LPN to Associate Degree Nursing Bridge admission requirements

Start: Spring 2022

Location: Detroit Lakes and Moorhead campuses

Application deadlines:

Round 1: July 15, 2021

Round 2: August 15, 2021

Round 3: October 1, 2021

Thank you for your interest in Minnesota State Community and Technical College’s LPN to Associate Degree Nursing Bridge program. This program is for licensed practical and vocational nurses who are seeking to become registered nurses. Students are awarded 11 prior learning credits for completing their practical nursing degree and licensure. Eligible applicants will complete a 2-credit transition course prior to joining ADN students in the second year of the ADN program on the Detroit Lakes or Moorhead campuses. 

Important information: 

  • Acceptance into the Nursing program is competitive. Admission is based on the selective eligibility criteria below. Meeting the criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Please review this information carefully.
  • To apply to this program you must hold a current, unencumbered practical nursing license or be in the process of receiving your practical nursing degree and able to obtain a license prior to the start of classes.
  • A practical nursing degree must be earned prior to starting the 2-credit transition course.
  • Curriculum information can be found at www.minnesota.edu/degrees/781.
  • The Moorhead campus will offer its core nursing courses in the evening.
  • There are 10 seats available on the Detroit Lakes campus and 30 seats available on the Moorhead campus.

We are pleased you are considering M State and look forward to receiving your application. We strongly encourage you to discuss the admission and program requirements with an academic advisor on the campus you plan to attend. For assistance in reaching an advisor, please contact the M State Support Center at 877.450.3322 or email info@minnesota.edu.

LPN to ADN Bridge admission information:

Apply to M State

To be considered for an M State Nursing program, students must apply to and be accepted to M State. The application for the Nursing program is separate but can be submitted at the same time.

New to M State - Follow the admissions checklist at www.minnesota.edu/admissions

Returning to M State - Submit an online application for admission at www.minnesota.edu/admissions. If you have attended another college since you last attended M State, you will also need to request your official transcript be sent to the M State Processing Center.   

M State Processing Center
1414 College Way 
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Students should allow up to six weeks for transfer work to be received, evaluated and entered onto their Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) audit. Transfer courses will not count toward admission to the program until they have been evaluated by the M State transfer specialist and successfully transferred.

Current M State Student - If you are currently attending M State, you will not need to update your application to the college. 

Apply to LPN to ADN Bridge program 

The LPN to ADN Bridge program application must be submitted for an applicant to be considered for the program. The eligibility criteria must be read and understood prior to applying.

LPN to ADN Bridge Program Application

Placement testing

Nursing applicants must complete all developmental English and/or math courses with a grade of C or higher. Placement in these courses may be determined by ACT, SAT, Accuplacer assessment or high school GPA. Guided self-placement for students who do not have an ACT, SAT, Accuplacer or high school GPA waiver on file cannot be used for nursing applicants.

Complete the Accuplacer assessment to determine which, if any, English and/or math developmental courses you need to complete. Sign up for the Accuplacer assessment at www.minnesota.edu/testing

LPN to ADN Bridge eligibility criteria: 

Students must meet the following eligibility criteria. 

Entrance exam

Students must score at the "Proficient" competency level (58.6 percent) or higher on the Assessment Technology Institute Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS).

Students' scores on the previous version of the ATI TEAS (TEAS V) are valid for two years after the test date. 

For more information regarding the TEAS, including special accommodations, exam dates and how to register, visit www.minnesota.edu/nursing/entrance-exam

ATI TEAS official results are required and must be completed prior to the deadline in order to be considered for the program. Nursing applicants who take the ATI TEAS exam at a site other than M State must request that their test results be sent prior to the Nursing application deadline to M State Processing Center, 1414 College Way, Fergus Falls, MN 56537.

All eligible Nursing program applicants are ranked by their TEAS scores.

Math and English requirements

Math scores on the Accuplacer/ACT or high school GPA must place the student into Math 1114 College Algebra or higher. Students testing into developmental math must complete the highest-level developmental course with a grade of C or higher prior to starting the 2-credit transition course.

English 1101 College Writing I is a prerequisite and must be completed with a grade of C or higher to start the program.

If you have coursework in progress, you can submit the LPN to ADN Bridge program application to maximize your chance of being accepted into the program. Students may be conditionally accepted while courses are in progress, but courses must be completed prior to the program’s start.

GPA requirements

A 2.75 cumulative GPA is required for LPN to ADN Bridge, both in core practical nursing courses and general education courses.* The course grade on the applicant’s most recent attempt in core practical nursing courses will be used to calculate the cumulative GPA.

If the practical nursing degree was earned more than three years ago, only general education courses will be used to calculate the student’s GPA.

Grades of “Pass” or “Satisfactory” do not affect the GPA calculation. All completed general education courses must have an earned grade of C or higher. Students who have earned a grade of less than C (D, F, FN or FW) in any of the required general education courses will not be eligible until the grades have been replaced with a grade of C or higher.

*The following general education courses are used to determine cumulative GPA:

  • BIOL 2260/2261 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab (4 credits)
  • BIOL 2262/2263 Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab (4 credits)
  • BIOL 2267/2268 Medical Microbiology and Lab (4 credits)
  • ENGL 1101 College Writing
  • PSYC 2222 Lifespan Development
  • CHEM 1100 Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry (includes a chemistry lab)

The general education courses listed above are prerequisites for all core NURS courses except NURS 2410 Role Transition. Students may be conditionally accepted into the program with prerequisite courses in progress. Students who have been conditionally accepted prior to the completion of this requirement will become ineligible for the program if minimum requirements are not met prior to the start of the program.

PLEASE NOTE: Program-required general education courses must be completed with a grade of C or better before or during the semester in which they appear in the program plan. Students who do not meet this expectation will not be permitted to continue taking NURS courses and should work with an advisor to create a Revised Plan of Study (RPOS).

To calculate your cumulative GPA, use the GPA Calculator at www.minnesota.edu/gpa-calculators/gpa-calculator-advanced-standing

Admission to the LPN to ADN Bridge program: 

Applicants who meet all requirements for admission will have the greatest chance of being admitted into the program. Students are encouraged to submit the program application even if they are in the process of meeting all the requirements for admission to the program. If the application deadline has passed, check this page to see if applications are still being accepted.

Students are awarded seats in the following order:

  1. TEAS scores - those with the highest scores will be awarded a seat.
  2. GPA for general education courses - will be used only if a tiebreaker is needed.

If there are more eligible applicants than available seats by the application deadline, eligible applicants with the highest entrance exam scores will be offered a seat first. Eligible applicants who do not get into the program due to the competition for a limited number of available seats will be placed on the waiting list. If a seat in the program opens, it will be offered to the student with the highest entrance exam score who was eligible to be accepted by the application deadline. 

Acceptance notification: 

Each student who has submitted a complete admissions file by a posted deadline will receive an email from the college indicating whether he or she is accepted into the program, placed on the program waiting list or currently ineligible for the program. Please be sure to provide your current email address on your program application. 

Applicants will be notified within 30 days after the application deadline. 

Additional program requirements for accepted students: 

Correspondence from the college will provide more information regarding the following requirements, but Nursing program applicants are encouraged to consider these requirements before applying. 

Laptop computer

All Nursing students are required to have a laptop computer. The cost will be in addition to the cost of tuition, fees and books. The required computer specifications can be found at www.minnesota.edu/programs-and-degrees/nursing/accepted.

Practical Nursing license

An active, unencumbered practical nursing license is required to start the LPN to ADN Bridge program. (This does not include NURS 2410 Role Transition, which is taken prior to the start of the core Nursing courses.)

Students who have been conditionally accepted prior to the completion of this requirement will become ineligible for the program if minimum requirements are not met prior to the start of the program.

CPR

Students are required to upload official documentation of American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification into the Student Passport by December 1 to be eligible to start NURS courses in the spring. Certification must include a hands-on component.

Minnesota Department of Health background check

Accepted Nursing students are required to upload into Student Passport a cleared Minnesota Department of Health background study by December 1 to be eligible to start classes in the spring. A $30 fee will be assessed for processing the background study and fingerprinting/photo. The process for background studies and fingerprinting will be included with acceptance literature.

Accepted students who choose not to complete the background check OR who do not pass the background check may not be permitted to attend clinical experiences or service learning opportunities. In such cases, the college cannot guarantee alternative learning opportunities, which ultimately will affect the students’ ability to complete the program.

National Background Check

Accepted Nursing students are required to have a cleared National Background Check by December 1 to be eligible to start classes in the spring, even if they have completed a National Background Check for employment. National Background Checks are completed through a third-party vendor.

Instructions and codes will be provided via official M State email from Joel Hoffman, nursing lab assistant. The cost of the initial background check is $45.75. Students are responsible for the cost.

Accepted students who choose not to complete the background check OR who do not pass the background check may not be permitted to attend clinical experiences or service learning opportunities. In such cases, the college cannot guarantee alternative learning opportunities, which ultimately will affect the students’ ability to complete the program.

Health forms

Students are required to upload a completed Health Division Health Form into the Student Passport system by December 1. If there is a change in a student’s physical or emotional health status, (s)he is required to upload a Change in Health Status Approval Form from a health care provider indicating the specific activities in which (s)he can or cannot engage during clinical and/or lab. Students with clinical and/or lab restrictions must be able to meet all associated course outcomes in order to successfully complete the course(s). Clinical partners may choose not to permit students with restrictions(s) to participate in their facilities, resulting in the students not being able to meet those course outcomes. A list of the Nursing program Technical Standards can be found on the Nursing web page at www.minnesota.edu/program-and-degrees/nursing/accepted.

Proof of immunizations (including yearly influenza vaccination) is required by clinical facilities. Conscientious objectors may not be able to complete clinical courses at the discretion of the clinical facilities.

Student Passport

Health forms, supporting documentation, American Heart Association BLS (CPR) documentation and evidence of LPN licensure are required to be uploaded to the Student Passport system by December 1 to be eligible to start classes in the spring. Information on Student Passport will be sent to all accepted Nursing students.

If you experience any issues with the application, please call our Support Center at 877.450.3322 or email info@minnesota.edu.

Please be aware that M State’s Nursing admission requirements are subject to change in order to assure the quality of the program.