The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program application is now open. Apply Now

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.

Admission Requirements

  1. 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.
  1. Apply and be accepted to Northwest Nazarene University Undergraduate Admission before submitting an application to the Department of Nursing Pre-licensure Program.
  2. 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 for this link.
  3. Submit online Application for Admission to the Department of Nursing Pre-licensure Program.
  4. Minimum grade of "C" in prerequisite courses listed above.
  5. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 (based on BSN Plan of Study-prerequisite courses or equivalents).
  6. Meet designated requirements of a standardized test. 
  7. Interview with member of the BSN Program. Students must pass the interview for entry into the nursing program.
  8. Meet health requirements.

Submission of Application

Completed Application Due: February 14, 2020 for Fall 2020 acceptance; September 16, 2019  by 5:00 pm for Spring 2020 acceptance.

Acceptance Letter Sent to Student by email: Fall Cohort - June 3, 2020.  Spring Cohort - November 5, 2019


NNU Application Open Open
Acceptance to NNU Before February 12, 2020 Before September 11, 2019
Application to Nursing Program February 14, 2020 by 5:00 pm September 16, 2019 by 5:00 pm
Online Interviews By March 23, 2020 By October 18, 2019
Any Second Interviews By April 3, 2020 By November 1, 2019
HESI A2 Exam By April 30, 2020 By November 1, 2019
Final Transcript May 29, 2020 by 12:00 pm Unofficial Transcript with Fall grades + Midterm Grade Report by November 1, 2019
Email Letter of Provisional Acceptance (pending background check) June 3, 2020
November 5, 2019
Background check submitted June 19, 2020 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, 2020 January 2, 2020
Clinical Documentation Forms August 31, 2020 January 6, 2020

Selection Process

All completed applications will be reviewed by the BSN Program Admission and Progression Committee. All qualified applicants will be eligible based on the following:

  • Interview
  • 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.

Admission Rubric

A student must receive a combined score (points from the interview, points from the standardized exam, and GPA points) of at least 55 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

GPA Points
3.00-3.24 20
3.25-3.49 25
3.50-3.74 30


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
  • Grammar
  • Basic Math Skills
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Anatomy and Physiology
Learning Profile
  • Learning Style
  • Personality Profile
Students must pass the HESI A2 exam with a minimum score of 75% to be eligible for the NNU Nursing Program.  The HESI A2 exam can be taken twice during the application period, September-April for the fall cohort and March-November for the spring cohort.  The higher of the two scores will be used for selection.  All exams will be purchased at the student's expense.

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
75% 232.5 15
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 Priority

NNU students will receive preference for admission.  This preference is only available to students who have already met the eligibility requirement of at least 55 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 31, 2020(fall admit) /January 13, 2020 (spring admit) or forfeit the opportunity to enter the program.‚Äč