Admissions Requirements

Academic and Professional Requirements

To be eligible for the online RN-BS program, you must have the following:

  • Associate degree in nursing OR a diploma in nursing
    • Applicants with an associate degree must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
    • Applicants with a diploma in nursing are required to earn 24 nursing credits by passing three Excelsior College examinations with scores of C- or better: adult nursing, psychiatric/mental health nursing, and maternal and child nursing
  • A current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in the state where you plan to complete the program’s clinical requirements (individuals licensed in California or planning to complete clinical course requirements in California are not eligible for this program)
  • Completed required prerequisite coursework (each course must be taken for a minimum of 3 semester credits; minimum grade of C-)
    • Anatomy & Physiology I
    • Anatomy & Physiology II
    • Microbiology
    • Intro to Psychology
    • English Composition
    • Two additional liberal arts and sciences courses (one course in developmental psychology is preferred; examples of other courses that may be taken include anthropology, economics, English, history, humanities, mathematics, sociology and philosophy)

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Application Materials

Review application instructions.

Here are the items you’ll need to gather to apply to the RN-BS program: