Pre-Licensure Track (formerly Traditional BSN)

The Pre-Licensure Track is a total of 4 years, the first two years of general education prerequisites are taken at the accredited school of your choice and next two years of upper division coursework is taken here at Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences.  

Fall 2016 Application Deadline >> December 1, 2015 

Pre-Licensure Track Admission Requirements

A student may begin their pre-licensure track studies in the fall or spring; we enroll a new class twice a year. Each state requires licensure in order to practice as a registered nurse; please note that a misdemeanor and/or felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NCLEX or attain state licensure. It is the student’s responsibility to contact and verify with the State Board of Nursing whether or not you will be able to apply for licensure and take the NCLEX. In other words, Saint Luke’s College does not control whether or not you receive Registered Nurse licensing upon completion of the program.

The following criteria are considered by the Admissions Committee in the selection of students:

  • Graduation from high school or the equivalent (G.E.D.)
  • Completion of a minimum of 36 semester hours of general education college coursework, including two of the four required natural science courses.
  • On track to complete all general education requirements by start of courses (August—fall start; January—spring start). Students who do not meet these requirements by the stated time will forfeit their position in the designated class to which they’ve been admitted. Admission into one nursing class does not confer extended admission into future nursing classes.
  • A minimum grade of C and a minimum G.P.A. of 2.70 (on a 4.00 scale) for General Education Nursing Support Coursework.
  • General education courses must be approved by Saint Luke’s College. Required science courses must not be older than 10 years.
  • Extra-Institutional Learning for Nursing Courses is defined as "learning that is attained outside the sponsorship of legally authorized and accredited post-secondary education institutions" (A.C.E., 1990, p.1) Credit for EIL may be awarded and will apply toward the requirements for the degree.  Such credit will be given according to policies and procedures designed to assure that learning out-comes have been achieved.  
  • Methods for assessing awarding credit for EIL will be determined by course faculty.  The maximum number of EIL credits that may be awarded for nursing courses is 10.  
  • Credits awarded for EIL will be transcripted as "CR" (credit).  The transcript will not reflect was awarded for EIL. 

Applicants are considered for admission based on their potential to complete the program, their possession of necessary functional abilities, and their ability to meet the standards to apply for nursing licensure.

General Education Nursing Support Core

Courses - Minimum Credit Hours
Human Anatomy/lab - 4
Chemistry/lab - 4
Human Physiology/lab - 4
Microbiology/lab - 4
Human Development/Developmental Psychology - 3
Nutrition - 3
College Algebra or higher level math - 3
Statistics - 3
English II - 3
Ethics/Logic/Philosophy/Values - 3
General education nursing support core coursework - 30-33
The above General Education Nursing Support Core courses are required for all students.

Additional General Education Requirements (For students without an associate or bachelor degree)
General Psychology - 3
Introduction to Sociology/Cultural Anthropology - 3
English I - 3
Speech/Oral Communication - 3
Open Elective (major/non-major courses) 20 – 24
Total Additional General Education Requirements 29 – 33

Transferring Credit

Transfer credit may be granted for coursework completed at another college/university under the following conditions:

  • The student must have earned a minimum grade of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) for the course to be transferred.
  • The college/university from which the course was transferred must be accredited by agencies recognized by Saint Luke’s College.
  • Transfer credit for natural science courses is generally granted only for courses less than ten years old. Natural science courses older than ten years may be evaluated on an individual basis. This does not apply to R.N.s currently engaged as a professional R.N.
  •  In order to receive a degree from Saint Luke’s College, transfer students must earn a minimum of 30 credits from Saint Luke’s College (residency requirement).


Transfer Policies for Nursing Coursework

Transfer credit may be granted for nursing coursework completed at another college/university under the following conditions:

  • The transfer course must meet a requirement in the Saint Luke’s College nursing curriculum. Transfer credit will be determined after the applicant has been accepted into Saint Luke’s College.
  • Transfer credit cannot be awarded during the final 38 hours of nursing coursework at Saint Luke’s College.
  • The student must have earned a minimum grade of “C” (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) for the course to be transferred. The college/ university from which the course was transferred must be accredited by agencies recognized by Saint Luke’s College. Transfer credit is generally granted only for courses not more than two years old. Courses older than two years may be evaluated on an individual basis.


Equivalency Guides

Admission Selection Process

Complete application packets will be reviewed on a schedule as determined by the Admission Committee of the B.S.N. program. Fulfillment of minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission to the College. Following review of the application by the Admissions Committee, members will make one of the following decisions:

1. Application is accepted for conditional admission.

2. Application is placed numerically on a stand-by list.

3. Application is denied.

The Admission’s Office notifies applicants by mail of acceptance into the program. As spaces become available, applicants from the stand-by list are accepted according to their numerical placement on the list.

Those applicants selected for admission to the traditional BSN program must:

1. Notify program of acceptance or refusal of admission offer.

2. Submit a $200 non-refundable deposit to guarantee their placement. This deposit will be applied toward tuition.

3. Provide verification of clinical readiness prior to starting nursing classes:

a. A completed medical form and immunization update. (The physical examination form will be provided by Saint Luke’s College B.S.N. program).

b. Current enrollment in a health insurance plan.

c. Background check (approximate fee $100)—administered by the College through use of Certified Background. If a student does not pass the criminal background check, he/she may not be allowed access to clinical agencies. In this case, a student would not be able to meet course requirements, resulting in a failing grade for the course. These requirements are stipulated by clinical agencies before students are permitted to begin clinical experiences.

d. Current CPR certification must be from the American Heart Association in Health Care Provider CPR. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain and maintain current CPR certification during their enrollment at Saint Luke’s College. CPR Certification must be obtained prior to the start of clinical courses and be maintained throughout the student’s enrollment at Saint Luke’s College. Proof of current certification must be presented at the time of enrollment for students enrolling in a clinical course.


Students previously accepted into Saint Luke’s College, but who are not currently enrolled, may re-apply, following the application process.


A student of Saint Luke’s College previously admitted who does not enroll for two consecutive semesters, excluding the summer term, (unless on an approved leave of absence) must apply for re-admission.

“Pass” or “Credit”

  • A maximum of six semester hours of “pass” or “credit” will be accepted for general education coursework completed at an accredited college.
  • Pass - Credit for courses completed for “Pass” will be granted for any general education requirement if verification is provided that the grade would have been “C” or better.
  •  Credit for courses completed for “Pass” without verification of “C” or better grade will be granted for the following courses: history, government or economics; social/behavioral science or mathematics elective; humanities electives credit - General education coursework taken for “Credit” will be accepted under the same provisions as “Pass.”

Credit by Examination

  • Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences recognizes credit by examination programs and grants credit for them. College credit earned through these programs may count toward degree requirements and allow qualified students to take advanced courses earlier in their college career.
  • Credit by examination does not carry a letter grade and does not impact grade point average. Students must request that original score reports be sent directly to the Office of Admissions to be considered for credit. A maximum of 15 semester hours may be accumulated for credit through examination programs. Any general education requirements may be taken for credit by examination program except natural science courses, because a lab experience is required. Saint Luke’s College does not accept as transfer credit examinations given by other institutions.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

Saint Luke’s will grant credit for College Board Advanced Placement Examinations that are applicable to certain general education courses required for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Examinations must not be older than 10 years.

CLEP Examination

CLEP credit will be granted only in the areas of selected subject examinations and applicable to certain general education courses required for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. Examinations must not be older than 10 years.

Non-Degree Seeking Student

A non-degree seeking student is one who has not been accepted into the Saint Luke’s College B.S.N. program. Non-Degree seeking students may enroll in coursework subject to the following provisions:

1. Priority for enrollment in courses will be given to degree seeking students.
2. Enrollment will be on a space available basis.
3. Students must fulfill prerequisites for the course in which they wish to enroll.
4. Non-degree seeking students may enroll in no more than two courses, not to exceed eight credit hours.


1. The appropriate form is to be secured from the Admissions Office.
2. The Admissions Office must receive the following:

a. Completed Non-Degree Status Enrollment Form
b. For courses with prerequisites the following is required: A letter from the nursing program attended validating the student is or was enrolled and is/or left, the program in satisfactory standing.
c. For courses with a clinical component the following is required: A letter from the home nursing program attended validating person is current CPR, Hepatitis B immunizations, TB skin test results, and immunity to Rubella or current Rubella vaccination.

3. The President/Dean will review applications to enroll in courses with prerequisite requirements.
4. The President/Dean of the College and the Lead Teacher for the course must approve enrollment in the course.
5. The non-degree seeking student is eligible for the following services: Nursing Skills Lab and Library.
6. The non-degree seeking student is not eligible for the following services; financial Aid, Student Activities, Counseling/EAP, or Health Services.

Application Requirements

In order to apply for admission into the Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences Traditional BSN program applicants must have at least:

  • GPA of 2.7
  • Score of Proficient or Higher on the TEAS V exam
  • 2 of the 4 required natural sciences
  • 36 of the 63 required credit hours

Those students wanting to apply need to have completed all application requirements by the application deadline. All required prerequisite courses must be completed by the first day of classes.  Science courses, required by the College, must not be older than 10 years. 

Application Instructions

The application must be filled out completely. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all application materials are received by the Admissions Office by the application deadline. Materials received after the application deadline are not guaranteed review by the Admissions Committee. It is recommended that you submit your application prior to sending in any documents. Applicants must submit the following:

  • Official High School Transcripts or GED, HiSet, or TASC Score: SLCHS requires a high school degree from an accredited program or GED, HiSet, or TASC. Mail directly to the Admissions Office, unless you already have a Bachelor's Degree.
  • All Official College/University Transcripts: SLCHS requires Official transcripts from every college/university where credit was earned.  This must come directly from the insitition in a sealed envelope or via secure email.  
  • Attention BSN Applicants: Those students who attend or have attended Metropolitan Community College (MCC) please note a change in one of our requirements. We will no longer be accepting BIOL 109 (Anatomy and Physiology, 6 credit hours) to fulfill both of our Anatomy and Physiology requirements. If you have taken this course (BIOL 109) it will satisfy our Anatomy requirement only. Students will still need to complete BIOL 210 (Human Physiology/Lab). 
  • All Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) Transcripts: Mail directly to the Admissions Office.
  • Resume: Mail resume directly to the Admissions Office. The resume should reflect qualifications, work experience, honors/awards, and volunteer information.
  • Essay: Limit your responses to approximately 2 pages, typed and double spaced. You may use this opportunity to address any parts of your academic record which you feel need explaining. Please include your full name as a header in your essay.  Mailed directly to Admissions Office.

    Your essay should address each of the following topics:

    • Your reasons for choosing nursing as a career
    • Your decision to apply for admission to Saint Luke's College
    • Your education and professional goals
    • How acceptance would add diversity to the student population at Saint Luke's College
    • If needed, address parts academic record which you believe need explaining
  • Letters of Reference: Applicants are required to submit 2 letters of reference. The reference from should be printed and mailed to the Admissions Office. Please use this form:
  • TEAS Test: SLCHS requires a Score of Proficient or Higher on the TEAS V exam. The TEAS is offered at the College for applicants. To see our upcoming dates and to register click here. If you have already taken the TEAS V test, please have an official transcript sent to St. Luke's College MO. Students who fail to complete the TEAS V test before the deadline will not be considered for admission.
  • Additional Requirements:
    • If accepted, students are required to complete the six month three shot vaccine series for Hepatitis B and TB screening before starting the program.
    • Non-US Citizens must send a copy of their Permanent Resident Card to the Admissions Office.
    • Transcripts from foreign countries must be evaluated by World Education Services (
    • Students that have been enrolled in another nursing program must provide a letter from a school official on college letterhead verifying reasons for withdrawal/dismissal.
  • Proof of Health Insurance:  All students are required to show proof of coverage for health insurance. 
  • Application Fee: The $35.00 application fee is due upon completion of the BSN Application. There is a prompt to enter card information before submitting. Payment can be made with Discover, Visa, American Express, or Mastercard. The $35.00 application fee is non-refundable.

Mail all Documents to:

Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences Admissions Office, 624 Westport Rd Kansas City, MO 64111

Starting an Application for Admission

December 1, 2015 is the application deadline for the Fall 2016 BSN class. After reading and understanding the above information, you may access the application at the link below. You will receive an email that allows you to track documents that have been received.

NOTE: Once you've hit submit on the final review page, you may no longer update your application. Please contact the admissions office for assistance.

Application for Admission

Continuing an Application for Admission

December 1, 2016 is the application deadline for the Fall 2016 BSN class. To continue an application you’ve already started, you will need your PIN number and the email address used to start the application. An email containing the PIN was sent when you first started the application. If you didn’t receive it or have deleted it, please contact the Admissions office at 816-932-6700.  You cannot continue an application you started for a previous semester, you will need to start a new one.  

NOTE: Once you've hit submit on the final review page, you may no longer update your application. Please contact the admissions office for assistance.

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