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First-Year Admission to Nursing

The College of Nursing admits students to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program upon satisfactory completion of pre-nursing courses in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Highly qualified first-year students may be admitted as nursing majors through the College of Nursing's Early Decision Program.

Application Process

First-year students interested in nursing apply for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and indicate an interest in nursing on the application. The deadline to apply for fall 2015 is April 1, 2015 (March 1 for international students).

Early Decision Program

Highly qualified first-year students may be admitted as nursing majors through the College of Nursing's BSN-Early Decision Program. The deadline to apply for consideration for the Early Decision Program for fall 2013 admission is January 1, 2014. To be eligible to apply for the Early Decision Program, you must meet three of these four criteria:

Early Decision Program applicants will receive their admission decision by February 1, then have two weeks to accept their offer and pay the $250 acceptance fee.

Students who qualify for Early Decision admission will be able to complete the program in four years—two years of prerequisite course work followed by two years of nursing course work.Students admitted to the BSN program through its Competitive Admission Policy should anticipate a plan of study that takes 4.5 years to complete.

BSN Competitive Admission

Admission to the BSN program is very competitive and meeting the admission requirements for early decision or competitive admission does not guarantee admission. To be considered for admission, you must:

  • Complete the Minimum High School Course Requirements.
  • Complete the Prerequisite College Courses with a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher and a grade of C (2.00 GPA) or higher in the prerequisite college courses.
  • Applicants for whom English is not the first language also are required to present a TOEFL score of 550 or higher on the paper-based test or 81 or higher on the internet-based test.

Undergraduate Areas of Study in the College of Nursing

The College of Nursing offers the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program for high school students and an RN-BSN program for licensed nurses interested in obtaining the bachelor's degree.

Undergraduate Areas of Study in Nursing