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School of Nursing

BSN Admissions

Graduates from our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program are compassionate, workforce-ready individuals intrinsically motivated to make a difference in the world around them.

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Cara Bonfiglio

Student Admissions & Progressions Coordinator

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Requirements & Policies

Admissions

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
  • Application

Admission Requirements

Applications should be on file before December 31* for consideration for the fall semester and before August 10* for the spring semester. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that his or her file is complete.

*If space is available, applications will be taken until July 1 for the fall start and December 1 for the spring start. Contact Cara Bonfiglio for consideration.

The following criteria are required for admission to the program:
  • Graduation from a state-approved high school or the equivalent.
  • Completion of prerequisite coursework before the student begins the nursing program. Students are accepted conditionally pending successful completion of program prerequisites.
  • An overall prerequisite cumulative GPA and math and science 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.

Early Admission

The Early Admission Program is for qualifying high school students who have applied to and been accepted to Baker University’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Learn more about admission to CAS.

Qualifying students will be pre-admitted 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.

Admission Policies

  • All students are required to have a background check before 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, or NU 322/NU 322L Foundations of Nursing. LPN students may take NU 323 LPN Bridge.

Preferred Admission for Baker CAS

Students who have taken their prerequisites from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) 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
  • Upon admission to CAS, students must take the remaining prerequisite courses at CAS.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the criteria for early admission?

Who makes decisions about early admission?

What are the requirements following early admission?

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?

What if I decide to change my major?

Prerequisite General Education Requirements

The following courses are offered on the Baldwin City campus. They also may be transferred from a two-year or four-year regionally accredited college or university.

  • Public Speaking (3 hours)
  • English I (3 hours)
  • English II (3 hours)
  • Humanities, Fine Arts, Religion, Social Science (12 hours) No more than 6 hours in any one discipline: literature, history, foreign language, sign language, art, music, dance, theater, religion, sociology, anthropology, government, geology, or geography
  • General Psychology (3 hours)
  • Developmental Psych, Human Development (3 hours)
  • College Algebra or above (3 hours)
  • Statistics (3 hours)
  • Anatomy with lab (4 hours)
  • Physiology with lab (4 hours)
  • Microbiology with lab (4 hours)
  • Chemistry with lab (4 hours)
  • Nutrition (3 hours)

Students who have taken their prerequisites from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) 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
  • Upon admission to CAS, students must take the remaining prerequisite courses at CAS.

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

Application Deadlines

Fall Start

Application Open
September 10

Application Deadline
December 31
*If space is available, applications will be taken until July 1. Contact Cara Bonfiglio for consideration.

Transcripts Due
January 10

Interviews
February

Students may apply while completing prerequisite courses.

Spring Start

Application Open
March 1

Application Deadline
August 10
*If space is available, applications will be taken until Dec. 1. Contact Cara Bonfiglio for consideration.

Transcripts Due
August 13

Interviews
September

Students may apply while completing prerequisite courses