Applying to the Program

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Unlike most degree programs at FHSU, students must apply directly to the Department of Nursing for admission, and the minimum requirements are more demanding than other majors. Typically, students apply to the nursing program in the spring of their sophomore year.

Even before you are officially a nursing major, you will have a nursing advisor who will help ensure you enroll in all the necessary pre-requisite courses and who will provide you significant guidance as you get ready to apply to the program. If you would like additional information about a typical program of study, download the [General Information handout] now.

Prior to admission into the undergraduate nursing program, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Complete and submit the Department of Nursing Undergraduate Nursing application form.
  2. Identify two to three references and have them submit reference forms.
  3. Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
  4. Earn a grade of “C” or above in all required prerequisite courses;
  5. Earn a passing score on the Kaplan Nurse Admission Test (KNAT) (limit of two attempts).
  6. Demonstrate math proficiency by completing N290 Math Calculations for Drug Administration with a grade of "A"
  7. Hold current certification as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA).
  8. Hold a current American Heart Association for Healthcare Providers CPR certificate.
  9. For LPNs only, hold current state licensure. CNA is waived for LPNs.

In order to meet accreditation standards and provide students ample attention, the Department of Nursing only accepts 30 qualified admissions per spring and fall semester into its undergraduate on-campus nursing program. A “qualified” applicant is someone who meets  the  admissions requirements. Typically, FHSU has about a 50% take rate, which means, on average, 60 individuals apply to the program each semester for 30 spots. However, it is not uncommon for some of the students placed on the wait list to be admitted due to student transfer, change of major, etc.

The Department of Nursing also has a set of behavioral expectations for admission to the program, as well as expectations for remaining a student in good standing.

Ready to Apply?

If you have successfully completed all pre-requisite courses (or will this semester), you are ready to apply to the nursing program. The Department of Nursing accepts and reviews applications to the BSN program twice a year, October 1 and March 1. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have submitted all forms and documentation are by the due date.