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 of Science 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.
Expectations: Sophomore Benchmarks
Concordia University Pre-Nursing transfer students must meet the following expectations of academic and personal achievement to be eligible for the Admit to Major process.
- Maintain a minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA in all classes. Students with a cumulative GPA below a 3.0 will not be considered for the Admit to Major Process.
- Demonstrate satisfactory progress in math and science classes including College Algebra (MTH 123), Research & Statistics (MTH 231), Chemistry 101 & 102, Biology (BIO 211), Microbiology (BIO 284), Anatomy (BIO 364) and Physiology (BIO 365).
- Must attend CU for at least one continuous academic year immediately prior to the start of the BSN summer cohort (at a minimum, fall & spring semesters before starting the summer BSN cohort).
- Complete a minimum of 24 semester credits at Concordia University prior to the start of the BSN program, including a minimum of 6 semester credits of natural sciences (Chemistry and/or Biology courses) and/or math (MTH 123 or MTH 231). Any variation from this requirement must be approved by the Nursing Program Director.
- Demonstrate evidence of good citizenship and responsibility while on campus. Recommendations from Concordia professors may be required.
- Must complete a state-approved Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course prior to the start of the BSN upper division cohort, which beings in June.
Continuation into the BSN cohort
Pre-Nursing students will be notified in early spring of their sophomore year whether they have satisfactorily met the above criteria and can proceed with the Admit to Major process. The BSN cohort begins the summer prior to student’s junior year.
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.