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Baker School of Nursing
at Stormont-Vail HealthCare

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  • Cara Bonfiglio
  • Student Admissions Coordinator
  • cara.bonfiglio@bakerU.edu
  • 785.354.5850 | 888.866.4242 (toll free)
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  • 1505 SW Eighth St.
  • Topeka, KS 66606
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  • 1500 SW 10th St.
  • Topeka, KS 66604

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Admission Requirements

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 School of Nursing Early Admission Policy

The Early Admission Program is for qualifying high school students who have been accepted to Baker University's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). They will be preadmitted to the School of Nursing as freshmen, eliminating the need to compete with the applicant pool as juniors. A similar program for early admission is available for freshmen college students with no more than 17 credit hours. 

The program provides qualified applicants a seamless transition from prerequisites and general education courses to completion of the nursing major. These students will complete all of their prerequisites on the Baker CAS campus and when ready for entry into the nursing program will not be required to compete and interview for a slot in the entering class.

What are the criteria for early admission?

Level 1: High school senior entering Baker as a freshman

  • Admission to Baker University
  • ACT score: 25 or above
  • GPA: 3.5
  • Involvement in community service or community leadership

Level 2: College freshman with 17 or fewer credit hours

  • Admission to Baker University
  • Completion of 17 or fewer credit hours
  • ACT score: 25 or above
  • B or higher in College Algebra, College Writing I and prerequisite science course if completed
  • Cumulative GPA: 3.2 or higher
  • No grade lower than a C or repeated course
  • Involvement in community service or community leadership


Admission Process & Procedure for Baker BSN Early Admission

  • Completed nursing application form
  • Two reference recommendation forms, preferably from employers, volunteer supervisors or coaches
  • Completed admission interview with Admission and Progression Committee
  • Ability to meet pdffunctional abilities guidelines before enrolling in nursing courses
  • All requirements of the program's clinical agencies are completed once the student begins the nursing program:
    • Successful background check
    • Completed medical form and vaccinations
    • Proof of medical insurance
    • CPR certification completed and obtained before the first semester of clinical nursing (class provided on campus for  $30)

Preferred Admission for Baker College of Arts and Sciences

Students how have taken their prerequisites 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 in the CAS
  • Have at least 12 semester hours of science credits, including anatomy and physiology, from the CAS
  • Have an overall prerequisite cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA in math and science courses

Applicants who do not meet criteria for priority admission will be considered for admission with all other applicants.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who makes decisions about early admission?

Decisions on early admissions are made by the administrative staff and faculty.

What are the requirements following early admission?

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.2 while completing the prerequisite and general education courses.
  • Complete all courses with a C or better.
  • Take the remaining prerequisite and general education courses at Baker University before beginning the nursing sequence.

What if my GPA drops below 3.2 or I do not maintain the requirements after early admission to the nursing program and before beginning nursing?

The student must apply through the regular interview process as long as he or she meets application criteria.

What if I decide to change my major?

Faculty will assist you in identifying a field and provide contact information.