Admission Requirements

Admission to Biola University as a pre-clinical nursing major does not guarantee admission into the clinical nursing program. Admission into the clinical nursing program is competitive and there is a separate application process. Student selection into the clinical nursing program is exclusively determined by the full-time nursing faculty members. An application fee is applied. Admitted students are required to pass a criminal background check and physical examination and submit written proof of receiving all required immunizations, a current American Heart Association CPR/AED for Healthcare Professionals card, valid driver’s license, current passport and current automobile insurance.

2011 Clinical Nursing Program Student Selection Guidelines:

General Information

  • The Biola University nursing program is a five-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.
  • Admission into the university as a pre-clinical nursing major does not guarantee admission into the three-year clinical phase of the five year program.
  • Admission into clinical nursing is competitive and requires a secondary application to the Department of Nursing.
  • Selection of students into the clinical nursing portion of the program is exclusively determined by the full-time nursing faculty members.
  • Selected students must meet all department criteria including health physical and immunization documentation, criminal background check, American Heart Association CPR for Healthcare Providers certification, payment of all fees, etc.

All applicants must:

  • Be a student in good standing at Biola University with no known history of academic dishonesty or behavioral or other disciplinary problems.
  • Submit a complete application package by the stated deadline, including satisfactory personal references and a well-written biographical sketch meeting the criteria described on the application form.
  • Demonstrated adequate English language oral and writing skills, critical reasoning and effective communication during an interview with the nursing faculty.
  • Have demonstrated performance at or above 75 on the comprehensive TEAS nursing pre-admission test.

Priority placement is awarded to students who:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher from all colleges attended
  • Have a total science GPA of 3.0 or higher on required sciences taken at Biola or transferred from another university or college
  • Have successfully completed 3 required sciences by the time of application review
  • Have successfully completed 2 out of the 4 required sciences at Biola by the time of application review
  • Have not had to repeat any required course for C- or below at Biola or at any other university or college
  • Will have completed 4 semesters as a designated nursing major at Biola prior to entering the clinical nursing program

Minimum requirements considered for spring letter of acceptance include:

  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher combining GPA’s from all colleges attended.
  • Have completed 3 of the required sciences by the time of application review.
  • Have a total science GPA of 2.0 or higher on all required pre-requisite sciences taken at Biola or at other universities or colleges
  • Have earned a minimum grade of “C” (2.0) in all other required pre-requisite courses.
  • Special circumstance:
    If applicant has to repeat any one required pre-requisite course for a grade of C- or lower, and then successfully repeats the required course at Biola with a grade of B or higher by the time of application review, the failure grade will not be calculated in the cumulative GPA.

Life factors which may enhance applicant’s potential for admission include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Work experience of any kind. Employment in health care settings preferred.
  • Volunteer experiences. Volunteer experience in health care settings preferred.
  • Leadership activities in church, high school, or college.
  • Missions and other cross cultural experiences.
  • Special abilities such as: fluent in sign language or language(s) other than English, unique computer skills, etc.
  • Biola student extra curricular activities.
  • Family responsibilities.