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Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Today’s healthcare environment demands nurses who can function in a constantly changing healthcare setting, deal with emerging healthcare needs, and incorporate evidence and research in their practice. The BSN program is an innovative design that enables the graduate nurse to provide care to individuals, families, and communities in health promotion, acute or chronic illness, and at the end of life. By focusing on the current research in nursing education and nursing practice, the BSN program educates nurse generalists with a strong foundation for developing specialized clinical practice and the skills and credentials necessary to pursue graduate education.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing, the arts and sciences in the holistic practice of professional nursing.
  • Apply theory-based decision-making related to safe, competent, and culturally congruent nursing care to individuals, families, and communities in diverse settings across the lifespan emphasizing the concept of caring.
  • Critically evaluate and utilize relevant findings of nursing research in professional nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate professional values and behaviors consistent with professional standards.
  • Assume responsibility for ongoing professional development in an ever-changing healthcare environment.

Nursing Program Admission Requirements for BSN Students

Admission to the nursing foundational core is based on the National American University (NAU) admission criteria.

Admission to the nursing foundational core does not guarantee admission in the nursing clinical core. Admission to the nursing clinical core is selective and highly competitive.

Completed applications to the nursing clinical core must be received at least 90 days prior to the start of each nursing clinical core cohort.*

The criteria to be eligible for application to the clinical core of the BSN program:

  • Admission to NAU must be made before application to the nursing clinical core.
  • All foundational core courses must be completed by the clinical core application deadline.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.8 on all nursing foundational courses must be accomplished.
  • All required foundational core courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C".
  • All science courses must have been completed within five (5) years of application to the nursing foundational core.
  • Applicant must provide a copy of state specific verification of active certification of a nursing assistant (CNA), licensed vocational nurse (LVN), or licensed practical nurse (LPN).
  • Prior to application to the nursing clinical core, applicants must successfully complete a pre-entrance examination, Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The student must take the TEAS test at a NAU School of Nursing campus program location or arrange for an official transfer of the scores from Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) to the program of application. The TEAS provides means to determine the potential for professional competency. The TEAS score will remain valid as entry criteria for six months. Applicants may retake the test if desired in an attempt to gain a higher score with no less than 14 days between testing.

Acceptance is based on the overall ranking of the following items:

  • TEAS test scores.
  • CGPA of foundational core courses.
  • Students who have completed nursing foundational course work at NAU will be given priority consideration but not guaranteed admission into the nursing clinical core.
  • Prior completion of a bachelor's or master's degree in any program of study.
  • Grades from Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Human Anatomy and Physiology II.

The following items must be submitted with the application (the cost of the items is the student's responsibility):

  • Completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admittance.
  • Non-native English speaking students must provide evidence that they are in compliance with the university and the respective State Board of Nursing requirements for English competency.
  • Successful background check through an agency selected by NAU School of Nursing.
  • State specific verification of active CNA, LVN, or LPN must be on the completed application for admission into the nursing clinical core.
  • Copy of current active CPR certification (American Heart Association for Healthcare Providers).
  • Evidence of a health examination (current within six months of admission) if applicable. Check with the respective program office.
  • Evidence of active health insurance.
  • Evidence of up-to-date immunizations or evidence of serologic immunity as required by clinical agencies signed by a healthcare provider.
  • Prior to applying to the nursing program clinical core, students must meet with the financial service representative at the respective campus to discuss program costs. This advising session will be documented in the student application packet.

Articulation Policy for LPN to BSN Students

The following policy applies ONLY to the LPN Bridge to BSN program offered at the NAU Overland Park and Wichita West, Kansas campuses.

LPNs who desire to become a professional nurse with BSN degree will take the NS3315 LPN to RN Transition course. Admission for articulation is based on academic criteria and complies with Kansas State Board of Nursing policies, 1202 commission report and follows recommendations of the Council for Nursing Articulation in Kansas.

All LPNs will make application for acceptance into the BSN program and complete the following requirements. Acceptance is based on available resources and the overall ranking of the following items:

  • Admission to NAU must be made before application to the nursing clinical core.
  • In-state applicant must be a graduate of a Kansas State Board of Nursing approved practical nursing school/program with a CGPA of 2.8 or above. Individual evaluation of credits will be accomplished by reviewing an official transcript from the previous nursing school/program and course syllabi. Validation of nursing competencies in selected skill sets will be conducted following the recommendations of the Council for Nursing Articulation in Kansas. Non-nursing course credits may be transferred according to NAU policy.
  • Out-of-state graduates from other State Board of Nursing approved practical nursing schools/programs will be evaluated individually by reviewing applicants' official transcripts and course syllabi. Validation of nursing competencies in selected skill sets will be conducted following the recommendations of the Council for Nursing Articulation in Kansas. Non-nursing course credits may be transferred according to NAU policy.
  • Current active unencumbered LPN license from any state within the United States must be on the completed application for admission.
  • The NS3315 LPN to RN Transition course, 4.5 credit hours, to be taken in the fall quarter. This course must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" to progress in the clinical core. Failure to meet this requirement will result in removal from the program.
  • Nine (9) credit hours will be held in escrow for the LPN bridging student. The student must successfully pass the first nursing courses NS3320D, NS3330, and NS3331 to have the nine (9) credit hours fully transferred into the program.
  • Students who have completed nursing foundational course work at NAU will be given priority consideration but not guaranteed admission into the nursing clinical core.

Criteria to be considered for acceptance into the nursing clinical core:

  • Minimum CGPA of 2.8 on all nursing foundational courses must be accomplished by the student.
  • All nursing foundational courses must be completed by the clinical core application deadline.
  • All nursing foundational core courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C".
  • All science courses must have been completed within five (5) years of application to the nursing foundational core.
  • All nursing foundational core courses may be transferred into the program.
  • Prior to application to the nursing clinical core, applicants must successfully complete a pre-entrance examination, TEAS. The student must take the TEAS test at a NAU School of Nursing campus program location or arrange for an official transfer of the scores from ATI to the program of application. The TEAS provides means to determine the potential for professional competency. The TEAS score will remain valid as entry criteria for six months. Applicants may retake the test if desired in an attempt to gain a higher score with no less 14 days between testing.

* For a new start BSN clinical core, the application timeline may be modified.

The general education transfer courses for the nursing foundational core must meet the same NAU admissions criteria. All nursing prefix (NS) courses must be completed at NAU.