Admissions & Application

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Timeline for Admission


  1. Complete an application for admission to St. Ambrose University (SAU) and request transcripts be sent to SAU.  Acceptance to St. Ambrose University is required in order to be considered for the nursing program.
  2. Complete an application for admission to the Department of Nursing.
  • Fall semester admission - apply August 1 through December 1
  • Spring semester admission - apply March 1 through July 1

Admission decisions

By January 15 for fall and July 15 for spring, the Nursing Department Admission and Progression Committee will determine the applicants that will be accepted into the nursing major.

Early Decision Placement

Please check eligibility criteria on the Early Decision Placement page. Applications will be accepted from through December 1.

From FAQ section: Can I still go to nursing school, attend clinical, get a nursing job and obtain a nursing license if I have been convicted of a felony?

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 Department of Human Services. The Department of Human Services makes the determination if the student may or may not 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, any offer of employment in a health care setting.