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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA MEDICAL CENTER
COLLEGE OF NURSING
Undergraduate Admission Requirements Policy Subsection: 5.2.3
Section 5.0 - Student Policies Originating Date: May 1973
Responsible Reviewing Agency:
Undergraduate Admission, Progression, Graduation and Scholarship/Grant Committee
Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (for prerequisite non-nursing courses)

Approving Agency:
General Faculty Organization

Revised: April 2000
Revised: March 2005
Revised: May 2008
Revised: February 2009
Revised: December 2009
Revised: March 2010
Revised: May 2011
Revised: November 2011
Revised: May 2012
Revised: November 2012
Revised: January 2014
Revised: October 2014
Revised: September 2015
Revised: February 2016
Revised: December 2016

Revised: March 2018

Related documents:
UNMC Immunization Policy
Policies 5.2.5 and 5.2.31

Policy

Admission Requirements:

  1. To be admitted into the nursing program/major, a student must:
    1. Submit the following information:
      • completed application form
      • official transcripts of all university/college course work
      • two letters of recommendation
      • campus preference
      • disclosure statement
      • proof of active CNA certification (RN licensure for RN-BSN)
    2. Complete the following prerequisite college courses at any time prior to beginning Semester 1 nursing courses:
      • English Composition I & II
      • Introduction to Psychology
      • Introduction to Sociology
      • Ethics
      • Culture, Race, Ethnicity, Gender
      • Humanities
      • Political Science/Social Organization
      • Family & Human Behavior
      • NOTE: Free electives must be completed prior to graduation to total 120 credit hours necessary for completion of the nursing program prior to graduation (See Policy 5.2.31).
    3. Complete the following prerequisite college courses within 7 years of beginning Semester 1 nursing courses *< >College Algebra or higherHuman AnatomyHuman PhysiologyHuman Growth & DevelopmentChemistryStatisticsMicrobiologyNutritionThe following courses require a letter grade assignment:
      • Human Anatomy
      • Human Physiology
      • Chemistry
      • Statistics
      • Microbiology
      • Nutrition
      • College Algebra or higher
    4. The following courses require a lab:
      • Human Anatomy
      • Human Physiology
      • Chemistry
      • Microbiology
    5. To be admitted into the Accelerated Nursing Program/major in addition to the requirements listed in requirement 1 and 2, the student must:
      • Have a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university/college. International students must have their course work evaluated and have the equivalency of a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation.
    6. To be admitted into the RN-BSN Nursing Program/major, in addition to the requirements listed in items 1 and 2, the student must:
      1. Document current RN licensure allowing practice in the state where clinicals will be conducted.
      2. Provisional admission may be granted to students who apply prior to obtaining licensure, but licensure will be required prior to beginning coursework.
      3. Complete and file an official course projection with the Student Services office.
    7. To be admitted into the traditional or accelerated nursing programs, the following criteria must also be met:
      1. Have college cumulative prerequisite grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
      2. Have a grade no lower than a C+ (or satisfactory AP, CLEP, Dantes, P/NP) in any individual prerequisite course. A maximum of 12 credit hours can be non-graded (e.g.: AP, CLEP, Dantes, P/NP).
      3. Complete a preadmission interview if requested.
      4. Submit Appraisal Form, if applicable, from any previously attended nursing program.
    8. To be admitted into the RN-BSN nursing program, the following criteria must also be met:
      1. Have college cumulative prerequisite grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
      2. Have no lower than a C (or satisfactory AP, CLEP, Dantes, P/NP) in any individual prerequisite course. A maximum of 12 credit hours can be non-graded (e.g.: AP, CLEP, Dantes, P/NP).
      3. Complete a preadmission interview if requested.
    9. Acceptance into the nursing program is a competitive and selective process. Priority admittance into the nursing program is given based on the following criteria:
      1. Student’s prioritized campus preference(s) (for traditional and accelerated).
      2. Prerequisite grade point average of 3.3 or above.
      3. Two satisfactory recommendations.
      4. Greater number of prerequisite courses completed.
    10. Final acceptance is dependent upon the successful completion of all admission requirements and prerequisite courses and upon receipt of the following:
      1. Completed medical health forms
      2. Proof of immunization or immunity as defined by UNMC Policy.
        In addition to the UNMC Immunization Policy:
        • FLU IMMUNIZATION All students are required to have an annual flu immunization.
          Immunization must occur between September 1 and December 31.
        • MENINGOCOCCAL The College of Nursing recommends the meningococcal immunization.
      3. Submit Technical Standards worksheet.
      4. Verification of current certification valid for the academic year in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for health professionals. This is defined as American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for infant, child and adult one man/two man and AED training. Verification of current CPR must be documented annually through graduation. American Heart Association is the preferred certifying agency; further, many clinical agencies require American Heart Association CPR certification.
    11. Students will not be allowed to attend clinical nursing courses without meeting immunization and BLS requirements.
    12. The complete mandatory UNMC background check is required prior to the first day of class.
    13. Drug screening tests and other institution specific obligations may be required prior to clinical placement at the discretion of the clinical agencies; any costs are the responsibility of the student.
    14. International professional nurses seeking admission into the RN to BSN Program will be evaluated on an individual basis including Policy 5.2.5, English as a Second Language-Undergraduate Students.