Unlicensed First Year and Transfer students are identified as prelicensure students as opposed to the RN students who are licensed nurses without a BSN.
To be considered for admittance into the Nursing program, all applicants must:
High school students may enter the SAU Nursing program in two ways:
Transfer students who have completed prerequisite courses at a different college/university are eligible to apply to the BSN program. Transfer courses may be used to fulfill all or a portion of the prerequisites.
By January 15 for fall and July 15 for spring, the Nursing Department Admission and Progression Committee will determine which applicants to accept as nursing majors.
Applicants with a felony record are considered for admission, but participation in clinicals and consideration for a nursing license is determined by the Iowa Department of Human Services and the Iowa Board of Nursing, respectively.
Upon completion of the criminal background check, the Nursing Department submits any reported criminal record results – along with clarified information from the student – to the Iowa Department of Human Services which determines if the student may participate in clinical experiences. Even if the student is cleared to participate in clinical experiences, the Iowa Board of Nursing has the right to decline licensure.
Criminal background checks are repeated prior to taking the nursing licensure examination (NCLEX-RN®), as well as before any offer of employment in a health care setting.