The purpose of the baccalaureate nursing program is to prepare a beginning professional practitioner of nursing who is capable of utilizing the nursing process based upon appropriate theories. The beginning professional practitioner of nursing functions as an initiator of primary care in meeting the needs of individuals, families, and groups. The graduate will be able to assume the role of a leader of others in delegating nursing care, giving nursing care and using research findings in nursing. The graduate should possess the willingness and the ability to continue professional growth by pursuing graduate education or life-long nursing study.
For admission into the Baccalaureate program, the student:
- Must have a 2.75 or better GPA and a 21 ACT with a minimum math score of 18. Applicants 25 years of age and older, or students who have earned 24 or more acceptable semester hours at regionally accredited colleges or universities with GPAs of 3.00 or higher, are exempt from this requirement. Students who have earned a bachelor's or master's degree are exempt from the ACT requirement.
- A pre-entrance exam is required for admission to clinical nursing for all prospective nursing students. HESI Admission Exam Information. For more questions about the HESI Admission exam, go here.
- Complete with a C or better a minimum of 55 hours of specified curriculum courses including BIO 201, BIO 202, BIO 301, MA 107 or MA 110, NU 252, PSY 301, and PSY 315 or equivalent. All credit must be approved by the nursing faculty and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
- File an Application to Clinical Nursing between November 1 and March 1 prior to desired Fall admission.