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BSN Admission Requirements

Nursing Program Admission Requirements for BSN Students

Admission to the nursing foundational core is based on the National American University (NAU) admission criteria.

Admission to the nursing foundational core does not guarantee admission in the nursing clinical core. Admission to the nursing clinical core is selective and highly competitive.

Completed applications to the nursing clinical core must be received at least 90 days prior to the start of each nursing clinical core cohort.*

The criteria to be eligible to apply for application to the clinical core of the BSN program is identified below (the cost of the items required is the student's responsibility):

  • Admission to NAU must be made before application to the nursing clinical core.
  • All foundational core courses must be successfully completed before the start of any clinical core course. Students who have not successfully completed all foundational core courses must apply for the next clinical core start.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.8 on all nursing foundational courses must be accomplished.
  • All required foundational core courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C".
  • All science courses must have been completed within five (5) years of application to the nursing foundational core.
  • Non-native English speaking students must provide evidence that they are in compliance with the university and the respective State Board of Nursing requirements for the English competency. (The nursing clinical core application can be obtained from the School of Nursing program administration.  The cost of the items required is the student's responsibility. The following items are required at the time of application.
    • Clinical core application
    • Evidence of medical terminology course work or similar knowledge provide though other programs of study. For students without evidence of prior medical terminology course work, NA has available self-paced, self-pay courses, located on the university website under continuing education programs (HTH11 Survey of Medical Terminology OR HTH120 Introduction to Medical Terminology).
  • Copy of state specific verification of active certification of a nursing assistant (CNA), emergency medical technician (EMT), medical assistant with associate degree including clinical training (MA), licensed vocational nurse (LVN), or licensed practical nurse (LPN).
  • Successfully completed a pre-entrance examination. The student must take the pre-entrance exam at a NAU School of Nursing campus program location or arrange for an official transcript of previous exam scores to be sent to the NAU School of Nursing. In an  attempt to gain a higher score, applicants may retake the pre-entrance exam up to three (3) times in a one-year period and must have a minimum of 14 days between testing dates. All components of the pre-entrance exam are considered as a whole, composite score.
  • Documented evidence of an advising session with a financial services representative to discuss program costs.
  • Complete a national criminal background check and drug screen with a NAU chosen vendor with a successful result.

The following items are required before the start of the nursing clinical core courses (the cost of the items required is the student's responsibility):

  • Clinical core acceptance letter.
  • Evidence of meeting all eligibility and application criteria for the nursing core.
  • Copy of current active CPR certification (American Heart Association for Healthcare Providers).
  • Evidence of a health examination (current within six months of admission) if applicable. Check with the respective program office.
  • Evidence of active health insurance.
  • Evidence of up-to-date immunizations or evidence of serologic immunity as required by clinical agencies signed by a healthcare provider.
  • Documentation of a negative TB skin test (taken within one year) or a chest x-ray (taken within five years) signed by a licensed professional.
  • The BSN student applying to the clinical core should review and sign the functional abilities form. The signature implies the student can meet the physical needs to support the physical duties required of a nursing student.

Articulation Policy for LPN to BSN Students

The following policy applies ONLY to the LPN Bridge to BSN program offered at the NAU Overland Park and Wichita West, Kansas campuses.

LPNs who desire to become a professional nurse with BSN degree will take the NS3315 LPN to RN Transition course. Admission for articulation is based on academic criteria and complies with Kansas State Board of Nursing policies, 1202 commission report and follows recommendations of the Council for Nursing Articulation in Kansas.

All LPNs will make application for acceptance into the BSN program and complete the following requirements. Acceptance is based on available resources and the overall ranking of the following items:

  • Admission to NAU must be made before application to the nursing clinical core.
  • In-state applicant must be a graduate of a Kansas State Board of Nursing approved practical nursing school/program with a CGPA of 2.8 or above. Individual evaluation of credits will be accomplished by reviewing an official transcript from the previous nursing school/program and course syllabi. Validation of nursing competencies in selected skill sets will be conducted following the recommendations of the Council for Nursing Articulation in Kansas. Non-nursing course credits may be transferred according to NAU policy.
  • Out-of-state graduates from other State Board of Nursing approved practical nursing schools/programs will be evaluated individually by reviewing applicants' official transcripts and course syllabi. Validation of nursing competencies in selected skill sets will be conducted following the recommendations of the Council for Nursing Articulation in Kansas. Non-nursing course credits may be transferred according to NAU policy.
  • Current active unencumbered LPN license from any state within the United States must be on the completed application for admission.
  • The NS3315 LPN to RN Transition course, 4.5 credit hours, to be taken in the fall quarter. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" to progress in the clinical core. Failure to meet this requirement will result in removal from the program.
  • Nine (9) credit hours will be held in escrow for the LPN bridging student. The student must successfully pass the first nursing courses NS3320D, NS3330, and NS3331 to have the nine (9) credit hours fully transferred into the program.
  • Students who have completed nursing foundational course work at NAU will be given priority consideration but not guaranteed admission into the nursing clinical core.

Criteria to be considered for acceptance into the nursing clinical core:

  • Minimum CGPA of 2.8 on all nursing foundational courses must be accomplished by the student.
  • All nursing foundational courses must be completed by the clinical core application deadline.
  • All nursing foundational core courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C".
  • All science courses must have been completed within five (5) years of application to the nursing foundational core.
  • All nursing foundational core courses may be transferred into the program.
  • Successfully completed a pre-entrance examination. The student must take the pre-entrance exam at a NAU School of Nursing campus program location or arrange for an official transcript of previous exam scores to be sent to the NAU School of Nursing. In an attempt to gain a higher score, applicants may retake the pre-entrance exam up to three (3) times in a one-year period and must have a minimum of 14 days between testing dates. All components of the pre-entrance exam are considered as a whole, composite score.

* For a new start BSN clinical core, the application timeline may be modified.

Note that completed applications must be received at least 100 days prior to start of each nursing clinical core cohort at the Austin, Texas campus.

** Check with the Austin, Texas BSN program office for Texas specifics.

The general education transfer courses for the nursing foundational core must meet the same NAU admissions criteria. All nursing prefix (NS) courses must be completed at NAU.