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College of Nursing

BSN Program Information

Progression to Upper Division

This information below is for applicants applying for summer/fall 2022. Note - Progression requirements for summer/fall 2023 applicants are coming soon.

Admission to the baccalaureate degree in nursing major does not guarantee admission to the upper division. Progression is competitive, based on progression GPA and interview/essay. Progression to upper division is limited to a set number of qualified students based on available clinical faculty and placement sites. Factors considered in the progression decision include:

  • All freshman and first sophomore semesters (I – III) designated asterisked (*) courses must be completed with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.000.
  • Student must have a minimum 3.000 institutional GPA.
  • In the fall term of application, all designed (*) courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better to be eligible for upper division consideration.
  • Student is allowed only one below “C” grade in a required science or lower division nursing course.
  • Every attempt at each course is included in the Progression GPA calculation. Grade Forgiveness does not supersede this progression requirement, i.e., a grade may be forgiven by the University, however, the College of Nursing requires that each grade from every designated (*) course taken be calculated into the GPA.
  • A completed parallel plan must be on file with the nursing advisor as part of the application.

Progression Courses

BIOL 243*

BIOL 243L*

BIOL 244*

BIOL 244L*

BIOL 250*

BIOL 250L*

CHEM 102*

ENGL 101*


PSYC 101 or SOCY 101*

PSYC 420*

NURS 212*

NURS 216*

STAT 112 or STAT 205* or Nursing approved competency equivalents).

Upper Division Application Process

The meeting of minimum admission criteria (GPA of 3.000) does not guarantee admission to the upper division.

  • Progression into upper division nursing for pre-licensure students occurs in the summer and fall. Students should be prepared to start upper division in a summer term. There is no guarantee that students will get placed in their term of preference.
  • Students are encouraged to investigate their financial aid/scholarship/funding sources in preparation for their upper division start.
  • Up to 200 competitive admission seats may be available each progression cycle based upon clinical availability.
  • About 20 upper division seats are typically reserved for direct entry Smart Start Nursing Honors Program students that meet eligibility.
  • All accepted upper division applicants are notified no later than early January via email.
  • Average Nursing Progression GPA of eligible applicants for last 3 progression cycles = 3.696.
  • An application must be submitted by the October deadline.
  • Completion of holistic interview with CON faculty.

Students who are not accepted to the upper division should talk with their advisor regarding the feasibility of reapplication. If the student chooses to reapply to the upper division, the student must submit a new application for the next admission date and must compete with the new applicant group.

Accepted Students

All accepted upper division applicants are mandated to attend a College of Nursing Upper Division Orientation held on a Saturday in February. This session will provide an overview of the Upper Division BSN curriculum, clinical information, faculty, and student panel; review of required clinical health information; scrub and equipment ordering, and advisement. Notification of when and where the session will be held will be included in the acceptance notification email. These sessions are restricted to students only.

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