Accelerated BSN Admission Requirements
To be considered for admission into the program, students must meet the following criteria:
- Complete university admission requirements to include submission of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- Have a minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for all college course work (including transfer work and excluding developmental courses) and be in good academic standing
- Complete required prerequisite courses for the program with a minimum grade of “C” or higher in each course prior to fall or spring entry.
- Science courses taken more than five years prior to program application may or may not be eligible. See advisor for more information and to request a science course evaluation.
NOTE: The application process for the Accelerated BSN Program requires a criminal background check. Many clinical facilities require a criminal background check and/or drug screen on CHS students and have the authority to deny clinical training in their facility, secondary to the outcome of either screening. Students unable to practice in any clinical agency because of the outcome of either screening will be unable to complete the program objectives, thereby revoking admission into a program or halting continued progression in the student’s program of study. RN licensure requires a state and federal criminal background check. Students who have been convicted of a crime, including those that are sealed or expunged, must seek permission from the ASBN to write the licensure exam to become a registered nurse (see Addendum). The criminal background check information and frequently asked questions are located on the ASBN website. Click on the licensing tab.
Admission into the Accelerated BSN Program is competitive. Students who meet the minimum criteria identified above are eligible to submit an application for admission.
- Application Deadline – March 1st for fall entry into the program and October 1st for spring entry into the program
- Eligible students must submit an application for admission to the Advising Coordinator for the College of Health Sciences prior to the application deadline
Selection is based on the following system:
- Quality Points earned for prerequisite and any additional courses on the Accelerated BSN degree plan (college credit earned through CLEP or AP for a course will not be used for ranking purposes.) 60%
- Cumulative GPA 40%
NOTE: In the event that applicants have identical ranking scores, priority will be given to the student with the highest cumulative GPA. The top applicants will be offered positions for the available seats in the Accelerated BSN Program. Meeting the minimum criteria for admission or taking courses on the Accelerated BSN degree plan does not guarantee admission into the program. Students not admitted must reapply to be considered for another semester. Students identified as alternates are not guaranteed a position in the next class.
Student Health Statement/Medical Release
Students accepted into any of the College of Health Sciences programs will be required to provide documentation of good physical and mental health by completing the Student Health Statement/Medical Release form. Documentation of all health problems and a medical release is required. Copies of immunization records and valid CPR certification must be submitted. No student will be allowed to attend a clinical rotation without the required health data records.
You may access the Student Health Statement/Medical Release form below:
Students admitted into the Accelerated BSN Program must submit the following additional documentation prior to fall or spring entry:
- Health Care Provider Statement/Medical Release form
- Proof of immunizations
- CPR Certification: American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS)
- Criminal Background Check
- Drug Screen
Note: Many clinical facilities require a criminal background check and/or drug screen on CHS students and have the authority to deny clinical training in their facility, secondary to the outcome of either screening. Students unable to practice in any clinical agency because of the outcome of either screening will be unable to complete the program objectives, thereby revoking admission into a program or halting continued progression in the student’s program of study.
Science courses taken more than five years prior to entering the program will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Executive Director of the Carolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing or the Associate Dean of the College of Health Sciences or the Dean of the College of Health Sciences. See your advisor for more information and to request a science course evaluation.
The Accelerated BSN Program is competency based in skills and theory. A student must demonstrate satisfactory clinical performance, 100 percent mastery on all Competency Performance Evaluations (CPE), and maintain a minimum average cumulative score of 77 percent on Competency Performance Assessments (CPA) including the final CPA for each course.
A student dropped for academic or any other reason may apply for readmission if in compliance with the UAFS Student Academic Progress Policy as outlined in the course catalog. A student who discontinues the nursing sequence for academic or any other reason must petition for readmission to the Accelerated BSN Program. The readmission requirements are found in the BSN Student Handbook (see the Readmission Criteria & Procedure Policy). The student is not guaranteed a position for readmission. A student who is readmitted is accountable for the degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission.
A grade of “C” or better is required in ALL courses applicable to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
To earn an BSN degree, a student must earn a grade of “C” or better in all required courses applicable to the Accelerated BSN Program; earn a minimum of 2.00 cumulative GPA in all course work required for the major and/or minor areas; and earn a minimum of a 2.00 cumulative GPA on all work attempted at the University.
After being granted the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, the student is eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Exam for a registered nurse (NCLEX-RN).
NOTE: RN licensure requires a state and federal criminal background check. Students who have been convicted of a crime, including those that are sealed or expunged, must seek permission from the ASBN to write the licensure exam to become a registered nurse (see Addendum).