BSN Admission Requirements

Students are admitted to the nursing program after completing all of the prerequisites and general education requirements. The nursing curriculum begins in the student’s junior year.

BSN Program (Pre-licensure) Admission Timeline

Notification by the School of Nursing By March 31, 2018
Priority application deadline March 31, 2018
Deadline for submitting application into School of Nursing August 15, 2018
Application process opens August 15, 2018
Priority application deadline January 31, 2019
Deadline for submitting application into School of Nursing August 1, 2019

BSN Program (Pre-licensure) Admission
Aurora University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. Further application information, including application deadlines, are located on the Aurora University BSN admission website. Two admission tracks are available for the pre-licensure BSN degree option:

  • Direct admission for Aurora University students in their senior year of high school who are accepted at Aurora University and
  • Admission for Aurora students/transfer students.

Admission Requirements for Freshman Direct Admission
In addition to the Aurora University undergraduate admission requirements, students applying to the direct admission to nursing are required to meet the following:

  • Be incoming Aurora University - high school senior
  • A minimum composite ACT score of 23 or composite SAT-R score of 1130-1150,
  • A minimum ACT math subscore of 23 or SAT-R math subscore of 560, and
  • A minimum of an unweighted high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or above (on a 4.0 scale)

Every direct admission student will maintain placement in the BSN degree program, provided the student meets the following criteria at the time the student begins the clinical nursing courses:

  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 and
  • All prerequisite courses taken must be completed with a “C” or higher prior to the time of review of the applicant’s file for entry into the clinical courses in the BSN degree program. Courses taken after review of the applicant’s file and prior to the beginning of the clinical nursing courses must be completed with a “C” or better.

If a student does not maintain these qualifications, he/she will lose direct admission status and will be required to apply to the competitive application process for admission to the BSN degree program.

Admission Requirements for Aurora students/transfer students
There is a competitive, program-specific admission process for a limited number of seats in the BSN program for Aurora students or transfer students. All applications from Aurora students or transfer students are reviewed for acceptance by the Nursing Admission, Polices, and Standards Committee.

In addition to the Aurora University undergraduate admission requirements, students applying to the BSN degree program are required to meet the following:

  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75/4.0 scale or 3.42/5.0 at Aurora University or other accredited higher education institution.
  • All prerequisite courses taken must be completed with a “C” or higher prior to the time of review of the applicant’s file for entry into the BSN degree program. Courses taken after provisional admission and prior to the beginning of the clinical nursing courses must be completed with a “C” or better.
  • All science prerequisites must have been completed within the last ten years.
  • Complete the TEAS (ATI) examination. Applicants may take the TEAS (ATI) exam twice in one year (that is, January – December ) , with at least 90 days in between test dates. The most recent score will be used for the file review.
  • An interview may be requested at the discretion of the School of Nursing Admissions, Policies, and Standards Committee.
  • Applicants who are graduates of foreign secondary schools where the primary language is not English must obtain a composite score of at least 550 (or a 213-220) on the computer-based test from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or ESL Level 109.
  • The Nursing Admission, Polices, and Standards Committee does not deny an applicant because of an occasional “W” on his/her transcript. If an applicant has a pattern of excessive withdraws and/or course repeats, an interview may be requested.
  • Students are required to have successfully completed 60 SH prior to entering the nursing program. O f those 60 SH, a maximum of 20 SH remaining will be allowed at the time the applicant’s file is reviewed for admission the semester prior to beginning clinical courses (i.e., 12 SH fall or spring & 8 SH summer).

TEAS Examination
For applicants ‘convenience, Aurora University offers the TEAS exam monthly. However, applicants planning on taking the TEAS elsewhere will need to fill out this request form and submit it to Cindi Dittrich, cdittrich@aurora.edu, for approval within 48-72 hours before taking the TEAS exam.

Admission Requirements for Post-Licensure (RN to BSN) Option in the BSN Program
A BSN degree completion option is available to registered nurses with an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing. Coursework is offered online and is designed to build on prior education. Following admission to Aurora University, RN to BSN applications are reviewed for acceptance by the Nursing Admission, Polices, and Standards Committee to the School of Nursing.

Registered nurses applying to the BSN degree completion option program are required to meet the following:

  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5/4.0 scale.
  • Hold and maintain a current, active unrestricted license to practice as a RN in the student's state of residence throughout the program.

Registered nurses completing the BSN completion option earn 40 semester hours as block credit in the transfer evaluation process for prior nursing education.

Provisional admission status may be granted by the Nursing Admission, Polices, and Standards Committee to a student preparing to take the NCLEX exam. Full admission to the BSN degree completion option will occur when the student presents to the Nursing Admission, Polices, and Standards Committee an unrestricted RN license and evidence of earning at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in the first two nursing courses completed.

Conditional admission status may be granted by the Nursing Admission, Policies, and Standards Committee to a student whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) completed in their associate’s degree program falls in the range of 2.0-2.49. Students may be required to take two non-nursing (3-4 credit non-remedial/transferable) courses at Aurora University and obtain a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) prior to progressing in the program.

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