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ASN Admission Requirements

Application to the nursing foundational core is based on the National American University 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. Spaces for the nursing clinical core are assigned on a competitive and space available basis for each admission period.

Acceptance is based on available resources and overall ranking in the following areas:

  • Admission to National American University (NAU) must be made before application to the nursing clinical core.
  • 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 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.8 on all nursing foundational courses must be accomplished by the student.
    • All nursing foundational courses must be completed by application.
    • All science courses must have been completed within five years of application to the nursing foundational core. All science courses must have been achieved with a minimum “C.”
    • General education nursing clinical core courses (SC1201, SC1370, PS2000, SO1050 or PS1050) may be completed prior to acceptance into the nursing clinical core. They are not nursing foundational courses and will not be calculated into the nursing foundational core needed 2.8 CGPA.
  • A state specific verification of active certification of a nursing assistant (CNA) must be on the completed application for admission into the nursing clinical core.
  • Prior to application to the nursing clinical core, applicants must successfully complete a pre-entrance examination, Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).  The student must take the TEAS test at an NAU School of Nursing campus program location or arrange for an official transfer of the scores from Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) to the program application.  The TEAS provides a means to determine the potential for professional competency. The TEAS score will remain valid as entry criteria for six months.  Applicants may retake the test if desired in an attempt to gain a higher score with no less than 14 days between testing.


The following must be submitted with the application (the cost of the following items is the student’s responsibility):

  • 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 English competency.
  • Successful background check through an agency selected by NAU School of Nursing.
  • State specific verification of active CNA must be on the completed application for admission into the nursing clinical core.
  • Copy of current active CPR certification (American Heart Association for Healthcare Providers).
  • Evidence of a health examination (current within six months of admission) completed and signed by a healthcare provider 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 chest x-ray (taken within five years) signed by a licensed professional.
  • The ASN 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.
  • Prior to applying to the nursing program clinical core, students must meet with a financial service representative to discuss program costs.  This advising session will be documented in the student application packet.

The general education transfer courses for the nursing foundational core must meet the same NAU admission criteria.

All nursing prefix (NS) courses must be completed at NAU.