BSN Admission Requirements

Deadlines to apply to the Nursing Program:

  • January 15th to apply for the fall semester

  • August 15th to apply for the spring semester

All students will be notified of their admission status approximately 2 months after the application deadline.

The requirements to apply to nursing are:

Your application to the nursing program will only be considered if you have been admitted to Northern Kentucky University as a degree seeking student.  To apply to NKU go to:

  • Grade of C or higher in BIO 208/208L (Anatomy and Physiology I)

  • Grade of C or higher in PSY 100 (Introduction to Psychology)

  • Eligible to take CHE 115/115L (Physiological Chemistry)

  • Eligible to take STA 205 or 212 (Statistics)

  • College GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • No academic provisions

  • No more than 1 science failure (grade of C-, D, or F) in the last 4 years

  • All grades in science and nursing support courses must be a C or higher (PSY 100, PSY 321 or EDU 300, STA 205 or STA 212, HIN 355/INF 355, and  BIO 202/202L).  Grades of C- or lower will not be accepted.

  • All pre-requisite science classes must be less than 8 years old at the time the BSN Program would begin

  • Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) test if applicable*

The semester after completion of these requirements, a student can apply to nursing by January 15th for the fall semester or by August 15th for the spring semester.

Before students can begin nursing classes they must have a:

  • Grade of C or higher in BIO 209/209L (Anatomy and Physiology II

  • Grade of C or higher in PSY 321 or EDU 300 (Lifespan Development)

  • Grade of C or higher in BIO 126 (Human Nutrition)

  • Grade of C or higher in CHE 115/115L (Physiological Chemistry) or a C or higher in both CHE 120/120L AND CHE 121/121L

  • Grade of C or higher in STA 205 or STA 212 (Statistics)

  • College GPA of 3.0 or higher

The nursing curriculum will take 6 semesters (3 years) to complete. The nursing classes must be taken in the sequence they are offered (BSN Course Sequence).  BIO 202/202L (Microbiology) and INF 355/HIN 355 (Healthcare Informatics) are co-requisites with nursing classes but may be taken prior.  

Admission to the BSN Program is provisional pending successful completion of a criminal background check and TOEFL test, if needed.

The Kentucky Board of Nursing has regulations regarding previous convictions that must be addressed prior to sitting for licensure examination. All felony and misdemeanor convictions must be reported when applying for licensure.

*Applicants whose native language is other than English must demonstrate an established level of English proficiency by taking the internet-based TOEFL (iBT).  A minimum cumulative score of 90 is required with minimum individual scores of 26 in speaking, 22 in listening, 20 in writing, and 22 in reading.  Only official scores will be accepted and the testing must be within two years of application to the program.  Please contact the Office of International Students and Scholars for a list of NKU approved countries where English is the official language and for TOEFL testing information.

If you have questions you can contact the Department of Nursing at (859) 572-5895. The nursing course sequence is subject to change.