High School Admissions Checklist

To be accepted to the nursing major students must complete an application form, meet specific prerequisite course requirements, and obtain CNA (certified nursing assistant) certification. To progress in the nursing major students must complete all prerequisite courses. Any person who has been denied licensure by any Board of Nursing, whose license is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in any United States jurisdiction, or whose license/registration is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in another country due to disciplinary action is ineligible for admission.

1.  File a completed 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.  File a completed application for admission to the Department of Nursing.

  • Fall semester admissions - apply August 1 through December 1 
  • Spring semester admissions - apply March 1 through July 1

3.  For students Entering Nursing Courses: Complete all prerequisite courses with a C grade or higher prior to admission to the Nursing Program. A student who has 2 unsatisfactory attempts (C- or lower grade or withdrawal) in any of the following pre-requisite courses is ineligible for admission to the Nursing Program.

  • BIOL 101 - Principles of Biology or BIOL 199 - General Biology I
  • BIOL 230 - Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIOL 204 - Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIOL 211 - Microbiology
  • CHEM 103 - Principles of Chemistry
  • PSYC 105 - Introductory Psychology
  • PSYC 212 or 305 - Life-Span Developmental Psychology
  • SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology
  • STAT 213 - Introduction to Statistics

4. Complete all except 7 or fewer general education requirement credits.

5. Achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above. Students with a GPA lower than 3.0 may submit a letter of petition to the Admission and Progression Committee explaining the circumstances related to the GPA and may be admitted on probation.

6. When a student's primary language is not English, the student may be required to demonstrate English proficiency by sending an official copy of one of the following English test score reports:

  • TOEFL iBT minimum of 79
  • TOEFL PBT minimum of 600
  • IELTS minimum of 6.5

7. After acceptance into the Nursing major, but prior to starting courses, students must create an account with Certified Background Check and submit evidence of all of the following:

  1. Evidence of current certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
  2. Complete a criminal background check.
  3. Complete documentation of health information including but not limited to:
  • Health Form - history and physical exam report
  • Proof of health insurance (will be verified annually)
  • Up-to-date immunization history to include:

                           • Hepatitis B
                           • QuantiFERON - TB Gold Test
                           • MMR
                           • Varicella
                           • Tdap (must remain current for duration of program)
                           • Influenza (annually)
              *Any student requesting an exemption from the above health requirements must submit a written waiver to the Dean of the   College of Health and Human Services.

  1. Evidence of current Health Provider CPR certification, and maintain current certification throughout enrollment in the nursing program.
  2. Nursing students must review the Core Performance Standards for the Department of Nursing, and sign an acknowledgement that they can perform the standards with or without reasonable accommodations to policies and practices.

To be eligible for promotion to successive courses in the nursing major, student must:

1.  Achieve a grade of C or above in ALL nursing courses and required pre-requisite and co-requisite courses. A student who receives one unsatisfactory grade (C- or lower, or Withdraw) may repeat the course one time. A student who has two unsatisfactory attempts (C- or lower and/or Withdraws) in nursing courses at any time during the program, in either the same course or in separate courses, will be dismissed from the nursing program.

2.  Achieve a minimum average of 74% on test grades for any theory courses. If the average of the test scores for a course falls below 74%, the student will receive the exam average as the course grade.
3. Achieve a conversion score of 80% on the standardized exit examination. Students not earning the required score by the end of their senior year will be given an incomplete grade in NURS 460 or NURS 485. The student has one year from posting of the grade to clear the incomplete. A grade of F will be assigned if the deadline is not met.

To be eligible for Early Decision Placement: Students in their senior year of high school who are accepted to SAU will be considered for Early Decision Placement to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program if the following criteria are met: High school 3.2 accumulative unweighted GPA and 23 ACT composite score.   The student accepted for Early Decision Placement will maintain a placement in the nursing program as long as the Nursing admission criteria are met at the point of nursing admission junior year. Applications for Early Decision Placement will be accepted through December 1.

Apply for Early Decision Placement