CON Undergraduate Honors Admission to the BSN Program Requirements Policy version September 2017

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Undergraduate Honors Admission to the BSN Program Requirements Policy Subsection: 5.2.11
Section 5.0 - Student Policies Originating Date: May 2010
Responsible Reviewing Agency:
Undergraduate Admission, Progression, Graduation and Scholarship/Grant Committee
Revised: November 2010
Revised: December 2011
Reviewed: October 2012
Revised: September 2017


The following admission criteria is to be used in screening selected applicants for the Honors Admission to the traditional BSN degree. Acceptance as an honors admission guarantees placement in the BSN program as long as eligibility and provisional requirements are achieved and maintained (see below).

Students may be accepted while in high school if they meet the following criteria by the end of their senior year. Students at the end of their junior year in high school may be accepted with provisional requirements for their senior year. The numbers in parentheses are for juniors. Students in college taking prerequisite courses for the BSN program may also be considered for undergraduate honors admission.

Admission Requirements:

To receive an honors admission to the nursing program, in addition to all regular admission criteria, a student must meet the following:

  1. High School Student:
    1. Eligibility requirements: - Student must meet all the following to be eligible:
      • Minimum score of 28 on ACT or 1270 on SAT
      • Cumulative GPA: 3.8 or greater
      • English: 4 years (3)
      • Math: 3 years (2) including one algebra course
      • Natural Sciences: 3 years (2) including one chemistry and one biology course
      • Social Studies: 3 years (2)
      • Foreign Language: 2 years (1) must be same language for both years
    2. Provisional requirements: - To maintain honors admission status, student must meet all the following:
      • Maintenance of a 3.8 cumulative GPA in college
      • No repeat courses
      • No pass/fail courses in the sciences (except for laboratory components) and a maximum of 12 hours of pass/fail courses in other courses
      • A grade below a C+ will not be accepted
      • Must be full-time (at least 12 credits/semester) and follow the advised curriculum
      • Must meet with a UNMC CON Student Services Coordinator once per semester prior to admission to the BSN program

    Failure to meet these requirements will result in being dropped from honors admission although a student may apply for regular admission.

  2. College Student:
    1. Eligibility requirements and provisional requirements:
      • Must meet all requirements listed under High School Student (1. above), except ACT not required.
      • Must have been a full-time student and have maintained a GPA of 3.8.
      • Must be currently a full-time student.
      • Must stay on a trajectory as advised by Student Services Coordinator.
  3. Second Degree Students:
    • ACT not required and student does not need to be full-time but must stay on a trajectory as advised by Student Services Coordinator.
    • Graduated with a 3.8 cumulative GPA or higher in undergraduate or graduate program.
    • Maintenance of 3.8 cumulative GPA in any nursing pre-requisites or nursing support courses needed.

Guideline: A maximum of 20% of the incoming cohort by campus may be awarded Honors Admission. Excluded from this 20% are NU-PATH, RHOP, KHOP & ROTC.