Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Administrator: Chief Nurse Administrator, Department of Nursing; BSN Chair

Requirements for Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

  1. Apply and be accepted to Northwest Nazarene University undergraduate admissions before submitting an application to the Department of Nursing Pre-Licensure Program.
  2. All applicants should be advised by the pre-nursing advisor to review the prerequisites and GPA requirements before submitting an application for Admission to the Department of Nursing Pre-Licensure Program. This information can be found online. Contact the Department of Nursing at for the link. 
  3. Submit online application for Admisssion to the Department of Nursing Pre-Licensure Program.
  4. Minimum grade of "C" in courses listed as prerequisite to the Department of Nursing Pre-Licensure Program.
  5. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 (GPA calculation includes only the BSN Program prerequisite courses listed on the Plan of Study).
  6. Meet designated requirements of a standardized exam.
  7. Successfully complete an admission interview.
  8. Must acknowledge and agree to adhere to the Technical Standards for the Nursing Program.
After notification of acceptance:
      9. Must submit proof of a physical examination (on specified form) and required immunizations.
    10. Must successfully pass a background check through the designated agency.

Prerequisite Courses for Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Minimum grade of "C" required

BIOL2010. Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3); and,
BIOL2010L. Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory (1)
BIOL2030. Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3); and,
BIOL2030L. Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory (1)
CHEM1210. Principles of Organic and Biochemistry (3)*; and,
CHEM1210L. Principles of Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory (1)*
CLTA1550. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)**
ENGL1030. University Writing and Research (3)
NURS2100. Medical Terminology (1)
PSYC1550. Introduction to Psychology (3)
*One semester of General Chemistry is required for entrance into the nursing program; Organic/Biochemistry is preferred.
**For transfer students, the BSN Program will accept either Introduction to Sociology or an approved Introduction to Cultural Anthropology course.

The BSN Program will not accept a pass/fail on prerequisite courses - all courses must have a letter grade.  Points are assigned for the CLEP and AP scores.  A transcript from CLEP and/or the AP Board are required for evaluation.  See the admission packet at

Pre-requisite courses from a quarter-system school must have a two-course sequence to meet the program requirements.  For example, from a quarter-credit writing sequence of WR121, WR122, and WR123, both the WR122 and WR123 classes are required for NNU's ENGL1030.
The following courses are taken concurrently with the nursing program.

Minimum grade of "C" required

BIOL2420.Microbiology (3); and,
BIOL2420L.Microbiology Laboratory (1)
BIOL3820. Pathophysiology (3)
KINE2730. Nutrition Across the Lifespan (2)
MATH2240. Elementary Statistics (3) or comparative statistics course
PSYC2100. Lifespan Development (3)

Nursing Courses

Minimum grade of "C" is required as a final grade in the nursing courses listed below. Additionally, a 73.0% average on examinations is required to pass the theory component of each course.  Nursing courses not implementing the 73% exam average are NURS4030, and NURS4040.  All courses with a clinical component must earn a grade of pass in the clinical portion to progress in the program.

NURS1000. Introduction to Professional Nursing (1) 
NURS2000. Health Assessment (3)
NURS2015. Foundations of Professional Nursing and Nursing Care of the Older Adult (4)
NURS2030. Fundamentals of Nursing (5)
NURS3010. The Childbearing Family (3)
NURS3015. Pediatrics and the Family Unit (3)
NURS3020. Mental Health (3)
NURS3030. Medical Surgical Nursing: Acute and Chronic Health Needs (6)
NURS3040. Pharmacology (3)
NURS4000. Medical Surgical Nursing: Complex Health Needs (5)
NURS4010. Nursing of Diverse Populations in the Community (4)
NURS4020. Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing (3)
NURS4030. Nursing Research/Evidence Based Practice (3)
NURS4040. Transition to Professional Nursing Practice/Capstone (6)

Refer to this catalog for the Standard General Education requirements.
Students admitted to the nursing major are limited to a maximum of 16 credits per semester.  For any additional credits, permission must be requested in writing to the Admission and Progression Committee.  The student can only register for additional credits after receiving approval from the Admission and Progression Committee.