Frequently Asked Questions

How many students apply to the program? How many students are accepted?
Acceptance to the nursing program is competitive. We generally have about 100 students come to CSB/SJU declaring nursing as a major and about 60-70 apply to the major. We accept 54 students each year after spring semester.

What happens if I do not get accepted to the major?
Of those not accepted, there are three possible options: 1) repeat up to two prerequisite courses and reapply the following year, 2) change majors at CSB/SJU, or 3) transfer to another college. We work closely with every student in order to find a path that is suitable to meet your career goals.

Do you guarantee acceptance into the program?
CSB/SJU offers the Early Admission Program to qualified students who meet the eligibility criteria. Click on the link for more details on this program.

Do you take transfer students? Can I graduate in less than four years?
We define transfer students as those students who have completed coursework at another college and intend to graduate in less than 4 years at CSB/SJU. We accept transfer students on a space available basis only after we have accepted all qualified CSB/SJU students who have completed their first year at CSB/SJU. The nursing program cannot be completed in less than four years.

Can I get a second major or a minor?
The nursing major is 136 credits, averaging 17 credits per semester. A second major or a minor is not possible without extending your education beyond 4 years. 

What GPA do I need to be accepted? What criteria are used to determine acceptance into the program?
The minimum GPA for acceptance to the nursing major is 2.75. GPA is the sole criteria for acceptance to the program. This GPA is calculated based on performance in the following six prerequisite courses: BIOL 121, BIOL 212, CHEM 125, NUTR 125, PSYC 111, and NRSG 220 (see Course Descriptions). However, due to the competitiveness of the nursing program, historically the lowest GPA accepted has been around 3.25. 

I have taken all the prerequisite courses at another college. Can I apply to your program?
It is not possible to take all prerequisite courses at another college. NRSG 220 is unique to CSB/SJU and must be taken here. NUTR 125 must be completed through a nutrition department and is therefore difficult to find an equivalent transfer course.

What courses can I transfer?
Click here to view a list of courses that we have pre-approved for transfer to the nursing program.

Do you have a waiting list?
We accept students once per year and do not keep a waiting list. Students must reapply each year for consideration of acceptance to the nursing program.

When is the application deadline?
May 1 of each year is the application deadline. Click here for information on our application process.

Do you have an RN to BSN program? I already have a bachelor's degree. Do you have an accelerated program?
We do not have an RN to BSN program or an accelerated program.

Do I need to have my CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) to apply to the program?
CNA certification is not required for acceptance to the nursing program.

Do I need to have my CPR certification to apply to the program?
CPR certification is required for final acceptance to the program. Students complete CPR certification during the summer following initial acceptance. Details can be found here.

How long is the program?
Once accepted, the nursing program is six consecutive semesters starting fall of the sophomore year.

Can I take courses online, in the summer, or part-time?
It is not typical for students to take courses online, in the summer, or part-time. In rare circumstances, this may be an option, but would need to be discussed and approved by the department chair.

What degree do students earn?
Students completing the nursing program earn a Bachelor of Science degree.