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Admissions & Application

Unlicensed First Year and Transfer students are identified as prelicensure students as opposed to the RN students who are licensed nurses without a BSN.

Nursing Program Admission Requirements

To be considered for admittance into the Nursing program, all applicants must:

  1. Complete an application for admission to St. Ambrose University and be accepted
  2. Submit transcripts from all institutions where collegiate course work has been completed
  3. Satisfy the prerequisites for the degree program to which you are applying:  BSN  |  RN-BSN

Instructions for High School Students

High school students may enter the SAU Nursing program in two ways:

  • Apply for Early Decision Placement. Click here to read the eligibility criteria. Applications will be accepted through December 1 of the student's senior year.
  • Be admitted to St. Ambrose University and apply for admission to the Nursing Program during the student's sophomore year at St. Ambrose.

Instructions for Transfer Students

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.

Admission into the BSN program depends on meeting the program requirements. Reviewing the Sample Plan of Study also is helpful.

Nursing Program Application Timeline

  • Fall semester admission - apply August 1 through December 1 (56 openings)
  • Spring semester admission - apply March 1 through July 1 (32 openings)

Nursing Program Admission Decisions

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.