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Department of Nursing

Admission Requirements

Graduate Admissions

The requirements below are for undergraduates interested in our associate and bachelor degree programs. Please visit the Master of Science in Nursing or the RN-MSN program pages for their admission requirements.

RN-BSN Admission Requirements

  1. Submit proof of a current, active RN license.
  2. Official transcript from associate or diploma degree nursing program, having earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.

Associate and  Baccalaureate Degree Admissions

A point system is used to evaluate applications of qualified candidates in order to accept applicants into the program as either a pre-nursing or nursing major. The point system used by the Nursing Program Admissions Committee will be provided to an applicant upon request.

Traditional Students (under age 24 and has not attended a college or university)

 Adult Students (age 24 and older)

LPN-ASN Students

Transfer Students (previously attended another college or university)

Once admitted to the nursing major, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7, achieve a “B-” or better in all nursing theory courses, achieve a “P” in all nursing clinical courses, and earn a grade of “C” or better in all required non-nursing courses.

Change of Status from Pre-Nursing to the ASN or BSN Major

Students who do not meet nursing admission criteria for admission as a nursing major may be admitted to the nursing program as a pre-nursing major. The following criteria must be met before pre-nursing students can request a change of status to be considered for admission to the nursing major. The Program Director will determine course requirements based on evaluation of the student’s academic qualifications at the time of initial admission consideration.

  1. Completion of all courses required by placement (English, Reading, Math)
  2. Completion of a minimum of 12 hours at USF
  3. Students must have a biological science course (BIOL 221, BIOL 222, BIOL 223, or BIOL 270) as part of the required 12 credit hours at USF)
  4. ICON 100, iConnect-First Year Experience
  5. CHEM 121, Introductory Chemistry, if required
  6. MATH 122, College Algebra
  7. A grade of C or above in all required courses
  8. Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or above earned at USF

Any required course can be repeated only one time. A change of status will not be considered until all criteria identified above are met.

Graduates of non-accredited LPN programs who meet minimum admission requirements are eligible for admission as pre-nursing majors. Graduates of non-accredited LPN programs must meet the following criteria to be considered a LPN-ASN nursing major:

Change of Status from Exploratory Healthcare Major or Other USF Major to the Nursing Major

Students who are denied admission to the nursing program may be admitted to the university as Exploratory Healthcare majors. The following criteria must be met before Exploratory Healthcare students or other USF majors can request a change of status to be considered for admission to the nursing major.

  1. Completion of all courses required by placement (English, Reading, Math)
  2. Completion of a minimum of 12 hours at USF
  3. Students must have a biological science course (BIOL 221, BIOL 222, BIOL 223, or BIOL 270) as part of the required 12 credit hours at USF)
  4. ICON 100, iConnect-First Year Experience
  5. CHEM 121, Introductory Chemistry, if required
  6. MATH 122, College Algebra
  7. Achieve minimum GPA of 2.7 each semester enrolled
  8. TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) entrance examination, within 2 years

 

Students seeking change of major who earn less than a “C” in any of the following courses taken at USF are not eligible for admission to the nursing major.

Biology courses
BIOL 221 (Anatomy & Physiology I)
BIOL 222 (Anatomy & Physiology II)
BIOL 223 (Intro to Microbiology)
BIOL 270 (Pathophysiology)
CHEM 121 (Intro to Chemistry)
Psychology courses
PSYC 121 (General Psychology)
PSYC 232 (Human Growth & Development)
Math courses
MATH 120 (if taken) (Foundations of Mathematics)
MATH 122 (College Algebra)
MATH 302 (BSN) (Introductory Statistics)
Other required courses
SOCI 101, Introduction to Sociology; SOCI 135, Introduction to Race & Ethnicity or SOCI 251, Sociology of Health (SOCW 160, Grief and Loss; SOCW 377, Cultural Diversity and Human Rights for BSN)
PHES 315 (BSN) Nutrition
ENGL 101 (Rhetoric and Composition)

 

Clinical Sequence Entry

Entry into the first clinical course is based on availability of enrollment openings. The following criteria are used for prioritizing students to begin the clinical sequence:

  1. GPA earned at the University of Saint Francis.
  2. Date of entry into the nursing program
  3. Number of credit hours completed toward the degree, including transfer credits.
  4. Grades in non-nursing courses, especially science and math courses.