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

Admission Process

  1. Apply to NNU. The applicant must apply and be notified of acceptance to the university before applying to the BSN Program.
  2. Apply to the On-Campus BSN Program using the BSN program application form.
    • All pre-requisites are included in the Admissions Packet.
    • An applicant may email to request a meeting with a pre-major advisor to review the application process and pre-requisites prior to applying.
    • To be eligible for admission into the BSN Program, a student must:
      • Earn a minimum grade of "C" in all prerequisite courses.
      • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 in the courses required for the admission. (see Plan of Study)
      • Successfully complete the Standardized Entrance Exam.
      • Pass an interview with a member of the BSN Program Admission Committee.
      • Review and agree to meet the Technical Standards for the Nursing Program on pages 12-13 in the Admission Packet.

Background Requirements Admissions Packet

Note: NNU students will receive preference for admission by taking pre-requisite courses at NNU.

Admission to the BSN program is not guaranteed. Each applicant will be evaluated based upon an admission rubric that combines points from the interview, the standardized entrance exam score, and GPA. Details for point breakdown is available in the admission packet.

It is recommended that students meet with the pre-nursing advisor prior to applying. Contact us at

Important Dates

Completed On-Campus BSN Degree Program Application Due Dates:

Start Semester Deadline
Fall (August) February 14
Spring (January) September 30

Full Timeline Available in Admission Packet

Preferred Acceptance to the Undergraduate Nursing Program

Northwest Nazarene University offers preferred acceptance to qualified first time, full-time freshmen students majoring in nursing.  If selected, the student will need to complete the application process, however, if the student meets the minimum qualification points of 55, they will receive preferred admission to the BSN Program.

To be considered for the Preferred Acceptance Program you must:

  • Be accepted to NNU 
  • Declare nursing as your intended major 
  • Be a full-time, first-time freshman
  • Have a high school cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Have a minimum score of 24 on the ACT or 1180 on the SAT 

If accepted, as part of the Preferred Acceptance Program as an incoming freshman, you must remain in good standing and meet all nursing department requirements, including:

  • Being a full-time NNU student
  • Successfully complete all nursing pre-requisites courses with a minimum of a “C” (prerequisites can be found in application packet)
  • Maintain a college GPA of 3.0 or above, with no repeated courses
  • Meet designated requirements of the standardized exam 
  • Pass the online interview
  • Acknowledging and agreeing to adhere to the Technical Standards for the Nursing Program (found in admissions packet)
  • Turning 18 years old by the 2nd semester of your Sophomore year (necessary to meet clinical rotation requirements)