Application Information

Nursing

Application to the Nursing Major/Information for Students

  1. Consult with the Nursing Department Chair at bzust@gustavus.edu or Lisa Koppelman, Administrative Assistant at lkoppelm@gustavus.edu as soon as possible to express an interest in the completion of a nursing major.
  2. Students are encouraged to request a nursing faculty advisor sometime after the first semester if they intend to pursue the major.
  3. Four prerequisite courses must be completed by the applicant by the time of being accepted to the program.
  4. In the fall semester of the sophomore year and by appointment, applicants will:
    1. Complete an essay
    2. Complete an interview
    3. Complete Math Competency problems
  5. Students will be notified of their conditional acceptance into the nursing major by a letter from the Nursing Department Chair before spring semester of the sophomore year and will be based on the following criteria:
    1. Cumulative grade point average after 3 semesters, minimum 2.85
    2. Cumulative grade point average in a minimum of 4 prerequisite courses, minimum 2.85.
    3. Essay and Math Competency
    4. Interview
    5. Student status (enrolled, graduate, or transfer)
  6. Conditional acceptance into the nursing major will become final if students meet the following criteria at the end of the sophomore year:
    1. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.85.
    2. Successful completion of all nursing prerequisite courses with a minimum GPA of 2.85 (Prerequisites must be taken for a letter grade.
    3. Students must receive a C or better in all pre-requisite courses.
    4. Students must be in good academic standing prior to entering the nursing program and throughout the program once admitted.
  7. Students who are not conditionally accepted and meet the GPA, interview, and essay/math requirements of the application process will be placed on waiting list. If openings occur, admission will be offered to waiting list students by rank. Students on the waiting list may also reapply for admission to the nursing program the following year. They will be considered in the next pool of applicants, but will not be guaranteed admission because they apply a second time.
  8. In the event that a student is denied admission to the program by the Department of Nursing and is subsequently unsuccessful in appealing the decision within the department, the student may appeal to an Academic Dean, who will ask for a written statement from both the student and the department prior to rendering a decision. The Dean’s decision will be final.
  9. The nursing major begins in the fall semester of the junior year.