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BSN Applying to the Program Information

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 and transfer students.

Applying to the Nursing Program

High School Seniors: High school seniors admitted as freshmen to Baptist College may at the time of admission to the College be admitted to the nursing program. High school seniors, once enrolled at the 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. High school seniors who score a 24 or greater on the ACT may opt for the accelerated (3-year) nursing plan of study (beginning every fall trimester). All high school seniors must complete and submit an “Intent to Progress” form by posted deadlines (as a tracking measure for guaranteed placement and readiness to begin nursing courses).

Students in their first year of college (0-29 hours): Applicants with 0-29 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 the 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 (30 or more hours): Applicants with 30 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 the 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, meeting the following priority placement criteria, may apply to Baptist College and nursing program simultaneously:

  1. Completion of 32 college credit hours which transfer toward the nursing degree (including a minimum 8 credit hours of science pre-requisites).
  2. Completion of prerequisite science courses within the last 5 years from date of entry into Baptist College.
  3. Earn a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA in the prerequisite science courses.
  4. Earn a minimum 3.2/4.0 GPA in all college work (includes courses taken at Baptist College as well as courses transferred in).
  5. All transfer students must complete 1 hour in residence at Baptist College, the Baptist College Experience (BCE) with a grade of “C” or better, in order to be considered for selection to the nursing program.

Selection to the Nursing program - Minimum Criteria: *(Note: Criteria will differ for high school seniors opting for the accelerated nursing plan of study. Refer to the Accelerated Plan of Study on the nursing website. https://www.bchs.edu/academics/nursing/bachelor-science-nursing-bsn/appl...)

  • Meet all Baptist College admission requirements and be accepted to the 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. Number of science repeats will be reviewed in the selection process.
  • 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) by the time that the Intent to Progress form is submitted. Show evidence that any remaining prerequisite courses, as outlined in the sample curriculum plan at https://www.bchs.edu/academics/nursing/bachelor-science-nursing-bsn/curriculum will be completed during the first trimester enrolled in professional nursing course(s). Nine (9) credit hours can be taken with the professional nursing curriculum: Religion, Literature, Philosophy, or General Elective (3 hours); Medical Sociology (3 hours), and US Health Care Systems (3 hours)
Admissions Information

Course Name

Hours

A & P I & II

 8*

Baptist College Experience

1

College Algebra or Elements of Calculus

3

English Composition I & II

6

General Psychology

3

Religion, Literature, Philosophy or General Elective**

9

Nutrition

3

Pathophysiology

 3*

Speech Fundamentals or Intercultural Communication

3

Statistics

3

Writing for the Health Care Professions

1

*Prerequisite science courses must have been completed within five years of the date of entrance to the 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.

**General Elective requirement can be met by completing any course in the following areas of knowledge: Humanities, Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral Sciences, History, or Foreign Language.

  • 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 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 1 hour residence at Baptist College, the Baptist College Experience (BCE) with a grade of “C” or better by the end of the trimester that the Intent to Progress form is submitted.
  • Earn a grade of “C” or better in any course required for the nursing major.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA, which includes grades earned in courses taken at Baptist College as well as grades earned in courses transferred to Baptist College.
  • Review/Understand 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”:

  • September 15 for summer progression
  • February 1 for fall progression
  • May 15 for spring progression

If a student is selected for progression but then fails to (a) successfully complete all required courses for the nursing major with a minimum grade of “C” or better, (b) maintain the overall and science GPA progression requirements, or (c) meet the residency requirement, the student will not automatically progress and must re-submit application for Intent to Progress to the nursing major.

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