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: Sophomore Benchmarks
Concordia University Pre-Nursing students, with the exception of those students in the Freshman Advantage Pre-Nursing Program, must meet the following expectations of academic and personal achievement while at Concordia University to be eligible for the Admit to Major process. Students who do not meet the following expectations will be required to complete the BSN Application process to be considered for admittance to Concordia University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
- 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).
- Receive a satisfactory score on the Admit to Major Examination, to be taken at Concordia University in the spring semester prior to the start of the Summer BSN Cohort.
- Satisfactorily complete a written assessment (Insight Resume).
- 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.
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.