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 2.750 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
  2. Apply and be accepted to Northwest Nazarene University Undergraduate Admission before submitting an application to the Department of Nursing Pre-licensure Program.
  3. All transfer applicants must be advised by the pre-nursing advisor to confirm applicant meets all the prerequisites and GPA requirements before submitting an Application for Admission to the Department of Nursing Pre-Licensure Program.
  4. Submit online Application for Admission to the Department of Nursing Pre-licensure Program.
  5. Minimum grade of "C" in prerequisite courses listed above.
  6. Meet designated requirements of the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) - see dates below. 
  7. Interview with the Admission & Progression Committee.
  8. Meet health requirements.

*One semester of Chemistry is required for entrance into the nursing program; Organic/ Biochemistry is preferred.
+For transfer students, the Department of Nursing will accept either an Introduction to Sociology course or an Introduction to Cultural Anthropology course.

Submission of Application

Completed Application Due: February 15, 2018  by 5:00 pm for Fall 2018 acceptance.

Acceptance Letter Sent to Student: June 1st

Selection Process

All completed applications will be reviewed by the Department of Nursing Admission and Progression Committee. All qualified applicants will be ranked for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program based on their interview, their GPA, and their TEAS score. 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, TEAS points, and GPA points) of at least 45 to be considered for ranking for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.


The TEAS can be taken twice during an admission period.  Applicants can sign up for one of the testing dates with the BSN Program Coordinator or take the TEAS at another testing site (designate NNU). There will be a cost to send the transcript to NNU.  If you take the TEAS at a different location, please check with the Nursing Department to ensure your transcript has arrived at NNU before the deadline.  Only the first two attempts within any admission period (Sept. - April) will be accepted for inclusion.  The higher of the two scores will be used for ranking.  Students must pass the TEAS with a minimum score of 61 to be eligible for the nursing program.

Dates for the TEAS Exam

Saturday, March 18, 2017    8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Friday, April 7, 2017             2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, April 21, 2017           2:30 pm - 7:00 pm  (TEAS retake only)

All exams will be administered in the Thomas Family Health and Science Center located at 603 East Dewey Avenue, 2nd floor, room 245.  Submission deadline for the TEAS is Friday, April 28, 2017.

TEAS Total Score*

TEAS Score Points
61-65          5   
66-70        10
71-75        15
76-80        20
81-85        25
86-90        30
91-95        35
96-100        40

Grade Point Average of Nursing Pre-requisite Courses

A minimum GPA of 2.750 must be obtained in order to be considered for ranking in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

GPA Points
2.75-2.99 15
3.00-3.24 20
3.25-3.49 25
3.50-3.74 30


Interview with Admission and Progression Committee

Students will be required to meet with the Admission and Progression Committee prior in April.  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.

NNU Priority

An additional 5 points will be given to students who have taken at least 11 credits of nursing pre-requisites at NNU. These points are only available to students who have already met the eligibility requirement of at least 45 points on the rubric above.  


Upon receiving the acceptance letter to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, students will be admitted provisionally pursuant to the results of their background check.  Students desiring to enter in the fall semester must complete all clinical requirements before the designated deadline or forfeit the opportunity to enter the program. Routine NNU registration procedures must be followed.

*The TEAS can be taken twice in an application cycle