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Fort Hays State University
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Stroup Hall 120B
Phone: 785-628-4256
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Nursing Guaranteed Admission Program (NGAP)


About admission to the Department of Nursing

The Fort Hays State University Department of Nursing programs are approved by the state of Kansas and fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  All nursing majors admitted to Fort Hays State University begin by completing general education courses.  Acceptance into the Nursing program, however, is a competitive process and students must apply for acceptance.  Students typically apply for acceptance in the spring of their sophomore year.  High school students who show leadership and demonstrate academic excellence may apply for the Nursing Guaranteed Admission Program.

What is the Nursing Guaranteed Admission Program (NGAP)?

Fort Hays State University offers a nursing guaranteed admission opportunity to qualified first-time, full-time freshman students majoring in nursing (transfer students are not eligible).  If selected, the student is granted admission preference and will not have to participate in the competitive application process in the sophomore year.  Students must remain in good standing and meet all NGAP and nursing department requirements to be granted full admission.

Who can apply for the NGAP?

High school seniors are eligible to apply.  In order to be considered, applicants must meet the following criteria:

·       Admission to Fort Hays State University

·       Declare nursing as intended major

·       High School GPA-3.5 or higher*

·       Minimum ACT 24 or SAT 1110*

*During the application process, students will self-report both their GPA and ACT/SAT scores.  Once official transcripts and test scores are received, the nursing department will verify documentation to confirm acceptance requirements have been fulfilled. 


How do I apply for the NGAP?

·       Complete the program  application form located at:

·       Submit a letter of reference from  teacher, counselor or school administrator

·       Complete an interview with Nursing Department.


How will my interview be scheduled?

The NGAP Coordinator will contact the applicant to schedule an on-campus or webcast interview.


When are applications due?

Applications will be considered until the admission maximum has been met.


How many applicants will be admitted into the NGAP?

The number admitted will vary depending on the number of qualified applicants.  No more than 15 applicants will be selected for the NGAP each year.


If I am selected for the NGAP, what is required to be granted full admission into the BSN program?

·       Maintain a cumulative 3.3 GPA in all university course work

·       Complete all required pre-requisite science courses with a minimum grade of B (no repeats allowed)

·       Successfully complete all other pre-requisite courses with a minimum grade of C

·       Maintain good standing with the university and the department

·       Successful completion of background check required for clinical placement

·       Complete the NGAP Full Admission check list with signature from program coordinator/advisor by priority date

·       Hold a current American Heart Association for Healthcare Providers  BLS certificate


What happens if a student admitted into the Guaranteed Admission Program fails to meet the criteria for continuation in the program?

The student may still apply for admission to the nursing program following the traditional process and will be given full consideration through that process.

For Questions/concerns contact:

Natasha DeWald, NGAP Coordinator

Phone:  785.628.4525



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