Application Process


If you're interested in applying to Biola University's nursing program, please see the steps below.


Steps to Apply

Step 1: Apply to the university as a pre-clinical nursing major — pre-clinical refers to the period of time prior to working in hospitals or other health care agencies.

  • All pre-clinical nursing majors are assigned a nursing advisor. If you do not know the name of your advisor, then contact the Department of Nursing.
  • Admission to the university and declaring a nursing major does not guarantee later admission into the clinical nursing program. The clinical program is competitive, so be sure to review the student selection standards below.
  • Transfer students are not accepted directly into clinical nursing.

Step 2: Apply to the Clinical Nursing Program. Prior to applying, you will 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.

  • There is an additional fee to apply to clinical nursing.
  • Student selection into the clinical nursing program is exclusively determined by the full-time nursing faculty members within the Department of Nursing.

Step 3: The Nursing Department will notify you of their decision regarding acceptance. 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.

Step 4: Once you are admitted, the healthcare agencies the Nursing Department has contracts with will require you to:

  1. Pass a criminal background check and physical examination
  2. Pass a 10-panel drug test
  3. Submit documentation of receiving all required immunizations — and/or titers — and a current American Heart Association CPR/AED for Healthcare Professionals card

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.



General Information

  • The Biola University nursing program is a four and a half-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.
  • Admission into the university as a pre-clinical nursing major does not guarantee admission into the two and a half-year clinical phase of the four and a half-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.


Clinical Nursing Program Student Selection Guidelines

All applicants must:

  • Be a student in good standing at Biola University with no known history of academic dishonesty, behavioral or other disciplinary problems.
  • Submit — through an online Centralized Access System (CAS) — 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.
  • Demonstrate adequate English language oral and writing skills, and effective communication and motivation fit during an interview with the nursing faculty.
  • Receive a grade of B or higher in NURS 112: Introduction to Professional Nursing.

Priority placement is awarded to students who:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher from all colleges attended.
  • Have earned a total science GPA of 3.2 or higher on required sciences.
  • Have successfully completed 3 required sciences by the time of application review.
  • Have demonstrated performance at or above 85 on the comprehensive TEAS nursing pre-admission test. Preparation for the test is highly encouraged.
  • Have not had to repeat any required course for C- or below at Biola or at any other university or college.

Minimum requirements considered for spring letter of acceptance include:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher from all colleges attended.
  • Have completed 3 of the required sciences by the time of application review.
  • Have a total science GPA of 2.5 or higher on all required prerequisite sciences.
  • Have demonstrated performance at or above 65 on the comprehensive TEAS nursing pre-admission test. Preparation for the test is highly encouraged.
  • Have earned a minimum grade of "C" (2.0) in all other required prerequisite courses.
  • Special circumstance:
    If applicant has to repeat any one required prerequisite 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.

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