Admission Policies

LPN-B.S. program policies

The LPN-B.S. curriculum is a two-year program designed to build on the firm foundation of nursing skills mastered by the licensed practical nurse (LPN). The goal is to move the student’s knowledge of human health needs and nursing interventions to a deeper level. The program content is designed to develop leadership and management of care skills needed by the registered nurse (RN) in the current healthcare practice setting.

Academic policies described in the DWU Student Handbook apply to nursing students; however, because of the nature of the LPN-B.S. nursing program, additional academic policies are available to nursing students in the DWU LPN-B.S. Nursing Program Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the LPN-B.S. nursing program is competitive and slots are limited. If there is not an available opening for the LPN-B.S. nursing program, students who have met admission requirements will be put on a waiting list and will be notified by admissions if an opening becomes available.

Applicants must provide documentation of the following requirements before the Nursing Admission Committee will review an application for admission to the LPN to B.S. nursing program.

  1. Active, unencumbered LPN license to practice nursing in South Dakota. The LPN degree must have been granted from an accredited institution of higher education.
  2. Transcripts
    • Send an official copy of all college transcripts.
    • If coursework is still in progress, attach a current transcript that documents all of the courses in progress from that institution.
    • Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or above in college, university, vocational and technical school coursework.
    • Students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above in college, university, vocational and technical school coursework are eligible for early admission.
  3. Send an official high school transcript or GED.
  4. Complete goal statement and healthcare work experience information.
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  6. Applicants will be required to attend an in-person or remote online interview with members of the Nursing Admission Committee before an admittance decision will be made.

There are specific laws and rules regulating nursing in South Dakota that list reasons a license to practice nursing may be denied, revoked, or suspended.  Questions regarding these rules should be clarified by seeking advice from the South Dakota Board of Nursing at 605-362-2760 before admission into the nursing program.  Nursing students from other states who apply to the LPN-B.S. nursing program must apply for and have a license to practice nursing in South Dakota.

LPN-B.S. Transfer Credits

Dakota Wesleyan University accepts and welcomes students from other accredited colleges and universities approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Students meeting admission requirements for the LPN-B.S. Nursing Program have earned 29 transfer credits for the LPN license. The remaining 49 nursing credits and 47 non-nursing general education and support courses are included in the LPN-B.S. plan of study.

Other coursework completed at other colleges or universities that may meet one or more of the required general education and/or support courses must meet the following:

  • The DWU registrar's office will evaluate an official transcript to ensure transferred credits meet one of the general education or support courses required for the degree.
  • The credit can be no older than 10 years.
  •  All other catalog conditions for transfer credits must be followed.

Questions? Contact admissions.