Global Perspective (LASC 5 and 8) (3 credits)

One thing students may tend to forget or over look while registering for summer courses is that they are taught at an accelerated pace. During the fall or spring they would take about 18 weeks to cover all the material. During the Summer semester they only take between 3 and 10, so don’t over do it! Imagine that the amount it says you are taking is doubled or multiplied by 2.5. That’s how much work you will need to put in every day to get through them.

Paying for summer courses can be a bit difficult since most people don’t make it into the banded tuition range to help lower the cost per credit. Here is the Summer Semester Financial Aid Request Form. The sooner you fill this out and turn it in, the better your chances are of getting some aid. It won’t cover it all, but it every dollar counts.


Look up more courses

Requirements for RN-to-BSN Program

Financial Aid Office


What do you need to graduate? DARs, LASC goals, and upper division credits

Now that you have started your journey along the college path it’s important to know what you need to get yourself to graduation. As a general guideline it is best to follow your DARs, or Degree Audit Report, which can be found on eServices. This degree audit report divides the requirements needed for your major of choice into easy to understand pieces. An example of this could be major requirements that are divided into the core requirements or classes you need to achieve your major, required electives, and your general courses.

If you go into your eServices page and click Grades and Transcripts, the following page will pop up. Click the tab that’s circled in blue to access your DARs.


LASC stands for Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum. These are mandatory to make sure the university turns out well rounded students.  There will also be a degree audit report for all of your general courses, or LASC goals under the DARs tab. It’s called the  MINNESOTA TRANSFER CURRICULUM (MnTC). In this report you will find that there are different sections.  The eleven sections listed on this report are goal areas that needs to be fulfilled in order to obtain your degree. If it’s green, your good. If it’s red, contact your advisor to help you fill those credits.

Another thing to consider is your major’s requirement for upper division classes or classes that are 3oo level or above. Your 3oo+ classes can be started as early as your second semester of your freshman year. Upper division classes tend to be more intense and have a larger content base to them. A few can be used to satisfy your writing intensive LASC goal as well.

For the RN-to-BSN program you need a total of 40 credits that are in the 300+ range. 31 of these credits are fulfilled by mandatory program classes as well as the writing requirements. Some students already come into MSUM with the other 9 credits from a past institution while others need to find a few classes here.

The link below has a sample document of what the advisors will fill out with you to see how far into your degree you are. This sheet is specific for the RN-to-BSN program.

Advising Form SAMPLE

New Student Checklist Walk Through/Explanation

Congratulations on your admittance to MSUM! There is lots to do during and before your first day of class.  There is a well made web page here that has all of these steps nicely laid out in the order that you should do them. (I’ve embedded links to several websites and pages that are useful. Save this page so you can remember what to check and where.)

The first thing you need to do is get yourself a StarID. Make sure you remember what it and your password are. You will need this often on campus and on several websites. There are several ways to activate your ID, but the most common way is to enter your tech ID. When you were admitted to MSUM they gave you a 8 digit code, your tech ID. Look back through any paperwork or emails we have sent you to find this number.

The second thing you need to do is complete a FAFSA. You should have done this already if you wanted money in the forms of scholarships, grants or loans. Based on need and availability, the school will give you some help.

The third step can wait for a while. You just need to sign up for a new student orientation date. At the orientation they will talk about campus life and getting involved. They will also help you register for first semester classes. Before you come to orientation, go to eservices. Click on grades and then Interactive Degree Audit Report (DARs).  This shows you if you are on track to graduate or not. It breaks down your degree and shows you what classes you still need to take.  Look through the prerequisites for the classes in your major. They may require you to take all of them in a certain order or to take one or two before the rest open up.

You also need to make a financial commitment 15 days before the start of the semester. This is just to make sure that you are serious about coming. If you fail to set up a way of paying by that deadline, you will be dropped. No housing, no classes, nothing. Do it as soon as possible.

Something that you are likely to forget is PETSA training. This is a short course on sexual violence you have to take at the beginning of the year. You cannot take it before the start of the school year, so don’t forget before then.It can be found in D2L Brightspace under course (more on D2L later) .

This part is important. Some students don’t realize they got a new school email and miss homework assignments, labs or lectures. I didn’t know about it, so I didn’t know that my first two weeks of a class had been canceled, causing a lot of unnecessary stress. Check your Dragon Email often, about twice a day if your a good student. Teachers can keep you in the loop this way.

If you are a veteran or a family member is, you need to contact the Veteran’s resource center. There are several benefits that you may be eligible for.

This next step is optional and new. If you want to be called a different name, you can have your name changed in the school’s system and on your ID. This may be because a student has a nickname or alternate name they prefer. This helps the student get called that name consistently and to make the campus a more inclusive space.

This next part bites. You need to find and buy your textbooks. At this website click the buy that is highlighted in red. If you got there early enough, there is an option for pick-up ordering. Do that. It’s so much easier. If you didn’t make there in time, find the red link underneath the large red text that says you missed the pick-up option. Open up a second window at this point and go to eservices again. Click courses and registration and then the tab review my schedule.  Now in the bookstore tab you can look up the text books you need using the information from the eservices page (subject, #, and instructor). Write down all of the books you need. IF you didn’t select pick-up, you’ll need to do it yourself. The textbook store is located beneath the bookstore in MacLean Hall. If you’re lucky the prices will be low. If you’re not, you’ll get hit by two or three $300 textbooks for one semester.

One last thing the school is going to spring on you is that you need to submit your immunization records. It used to be on the checklist, but they removed it for now. Go here to fill it out. If that link doesn’t work, click here and then the link online immunization forms.



Advising has started!!! Registration Windows start opening on March 27th for Fall 2017!!!

Have you registered for Fall and Summer classes yet? The available seats will be filling up fast! Get registered early to avoid having to stay an extra semester just because you held off registering for a week. Go to the link here and get started!

When registering for classes your Degree Audit Report (DARS) will be very helpful. This is available through the eServices site by selecting “Grades and Transcripts” then the “Interactive Degree Audit Report” tab. This report is tailored to each student and provides a list of all necessary and completed coursework. Make sure you’re on track to have all your LASC (pronounced la-sk). Don’t push them all until the end, or you could be in trouble.

Once you are ready to begin the class search, click on “Courses and Registration,” then “Search for a Course.” Here you can search through various course offerings in a variety of subjects and pick the classes you want to sign up for. There is also the option to search for courses by tittle or specific class ID. This method is most helpful when you know which classes you are in need of to fulfill graduation requirements.  After you’ve found the class for you, click on the plus sign to the left of the class tittle. Completing this action will add the course to your wishlist for later registration . After clicking the add button, you can go to “Review My Plan” under “Courses and Registration” to see the items that have been added to your wishlist. From here, select the courses you want to take and click “Proceed to Register”.

When thinking about registering, do you want to take Summer courses? They are a great way to get ahead or catch up in a short amount of time, but register early. They are only offered based on interest. So just because you held off on signing up by a week or two, that class could be dropped and you’ll have to take it in the Fall or Spring.

After this step, you will need to input your access code. To get this code you must contact your advisor to discuss you options and graduation requirements. The last step is to put in your star ID password and click the button to complete registration. If any course conflicts exist you will be notified during this process. If you are unable to solve this problem or have any questions please contact your advisor directly or the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership at

To begin searching for courses visit this link:

To review general program requirements visit this link:

Applications for RN-to-BSN Fall 2017 are due tomorrow (March 15th)

Applications for the Fall 2017 RN to BSN Program are due tomorrow, March 15th.

To begin, students need to apply to Minnesota State University Moorhead, and then apply to the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership. You can apply to the nursing program while your application to MSUM is being processed.

Applicants to this program must be a licensed RN or eligible for licensure by the time the program starts. In order to be considered for the RN to BSN program, a 2.75 or higher  overall GPA is required.

The following link gives more information about the RN to BSN application and admission process:

Another great resource for more information is provided by Dr. Barbara Matthees, Chair of the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership. In this video, she will provide answers to frequently asked questions.

Feel free to contact the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership for any additional questions by calling (218)-477-2693, or email or Our office is located at Lommen 213 for those that wish to visit.

March is Women’s History Month- 2017!!


The roots of Women’s History Month can be traced to the first known Women’s History Week that was celebrated in 1978 in Sonoma County, California. From then the movement slowly spread to other cities and gained support from President Carter declaring March 8th National Women’s History Week. March had been declared Women’s History Month in 14 states by 1986. The National Women’s History Project and other lobbying groups used this as evidence when discussing with Congress to declare March as Women’s History Month nationwide. Congress made the declaration in 1987. Since then the movement has grown each year.

There are events nationwide that last all month long to celebrate Women! Here are a few in the area.

In the Fargo/Moorhead community there are also many resources for women. Check out the list below to see if any of them interest you!

  • Junior League of Women – a nonprofit group of women dedicated to bettering the lives of women and children in the F/M area.
  • Dress for Success Red River Valley – a national nonprofit that helps women with employment interview attire, resume-writing, and a few other career services.
  • North Dakota Women’s Network – a coalition of ND women aimed at bettering “the lives of women through communication, legislation and increased public activism.
    • Join them this Friday at Gastropub at 5:30 for the March Feminist First Friday.
    • On March 9th from 9:00am – 5:00pm join the movement at the ND state capitol to lobby for policies that will better the lives of families and women.
  • Girl Develop if Fargo – A chance for female software developers to network and attend seminars relating to the field.
  • Fargo-Moorhead Women’s Business Exchange – A networking opportunity for female business leaders and owners.
  • Women’s Impact – a nonprofit group that provides a variety of resources to women to empower them or help them get involved in their community.
  • Women Connect – a monthly meetup organized by the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce “aimed at connecting, inspiring and growing a community for women in business.”
    • Attend the monthly meeting on Thursday, March 26th from 3:30-5:00 at the Avalon Events Center West 2525 9th Ave. SW, Fargo.
  • Women’s Business Center – a group that organizes leadership programs and seminars to help women advance in their careers and develop as leaders in business.
    • Attend the Fargo Leading Ladies Luncheon on March 22nd from 11:00-1:00 at the Fargo Holiday Inn.

Empowering women is a goal in the F/M area and these resources/events are a great way to do it! Get informed, get involved, and get EMPOWERED!!



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