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Requirements to Apply to the Nursing Program

Kaplan Exam Announcement. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and limited testing site availability, the School of Nursing is waiving the Kaplan Requirement for the Spring 2021 application cycle opening August 1st, 2020. Questions? Please email Candice Johnson at candicejohnson@boisestate.edu

Kaplan Nursing Admission Exam
The Kaplan Nursing Admission Exam is required in order to apply to the nursing program for ALL applicants. For our next application cycle, the exam opens December 1 and closes March 1. Kaplan scores will be used as a factor in scoring for admission.

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Grade and GPA Requirements
Applicants to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program must earn a grade of C or above in all pre-nursing courses and have a cumulative college GPA of 2.5.

Courses to Complete Prior to Applying to the Nursing Program

The following courses must be completed with a grade of C or better in each course. The courses with asterisks (**) must exceed a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or Higher. Excessive repeats of these courses may impact your acceptance.

ENGL 101Introduction to College Writing
ENGL 102 Intro to College Writing and Research
PSYC 101General Psychology
BIOL 227**Human Anatomy & Physiology
BIOL 228**Human Anatomy & Physiology II
CHEM 101/101L**Essentials of Chemistry and Lab OR CHEM 111/111L General Chemistry and Lab
HLTH 207**Nutrition
MATH 153**Statistical Reasoning OR MATH 254 Introduction to Statistics

Courses that may be In Progress Upon Applying

BIOL 205 Introductory Microbiology
HLTH 300Pathophysiology
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology OR SOC 102 (Social Problems) OR SOC 230 (Introduction to Ethic Studies)

If you are accepted to the nursing program, your admission will be conditional pending verification that your final grade in each course is a C or above. Transcripts for these courses will need to be submitted to the admissions office by May 30th if starting in the Fall or December 30th if starting in the Spring.

Conditions for Enrollment

Upon acceptance to the nursing program, students receive an emailed welcome packet with the forms and information needed to enroll in nursing courses. All new nursing students must attend a mandatory orientation on the Friday before classes begin. Admission to the nursing program is contingent upon:

  • Passing a Criminal Background Check and a Drug/Alcohol Test.
  • Completing any in progress pre-nursing courses with the required GPA. Documentation is required by May 30th if starting in the Fall or December 30th if starting in Spring.
  • Meeting certain physical/emotional requirements, with or without reasonable accommodation as per the School of Nursing Performance Standards.
  • Submitting the required health requirements outlined in the welcome packet.