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Selection Process to Nursing

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General Requirements
To obtain a bachelor of science in nursing degree, students are required to successfully complete a total of 122 semester hours of course work. The program is designed to accommodate high school graduates, transfer students, and registered nurses who hold associate's degrees in nursing or who are graduates of diploma nursing programs.

BSN Selection/Progression for the Traditional Nursing Program
Acceptance into the nursing major is competitive and based on the number of available clinical positions. The division must manage enrollment in the upper division courses in order to ensure access to adequate clinical facilities and maintain required faculty to student ratios.

Applying to the Nursing Program

High School Seniors: High school seniors admitted as a freshman to Baptist College of Health Sciences (Baptist College) may at the time of admission to the Baptist College be admitted to the nursing program. High school seniors, once enrolled at the Baptist College, and admitted to the nursing program must meet and maintain the criteria listed under "Selection to the Nursing Program: Minimum Criteria" to maintain guaranteed progression to the nursing program:

Students in their first year of college (0-30 hours): Applicants with 0-30 hours of college level credit who wish to be considered for selection to the nursing program must first meet all admission criteria and be accepted to Baptist College. Once accepted and enrolled, students must then meet and maintain the criteria listed under "Selection to the Nursing Program". The student must complete and submit an "Intent to Progress" form by posted deadlines.

Transfer Students (31 or more hours): Applicants with 31 or more hours of college level credit who wish to be considered for selection to the nursing program must first meet all admission criteria and be accepted to Baptist College. Once accepted and enrolled, students must then meet and maintain the criteria listed under "Selection to the Nursing Program". The student must complete and submit an "Intent to Progress" form by posted deadlines. 

When space is available, transfer students may apply to Baptist College and nursing program simultaneously. The following criteria must be met in order to be considered for priority placement in the nursing program: Completion of 32 college credit hours which transfer toward the nursing degree, including a minimum of 8 credit hours of science prerequisites. Earn a minimum 3.2/4.0 GPA in all college work and a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA in the prerequisite science courses. Additionally, all transfer students must complete a minimum of 12 hours in residence at Baptist College (including three hours in the sciences) with a minimum grade of "C" or better in order to be considered for selection to the nursing program.

Selection to the Nursing program - Minimum Criteria:

Meet all Baptist College admission requirements and be accepted to Baptist College. Admission to Baptist College does not guarantee selection to the Nursing program as selection to the program is competitive.

Earn a minimum grade point average of 2.6/4.00 in prerequisite science courses. A prerequisite science course can be repeated only once to receive a grade of C or higher. A maximum of two prerequisite science courses may be repeated to earn the minimum required grade for consideration for selection. 

Complete all lower division pre-nursing courses listed below with a minimum 2.8 GPA and a grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses (prescribed 3 trimesters/43 credits of coursework).  Show evidence that any remaining prerequisite courses, as outlined in the sample curriculum plan at www.bchs.edu will be completed prior to the trimester of progression requested on the Intent to Progress form. Nine (9) credit hours can be taken with the professional nursing curriculum: Religion or Philosophy, Introduction to Medical Sociology, and US Health Care Systems.

A & P I & II (8 hours)*

Baptist College Experience (1 hour)

College Algebra (3 hours)

English Composition I & II (6 hours)                                        

Human Growth & Development (3 hours)

General Psychology (3 hours)

Intro to Computer Sciences (3 hours)

Literature (3 hours)

Religion or Philosophy (3 hours)                         

Nutrition (3 hours)

Pathophysiology (3 hours) *

Speech Fundamentals (3 hours)

Statistics (3 hours)

Writing for the Health Care Professions (1)

*Prerequisite science courses must have been completed within five years of the date of entrance to Baptist College.  If additional time lapses between the time the credit was earned and the date of request for progression to the major, the student may be asked to audit the course to validate currency of knowledge.

Students who are transferring from any other accredited nursing program must submit a letter of good standing from the dean/director of the previous nursing program and a college transcript submitted verifying passing grades of a "C" or better in the nursing courses. Before transfer credit is considered, a course syllabus must be provided for review by the academic dean. Applicants with less than a "C" received from another institution in a nursing course will not be eligible for consideration. This includes repeated courses in which a grade above a "C" was earned.

Students who transfer to Baptist College must complete 12 hours in residency at Baptist College prior to submitting Intent to Progress form by stated deadlines.

Earn a minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA, which only includes grades earned in courses taken at Baptist College as well as grades earned in courses transferred to Baptist College.

Meet the Technical Standards for Professional Nursing

Participate in an interview, if required.

Selection/Progression in the nursing program is competitive. If the number of applicants exceeds the slots/positions available, some applicants may be placed on an alternate list. Placement on an alternate list does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. If openings do not become available, applicants on the alternate list may petition for the next deadline.

Deadlines for applicants to submit "Clinical Intent to Progress Forms:"

November 15 for summer progression

March 15 for fall progression

July 15 for spring progression

If a student is selected for progression but then fails to successfully complete all required courses with a minimum of a "C or better" or maintain the GPA progression requirements or meet the residency hour requirement, the student will not automatically progress and must resubmit application for Intent to Progress to the Major.

 

Selection/Progression for the RN-BSN Completion Program

A sequence of study for the diploma or associate degree nurse is available to qualified students who wish to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

RN-BSN students will be admitted to the college and the professional program simultaneously upon successful completion of the following criteria:  

Graduate from an accredited nursing program with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for all college work from accredited colleges or universities.

Hold an active, unencumbered RN license or be eligible to apply for licensure as a registered nurse.