The admissions process for Biola University's nursing program has two phases:
- Apply to Biola and be admitted to a nursing pathway major: the Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Global Health.
- Once the necessary coursework is completed in a nursing pathway major, apply to and be admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). To pursue the BSN, you must meet additional admissions requirements as noted below.
Please refer to the Clinical Nursing Program Student Selection Guidelines below for more information.
The Biola University nursing program is a four-and-a-half-year program that consists of two distinct phases. Students are first admitted to a nursing program pathway major — the Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Global Health — before ultimately applying to, being accepted to and changing their major to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.
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Nursing Program Prerequisites
- Students who apply to Biola University with a desire to ultimately enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program must meet the university’s general admission requirements. Additional requirements apply to transfer students, as indicated below.
- Transfer Students (25 college credits or more):
- The student must have a minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.2.
- The student must have no repeated science courses.
- The student should have no more than one C (U.S. letter grade or equivalent) in any science prerequisite courses.
- Transfer Students (25 college credits or more):
Steps to Apply
1. Apply to Biola, selecting “Nursing (BS)” within the “Academic Plans” section of the application. Upon admission to the university, you will be placed in a nursing pathway major: the Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Global Health.
- Complete the online application for Biola University.
Admission to Biola with a desire to pursue clinical nursing stipulations:
- Admission to the university and declaring an interest in clinical nursing does not guarantee later admission into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. The program is competitive, so be sure to review the Clinical Nursing Program Student Selection Guidelines below.
- Transfer students, like other students, are required to begin in a nursing pathway major: the Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Global Health. After one semester of studies (minimum) at Biola, transfer students will be able to apply to the BSN program.
2. Complete the nursing major’s core curriculum prerequisites, including Bible courses.
- In the nursing program pathway major, you will take core curriculum courses, Bible and theology courses, and science courses that will prepare you for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.
- Prior to applying for the BSN program, you will also take the clinical nursing prerequisite course, Introduction to Professional Nursing. In this class, you will review the specific instructions for applying to clinical nursing, including the application deadline.
3. Apply to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.
- During your time as a public health major with a concentration in global health, you will meet regularly with an advisor who will support you in determining your eligibility to apply for the BSN program. Three of the four required science courses and Introduction to Professional Nursing must be completed before applying to the BSN program as outlined in the Nursing Catalog. **Transfer students will also be required to take the Introduction to Professional Nursing course at Biola.**
- Submit — through an online Centralized Access System (CAS) — a complete application package by the stated deadline by the Department of Nursing, including general information, resume/experience, satisfactory personal references and a well-written biographical sketch meeting the criteria described on the application form. ** Application is an additional fee.**
- Student selection into the BSN program is exclusively determined by the full-time nursing faculty members within the Department of Nursing.
- The TEAS exam is required for the BSN program application.
- Please refer to the Clinical Nursing Program Student Selection Guidelines below for more information.
4. Be admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.
- The Department of Nursing will notify you of their admission decision. You will receive an email from the Department of Nursing, which serves as notification that you will be able to pick up your decision letter from the department.
- Once you are admitted, the healthcare agencies the Department of Nursing has contracts with will require you to:
- Pass a criminal background check and physical examination
- Pass a 10-panel drug test
- Submit documentation of having received all required immunizations and titer results. The current immunizations are based upon requirements from clinical agencies utilized throughout the clinical program including: MMR, TB screening, Hepatitis B, Tdap, Varicella, Covid-19 (including required boosters) and Flu. Students must have these prior to the start of the clinical program and remain current throughout their program. These are subject to change based on information received from facilities.
- Have a current American Heart Association CPR/AED certification for the Health Care Professional Rescuer, valid driver's license and proof of personal car insurance turned in by the stated required submission date. A current passport is recommended.
- Note: A current passport is not necessary in order to participate in the program; however, we strongly urge you to obtain a passport in order to participate in international nursing opportunities.
Clinical Nursing Program Student Selection Guidelines
The table below outlines the standards used to admit nursing pathway majors into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Note that admission to the program is exclusively determined by the full-time nursing faculty members within the Department of Nursing.
|All applicants must:|
|Minimum requirements considered for letter of acceptance include:|
|Life factors which may enhance applicant’s potential for admission include, but are not limited to, the following:|