BSN Admission Requirements

BSN Program (Pre-licensure) Admission Timeline

Priority Admission Rolling Admission
Deadline for submitting: February 1, 2023 July 1, 2023
Notification by the School of Nursing on admission decisions By March 31, 2023 By July 31, 2023
Deadlines for Spring 2024 will be posted here soon. For questions, please contact the Office of Admission at 630-844-5533 or admission@aurora.edu.

BSN Program (Pre-licensure) Admission

Aurora University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. Further application information, including application deadlines, are located on the Aurora University BSN admission website. Two admission tracks are available for the pre-licensure BSN degree option:

  • Direct admission
  • Transfer admission

Nursing progression policies for the NUR3000 and NUR4000 courses are detailed in the annual School of Nursing Baccalaureate Student Handbook. Program requirements include, but are not limited to, fingerprint criminal background check(s) and drug screening(s), documentation of immunizations/immunity to vaccine-preventable diseases and other health requirements, health insurance, core performance standards, American Heart Association healthcare provider CPR certification, clinical attire and equipment requirements, program-specific expenses and fees, and access to private transportation.

Admission Requirements for Direct Admission

Direct admission to the School of Nursing is offered to qualified incoming freshmen who have declared nursing as their intended major prior to enrolling at Aurora University. Direct admission students will maintain their placement in the BSN degree program, provided the student meets rigorous progression standards, as outlined in the university catalog, including:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00.

  • All nursing prerequisite courses from the list below are completed with a grade of "B" or better, with no "C," "D," "F," or "W" grades.

    • BIO1210/1210z
    • BIO2280
    • BIO2660
    • BIO2670
    • BIO3050
    • CHM1200/1200Z
    • MTH1100
    • MTH2320
    • NUR1214
    • PSY1100
    • PSY3250

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 or better every semester in math and science courses taken.

  • Remain in good academic standing with the university.

Current AU students who would like to change their major to nursing and transfer students who would like to transfer to AU prior to the 3000/4000-level nursing courses must also meet the direct admission criteria and progression standards.

Direct admit students who have met the progression standards will remain nursing students in good academic standing in the BSN program. Those not meeting one or more progression standards listed above will be placed on academic probation in the BSN program.

Admission Requirements for Transfer Students

There is a competitive, program-specific admission process for a limited number of seats in the BSN program for transfer students. All applications for transfer students are reviewed for acceptance by the Nursing Admission, Policies, and Standards Committee.

In addition to the Aurora University undergraduate admission requirements, students applying to the BSN degree program are required to meet the following:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75/4.0 scale (3.42/5.0) at Aurora University or other accredited higher education institution.

  • All nursing prerequisite courses taken must be completed with a “C” or better prior to starting the professional phase of the BSN degree program. Courses taken after provisional admission and prior to the beginning of the 3000-level nursing courses must be completed with a “C” or better. (Course list modified to reflect Fall 2023 admissions standards.)

    • BIO1210/1210z
    • BIO2280
    • BIO2660
    • BIO2670
    • CHM1200/1200Z
    • MTH1100 OR MTH2320
    • PSY1100
    • PSY3250

  • All science prerequisites must have been completed within the last ten years.

  • Applicants who are graduates of foreign secondary schools where the primary language is not English must obtain a composite score of at least 550 (or a 213-220) on the computer-based test from the Test of English Foreign Language (TOEFL) or ESL Level 109.

  • Students are required to have successfully completed 60 semester hours (SH) prior to entering the 3000-level nursing courses. An applicant may have a maximum of 20 SH in progress the semester prior to beginning clinical courses (i.e., 12 SH fall or spring & 8 SH summer) when their file is reviewed for admission.