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Admissions to Pre-Professional Component

Fall 2014 Application Period
is closed.
Fall 2015 Application Period
opens December 1, 2014 and
closes February 2, 2015.

The pre-nursing program at SWOSU is open to registered nurses seeking a BSN, high school graduates, and college transfer students who have not completed the pre-nursing curriculum for the baccalaureate degree in nursing. All students must qualify for admission to the University before enrolling in the pre-nursing curriculum.

Regulations concerning admission and credit transfer to SWOSU are listed elsewhere on the university Web site or may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.

Admission to the Professional Nursing Component Non-Registered Nurse Students

Students are admitted to the professional component of the nursing major each fall term. Satisfactory completion of all pre-professional requirements to the nursing major plus scores from the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is required of all generic (non-RN) students before admittance to the upper level. Certain pre-professional courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. A listing of these courses is available from Nursing and on this Web site. An overall grade-point average of 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale) is required for consideration for admission to the professional component. Application forms are available by December 1st on this Web site. The student will receive official notification regarding acceptance by the end of the spring semester.

Application and Selection

The Nursing faculty establishes the operating policies and methods of applicant selection. The Admissions Committee evaluates each applicant's admission materials to assess whether or not admission criteria are met. Applicants are then ranked based on a combination of factors. Applicants are accepted into the program based on ranking.

The number of applicants accepted will reflect the appropriate student-faculty ratio to meet the program's goals and the availability of appropriate clinical resources.

Advanced Standing Examinations (Pre-Professional)

Advanced standing examinations are a means by which a student may receive credit for certain courses by examination. Advanced Standing Examinations and College Level Examinations Program (CLEP) tests are available for challenge of some courses in the pre-nursing curriculum. No more than 31 hours in the lower division may be challenged and applied toward the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Advanced standing examinations and CLEP testing are available through the Assessment Center.

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