Pre-Nursing Program

Preparing you for admission into any nursing program

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About The Program
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Pre-Nursing Program

When it comes to medical professions, nursing is crucial. As a nurse, you’ll demonstrate compassion and critical thinking while taking care of your patients. Northern will help you gain those skills and more, preparing you for admission to any school of nursing. While pre-nursing itself isn’t a major, we’ll match you with a degree program and provide required coursework.


Northern offers two paths to nursing


NSU pre-nursing program

You can take the courses in the NSU pre-nursing program and then transfer to another university that offers the degree in nursing. See NSU Pre-Nursing Program for more information.


SDSU Accelerated BSN program on NSU’s campus

Through an agreement with South Dakota State University, Northern graduates have guaranteed acceptance to SDSU’s accelerated nursing program on Northern’s campus.

Requirements include:

  • Successful completion of a bachelor's degree at Northern
  • Successful completion of pre-requisite courses
  • Maintenance of grade point average of 3.0 overall and 2.8 in pre-requisite courses, and 
  • A "C" or higher in pre-requisite courses

Please see SDSU Accelerated B.S.N. Program - Aberdeen for details. 

For assistance and answers, contact Secretary Kylie Waldo



Wondering if this program is for you? 

This program will be a good fit if you are:

  • Caring and compassionate
  • Detail-oriented
  • A good problem solver and critical thinker
  • A skilled communicator with active listening skills
  • Someone who likes to work with people and help others
  • An individual with integrity
  • Someone with a desire to continue learning

As a nurse, you'll be in high demand. Registered nursing employment in the U.S. is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. With a degree in nursing, you could work as a registered nurse, nurse anesthetist, certified nurse practitioner, respiratory therapist or even as a teacher.

Beyond the traditional hospital or clinic setting, nurses are needed in countless areas, including:

  • Schools
  • Military units
  • Home healthcare services
  • Nursing care facilities

At Northern, we believe getting you out of the classroom and into a real-world workplace setting is a critical part of your education. You'll have several opportunities for internships and other forms of experiential learning throughout your time at Northern. Learn more!


The NSU WolfPACT is the highest guaranteed, four-year scholarship in the region. But that isn't the only scholarship available at Northern. Click here to learn about other scholarship opportunities!

Plans of Study 
Suggested Majors and Minors 

Students in our pre-nursing program often major in:

Study Abroad 

Experience the world while earning your degree through NSU Study Abroad! With hundreds of opportunities available around the globe, Northern can make your study abroad dream become a reality. Learn more at Study Abroad!

Undergraduate Research 

At Northern, you'll have the chance to conduct cutting-edge research that can have real-world impacts - while still an undergraduate student. With our new, state-of-the-art Jewett Regional Science Education Center, the sky is truly the limit. Learn more at Undergraduate Research!

Contact Information 

Ready to take the next step? Contact us today:

Pre-Nursing Faculty Advisor: Dr. Amy Dolan, 605-626-2620. 

Want to learn more about living and learning at Northern? Contact NSU Admissions today 605-626-2544 or!

Still unsure of a major? We can help! Contact NSU Career Services at 605-626-3007 or

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