BSN Admission

The College of Nursing endeavors to admit all qualified applicants who can reasonably be expected to successfully complete the upper division baccalaureate nursing program. The College accepts qualified men and women of varied ages, educational backgrounds, religions, cultures, and ethnic-racial origins. All students complete the required pre-nursing sequence which provides a common base on which to build the nursing major. The diversity of educational backgrounds may include: a minimum of the required pre-nursing courses; a degree in a non-nursing area; or an associate degree or diploma in nursing.  The College admits qualified students without regard to national or  ethnic origin, race, color, creed, sex, age, or disability that does not interfere with nursing performance.

Students are encouraged to seek academic advisement early in the pre-nursing curriculum from the Admissions Office to facilitate progression and timely enrollment. Official application to the College of Nursing should be made after completion of thirty semester hours of required courses. Selection is competitive.

The applicant is evaluated on the basis of overall academic achievement as well as achievement in required courses. All required documents must be on file before the application is reviewed. Acceptance is granted pending satisfactory completion of required pre-nursing courses. Any exceptions to these requirements must be approved by the Admissions and Progression Committee.

After acceptance, an updated transcript is required at the end of the semester prior to enrollment in the College of Nursing. Initial enrollment may be either fall or spring semester. Select courses are offered in the summer.

All applicants are welcome to apply to the Masters programs except those who are residents of the following states: Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Wisconsin, due to state authorization.


Admission Requirements

  • Evidence of graduation from a high school approved by the State Board of Education or official score report of the G.E.D.
  • Home schooled applicants should submit the following:
    • Official copy of the academic record indicating grade point average, a summary of all courses taught by the home school, the title of each course, the grade received, and the name of the instructor.
    • Official transcripts received through any correspondence school or regional organization that provides the service for home schools.
    • The Secondary School Report Home School Supplement HS.
  • Completion of 59 semester hours of required pre-nursing curriculum at a regionally accredited college or university with an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.50 on a 4.0 scale. A 2.50 GPA for both Anatomy & Physiology courses is required.  Required pre-nursing courses must be taken for a letter grade rather than pass/fail or credit/no credit. Only grades of "C" or above are accepted for transfer credit. A total of two courses may be repeated within the past five years. Each course may be repeated only one time.
  • Acceptance of College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Proficiency Examination Program (PEP) credit will be given individual consideration by the Admissions and Progression Committee.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants whose native language is not English.


Application Process

  1. Completion of 30 semester hours of required courses which must include eight (8) semester hours of the required science courses.  A minimum of two of the four required science courses must be completed before initial consideration for admission.
  2. Completed Application Form with a nonrefundable fee of $50.00.
  3. Official high school transcript or an official G.E.D. score report.
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended.
  5. Scores from the TOEFL for applicants whose native language is not English.
  6. An interview is optional at the request of either the College or the applicant. 


Semester  Projected Deadlines     Selection Date

Spring 2019

Feb. 15, 2018

March 30, 2018

Fall 2019

Sept. 15, 2018

Oct. 30, 2018

Spring 2020

Feb. 15, 2019

March 30, 2019

Fall 2020 Sept. 15, 2019 Oct. 30, 2019
Spring 2021 Feb. 15, 2020 March 30, 2020
Fall 2021 Sept. 15, 2020 Oct. 30, 2020
Spring 2022 Feb. 15, 2021 March 30, 2021

The applicant is responsible for submitting current college transcripts to keep the Admissions Office informed of progress with the pre nursing course requirements.  It may not be possible to offer admission to all qualified applicants because of a highly competitive applicant pool and space limitations.

Completed applications received prior to the application deadline date may be considered for early acceptance notification. Selected applicants receive an official acceptance letter and an Enrollment Form which must be submitted to the Admissions Office within 4 weeks of notification of acceptance. No enrollment deposit is required.  Applicants who are not accepted will be informed by mail and must in writing request the academic file remain active for a maximum of one year.


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