Admission Requirements

Applicants with an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) Degree in Nursing

In order to be admitted to the Northwest Nazarene University RN to Bachelor of Science (RN to BS), Nursing program, applicants must hold an associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited institution. Applicants must be currently licensed as a registered nurse in the United States/ US Territory or the equivalent for international licensure. Good standing with the licensing body is required. Applicants are qualified to be admitted to the RN to BS program once the following admission requirements are complete:

Requirements for Admission: 

  1. Submission of online Application for Admission to RN to BS Professional Nursing Program.
  2. Minimum grade of "C" in courses listed as a prerequisite to the RN to BS, Nursing program.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 2.75* on a scale of 4.0 in college level courses.
  4. An associate degree in Nursing, either AA or AS.
  5. Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or Diplomas in Nursing will be considered based on a minimum of 90 accepted transfer credits from regionally accredited colleges or universities prior to completion of RN to BS, nursing coursework.
  6. Documentation of current, unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse.

Prerequisite Courses for Admission:

Applications to the RN to Bachelor of Science, Nursing program will be accepted based on documentation of successful completion of the following prerequisite courses or their equivalents.  All transfer credits must be approved through the NNU Registrar's Office.  Minimum grade of "C" required in each course and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher for admission.  The admission GPA will be calculated on the following prerequisite courses either taken at NNU or the equivalent transfer course.

BIOL2010 Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/Lab (4)
BIOL2030 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab (4)
BIOL2420 Microbiology w/Lab (4)
*ENGL1030 (or ENGL2020) University Writing and Research (3)
*BIOL3820 Pathophysiology (3)
*MATH2240 Elementary Statistics (3)


All equivalent transfer courses must be submitted to the Nursing Department for evaluation and determination of equivalent courses.

The Department of Nursing will not accept a pass/fail on prerequisite courses - all courses must have a letter grade.

* Applicants with a GPA of 2.50 - 2.74 may be admitted provisionally. These applicants will be required to submit a professional reference that addresses their ability and potential to complete the Bachelor of Science, Nursing program of study. In the first three RN to BS, nursing courses, provisional students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.75.  If the student does not earn the minimum GPA in the first three RN to BS, nursing courses, they will not be permitted to progress in the RN to BS, nursing program.

Exceptions to regular admission requirements must be approved by the Program Director.