Aurora University

BSN Admission Requirements

BSN Program (Pre-licensure) Admission Timeline

Deadline for submitting transcripts (from outside of AU) to the Registrar’s office January 14, 2022
Deadline for taking the TEAS test January 29, 2022
Deadline for submitting application into School of Nursing January 29, 2022
Deadline for receiving TEAS test results from ATI February 1, 2022
Notification by the School of Nursing on admission decisions By March 31, 2022
Deadline for submitting transcripts to the Registrar’s office June 6, 2022
(Transcripts with Spring 2022 grades)
Deadline for taking the TEAS test June 20, 2022
Deadline for submitting application into School of Nursing June 20, 2022
Deadline for receiving TEAS test results from ATI June 24, 2022
Notification by the School of Nursing on admission decisions By July 31, 2022

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.
    • BIO1310 (preferred) or BIO1210
    • BIO2280
    • BIO2660
    • BIO2670
    • BIO3050
    • CHM1200/1200Z
    • 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 a regionally accredited higher education institution.
  • All nursing prerequisite courses are completed with a grade of "C" or better, with no "D," or "F," grades. Courses taken after provisional admission and prior to the beginning of the NUR3000-level courses must be completed with a "C" or better.
  • All science prerequisites must have been completed within the last ten years.
  • Complete the TEAS (ATI) examination. Applicants may take the TEAS (ATI) exam twice in one year (that is, January–December), with at least 30 days in between test dates. The most recent score will be used for the file review. The TEAS exam scores are good for one year.
  • An interview may be requested at the discretion of the School of Nursing Admissions, Policies, and Standards Committee.
  • 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 as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or ESL Level 109.
  • Students are required to have successfully completed 60 SH prior to entering the nursing program. Of those 60 SH, a maximum of 20 SH remaining will be allowed at the time the applicant’s file is reviewed for admission the semester prior to beginning clinical courses (i.e., 12 SH fall or spring & 8 SH summer).

TEAS Examination

For applicants' convenience, Aurora University offers the TEAS exam monthly. However, applicants planning on taking the TEAS elsewhere will need to fill out a request form and submit it to the Nursing Clinical and Credential Coordinator Cindi Dittrich, cdittrich@aurora.edu, for approval at least 48-72 hours before taking the TEAS exam. To register, go to ATItesting.com.

Additional information about the program and policies are contained in the annual School of Nursing Baccalaureate Student Handbook.