Admission, Progression and Dismissal

Students are encouraged to express an interest in the nursing major upon application for admission to St. Olaf College.  Enrollment in the program is limited and admission is competitive.  Early consultation with the Nursing Department Chair, Dr. Susan Huehn, is recommended.

Preparing for Admission to the Nursing Program
Students intending to major in nursing should be assigned a nursing faculty member as an academic advisor.  Nursing faculty can assist you to select courses prerequisite to the nursing major and best outline and plan for your success in the nursing program.  Please also review the Nursing Planning Sheet for assistance with your planning process.

Direct Admission
Students intending to major in nursing at the time of application to St. Olaf College may be considered for direct admission to the nursing program as a first-year student.  Students seeking direct admission to the nursing program must complete an additional application to the program at the same time they submit an application to St. Olaf.  More information regarding the direct admission process can be found in the Majors/Concentrations section with the link to the Academic Catalog.

Sophomore Admission
Application for admission to the nursing program occurs during the fall semester of the sophomore year.  Applicant will, by appointment, complete an interview with nursing faculty.  More information regarding the admission process can be found in the Majors/Concentrations section with the link to the Academic Catalog.

Conditional Acceptance to the Nursing Program
Conditional acceptance to the nursing program for all applicants (direct and sophomore admission) will be considered based on certain criteria.  Conditional acceptance to the nursing program for all applicants (direct and sophomore admission) will become final only if students meet certain criteria prior to the fall semester of their junior year.

The Nursing Department announces conditional acceptance to the nursing program every January.  Conditional acceptance to the nursing program is necessary in order to matriculate in the spring semester, 200-level nursing courses required for the major.

The nursing major begins in the spring semester of the sophomore year.

Progression in the Nursing Program
There are several requirements a nursing program student must meet in order to progress in the nursing program.  More information regarding these requirements can be found in the Majors/Concentrations section with the link to the Academic Catalog.

Dismissal from the Nursing Program
If the requirements needed to progress in the nursing program are not met, this merits dismissal from the nursing program.  More information regarding these requirements and a summary of the process can be found in the Majors/Concentrations section with the link to the Academic Catalog.

Please refer to the St. Olaf Academic Catalog for more detailed information pertaining to the nursing major.