Gain real-world experience in numerous healthcare facilities that serve the Fargo-Moorhead and surrounding area. All students complete over 700 hours of clinical experience across the curriculum. Students may also participate in paid internships or additional clinical experiences through area employers. 

There are two accredited nursing tracks at Concordia.

  • The traditional program is for students who are pursuing their first baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing.
  • The accelerated program is for students who have already earned a baccalaureate degree with a non-nursing major. This program begins in July and completes 16 months later in December. 

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Concordia College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Degree Requirements and Courses

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

Admission is competitive and based on all of the following:

  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 through the date of application in all post high school coursework
  • a minimum selective GPA of 3.0 through the date of application based on completion of all of the following prerequisite courses, which must be completed with minimum passing letter grades of C-:
    • Chemistry (preferably with some introductory organic and biochemistry content; including lab)
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology (including lab)
    • Mathematics or Statistics
    • Microbiology
    • Nutrition
    • Psychology
  •  an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in the U.S.
  • a completed application form
  • personal references
  • an impromptu essay and/or interview
  • a one-page résumé

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

MATH course with a “K” designation, 4 credits

PSYC 111 – Introductory Psychology, 4 credits

PSYC 206 – Developmental Psychology, 4 credits

Any sociology courses with an “S” course designation, 4 credits

The following corequisite courses (included in the total credits for the major) must be completed with a minimum passing letter grade of C-:

  • CHEM 304 – Pharmacology, 2 credits 
  • FND 321 – Nutrition, 4 credits 

More info about the program:

The baccalaureate nursing program is a nationally accredited four-year course of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in nursing. The pre-nursing program is open to all high school graduates and college students who wish to pursue a nursing major. To enter the pre-nursing program, students must be admitted to Concordia; however, applicants should note that admission to the college does not grant admission to the professional nursing major.

The professional nursing major begins the spring semester of the traditional sophomore year. Incoming freshmen who qualify for select academic scholarships through the Admission Office of the college may apply for early admission to the nursing major. Early admission to the nursing major is offered to select high school graduates at the time of admission to Concordia College. The criteria for early admission are available from the Concordia College Admission Office. Students who are not awarded early admission to the major must submit an application to the nursing department by the March deadline, as posted in the nursing department, during the student’s freshman year to be considered for admission within a four-year college plan. Students must be eligible for sophomore standing by the end of the semester of application to the nursing major. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 is required in all post high school work through the semester of application and a minimum selective GPA of 3.0 is required to be eligible for consideration of admission to the major. (Refer to selective GPA courses in the admission criteria identified later in this section.) Pre-nursing students are encouraged to consult with a nursing faculty member or their nursing advisor about admission criteria prior to the application deadline, and criteria specific to early admission status. Application forms may be obtained in the nursing department. Applicants are notified of their admission status in June. Students may apply only twice for consideration of admission to the nursing major. Students who are currently enrolled at Concordia should consult with a nursing faculty member or advisor prior to the application deadline.

Policies specific to students accepted into the nursing major are published in the Baccalaureate Nursing Program Student Handbook. The handbook is provided to students in the first semester of the major.

Because state regulations require a specific student-faculty ratio in the clinical practicum, enrollment in the professional nursing program is limited and based on resource and clinical placement availability. Consideration will be given to students who have attended Concordia College and meet all other criteria. Admission is competitive and based on all of the following:

  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 through the date of application in all post high school coursework
  • a minimum selective GPA of 3.0 through the date of application based on completion of all of the following prerequisite courses or Registrar approved course equivalents:
    • BIOL 101 OR BIOL 121
    • CHEM 142 
    • IOC 100
    • IWC 100
    • PSYC 111 
  • eligibility for sophomore standing with the ability to complete the remaining prerequisite coursework prior to the second semester of the nursing major
  • admission to Concordia College
  • a completed application to the major
  • two personal references
  • an impromptu essay and/or interview
  • a one-page résumé

Progression in the major requires a minimum GPA of 2.8 through the first semester of the major with passing letter grades of C- or higher for all prerequisite and corequisite courses required for the major. Progression in the major also requires that all nursing courses are completed with a minimum passing letter grade of C-. The degree must be completed in the same semester as completion of the nursing major. International students must have a valid/unexpired visa through the duration of the program to participate in clinical activities.

Students must be accepted into the nursing major to enroll in any of the following courses:

  • NURS 220 – Evidence Based Practice in Professional Nursing, 2 credits
  • NURS 249 – Introduction to Professional Nursing, 2 credits
  • NURS 251 – Nursing Fundamentals I, 4 credits
  • NURS 261 – Health Assessment Across the Lifespan, 4 credits
  • NURS 301 – Community Health Concepts in Nursing, 2 credits
  • NURS 341 – Nursing Fundamentals II, 4 credits
  • NURS 342 – Nursing Care of Adults I, 4 credits
  • NURS 352 – Maternal and Newborn Nursing, 4 credits
  • NURS 363 – Childhood and Adolescent Health Nursing, 4 credits
  • NURS 372 – Nursing Care of Adults II, 4 credits
  • NURS 401 – Population Health in a Global Society, 4 credits
  • NURS 403 – Nursing Care of Adults III, 4 credits
  • NURS 405 – Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, 4 credits
  • NURS 423 – Transition to Professional Nursing, 4 credits
  • NURS 424 – Syntheses of Patient Care in Nursing Practice, 2 credits

Traditional Program

Obtain a four-year baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing at Concordia.

Accelerated Program

A 16-month program for students who have already earned their bachelor's degree

After completing the application process, the Concordia College junior nursing students were appointed in a brief ceremony to their first clinical experience – serving our veterans at the Fargo VA.
 

Awards

Concordia was ranked as the third Best Nursing School in Minnesota by RegisteredNursing.org (2020).
 
Concordia's nursing program was awarded the Community Advocacy Award by Christian Adoption Services (CAS) in April 2019. The nursing program has had a partnership with CAS since Spring 2018. Representatives from the organization have served as guest speakers in the Family I Nursing course to raise adoption awareness among nursing students by discussing the history behind adoption, the process of adoption, and appropriate adoption terminology.
Sarah Wolbeck (accelerated track student, 12/19), Sarah Johnson, (traditional track student, 5/20), Carleen Olson (traditional track student, 5/20), Amanda Tracy (Assistant Professor of Nursing, MSN, RNC-OB), Anna Durr (traditional track student, 5/19), and Sophia Johnson (traditional track student, 5/20).
 

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As of July 1, 2020, the U.S .Department of Education implemented new regulations that professional nursing programs must adhere to Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v). In compliance with this regulation, Concordia College is providing the following information:

  1. Concordia College’s undergraduate Pre-Licensure nursing curriculum meets state educational requirements for professional licensure in the following states/jurisdictions: California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin.
  2. Concordia College’s undergraduate Pre-Licensure nursing curriculum does not meet the state educational requirements for professional licensure in the following states/jurisdictions: Undetermined at this time.
  3. Concordia College has not made the determination if the undergraduate Pre-Licensure nursing curriculum meets the state educational requirements for the following states/jurisdictions: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, American Somoa, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Northern Mariana Island, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming.

Disclaimer: This information has been gathered from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing  (NCSBN) website and will be updated annually on July 1st . Concordia College assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the information contained in this resource. It is your responsibility to verify accuracy by visiting the NCSBN website at https://www.ncsbn.org/index.htm