Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Completed application packets will be reviewed on a schedule as determined by the Admissions Committee. Fulfillment of minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission to the College. 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. We enroll a new class twice a year starting in the spring or fall.
The following minimum admission criteria are considered by the Admissions Committee in the selection of students:
- 63 general education credits are required prior to starting the program including
- completion of a minimum of 36 semester hours of general education college coursework, including two of the four required natural science courses (Anatomy/lab, Chemistry/lab, Microbiology/lab, Physiology/lab) at time of application
- General education courses must be approved by Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences and required science courses must not be older than 10 years
- Applicants may only repeat any required natural science course once
- A minimum grade of C and a minimum GPA of 2.7 for all general education nursing
- transfer course work.
- Graduation from an accredited high school or a GED
- Completion of the BSN Admissions Application (see section below)
- Fulfillment of the BSN Additional Requirements (see section below)
BSN Admissions Application
The application must be filled out completely and a $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/mail the following documentation to:
Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences
Office of Admissions
624 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO 64111
- Official transcripts from an accredited High School or GED score and mailed directly to the admissions office or received from the issuing institution via a secure email, unless you already have a bachelor’s degree. Home-schooled students must provide proof of a GED or HiSET exam.
- All official transcripts must be from a regionally accredited college or university and mailed directly to the admissions office or received from the issuing institution via a secure email. If you have a transcript from outside the United States, it must be evaluated by the World Education Service: www.wes.org or from Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) www.ece.org.
- Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits should be submitted on up-to-date transcripts.
- A resume reflecting qualifications, work and volunteer information.
- Applicants are required to submit two letters of reference. Use this reference form.
- 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.
- Non-U.S. citizens must send a copy of their Permanent Resident Card to the admissions office.
- Complete a two-page essay, typed and double-spaced. Include your full name as a header in your essay. Your essay must address each of the following topics:
- 1. Your reasons for choosing nursing as a career
- 2. Why you chose to apply to SLCHS
- 3. Your statement of educational and professional goals
- 4. How acceptance would add diversity to the student population at SLCHS
- 5. If necessary, address parts of your academic record that you believe need explaining
- You must fulfill the BSN Additional Requirements below.
BSN Additional Requirements
To be considered for the program, students must have started and/or completed the immunizations listed below. The influenza vaccination that may be completed after beginning the program.
Immunization and titer are recommended by the CDC. Students are required to begin the six-month, three-shot vaccine series for Hepatitis B before starting the program. Post-vaccination serological test (surface antibody titer) should be drawn 4-8 weeks after the third vaccine.
Though not recommended, students can opt NOT to get the Hepatitis B vaccine and MUST SIGN the Hepatitis B Vaccine Waiver form found in Castle Branch. If a student opts out of the Hepatitis B vaccine, neither Saint Luke’s College nor affiliated clinical partners will pay or provide health care if the student is exposed to the disease while students are at the College or clinical agency. Any student who is diagnosed with an infectious disease or is exposed to an infectious disease is responsible for his/her health care.
Students must submit dated and signed documentation by a medical professional of a flu shot administered. The College conducts a flu shot clinic where students may receive a free influenza vaccine in November or December. After you receive your flu vaccine, upload documentation to Castle Branch.
Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)
For students born on or after 1/1/1957, you must provide documentation of positive antibody titers for Measles (Rubeola and Rubella) and Mumps including dated and verified lab reports by a medical professional OR documentation of two vaccinations at least 28 days apart. All women regardless of birth date should have proof of rubella immunity or prior vaccination.
Students are required to complete a TB screen within 30 days upon receiving an acceptance letter into the program. If TB screen is over 30 days old, a new TB screen is required. If a TB screen has never been done, either a two-step TB screen or a TB blood assay test must be completed. If there has been a positive TB result, the student must provide a clear chest x-ray.
Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis
After the initial series, the booster given at 10 years should be Tetanus, Diptheria and acellular Pertussis (TDaP). Irrespective of when the last Td vaccine was received, a student must have received a dose of TDap within the last 10 years.
Varicella (Chicken Pox)
Students must provide documentation of positive antibody titer with a dated and verified lab report by a medical professional OR documentation of two vaccinations.
Students participating in the program are required to submit to a criminal background investigation which is administered by the College through use of Certified Background.
The background check (approximate fee $100) shall include the following:
- Results of a social security number verification
- Results of a name and address trace
- Results of a comprehensive county criminal history check
- Results of a National Criminal Records check
- Results of a National Sex Offender Registry check
- Results of a Fraud and Abuse Control Information System (FACIS) Level 3 search, including an OIG check
- Results of a Federal Excluded Parties Lists Systems (EPLS) check
After conducting the background check, students who have
- Been convicted of any felony less than seven years prior to becoming a student at Saint Luke’s College; or
- Been a student who has been convicted of any misdemeanor involving violence, sexual misconduct, theft or computer crimes, fraud or financial crimes, drug distribution, or crimes involving unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon less than seven years prior to becoming a student of Saint Luke’s College may not be allowed access to clinical sites.
In this case, every effort will be made to find an appropriate clinical site. If no clinical site can be found to meet the course requirements then the student will be withdrawn from the course and from the program.
Saint Luke’s Health System reserves the right, in its sole discretion to reject the participation of any student based on the results of the screenings and the immunizations or the background check.
Alcohol and Drug Testing
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 and 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 not allowed to start the nursing program may reapply to the BSN program for the next available start date. A new drug screening will be administered after an admissions offer is made.
Current CPR certification must be from the American Heart Association in Healthcare Provider CPR. It is the responsibility of the students to obtain and maintain current CPR certification prior to and during their enrollment at SLCHS. Proof of current certification must be presented at the time of enrollment for students enrolling in a clinical course.
Health Insurance Coverage
Students enrolled in the BSN program at SLCHS must provide documentation of personal health insurance coverage. Though not recommended, students may elect not to purchase health insurance coverage but must complete the health insurance waiver form.
Current Basic Life Support (BLS) affirmation must be from the American Heart Association. It is the responsibility of the students to obtain and maintain current BLS affirmation prior to and during their enrollment at Saint Luke’s College. Proof of current affirmation must be presented at new student orientation (approximately $30).
SLCHS cannot guarantee a 100% latex-free environment given the prevalence of latex in a medical setting. SLCHS will make reasonable efforts to reduce latex exposure as much as possible. Supplies labeled ‘natural latex-free’ will be provided for the student. SLCHS cannot guarantee that any product labeled ‘natural latex-free’ is free of the oil-derivate that comprise ‘synthetic latex.’ If a student self-identifies as latex allergic, Saint Luke’s College will require the student to have a Latex Allergy Test (approximately $200).