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Undergraduate Nursing

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is to provide education for aspiring nurses.

There are three programs of study at the baccalaureate level – Basic, LPN to BSN, and RN to BSN. Each is offered to a different type of entering student. The Basic track is offered for high school graduates and transfer students. College graduates with a non-nursing degree and transfer students who have completed the prerequisite courses are eligible to enter the Upper Division of the Basic track.

Basic Track

The Basic track is segmented into two divisions: the Lower Division and the Upper Division. The Lower Division encompasses the first two years of the program and requires completion of liberal education courses in natural and physical sciences, psychosocial sciences, humanities, and fine arts. A foundation in liberal education provides the prequisite knowledge for the development of critical thinking and decision making for nursing practice. The Upper Division is during the last two years of the program with concentration of nursing courses at the junior and senior levels.

LPN-BSN

The LPN to BSN track is a program for the licensed practical nurse (LPN) to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Applicants must possess a valid LPN license in the United States and all prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the nursing courses. Applicants accepted into the LPN to BSN program will be admitted into the Upper Division program to begin nursing courses.

Important notice regarding state-specific policies:

For additional information about how your state of residence may affect the refund policy that applies to you and information about how to file a complaint with pertinent state authorities about online programs, please see http://www.howard.edu/studentfinancialservices/accounts/refunds.htm.

RN-BSN

The RN to BSN track is an online program for the registered nurse (RN) who holds an associate degree in nursing and wishes to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The RN must possess a valid RN license in the United States. The RN can complete the degree requirements in one academic year of full-time study, including one summer-- a total of 12 months. A part-time plan of study is also available.

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Admission Requirements

Lower Division Admission Requirements

First Time in College (FTIC) Students

  • High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (GED)
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of 1020 or an American College Test (ACT) score of 22
  • Submit an official high school transcript with satisfactory completion of:
  • 4 years English
  • 2 years Sciences (with lab)
  • 2 years Social Science
  • 3 years Mathematics
  • 2 years Foreign Language
  • Submit two letters of recommendation:
    • One letter of recommendation from a teacher
    • One letter of recommendation from a high school counselor
  • Submit an admission essay
  • Submit a completed report of Medical History and Immunization(s)

Upper Division Admission Requirements

Continuing and Transfer students

  • Complete the Upper Division Nursing application
  • Complete all prerequisite courses
  • Submit official transcript(s) from all academic institutions previously attended
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Achieve a minimum science grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Includes prerequisites: Mathematics (College Algebra), General Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology and Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  • Successful completion of an admissions examination (current Test of Essential Academic Skills –TEAS-VI®)
  • Submission of an personal statement essay
  • Attend a personal interview with the Undergraduate Nursing Program Admissions Committee
  • Submission of official transcript(s) from all academic institutions previously attended

RN-BSN Admission Requirements

  • Complete prerequisite courses
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit official transcript(s) from all academic institutions previously attended
  • Hold a current RN License