TRADITIONAL, TRANSFER, SECOND DEGREE TO BSN, RN-BSN, AND RN-MSN PROGRAM ADMISSION

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Students must seek to gain admission to the University to qualify for admission to the School of Nursing. The University admission procedure is separate from the admission procedure to the School of Nursing. Admission to the School of Nursing is a selective process.

The satisfaction of minimum requirements does not automatically guarantee admission. Only a limited number of students may be admitted into the nursing major each year. Transfer Credit for nursing courses counted toward the BSN will be evaluated on an individual basis and approved by the Dean of the nursing program.

The nursing application for admission may be obtained online or directly from the School of Nursing in the Lazzara Health Science Center. All application materials should be returned to:

  • School of Nursing
    Jacksonville University
    2800 University Boulevard North
    Jacksonville, Florida 32211-3394

In order to be considered for admission to the School of Nursing, the applicant must meet the following general requirements:

  • Submit for admission to Jacksonville University.
  • Submit the nursing application and all supporting materials to the School of Nursing by the appropriate deadline; including transcripts and recommendations.
  • Submit the non-refundable nursing application fee.
  • Be able to complete, prior to enrollment in the nursing major, all the specific prerequisites required and have at least sophomore standing at JU. Credit received on the basis of CLEP or Advanced Placement may be included to meet some of these requirements as appropriate under JU policies. Nursing prerequisite courses with less than a "C" grade may be repeated once, and no more than two courses may be repeated. Exceptions to this requirement may be requested by letter to the School of Nursing Admissions, Progression, and Retention Committee.
  • All students who submit International transcripts, or whose first language is not English must also take the TOEFL and score 540 on the paper-based exam, 207 on the computer-based exam, or 76 on the internet-based exam.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative undergraduate GPA in non-nursing courses.

The School of Nursing will admit pre-licensure students two (2) times each year, one that begins in the summer and one in the fall semester. Prospective students apply in the fall semester for the summer program and in the spring semester for the fall program. Ground-based RN-BSN cohorts may be admitted three (3) times a year. Specific application filing deadlines and fees will be established and advertised. Students who are accepted to the School of Nursing are required to respond in writing with confirmation of attendance. If written confirmation is not received another student will be admitted in their place. Applications are accepted after deadline dates on a space-available basis.

 

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FRESHMAN ADMISSION TO NURSING PROGRAM



A limited number of students will be admitted to nursing as freshmen. In addition to Jacksonville University's admission requirements, the criteria for freshman admission into the nursing program includes:

  • High School GPA-3.2
  • High School Chemistry, Biology and Algebra with a 'B' or equivalently weighted AP course grade
  • SAT- 1100 or equivalent ACT
  • Two letters of recommendation - one must be a High School Teacher.  

 

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TRADITIONAL BSN PROGRAM


In addition to the School of Nursing admission requirements, additional requirements to this program include:

  • Completion of 28 course credit hours toward the nursing major including the following prerequisite courses*. Remaining prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of the Junior year.
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I *
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology II *
    • Chemistry (must include a lab) *
    • Introduction to Writing *

​Remaining Prerequisites must completed prior to the start of the junior year.

*must be completed prior to enrollment in nursing courses

 

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TRANSFER BSN PROGRAM


In addition to the School of Nursing admission requirements, additional requirements to this program include:

  • Either an Associates of Arts (AA) from a regionally accredited college or university or completion of all Jacksonville University undergraduate core courses.
  • Completion of BSN prerequisite courses:
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    • Chemistry (must include a lab)
    • Microbiology
    • Nutrition
    • Human Growth & Development
    • Elementary Statistics

*must be completed prior to enrollment in nursing courses

 

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SECOND DEGREE TO BSN PROGRAM



In addition to the School of Nursing admission requirements, additional requirements to this program include:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Completion of BSN prerequisite courses:
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    • Chemistry (must include a lab)
    • Microbiology
    • Nutrition
    • Human Growth & Development
    • Elementary Statistics

*must be completed prior to enrollment in nursing courses

Foreign Physician students may challenge certain courses by examination.

 

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RN-BSN GROUND-BASED AND ONLINE PROGRAMS



In addition to the general admission requirements listed above, admission requirements to this program also include:

  • Graduation from a nationally approved Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or diploma nursing program.
  • Ground-based RN-BSN students must have a Florida Registered Nurse license with no restrictions. Online students are required to have a Registered Nurse license from the United States; licensure in the state of Florida is not required.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Online students with a minimum cumulative GPA less than 2.5 on a 4.0 scale may be provisionally admitted if they meet other general admission requirements. When the provisionally admitted online student successfully completes the first four (4) Jacksonville University courses (excluding NUR elective)  with a GPA greater than or equal to 2.5, they may be fully admitted. If a student who is provisionally admitted fails one of first 4 Jacksonville University courses, the will be dismissed from the program. 
  • Students with an Associates of Arts (AA) degree from a regionally accredited college or university may articulate into the nursing program, waiving the university core requirements. In addition to all nursing courses, students must also complete with a grade of "C" (2.0) or higher:
    • Chemistry with lab (4 credit hours)
    • Human anatomy and physiology (6-8 credit hours)
    • Microbiology (4 credit hours)
    • Nutrition (3 credit hours)
    • Statistics (3 credit hours)
    • Growth and development across the lifespan (3 credit hours)

 

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RN-MSN PROGRAM


  • Submit application and all supporting materials to the School of Nursing by the appropriate deadline, including transcripts, recommendations and health immunization form.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in non-nursing required courses.
  • Students whose overall undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale must submit and official copy scores reflecting a total score of 900 or more on the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE.
  • Students must either complete at JU or receive transfer credit for prerequisite courses (JU Core & Nursing BSN Core) prior to admission to the RN-MSN Program. Prerequisites BSN core courses with less than a "C" (2.0) grade may be repeated once, and no more than two courses may be repeated.
  • Graduation from a state approved Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Diploma nursing program.
  • Florida license to practice nursing.
  • Current CPR/BCLS Certification.
  • Current driver's license.
  • Three recommendations; two of which should be professional letters of recommendation.
  • A completed health care form.
  • All students, whose first language is not English, must also take the TOEFL Examination and score either 540 on the paper-based exam or 207 on the computer-based exam.

 

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GENERAL NURSING ADMISSIONS INFORMATION



DENIAL OF APPLICATION
Denial of a pre-licensure applicant will occur with failure in any of the following areas of the application: overall GPA less than 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, recommendations, essay, personal interview, and unsuccessful (less than "C") completion of nursing prerequisites. Applicants who are denied admission to the School of Nursing may reapply the following year. All required admission material must be resubmitted as well as completion of a personal interview.
Denial of a ground-based RN-BSN applicant will occur with failure in any of the following areas of the application: overall GPA less than 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, recommendations, essay, and unsuccessful (less than "C") completion of nursing prerequisites. Denial of an online RN-BSN applicant will occur based upon overall GPA less than 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. To be fully admitted, online RN-BSN applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

CREDIT BY EXAMINATION

In order to meet prerequisite course requirements, students may CLEP any of the courses approved by Jacksonville University. A maximum of 30 credit hours may be awarded for CLEP. The minimum passing score is 50. The test must be taken within a five-year time limit.

PORTFOLIO CREDIT
Credit may be awarded for content included in certain approved nursing courses for RN-BSN students only. The student is responsible to demonstrate, through the use of a portfolio that supports the individual's knowledge and skill, that course objectives have been met and credit is warranted. RN-MSN students are eligible to apply for portfolio credit in selected courses.

CREDIT FOR RN LICENSURE
Registered Nurses receive a maximum of 30 credits towards the RN-BSN degree for successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

 

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