Overview of Entry Points into the Nursing Program

 

Thank you for your interest in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Jacksonville University.  Please note that we offer three different nursing tracks, including entry for first time freshmen, traditional students and second degree students.

Our Admissions Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • Official transcripts from all institutions
  • Three Letters of Recommendations (excluding First Time Freshmen applicants)

Our Admissions Process:

  • Complete the online nursing application and additional admissions requirements (see above)
  • Receive notification of invitation to interview within 2 weeks following the final deadline
  • Interview with 5-6 other nursing applicants in front of a faculty panel
  • Write a 1 page essay on a critical thinking prompt during the interview

If your references are experiencing difficulty submitting their letters of recommendation through the application portal, please utilize the blank recommendation form below. Once it is completed it can be scanned to documents@ju.edu.

PDF iconRecommendation Form.pdf

Freshman Acceptance Option (Fall): 

This track is open to incoming first time freshman who are about to graduate from high school.  Please apply for the Bachelor of Science in Pre-Nursing when completing your application. If you do not meet the minimum qualifications for the Nursing program, you will be a Pre-Nursing student until you complete the lower division core curriculum and prerequisites. You will then have the opportunity to apply for direct entry to the Nursing program once nearing completion of your requirements.

Quick Facts:
  • Priority Deadline (Fall): November 1st

*All Admissions Requirements, including transcripts and letters of recommendation must be submitted by this date

  • Decision: June 9th
  • Seats Available: 20
Minimum Qualification:   
  • High School gpa of 3.5 weighted core
  • B or better in Algebra II, Biology, and Chemistry
  • SAT score of 1100 on old SAT or 1170 on new SAT or ACT score of 24 or higher

PDF IconBSN Freshman Acceptance Program.pdf

 

Traditional (Fall, Spring): 

This entry is for students who are entering the program with an Associate of Arts Degree from a regionally accredited institution, and/or have completed the prerequisite requirements. Please apply as a Nursing student when completing your application. Incoming students with an Associate of Science will need to meet the core curriculum requirements at Jacksonville University to be considered eligible for admission to the Keigwin School of Nursing PDF IconNursing.pdf .

QUICK FACTS:

  • Deadline (Fall): April 1st
  • Deadline (Spring): September 15th

*All Admissions Requirements, including transcripts and letters of recommendation must be submitted by the deadline date

  • Decision (Fall): June 9th
  • Decision (Spring): October 21st
  • Seats Available (Fall): 35
  • Seats Available (Spring): 55

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION:

The following course requirements may be in progress when applying to the University but need to be completed by the anticipated entry term.  

  • Minimum overall cumulative gpa of 2.5 or higher
  • Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • General Chemistry with lab
  • Microbiology with lab
  • Human Nutrition
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Statistics
 

Second Degree Seeking (Summer): 

This entry term is for students who have earned a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and have completed the required prerequisites. When you submit your application indicate that you are a second degree seeking student and apply as a Nursing major.

QUICK FACTS:

  • 16 months to complete program
  • Deadline (Summer): January 15th

*All Admissions Requirements, including transcripts and letters of recommendation must be submitted by this date

  • Decision: March 3rd
  • Seats Available: 41

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION:

The following requirements may be in progress when applying to the University but need to be completed by the anticipated entry term.  

  • Minimum overall cumulative gpa of 2.5 or higher
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • General Chemistry with lab
  • Microbiology with lab
  • Human Nutrition
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Statistics

MECP and STA-21 applicants (Fall 1st 8 week term):  For applicants applying for MECP/STA-21 or a similar commissioning track, Jacksonville University requires that you apply more than a year in advance to your anticipated entry term into the BSN program.  Conventionally, the Navy deadline for packages to be submitted is September 15th of each calendar year.  The Keigwin School of Nursing will review applications and only issue acceptance documentation and degree plans once the full application process (including interview) has been completed and you have been offered admission.  This is to ensure that you can submit the necessary documents required for your officer commissioning package.  Applicants are encouraged to apply to the Fall entry term to align Jacksonville University's deadlines with your officer commissioning program deadlines.  If you apply to an alternate deadline, we cannot guarantee that you will have the necessary documentation in time to submit with your commissioning package.

  • Minimum overall cumulative gpa of 2.5 or higher
  • 30 semester credits (minimumminimum to apply)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • General Chemistry with lab
  • Microbiology with lab
  • Human Nutrition
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Statistics

Pre-Nursing (Fall ,Spring, Summer):  This entry point is for ‚Äčstudents who need to work on lower division general education course work to meet the core and prerequisite curriculum requirements.  If you would like to take this course work at Jacksonville University you can apply as a freshman, transfer, or second degree seeking student.  Select your entry term and Nursing as your major, and answer the prerequisite question indicating that you would like to take your core and prerequisites at JU.  We accept applications for every entry term for Pre-Nursing students.  Once nearing completion of the core and prerequisite requirements you will apply for direct entry into the Keigwin School of Nursing.  Please note that you also have the option of following the Traditional entry point option.

  • Jacksonville University's lower division core curriculum
  • Minimum overall cumulative gpa of 2.5 or higher
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • General Chemistry with lab
  • Microbiology with lab
  • Human Nutrition
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Statistics

RN-BSN Cohort Programs (Fall 1st/2nd 8 week , Spring 1st/2nd 8 week Summer 1st/2nd 8 week): This entry is for applicants who currently hold a license to practice as a Registered Nurse.  There are course offerings as a satellite program at alternating hospital locations, online program, and courses in the traditional classroom setting.  The satellite program is offered in the evenings and is convenient for students who are working.

  • Minimum overall cumulative gpa of 2.5 or higher
  • Statistics
  • Active Florida license to practice as a Registered Nurse
  • Current CPR/BCLS Certification
  • Current driver's license or State identification