Admission to the School of Nursing is based on academic history, prerequisite cumulative grade point average, math and science prerequisite GPA, number of prerequisite courses completed, other degrees conferred, and an interview with faculty. The School of Nursing seeks students who exhibit appropriate communication skills, caring attributes, personal integrity, accountability and the ability to make ethical decisions and think critically. Eligibility for admission is determined without regard to race, nationality, creed, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation.
To be considered for admission, students must submit the following:
- Official transcript of their high school record or GED certificate
- Official transcripts for all college work completed
- Online application
Applications should be on file before December 1 for consideration for the fall semester and before August 1 for the spring semester. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that his or her file is complete. Registered nurse students must submit their application at least two months before the semester they wish to enroll in.
The following criteria are required for admission to the program:
- Graduation from a state-approved high school or the equivalent.
- Completion of a minimum of 64 credit hours of prerequisite coursework from accredited colleges or universities. All prerequisite coursework must be completed before the student begins the nursing program. Students are accepted conditionally pending successful completion of program prerequisites.
- An overall prerequisite cumulative GPA of at least 2.70 on a 4.00 grade point scale. Only prerequisite courses are considered in calculating the GPA for admission. All program prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Pass/Fail grades will not be accepted unless it can be confirmed by the university that a pass is equivalent to a C or greater.
Other Admission Considerations
- The School of Nursing reserves the right to admit students conditionally. A conditional admission will be individually determined.
- All students are required to have a background check prior to starting school.
- International students must follow the same admission procedure identified in the School of Nursing catalog.
- Transfer students from other nursing programs must meet all entry requirements, may be asked to provide a letter explaining the need to transfer, and will be admitted on a space-available basis.
- LPN students must meet all entry requirements. Because 12 credit hours from the technical college will be accepted in transfer, LPN students do not need to take nutrition, developmental psychology and NU 325: Foundations of Therapeutic Nursing Interventions.
Baker University College of Arts & Sciences Transfers
Students from the College of Arts and Sciences will be eligible for priority admission to the School of Nursing if they meet the following criteria in addition to meeting admission requirements as stated in the current School of Nursing catalog at the time of application:
- Meet the residency requirements of 40 or more hours from the CAS
- Have at least 12 semester hours of science credit, including anatomy and physiology, from the CAS
- Have an overall prerequisite cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.
Applicants who do not meet criteria for priority admission will be considered for admission with all other applicants.