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Pathway to Nursing

Get yourself ready for a Master of Nursing Program

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.

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Cassidy Lizakowski


Cassidy Lizakowski

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Program Requirements

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.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency, if applicable.

Prerequisite Courses

  • General Chemistry**
  • Microbiology**
  • 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.

You may also contact:
Office of Student and Career Advancement Services
School of Nursing, University of Minnesota

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.

Students with Junior status (61-90 completed credits) from the University of Minnesota Crookston (this also applies to students in Duluth, Morris, and Rochester) are able to apply for early decision for admission to the Master of Nursing program at the School of Nursing. Students still complete their undergraduate degree on the Crookston campus, but have peace of mind knowing they will begin the following Fall in the Master of Nursing program on the Twin Cities campus. 

Students must fulfill the following criteria to be eligible for the early admission option:

  1. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  2. Completed 5 of 9 prerequisite courses for the Master of Nursing program by the end of fall semester junior year.
  3. Minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.7

The application for “early decision for admission” opens on November 15th and closes on January 15th. Students selected will be required to maintain a minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 3.5 at degree completion. Students must have a completed baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field at their system campus institution by June prior to fall enrollment in the MN program. All nine prerequisites for the program must be completed prior to accepted cohort start date. 

Deferments will not be granted. If not accepted for early decision, qualified students remain eligible to apply for competitive admission during the final year of their undergraduate program or thereafter.


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


Pathway to Nursing


  • UMN Crookston has partnered with the University of Minnesota School of Nursing to provide any student graduating with a bachelor's degree from the Crookston campus, who meet the eligibility requirements, can apply to the Master of Nursing program.

  • 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). 

  • 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.


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.