Application & Admission

Application for admission to the Pre-Licensure Program is a separate process, in addition to being admitted to the University. Admission is competetive; meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Application periods occur twice a year. Application deadlines are always the fourth Friday of fall and spring semester.

Fall 2021 Admission is CLOSED.

Spring 2022 Pre-Licensure Program Application Packet will be posted in July.

NEXT DEADLINE: Friday, September 17, 2021 at 12:00pm


Application Criteria
  1. Completion of 30 semester credits.
  2. A minimum total cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Completion of required Core Pre-requisites with a minimum C grade.
Pre-requisite Courses

All pre-requisite coursework must be completed with a minimum C letter grade.

Core Pre-requisites must be completed prior to progam application:
  • BIOL 220 Human Anatomy
  • BIOL 330 Principles of Human Physiology
  • CHEM 111 Chemistry of Life Processes Part II
  • ENG 101 Composition
  • GEOG 103 Intro to Cultural Geography
  • KSP 235 Human Development
  • NURS 101W Courage, Caring & Teambuilding
  • STAT 154 Elementary Statistics

Core pre-requisites may only be repeated one time each (two overall attempts), regardless of letter grade. The School of Nursing will use the average grade from the two attempts to calculate the Core pre-requisite GPA for admission ranking. A withdraw from a Core prerequisite will be considered one attempt, and a (0.33) quality point deduction will be assigned to determine the average grade.

Support Pre-requisites must be completed prior to beginning program:
  • BIOL 270 Microbiology
  • FCS 242 Nutrition for Healthcare Professionals
  • PSYC 101 Intro to Psychological Science
  • NURS 282 Pathophysiology for Healthcare Professionals
  • NURS 284 Pharmacology for Healthcare Professionals
  • NURS 286 Relationship-based Care in Nursing Practice

~Students must have a minimum grade of a C in both BIOL 220 and BIOL 330 to enroll in NURS 282 and NURS 284.

Application Procedures

All students making application to the Pre-Licensure Program are required to submit the program application, complete the ATI TEAS® Exam and participate in the group interview. Detailed application instructions and procedures are included in the program application, which is posted online 2 months prior to the application deadline.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

Applicants to the Pre-Licensure Program from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate minimum English proficiency requirements in one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL iBT minimum score of 84 with a minimum speaking score of 26
  • TOEFL PBT minimum score of 560
  • IELTS overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 on all modules

English Language Proficiency Requirement Document

Admission Ranking

Each applicant pool is rank ordered using the Core Pre-requisite GPA, the total TEAS® Exam score and the group interview score.

  • The Core Pre-requisite GPA is 50%
  • The total TEAS® score is 25%
  • The group interview score is 25%

The School of Nursing will offer admission to the top 56 students from each applicant pool, every semester.

Admission Notification

Admission notification letters will be emailed on Wednesday, six weeks after the application deadline. All letters will be emailed to the applicant’s email address provided to the School of Nursing on the application. Admitted students are required to attend a mandatory orientation and advising session held the following week.


Full admission to the Pre-Licensure Program requires students to fulfill the following requirements prior to program start date:

  • Certified as a nursing assistant, and listed as active on a Nursing Assistant Registry in the United States.
  • Completion of required Support Pre-requisites with a minimum C grade.
  • Approval to work with patients without supervision from the Minnesota Department of Health Background check.

Purpose: The ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS®) measures basic essential skills deemed most appropriate and relevant to indicate readiness and success in a nursing program. It is a computerized exam, administered by the School of Nursing and required for admission consideration.

Format: Multiple Choice, 170 questions

Time Limit: 209 minutes (about 3 ½ hours). Each subject area has a time limit.

Subject Areas:

  • Reading - 64 minutes
  • Mathematics - 54 minutes
  • Science - 63 minutes
  • English & Language Usage - 28 minutes

Scoring: The total score from the exam will be used towards the admission ranking process. The total score is 25% of the ranking. There is no minimum score requirement.

TEAS® Exam Policies
  • The TEAS® must be completed by the application deadline- fourth Friday of the semester.
  • The TEAS® may only be taken during the semester applying to the Pre-Licensure Program at MNSU.
  • The TEAS® may only be completed once a semester.
  • TEAS® scores are valid for one year.
  • The highest valid TEAS® score will be used towards admission ranking.
  • Students may test at another site and request an official TEAS® transcript to be sent to the School of Nursing. The transcript must be received by the application deadline.
  • If the TEAS® is taken more than once a semester, the School of Nursing will only use the score from the first attempt.
TEAS® Registration & Payment

Registration & payment will be completed online through the ATI Website

Minnesota State University, Mankato offers the TEAS® exam to Pre-Licensure Program applicants in the month of September and January. Testing availability will become limited as the application deadline approaches. Students are encouraged to plan ahead. Testing dates and times are made available two months prior to application deadline.

Registration for the TEAS® will close at 12:00am, 24 hours prior to the exam date.

Due to COVID-19, all TEAS® exams will be administered via remote proctoring.

Cost: $92 paid directly to ATI

Register for TEAS®:

Follow the student instructions to create an ATI account and register for the TEAS®.

TEAS® Preparation

ATI recommends around 6 weeks of preparation prior to taking the ATI TEAS® exam.

A variety of preparatory products and packages are available for purchase including a Study Manual, Practice Assessments and the SmartPrep Tutorial which creates a personalized study plan. Purchases can be made directly on the ATI website in the Online Store.

Free study resources can be accessed on the ATI Facebook Page for live TEAS® prep events as well as previously recorded videos and the ATI Student Blog for practice questions, TEAS® tips and more.

TEAS® Accommodations

Every attempt will be made to accommodate qualified students with disabilities. Students on file with Accessibility Resources are advised to schedule an individual appointment with the Student Relations Coordinator (SRC) via MavConnect or by contacting the School of Nursing Advising Office. Reasonable accommodations will be provided in accordance to the plan established with Accessibility Resources.

Published sessions on ATI's website does not guarantee accommodations are available for that session and a testing date may need to be scheduled after the application deadline. Students seeking accommodations must notify the SRC prior to the application deadline.

TEAS® Remote Proctoring

We are excited to offer the TEAS exam remotely. You will need to review the items below to learn about this process and for it to work smoothly on your test day.

  1. Read the TEAS Student Quick Start Guide to ensure your computer meets the technical requirements. Check with IT Solutions or the Library about their laptop checkout programs if needed.
  2. Visit the ATI TEAS Online Remote Proctored Exam webpage to review the FAQs, testing requirements and what to expect.
  3. Watch the Student Orientation Video: ATI Remote Proctoring with Proctorio.
  4. Once you’ve completed the above steps, complete a Dry Run 1-2 days before your test date to install the Proctorio Chrome Extension
    • Login to your ATI account
    • Click Add Product located in the upper right
    • ID: 17970862
    • Password: demo
Day of Exam

The day before your test date, you will be emailed the assessment ID from the School of Nursing Advising Office email account.

Prior to exam start time:

You must start your exam at the stated start time. We recommend you start the process below 30 minutes prior to the start time of your TEAS exam. If you do not start the exam within 30 minutes of the official start time, you will not be able to test. Exams will not be refunded or rescheduled due to late arrival.

  • Review the Student Quick Start Guide
  • Make sure you have Google Chrome and the Google Chrome Extension on your device. You will not be able to take the remote version of the ATI TEAS Exam with any other browser.
  • Login to your ATI account
  • Click on MY ATI tab, then the TEST tab.
  • Click the ADD PRODUCT button and enter the assessment ID provided by the School of Nursing Advising Office, click Begin.
  • If the Google Chrome Extension is installed, you will be taken through the pre-checks, validate your identity, complete the webcam image test and scan your environment.
  • Finally, you’ll be asked to sign the test taker agreement and agree to the terms and conditions.
  • Click Start Test
  • The proctor must approve you to begin prior to being able to proceed. The start button on the instructions page will not be available until the proctor approves your attempt.
Group Interview

Pre-Licensure Program applicants must participate in an on-campus group interview for admission consideration. Each group interview may hold up to 5 students and will be conducted by two nursing faculty members.

After the application deadline, student applicants will be contacted via email with interview information including available dates, times and sign up. Interviews will take place in October and February during the respective application periods. Sample interview questions will be provided after interview date and time is confirmed.

The purpose of the interviews are to evaluate the student's:

  • Ability to communicate independently and within a group.
  • Ability to critically think and articulate their ideas.
  • Professional behavior in demeanor, dress, and interactions.