All registered nurses must meet Andrews University entrance requirements and be accepted for admission to the University before being admitted to the nursing program. Application for admission may require a minimum of six weeks for processing evaluation. Admission requirements are as follows:
1. A current United States RN license or equivalent nursing license in country of residence.
2. Minimal overall GPA of 2.50.
3. An acceptable criminal background check from company recommended by Department of Nursing (https:// portal.castlebranch.com/NS39).
4. A urine drug screen is required before admission and yearly after. Some clinical sites may require different drug screen times. Drug screens are completed by https://portal.castlebranch.com/NS39
5. Physical examination report that must include:
- Tuberculin skin test (if positive a chest x-ray is required, will be evaluated individually) and yearly evaluation thereafter.
- Proof of immunization or serum immunity for MMR1 and MMR2 (measles, mumps, and rubella), T-dap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis), and hepatitis B.
- Proof of immunization or serum immunity for varicella-zoster.
- Annual flu shots taken October–December.
6. All students are required to have BLS Healthcare Provider Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification from the American Heart Association (AHA).
7. ADA Accommodations: Andrews University accepts and appreciates diversity in its students, including students with learning and other disabilities. Please also see program handbook for additional information.
Transfer of Credits
Applicants may transfer up to 92 credits from their associate degree programs and other college-level courses completed.
Credit for Prior Learning
Students may also earn credits for prior learning from applicable RN experience with a required portfolio submission.
RN-BSN nursing students in the online program need to understand that:
- The Department of Nursing requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 to graduate.
- No course with a grade below C- may count towards the degree.
- Requirements for various clinical sites may vary and student must abide by the stated requirements.
- Students must finish within 3 years of starting the program.
- Class and clinical attendance are required: The Department of Nursing will uphold University Policy.
Students should refer to the Department of Nursing RN-BSN Student Handbook for further guidance on progression policies.