Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing / master's degree program in nursing at STU is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

The Program Offers Students

Dedicated Faculty

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.

Admission Requirements

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.

- Nursing Student Handbook

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. 

Pathway to BSN Program

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.

Minimum Requirements

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)
  • Microbiology
  • English I & II
  • College Level Mathematics (Pre-calculus/college level algebra)
  • Psychology (Human Growth and Development)
  • Nutrition


In order to be considered for admission to the RN-to-BSN program, the following criteria must be met:

  • Active and unencumbered RN license
  • Completion of all lower coursework with a minimum of 2.5 GPA
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher from an approved program
  • Official transcripts must be submitted to the admission office before final acceptance

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