Admission Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Admission Process

Any freshman or transfer student considering the BSN Degree option must first be admitted to Campbell University as a Pre-Nursing student, before submission of an application for upper level coursework is considered. The first two years in the plan of study provides a foundation of science and art upon which the nurse is able to develop clinical judgments, challenge assumptions, develop a broad knowledge base, visualize a systems approach and appreciate the values of diversity and professionalism. A transfer student must meet the core requirements and apply to the upper division as well. The application for the BSN Degree occurs during the fall (beginning in 2015). This process requires a competitive application for admission to the degree program.

BSN Admission

The process of BSN Upper Division admission will be a joint collaborative effort with the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS) Admissions Office and the Department of Nursing. A representative will be assigned to the Department of Nursing (DON) and facilitate the competitive application process. This member will join all DON meetings relative to the admission process, selection and notification. At this time, there are no plans to measure standardized achievement potential as a component of admission.

The admissions process includes meeting specific prerequisite coursework with a minimum grade of “C”. Coursework may be in progress at the time of application, but completed by the start of the student’s first semester of their third year. The preferred minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale with the minimum for admission a 2.8. The preferred minimum science GPA is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale with the minimum for admission a 2.8 as well. The admissions process may include a personal interview and each applicant will submit an essay. The admissions committee will evaluate each applicant’s academic performance, essay, service history, special skills and any abilities that enhance the nursing profession. Applicants will be notified by the BSN program of an admissions decision through email and an official decision letter will be delivered early in the spring for a fall start. Pre-Nursing students that do not achieve qualified status will be advised as to alternate degree options available at Campbell University.

Students currently enrolled in an accredited nursing program that wish to transfer to Campbell University may be eligible for transfer credit. To be considered, a grade of “C” or better must have been earned in the course work and been completed within the previous three years. The official transcript and copy of the course syllabus must be submitted to the Department of Nursing for determination of course equivalency by a faculty with expertise or the BSN Curriculum Committee. Transfer credit is not granted automatically and is restricted to didactic courses with no clinical component. A letter from the Dean indicating that that the student left in good academic and professional standing is required.

The admissions process includes meeting specific prerequisite coursework with a minimum grade of “C” in each class.

Program Requirements:

  • Verbal and writing abilities that are correct, clear and timely
  • Health Care Provider Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate prior to upper division coursework
  • Criminal background check
  • Applicants must have documentation of the following vaccines and health assessments prior to upper division coursework: Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap), MMR, Polio, Varicella, Influenza, TB skin test* within one month of registration and annually thereafter. Some clinical sites may require more frequent testing.
  • The student must be able to read, write, speak and comprehend English to communicate effectively, demonstrate manual dexterity (gross/fine), physical strength to transfer/ambulate, push 200 pounds, perform CPR, hear, touch, smell and distinguish color, think critically, and the ability to accept responsibility. The use of an assistive device to demonstrate ability is considered.

*If the TB test is positive, a chest x-ray is required.