The LSC nursing admissions process is competitive. It’s a separate process from becoming an LSC student. All nursing program applicants who complete minimum admission requirements by the application deadline will be considered for admission to the nursing program. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the nursing program.

LSC’s Nursing program remains mindful of the unique challenges the COVID-19 situation brings students completing prerequisite courses required for nursing programs application/admission.  The following change is now in effect for all nursing program admissions:  Courses with a “Pass” will be calculated as a “C” letter grade (or 2.0) for nursing admissions.  Students are reminded that the GPA requirements for nursing admissions remain in effect.

Step 1: Before applying

Before applying to the LSC nursing program, complete the following steps.

Choose program and start date

Professional nursing

To become a registered nurse (RN), apply to one of the 64-credit professional nursing programs.

Practical nursing

To become a licensed practical nurse (LPN), apply to the 40-credit practical nursing program.

Become an LSC student

  • Before you begin the LSC nursing application, apply and become an LSC student, if you have not already done so.
  • Important: You must declare your academic program of interest to apply to a nursing program. You can do this when you apply to LSC or by meeting with an advisor. Choose:

    • Practical Nursing (to become an LPN)
    • Nursing (to become an RN)

  • Note: Nursing Assistant Certificate / CNA is required for Practical Nursing diploma and Professional Nursing AS. It is not required for the Military Medic or LPN track programs.

Complete pre-program courses and requirements

Complete all “pre-program” requirements / courses specified in your program guide.

Review pre-program requirements in the program guide including:

  • English
  • Reading
  • Math
  • Pre-program courses
  • GPA requirements
Apply while attending pre-program classes?

Professional nursing applicants must have completed all pre-program classes before applying.

Practical nursing applicants may apply while attending pre-program classes. However, all pre-program requirements must be met before the program starts.

Note: If you attended college somewhere else (including the military), you may be able to transfer credits that meet your pre-program course requirements.

Register for Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam

First visit to the ATI Website?

  1. Go to
  2. Create an account (Practical nursing applicants choose institution: “Lake Superior College PN”, Professional nursing applicants choose institution “Lake Superior College ADN”)
  3. Choose “Register for TEAS before using ATI”.
  4. Then choose “ATI at an Institution”
  5. Choose Program Type: TEAS for Nursing Students
  6. Choose country, state, and city
  7. Choose test date
  8. Register by paying $102.00

Register for ATI TEAS with an existing ATI account

  1. Log in to
  2. Go to Online Store in the top navigation bar
  3. Choose Register for TEAS in the left bar
  4. Choose Program Type: TEAS for Nursing Students
  5. Choose country, state, and city
  6. Choose test date
  7. Register by paying $102.00

You must have taken the TEAS exam before the nursing application closes. More details are found in the nursing program application procedure.

Currently LSC is not offering the TEAS exam. Students can take the TEAS remotely through Concordia College in St. Paul. When going to register for the exam, choose St. Paul as the city and Concordia College will be listed as an institution. Once you’ve passed the exam with a 58.6% or higher, you will need to go to the online store through and request a TEAS transcript to be sent to LSC for an additional $27.

Once you’ve purchased your TEAS exam, there are no refunds.

Prepare for Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam

Use the ATI TEAS Study Guide

  • Check out a copy of the ATI TEAS study guide to use while in the LSC Learning Center (you can’t take it with you)
  • Purchase a copy of the study guide from the bookstore or online
  • Borrow or buy a used copy of the study guide from someone who’s already passed the test


Get help in-person at LSC Learning Center

The LSC Learning Center provides:

  • Free tutoring
  • Textbooks and study guides available for reference – use them to practice specific concepts

Learn, practice or take a simulated test online

Register and login at the Learning Express Library (doesn’t work on Internet Explorer).

  • Under “All Centers” choose “Career Center”
  • Choose “Prepare for an Entrance Exam”
  • Choose “Prepare for Nursing School Entrance Tests”, then “Nursing School Practice Entrance Tests”. You can learn, practice or take a simulated test. 
  • For additional practice before taking practice tests, choose “Nursing School Entrance Tests eBooks”.

LSC Professional Advisors
We highly recommend you meet with a Health Sciences Academic Advisor as you begin your program and throughout to address any questions you may have.

Background check
If you have been arrested, charged, or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge, or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study.

All LSC Nursing programs are approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and are  accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. is located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, in Atlanta, Georgia 30326. For more information, visit ACEN’s website.

Student selection
Please refer to the nursing program admission policy and procedure for more details about the student selection process.