Bachelor of Science in Nursing Admission Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Admission Requirements

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Admission Process

University Admission Process:

  1. Contact the NNU admission office at  The admission counselor will provide you with step-by-step instructions on applying to the University.
  2. Upon acceptance to NNU, please contact the College of Nursing at to evaluate your next steps.
  3. NNU nursing program advisors will schedule an appointment with you either face to face or online and review your transcript and design a play of study.
  4. Your plan of study will address both general education requirement classes as well as science pre-requisite classes that must be successfully completed prior to applying to the nursing program.

College of Nursing BSN Admission Process:


  1. Once the plan of study is completed your nursing advisor will direct you to the Online Application Form to apply to the BSN Program: BSN program application form.
  2. After submitting your online application, your nursing advisor will schedule you for the HESI entrance exam.  Students that complete Microbiology prior to taking the HESI are noted to have improved HESI scores.
  3. Once you have successfully passed the HESI exam (75% score or better) you will be scheduled for an admission interview.
  4. Upon completion of the admission interview your nursing advisor will assist you in reviewing your application packet for submission to the NNU Nursing Admission Committee.
  5. The admission committee meets monthly to review admission packets submitted by the 10th of each month.
  6. Applicants selected for admission to into the NNU BSN program are notified via email within 15 days of committee review.  Student's not admitted will be notified of their rank and standing for possible future admission.  Admission to the NNU BSN program is not guaranteed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


  • Applicants must be over 18 years old prior to the start of the nursing program.
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • All applicants must review and meet the Technical Standards for the Nursing Program.
  • Admission to the NNU BSN Program is not guaranteed.

Background Requirements


Prerequisite Courses for Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Minimum grade of "C" required

BIOL2010.     Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3); and,
BIOL2010L.   Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (1)

BIOL2030.     Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3); and,
BIOL2030L.   Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory (1)

BIOL2420.     Microbiology (3); and,
BIOL2420L.   Microbiology Lab (1)

CHEM1210.   Principles of Organic and Biochemistry (3); and,
CHEM1210L. Principles of Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory (1)
CLTA1550.     Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)*

ENGL1030A.  University Writing and Research A (3), or
      ENGL1030B. University Writing and Research B (3)
NURS1000.    Introduction to the Profession of Nursing (1)
NURS2100.     Medical Terminology (1)
PSYC1550.     Introduction to Psychology (3)
PSYC2100.     Lifespan Development (3)
*For transfer students, the BSN Program will accept either Introduction to Sociology or an approved Introduction to Cultural Anthropology course.

The BSN Program will not accept a pass/fail on prerequisite courses - all courses must have a letter grade.  Points are assigned for the CLEP and AP scores.  A transcript from CLEP and/or the AP Board are required for evaluation. 

Pre-requisite courses from a quarter-system school must have a two-course sequence to meet the program requirements.  For example, from a quarter-credit writing sequence of WR121, WR122, and WR123, both the WR122 and WR123 classes are required for NNU's ENGL1030A or B.
The following required courses maybe taken concurrently while in the nursing program.  It is highly recommended that applicants complete all or as many of the following courses prior to admission into the nursing program (see admission guideline criteria).

Minimum grade of "C" required

BIOL2420.   Microbiology (3); and,
BIOL2420L. Microbiology Lab(1)

BIOL3820.   Pathophysiology (3)
KINE2730.   Nutrition Across the Lifespan (2)
MATH2240. Elementary Statistics (3) or comparative statistics course
PHIL3600.   Clinical Ethics (3)
PSYC2100. Lifespan Development (3)


Nursing Courses

Minimum grade of "C" is required as a final grade in the nursing courses listed below.  Additionally, a 75.0% average on examinations is required to pass the theory component of each course. Nursing courses not implementing the 75.0% exam average are NURS4030, and NURS4040. All courses with a clinical component must earn a grade of pass in the clinical portion to progress in the program. See BSN Student Handbook for further information on the grading scale.

NURS2000. Health Assessment (3)
NURS2015. Foundations of Professional Nursing and Nursing Care of the Older Adult (4)
NURS2030. Fundamentals of Nursing (4)
NURS3010. The Childbearing Family (3)
NURS3015. Pediatrics and the Family Unit (3)
NURS3020. Mental Health (3)
NURS3030. Medical Surgical Nursing: Acute and Chronic Health Needs (6)
NURS3050. Pharmacology I (2)
NURS3055. Pharmacology II (2)
NURS4000. Medical Surgical Nursing: Complex Health Needs (5)
NURS4010. Nursing of Diverse Populations in the Community (4)
NURS4020. Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing (3)
NURS4030. Nursing Research/Evidence Based Practice (3)
NURS4040. Transition to Professional Nursing Practice/Capstone (6)