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Preparation & Expectations

Preparing for Nursing Study

Nursing requires strong interpersonal skills and a solid understanding of human beings, human society, and the scientific basis of medicine and nursing. As a nurse, you will be responsible for clinical judgments based on your scientific reasoning. Likewise, with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Concordia University, you will have the potential to be a leader in nursing and healthcare.

As a nursing leader, you will need to express your ideas clearly. A solid foundation in the liberal arts will help you understand the events that are shaping healthcare and the health of individual patients. You will not simply be a technician at the bedside; you will be making decisions that impact the health of people in your community. 

Science and Math Courses

We encourage you to take math through your senior year in high school. You should be ready to take pre-calculus in your first year of college. Adequate science courses should include biology, chemistry, and physics. It is extremely valuable (but not required) to take a second year in biology, which might include molecular biology, oceanography, ecology, anatomy and physiology, or another option.

These courses will prepare you to meet the demands of Concordia University's science classes.

Expectations: Freshman Benchmarks

Once admitted to the Freshman Advantage Program, students must meet all six of the following expectations of academic and personal achievement while completing their freshman and sophomore years. Adherence to these expectations will play a determining role in student continuation with the BSN program.

  1. Maintain a 3.25 minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) in all classes. This benchmark must be met at the end of the freshman year and at the end of every subsequent semester, until the start of the BSN upper division cohort.
  2. Maintain a 3.25 minimum grade point average in math and science classes, including College Algebra (MTH 123), Statistics (MTH 231), Chemistry 101, Chemistry 102, Biology 211, Microbiology (BIO 284), Anatomy (BIO 364), and Physiology (BIO 365). This benchmark must be met at the end of the freshman year and at the end of every subsequent semester, until the start of the BSN upper division cohort.
  3. Demonstrate evidence of good citizenship and responsibility while on campus.
  4. Must be continuously enrolled as a full-time student at Concordia University during the Fall and Spring semesters.
  5. Once students begin taking courses at Concordia University, all remaining Natural Science courses (CHM 101, CHM 102, BIO 211, BIO 284, BIO 364, & BIO 365) must be completed at CU.
  6. Must complete a state-approved Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course prior to the start of the BSN upper division cohort. It is strongly recommended that this course be completed the summer after the student’s freshman year.

Continuation into the BSN cohort

Freshman Advantage students who fulfill the above expectations are guaranteed to be reviewed for acceptance into Concordia University’s BSN Program prior to any other candidates.

Freshman Advantage students will be notified in early spring of their sophomore year (junior year for students on the 5 year plan) whether they have satisfactorily met the above criteria and can proceed with the BSN cohort program. Grades for at least four science classes and college algebra should be available at that time. The BSN cohort begins the summer after students’ sophomore year (junior year for students on the 5 year plan).

Due to limited enrollment capacity, Concordia University Nursing Program reserves the right to make annual modifications of the above criteria as needed. Prospective applicants will be notified of changes in the above policy.