After being accepted to NNU, students wishing to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing must meet the additional requirements for acceptance into the nursing program found below.
It is recommended that students attend the transfer nursing student information session or meet with the pre-nursing advisor.
The timeline for the admission process has changed. Please read and review the updated Admission Packet carefully to be aware of these changes. It is the applicants responsibility to know and understand all admission requirements.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 in the following prerequisites
- Human Anatomy & Physiology I + lab
- Human Anatomy & Physiology II + lab
- Principles of Organic & Biochemistry + lab*
- Introduction to Psychology
- University Writing & Research
- Introduction to Cultural Anthropology+
- Medical Terminology
+For transfer students, the BSN Program will accept either an Introduction to Sociology course or an Introduction to Cultural Anthropology course.
**Pre-requisite courses from a quarter system institution must have a two course sequence to meet the program requirements for admission, however, you must have WR121, WR122 & WR123 to transfer for ENGL1030. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Nursing office at 208.467.8650.
- Apply and be accepted to Northwest Nazarene University Undergraduate Admission before submitting an application to the Department of Nursing Pre-licensure Program.
- All applicants should be advised by the pre-nursing advisor to review the prerequisites and GPA requirements before submitting an Application for Admission to the Department of Nursing Pre-Licensure Program. This information can now be found online. Contact the Department of Nursing at nursing.nnu.edu for this link.
- Submit online Application for Admission to the Department of Nursing Pre-licensure Program.
- Minimum grade of "C" in prerequisite courses listed above.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 (based on BSN Plan of Study-prerequisite courses or equivalents).
- Meet designated requirements of a standardized test.
- Interview with member of the BSN Program. Students must pass the interview for entry into the nursing program.
- Meet health requirements.
Submission of Application
Completed Application Due: September 16, 2019 by 5:00 pm for Spring 2020 acceptance.
Acceptance Letter Sent to Student by email: Fall Cohort - June 3, 2019. Spring Cohort - November 5,2019
|FALL ADMISSION||SPRING ADMISSION|
|Acceptance to NNU||Before February 12, 2019||Before September 11, 2019|
|Application to Nursing Program||February 15, 2019 by 5:00 pm||September 16, 2019 by 5:00 pm|
|Online Interviews||By March 15, 2019||By October 18, 2019|
|Any Second Interviews||By April 3, 2019||By November 1, 2019|
|HESI A2 Exam||By April 30, 2019||By November 1, 2019|
|Final Transcript||May 30, 2019 by 5:00 pm||Unofficial Transcript with Fall grades + Midterm Grade Report by November 1, 2019|
|Email Letter of Provisional Acceptance (pending background check)||June 3, 2019
||November 5, 2019|
|Background check submitted||June 21, 2019||November 26, 2019|
|Full Admission Letter||On receipt of cleared background check||On receipt of cleared background check and official transcript|
|Letter of Intent||Within 72 hours of receipt of full admission letter*||Within 72 hours of receipt of full admission letter|
|Uniforms with embroidery||August 1, 2019||January 2, 2020|
|Clinical Documentation Forms||August 19, 2019||January 6, 2020|
All completed applications will be reviewed by the BSN Program Admission and Progression Committee. All qualified applicants will be eligible based on the following:
- GPA of required prerequisites
- Score of the standardized exam
- Completion of prerequisite courses at NNU
Admission to the BSN program is not guaranteed. If a student who is selected for admission forfeits the opportunity to enter the program, then the next qualified applicant in the ranking will be given the entry option.
A student must receive a combined score (points from the interview, points from the standardized exam, and GPA points) of at least 45 to be considered for ranking for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
Grade Point Average of Nursing Pre-requisite Courses
A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be obtained in order to be considered for ranking in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The BSN Program will not accept a pass/fail on prerequisite courses - all courses must have a letter grade. Points are assigned for the CLEP and AP test scores. A transcript from CLEP and/or the AP Board are required for evaluation. Please call the nursing office (467-8650) for more information
Standardized Entrance Examination
The BSN Program will be offering the HESI Admission Assessment Exam (HESI A2). Students will be tested in three academic areas - English Language, Math, and Science - two personal assessment areas and a critical thinking component as follows:English Language
- Reading Comprehension
- Vocabulary and General Knowledge
- Basic Math Skills
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Learning Style
- Personality Profile
Students can sign up for one of the testing dates with the BSN Program Coordinator or take the exam at another testing site (designate NNU). There may be an additional cost to send the transcript to NNU. If you take the exam at a different location, please check with the Program Coordinator to ensure your transcript has been sent to NNU. Failure to have transcript sent to NNU, by the deadline, will result in disqualification from admission.
HESI A2 Exam Composite Score:
HESI A2 Percentage HESI A2 Composite Score Points
|76% - 80%||235.6 - 248||20|
|81% - 85%||251.1 – 263.5||25|
|86% - 90%||266.6 – 27.9||30|
|91% - 95%||282.1 – 294.5||35|
|96% - 100%||297.6 – 310||40|
Interview with Admission and Progression Committee
Students will be required to complete an admission interview. The admission interviews are completed through an online interview service. Details on the interview will be provided to the student via email after their nursing application has been received. Students may be asked to complete a second interview with members of the Admission Interview Committee.
Up to 15 points will be given to students that complete the interview process. These points will be added into the combined total for ranking. Students must pass the interview for entry into the nursing program. The Admission Interview Committee will review students receiving less that 10 points on the interview. Students, who do not pass the interview, will be notified in early April (fall admit)/October (spring admit). The BSN Program will not disclose results or details from the interview.
NNU students will receive preference for admission. This preference is only available to students who have already met the eligibility requirement of at least 45 points from the A2 exam, GPA of required prerequisites and the interview. For students with the same overall score, preference will be given to the NNU student.
|Additional NNU Points|
|Points||Successful Completion of Courses at NNU|
|2 pts.||Intro to Professional Nursing|
|4 pts.||Completing 3 to 8 credits at NNU|
|6 pts.||Completing 3 to 8 credits at NNU + Intro to Professional Nursing|
|6 pts.||Completing 9 to 13 credits|
|8 pts.||Completing 14 to 18 credits|
|10 pts.||Completing 19 to 23 credits|
The steps after admission are as follows:
- Upon receiving the conditional acceptance letter to the BSN program, students are to complete and pass a background check.
- Once the background check has been passed, students will receive a full admission letter from the BSN Program with instructions on completing all health requirements.
- All documents must be submitted to the BSN Program before the designated deadline of August 19, 2019 (fall admit) /January 6, 2020 (spring admit) or forfeit the opportunity to enter the program.