Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
The Program Offers Students
Through lectures, clinical experiences, labs and cutting edge research opportunities, students learn from nationally and internationally recognized faculty who prepare them to practice in a variety of settings with a transcultural focus.
Selection of students for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is based on a number of criteria, including but not limited to, cumulative grade point average, prerequisite course grade point average, references, resumes, interviews, and an essay (written at the time of the interview). The BSN program is highly competitive and the number of spaces in the BSN program is limited. Students not admitted, or those students who do not accept an admission slot must reapply. There is no ongoing waiting list.
The BSN program is designed to ensure success based on the level of a student’s preparation at the time of application. There are three avenues for admission into the BSN program: Direct Admission, Pathway to Nursing (Pre-Nursing) and RN-to-BSN.
Direct Admission to BSN Program
High School graduates meeting a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 and SAT scores in Math 500, Reading 500, Writing 500 or ACT Scores Math 25, English 25, and Reading 25 are admitted directly into the BSN program. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all BSN prerequisite courses to continue in the BSN program. Students must maintain an overall 3.0 GPA or higher while matriculated in the BSN program or he/she may not be allowed to continue.
The "Pathway to BSN Program" is designed for:
- A high school student who does not meet the criteria for direct admission noted above, but meets the minimum admission requirements for the University’s undergraduate program;
- A student pursuing a change in academic major;
- A transfer student; or
- A non-Nursing degree graduate from a school recognized by STU.
Students in the Pathways to BSN program are admitted to the University’s undergraduate program with a major of “Pre-Nursing.” This admission to the University does not constitute admission to the BSN program but, rather, admission to the University with the understanding that students will complete the minimum admissions requirements to be considered for admissions into the BSN program. The Pre-Nursing students must complete prerequisites for the nursing major (BSN) to apply for acceptance into the BSN program and be eligible to take BSN courses. The BSN courses are full time and completed in three years; the duration for the entire program is four years. STU students meeting the minimum requirement will be given priority for admission.
The following are the minimum requirements for all Pre-Nursing students applying to the BSN program:
- Completion of BSN prerequisite courses.
- A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or higher for all prerequisite course work is required to qualify for consideration within the applicant pool. The cumulative GPA will be used as one of the criteria for competitive ranking.
- Applicants currently enrolled at STU will need to submit a “Change of Major Form” once the prerequisites have been met to be considered for the BSN program.
BSN Prerequisite Courses
The following are prerequisite courses that must be completed prior to being considered for acceptance into the BSN program.
- Anatomy and Physiology I (with its corresponding lab)
- Chemistry (with its corresponding lab)
- English I & II
- College Level Mathematics (Pre-calculus/college level algebra)
- Psychology (Human Growth and Development)
- Medical Terminology
- Medication Calculations
In order to be considered for admission to the RN-to-BSN program, the following criteria must be met:
- Successful completion of all lower division coursework and a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all lower division courses.
- Graduation from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program.
- Unencumbered RN license in the state where clinical requirements will be completed.
- 30 credits clinical proficiency evaluation based on the Excelsior Challenge exams which are to be taken before NUR 405 (Nursing Practicum)
Deadlines for applying to the BSN program are:
- April 15: Early Decision
- June 1: Final Deadline for Fall class