Major in Nursing (Pre-Licensure)
Our pre-licensure track is designed for high school graduates, transfer and second-degree students. Majors are expected to maintain a GPA of 2.7 for progression and graduation in the program. Students must achieve a minimum grade of C or Pass in the required courses of anatomy and physiology, chemistry, microbiology, psychology, sociology and statistics as well as the nursing courses themselves.
High School Graduates/First-Year Applicants
For high school graduates, our program is designed to be completed in four years. The curriculum includes Core Curriculum requirements, prerequisites and major courses. First-year applicants seeking to major in nursing may be accepted into the program if they meet the entrance requirements of the University and the Department of Nursing. In general, a competitive first-year applicant for the nursing program has met the following standards:
- Successful completion of four years of high school science, including biology, chemistry and an upper-level science such as anatomy and physiology, physics, AP biology or AP chemistry
- Strong standardized test scores (SAT or ACT)
- Competitive high school GPA and class rank
Transfer and Second-Degree Applicants
Admission to the nursing program is competitive and space is limited. Transfer and second-degree applicants follow the standard procedures for transfer admission. To be considered for admission as a nursing major, transfer and second-degree applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 for all college coursework and grades of C or higher in the following prerequisite courses:
- Anatomy and Physiology I and II or Anatomy I and Physiology I
- Chemistry of Human Health
High school records are also considered and students who have earned fewer than 30 college credits are required to submit SAT or ACT scores. During the application review, an evaluation of prior college coursework determines the placement within the nursing program and length of time it will take the student to complete the program of study.