Applying to the Nursing Major
Students may be admitted to the nursing major as freshmen or sophomores. To be admitted to the clinical portion of the nursing major (sophomore level), students must have:
- Completed a minimum of 30 hours of university work, including courses in organic and bio chemistry, sociology or psychology.
- Achieved a grade of C (2.00) or higher in chemistry, microbiology, and anatomy and physiology.
- Achieved a grade of C- (1.67) or higher in required social sciences.
- Successfully completed a CPR and first aid course.
- Successfully completed a CNA certification course.
- Achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale.
- Submitted written application to the nursing and health department. Application includes: application to major form, written statement of student goals, health records, academic transcripts and two letters of reference (one academic and one personal).
- Interviewed with a member of the nursing and health department faculty.
- Completed background check and mandatory reporter training (information to be given by the Nursing Department).
- Provided proof of health insurance.
Application forms may be obtained from and an interview scheduled with the nursing and health department secretary in 123A CBH, (563) 588-6361. Decision regarding acceptance into the nursing major rests with the nursing and health faculty. Students will have up to two opportunities to apply to the clinical portion of the nursing major. Some students may be eligible for advanced placement.
Registered nurses seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree may receive advanced placement through the Iowa Articulation Plan.
A student who has attended another baccalaureate nursing program may receive advanced placement. Decision regarding advanced placement is made after evaluation of the student’s previous work and an interview.