Admission and Progression

To be accepted to the nursing program, students must complete an application and meet specific prerequisite course requirements, as well as academic and health care standards.

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 State jurisdiction; or whose license/registration is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in another country due to disciplinary action is ineligible for admission.    

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To be eligible for admission into the Nursing Program, students must:

1. Complete an application for admission to St. Ambrose University and request transcripts be sent. 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 by July 1 for Fall semester admissions. Applications will continue to be accepted until all spaces are full.

3. Complete all prerequisite courses with a C grade or higher prior to admission to the Nursing Program. A student who has two unsatisfactory attempts (C- or lower grade or withdrawal) in any of the following prerequisite 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. 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 explaining the circumstances related to the GPA and may be admitted on probation.

5. 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 6.67

6.  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 the following:

a. Evidence of current license as a Registered Nurse.

b. Complete a criminal background check.

c. *Complete documentation of health information including but not limited to:
          1). Health Form - history and physical exam report
          2). Proof of health insurance (will be verified annually)
          3). 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.

d. Evidence of current Health Provider CPR certification, and maintain current certification throughout enrollment in the nursing program.

e. 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


        Promotion and Progression

        To be eligible for promotion to successive courses in the nursing major, students 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.