Nursing Program Admission

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Admission Requirements:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Freshmen BSN students are enrolled as pre-nursing students and are eligible for entry into the Nursing Major upon successful completion of the pre-nursing curriculum. Eligibility requirements for entry into the pre-nursing curriculum include:

1. Received a high school diploma with an overall grade point average of 2.5 (C+) or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent)

2. Completed one year of high school algebra with an average grade of "B-" or better, or the equivalent at the college level with a grade of "C" or better.

3. Completed two years of high school science with one year of biology and one year of chemistry (or a combination of both or its equivalents) with an average grade of "B-" or better, or the equivalent at the college level with a grade of "C" or better.

4. Students transferring from other colleges must have a GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

5. Transfer credits from other colleges will be accepted per University policy. College level courses in biology, chemistry, and algebra require a grade of "C" or better.

6. Students who have completed the General Education Diploma (GED) and meet the admission requirements for the University will be considered on an individual basis.


Students from other accredited institutions who wish to enter directly into the Nursing Major must be in good academic standing with an earned GPA of 2.5 or above on all work attempted. Transfer students must satisfy the pre-nursing curriculum in order to transfer directly into the professional Nursing Major on a space available basis. Transfer students should plan on at least 3 years in the Nursing Major.

Interested students are encouraged to review the suggested course sequence and detailed program requirements in the University Catalog. Inquiries can be directed to the Nursing Department offices.


Admission to Finlandia University does not guarantee acceptance to the BSN program. Students who wish to continue their studies in the Nursing Major must file an application of interest to continue in nursing during February of the freshman year. A limited number of students are accepted into the Nursing Major each year. If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of positions available, the faculty reserves the right to select the applicant based on academic qualifications and performance. The remaining applicants will be placed on a waiting list and are encouraged to apply for admission to the Nursing Major the following year. Enrollment numbers in the professional Nursing Major are based on State regulations for student-faculty ratios and the availability of cooperating health care agencies for clinical placement.

In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to Finlandia University, students applying for entry into the sophomore year of the Nursing Major must meet the following criteria:

1. Comply with the Health Requirements (See Health Requirements) included in the orientation packet upon acceptance to the Nursing Major.

2. Have satisfactorily completed, or have reasonable expectations of completing, the following courses prior to admission into the Nursing Major. A minimum grade of "C" is required in pre-nursing courses with the exception of MAT101, MAT140, BIO171 & BIO172 that require a B- or above.

BIO171 & BIO172 Anatomy and Physiology I & II (requires a B- or above in each course)
CHM145 Chemistry of Living Systems
CIS102 Introduction to Computer Applications
ENG103 & ENG104 College English I & II
HSC112 Medical Terminology
MAT140 Intermediate Algebra (requires a B- or above)
PSY201 General Psychology
SOC201 General Sociology

3. Achieve a cumulative Finlandia University grade point average of 2.7 or better; or receive a grade point average of 2.7 or better in course work at colleges other than Finlandia University. Required courses may be repeated only once. Students must receive the required grade in the repeated course (second attempt) to be eligible for admission into the Nursing Major.

4. Students must not have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that will prevent them from becoming licensed as a registered nurse or from participating in a required clinical rotation and therefore must provide documentation of passing a current criminal history check. (See Criminal Background Checks) Additional information is available in the Nursing Department Office.

5. Students who fall out of sequence while in the nursing curriculum must apply for re-entry. Admission is granted on a space available basis. (See Academic Progression in the Major and Retention Statement)

6. Students who are denied admission to the Nursing Major must file a new application for admission to the Nursing Major prior to subsequent admission deadlines.