Pathway to Nursing
UMC and the University of Minnesota School of Nursing on the Twin Cities campus have established a collaborative framework for the enrollment of qualified UMC grads into the School of Nursing’s Master of Nursing program. Through this partnership, students graduating with a bachelor’s degree from UMC who meet the eligibility requirements can apply to the Master of Nursing program. This partnership encourages students to complete their undergraduate degree at UMC and provides support from the School of Nursing for UMC students who are interested in continuing their educational journey after graduation in nursing through the Master of Nursing program.
Nursing is a dynamic profession that has changed dramatically in recent years and nurses are vital members of the healthcare team. In order to respond to the nation’s changing health care system, employers increasingly seek to fill their Registered Nurse (RN) positions with individuals who have completed higher levels of education and training. Additionally, having a workforce of nurses who can leverage a knowledge base from other educational backgrounds with that of nursing brings a greater breadth of experience and skills to today’s complex health system.
In 2014, U of M Crookston Chancellor Fred Wood signed an agreement with Connie White Delaney, Dean of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing on the Twin Cities campus. This agreement established a collaborative framework for the enrollment of qualified UMC grads into the School of Nursing’s Master of Nursing program. Through this partnership, students graduating with a bachelor’s degree from UMC who meet the eligibility requirements can apply to the Master of Nursing program. This partnership encourages students to complete their undergraduate degree at UMC and provides support from the School of Nursing for UMC students who are interested in continuing their educational journey after graduation in nursing through the Master of Nursing program.
Master of Nursing students represent an array of diversity, not only in their age, gender, and race, but also in their educational background. While backgrounds featuring bachelor’s degrees in biology and health sciences are common, students in the Master of Nursing program have educational backgrounds that run the gamut—from chemistry to journalism to computer science and engineering. This variety shapes the learning environment in the classroom as well as the practice of nursing in the 21st century.
The Master of Nursing program is a full-time, 16- month/4-semester graduate program that is designed for students with a baccalaureate-level (or higher) degree in a non-nursing field. The program includes all the essentials of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with additional graduate work. Upon completion of the Master of Nursing, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and are also eligible for Minnesota certification in public health nursing (PHN).
Together, faculty and advisors from both UMC and the U of M School of Nursing will work with students to help guide them through the prerequisite coursework for the Master of Nursing program while these students complete their bachelor’s degree at UMC. These faculty and advisors will also guide the students through the application process for the Master of Nursing program.
For more information, visit the University of Minnesota School of Nursing - Masters of Nursing.
You may also contact:
Laurissa Stigen, MS, RN
Coordinator, School of Nursing and Campus System Partnerships
Program Requirements & Curriculum
Program Requirements & Curriculum
Applicants to the Master of Nursing program must meet four requirements:
- Have a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field. The degree must be complete by the end of the spring term prior to the fall start term (e.g. June 2020 for September 2020 start). Applicants with an associate’s RN degree are not eligible to apply to the Master of Nursing program, even if they have a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field.
- Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.
- Complete at least five of the nine prerequisite courses by the November 1* application deadline. If offered admission, the remaining courses must be completed prior to starting the program in the fall.
- Submit scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test.
- Demonstrate English language proficiency, if applicable.
- General Chemistry**
- Human Anatomy**
- Human Physiology**
- Human Pathology**
- Lifespan Growth & Development
- Abnormal Psychology
- Human Nutrition
- Inferential Statistics
*The application cycle is open September 1 to Nov 1. Students admitted would begin the following Fall semester.
**Applicants must have five of the prerequisites completed (with an A-F grade) by the application deadline. If a student does not have a strong science background, it is important to complete at least three of the five courses marked with an asterisk a part of the five required to apply.
Early Decision for Admission
Early decision for admission to the University of Minnesota School of Nursing Master of Nursing program is available for UMC students.
Early decision is designed for high-achieving UMC students with Junior standing (61-90 completed credits) and who will graduate the following year from UMC. Accepted students would enter the Master of Nursing program fall semester after their undergraduate degree has been successfully conferred.
Students must fulfill the following criteria to be eligible for the early admission option:
- Junior student in good standing at UMC
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
- Completed 5 of 9 prerequisite courses by the end of fall semester junior year.
- Minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.7
- GRE scores at 50th percentile or higher
Students will apply via NursingCAS specifically for the MN early admission decision process. The application submission deadline is January 15th of the student’s junior year.
Once admitted, students will be required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and prerequisite GPA of 3.5. Students must have a completed baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field at their “home” system campus by June prior to enrollment. All nine prerequisites for the program must be completed prior to accepted cohort start date.
Once graduates of the Master of Nursing program pass the NCLEX, they are licensed as an entry-level Registered Nurse (RN), and they are prepared to begin their career in nursing.
Additionally, the Master of Nursing program provides an excellent foundation for a Ph.D. in nursing or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree at the School of Nursing. Program details are available online at www.nursing.umn.edu/degrees-programs.
The UMC Advantage
The UMC Advantage
Small Campus. Big Degree.
Did you know a degree from the University of Minnesota is recognized all over the world? True story. As a system campus of the University of Minnesota system, the U of M Crookston offers access to world-class teaching, learning, and research resources—all in a smaller, more personal campus setting that’s very much like a private school. The University of Minnesota is internationally recognized and respected by not only intellectuals and academic movers and shakers, but major employers who want to hire the best and brightest—namely, you.
Learning and Doing
At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.
Caring Faculty and Staff
Our faculty and staff members are respected not only for their knowledge and skills, but also because they care about you as an individual. They serve as true mentors, offering personalized attention through small class sizes, a student-faculty ratio of 16:1, and by working closely with you as advisors. They take the time to welcome you to the UMC community, watch you grow as a leader and scholar, and help you connect with alumni and other experts.
A Technology-Rich Environment
At the U of M Crookston, we offer every student a laptop computer from day one. Everyone is tech-savvy, wi-fi is everywhere and learning happens in many ways, including simulations, applications and video presentations. It’s a virtual tech-topia! So, when you graduate, you’ll have all the latest technology skills, giving you a competitive edge. Employers consistently report the UMC graduates they hire are their “go to” people for technology and are well prepared for the demands of today’s technological workplace.
Internships, Job Placement and Grad School
More than 87% of U of M Crookston graduates gain full-time employment in their field or enroll in graduate or professional school within one year of graduation. That’s a fact. We’ll sure miss you when you graduate, but we know as a proud Golden Eagle alum, you’ll want to come back to cheer us on at homecoming or catch up with your favorite professors.
Internships. They’re a great way to earn college credit, add to your resume and help answer the question, “is this really what I want to do?” You can find internship opportunities with everyone from the business down the street to Fortune 500 companies. Or maybe grad school is in your future. U of M Crookston students get the educational requirements and resources they need to apply to an array of graduate programs from veterinary science to med school to an MBA program. Many go on for more education in a variety of other fields.
Opportunities for undergraduate research also add real value to your educational experience by allowing you to design and conduct research while working alongside faculty mentors. Research experience is especially helpful if you plan to attend graduate school.
One-Rate Tuition and Scholarship Options
Whether you live in Minnesota, just across the border, across the country, or on the other side of the ocean, you pay the same tuition rate, and the U of M Crookston’s tuition rate is a real value because it’s the lowest of the five campuses that make up the U of M system. Additionally, with merit-based scholarships guaranteed based on GPA and ACT scores and more than 300 specialty scholarships, we really do help make college affordable.
Leadership, Clubs and Athletics
Sure, college is about classes, studying, and research, but another important part of the experience involves professional development, creativity, leadership, and service. And let’s not forget about fun! With more than 40 student clubs and organizations, there’s something for every interest. Best of all, if you can’t find something from the existing list, grab a few friends and start a new club. It’s really just that easy…
In athletics, Golden Eagles shake things up on the court, the field, and on the sidelines. The U of M Crookston competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) as well as the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and offers a full range of men’s and women’s athletic programs.
A Diverse, Global Experience
The world really is a small place, and at U of M Crookston we value diversity. Our students bring rich experiences spanning six continents, and more than 20 countries and 40 states! We value diversity because it not only helps you better understand the world, it helps you understand yourself and how your piece fits into the puzzle of global society. Get involved in the many multicultural and international programs on campus, and you’ll see how easy it is to make friends from across the world.
Or choose one of our international programs. Study, intern, volunteer, play, explore – here or anywhere. Take your pick from more than 300 options in 67 countries. Don’t just learn it, live it.