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Sanford College of Nursing


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Sanford College of Nursing welcomes applications from all qualified individuals interested in pursuing a career in nursing. Applicants are considered on the basis of scholastic ability and achievement, maturity and integrity.

To be considered for admission, an applicant must have completed or be enrolled in the required general education prerequisites. Applicants will be accepted until classes are filled. Contact us regardless of when you plan to begin your nursing program. Next month, next year or in five years, we'll be here to answer your questions to help you start the career of a lifetime.

General admissions information

Sanford College of Nursing (College) endeavors to admit qualified applicants interested in pursuing a career in professional nursing. Sanford College of Nursing is an equal opportunity institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion or disability in its admission, student aid, employment practices, education programs or other related activities. Admission is selective and decisions are made on the basis of an assessment of the student's previous academic record and personal achievements, letters of recommendation, personal statement, impromtu essay, interviews and the likelihood of success in the academic program. Whenever possible, preference is given to qualified applicants who are relatives of alumni or Sanford Health employees.

An individual with a disability is considered for admission based on his/her ability to meet the cirriculum requirements. No otherwise qualified person shall be, solely by reason of a disability, excluded from participation in the program (American Disabilities Act of 1990). All students must be able to fully perform the essential functions of clinical course work. Click here to review essentials.

The College reserves the right to request references from former teachers, employers and correctional officers for applicants arrested or charged with a felony. Applicants to the College who have been convicted of a felony and have spent time in a correctional institution may not be admitted to the College during the time the sentence is being served or while on parole or probation. As with all students, applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

Students should be advised that many healthcare facilities require complete criminal background checks on all employees and students. If a student has been convicted of certain crimes, he/she may not be allowed to work in such facilities, thus jeopardizing the completion of the nursing program. Some state professional licensing boards may refuse to issue a license to an individual with a felony or other conviction on his or her record. Applicants are advised that, following admission, criminal background checks will be required by Sanford College of Nursing. If a student has been convicted of a criminal offense, other than a minor traffic offense, he/she is required to disclose the nature of the offense, the court in which conviction occurred, and what disposition occurred as a result of that offense. This disclosure must be made irrespective of whether the individual served a sentence and had civil rights restored, or whether the conviction(s) are expunged from the record. Failure to undergo the background check will result in dismissal or non-admission from the program.

The stated admission requirements represent the minimum level of achievement. Fulfillment of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.


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