BSN Track Admission Requirements

A student may begin BSN 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-RN® or attain state licensure. It is the student’s responsibility to contact and verify with the State Board of Nursing whether or not he or she will be able to apply for licensure and take the NCLEX-RN®. In other words, Saint Luke’s College does not control whether or not a student receives Registered Nurse licensing upon completion of the BSN 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 GPA of 2.7 (on a 4.0 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.  
  • Applicants for Fall 2016 and beyond may not repeat any natural science course more than one time.

*The minimum GPA requirement is 2.7. For reference, the average GPA of students accepted for the spring 2017 class was 3.47.

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.

BSN Track Application Instructions

The application must be filled out completely and a non-refundable $35 application fee submitted online. 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 deadlines are not guaranteed review by the Admissions Committee.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Official Accredited High School Transcripts or G.E.D. Score: Mailed directly to the Admissions Office or received from the issuing institution via a secure email to, unless you already have a Bachelor's Degree.
  • All Official College/University Transcripts: Mailed directly to the Admissions Office or received from the issuing institution via a secure email to
  • Advanced Placement, CLEP, and IB transcripts must be submitted separately from AP, CLEP or IB.
  • If you have a transcript from outside the United States, it must be evaluated by the World Education Service:
  • Resume: Print and mail resume directly to the Admissions Office. The resume should reflect qualifications, work, and volunteer information.
  • Letters of Reference: Applicants are required to submit two letters of reference using this form.
  • Essay: Limit the essay to two pages, typed and double-spaced. 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. Essays should be printed and mailed directly to the 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 educational and professional goals
    • How acceptance would add diversity to the student population at Saint Luke's College
    • If needed, address parts of your academic record that you believe need explaining.
  • Please note: As of February 1, 2016, we are no longer requiring TEAS testing for applicants.

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-U.S. Citizens must send a copy of their Permanent Resident Card to the Admissions Office.
  • Students who 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 Insurance
  • It is the policy of Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences to maintain an alcohol and drug free workplace. Students will be tested for illegal substances after an admissions offer is made. Students who test positive on their drug screening are not allowed to participate in any clinical rotations at any Saint Luke’s Health System affiliated institutions. Consequently, the admissions offer is rescinded. Applicants who provide an abnormally diluted sample will be required to repeat the drug test (retest).
    Students who test positive for an illegal substance and are therefore not allowed to start the nursing program are welcome to reapply to the BSN program for the next available start date. A new drug screening will be administered after an admissions offer is made.