admission requirements

Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree
for students seeking to become a Registered Nurse.

Before you apply for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, please read the following requirements for acceptance.

A minimum college GPA of 2.5 is required. The GPA will be calculated from all college courses taken, not only those that pertain to our program.

Important update:  Applicants who do not have a bachelor's degree or will not complete a bachelor's degree prior to entry, the following general education courses are required. The program consists of 52 general education credits and 46 credits must be completed prior to entry (required courses appear in red).

These courses include:

  • English I (3 credits)
  • English II (3 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I (3-4 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (3-4 credits)
  • Microbiology (3-4 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • Cluster One Elective (3 credits)
  • Cluster Two Elective (3 credits
  • Cluster Four Elective (3 credits)
  • Plus an additional 10-13 credits from any cluster

In addition to the above required courses, students must complete additional coursework to equal 46 credits from the courses listed below prior to entry. This can include courses already completed that fit into a cluster (Medical Terminology, History, Religion, Public Speaking, Literature, etc.).

Click here for more information regarding the Clusters and Transfer Credit

Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree prior to entry from an accredited college or university in another discipline must complete:

(courses required prior to entry in red)

  • Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • Anatomy & Physiology I (3-4 credits)
  • Anatomy & Physiology II (3-4 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Microbiology (3-4 credits)

Spring 2019 Admission – Deadline: August 15, 2018

The steps below must be completed prior to the deadline:

  • Online Application
    One month prior to the deadline will help you complete the requirements on time.
    View application deadlines here
    Click here to apply today:  Online Application
  • Standardized Exam 
    The College of Nursing requires submission of SAT, ACT or TEAS scores, however no test scores are required if the applicant already has received a bachelor's degree or master's degree, or plans to complete a degree prior to admission start date.
    View Standardized Exam instructions here
  • Official Transcripts
    From all schools attended including high school and any courses you are currently taking—even though the grades are not yet available.
    View Official Transcript instructions here
  • Admissions Essay
    Must submit essay with online application.
    View instructions in the online application. Essay instructions here
  • References (2)
    It is your responsibility to obtain both references.
    View Reference instructions and forms here

Your application will be valid for one semester only.  If you do not feel that you have enough time to submit all requirements by the deadline, please wait for the following application period to apply. Do you have a question about admissions? Contact Admissions or call (804) 627-5300.

RN to BSN Requirements: For the RN to BSN degree completion program

  • The minimum cumulative grade point average for admission is 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for the required general education coursework and a grade of “C” or better in each of these courses.
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university; either diploma or associate’s degree. Provision of official transcripts from all schools/colleges/universities attended.
  • Valid unrestricted license to practice registered nursing in the United States.
  • Successful completion of 46 of the (52) general education credits must be completed prior to entry.  

Please contact the Office of Admissions if you have any questions regarding the above requirements 804-627-5300 or email .