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Eligibility for admission to the Traditional Undergraduate BS in Nursing program requires a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75, and a minimum 2.75 GPA in all required science and math courses. All required math/science courses must have been completed within five years of admission. A grade of C or better is necessary in each required science and math course.

In addition, applicants must have either completed or be currently enrolled in 45 or more college credits in the semester they apply to the School of Nursing.

These 45 credits must include the courses (or their transfer equivalent) listed below:

  • ENG 110 College Writing
  • MATH 121 Statistics
  • Two semesters of college level foreign language (or two years of high school foreign language with a C average)
  • PSY 101 General Psychology

These 45 credits must also include four of the following science courses (or their transfer equivalent) listed below [the fifth science course may be completed in the first semester of the program]:

  • CHEM 110 Introductory Chemistry (this course must be completed at time of application)
  • BIO 155 Human Cell Biology and Genetics (this course must be completed or in progress at time of application)
  • BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BIO 312 Microbiology, including lab component

Students possessing a baccalaureate degree in another field from an accredited institution are considered to have fulfilled all of Edgewood College’s General Education requirements, except foreign language, religious studies, and COR courses. Post-baccalaureate students, however, must still meet all School of Nursing pre-requirements for supporting courses in the major.

Application Process

Candidates for admission to the Traditional Undergraduate BS in Nursing Program are required to submit applications through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) at http://nursingcas.org/. Students must submit all official college transcripts to NursingCAS directly. For transfer students applying directly to the School of Nursing, the NursingCAS application also serves as the general application to Edgewood College. PLEASE NOTE: New transfer students (e.g., transfer students not yet admitted to Edgewood College) must also submit official high school transcripts directly to the Admissions Office to be formally admitted to Edgewood College:

Undergraduate Admissions
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Once admitted to the program, students must submit CNA licensure, and CPR/First Aid certifications.

Individuals meeting minimum eligibility requirements are invited to apply to Edgewood College’s School of Nursing Traditional Undergraduate BS in Nursing Program.

Only completed applications will be reviewed by the School of Nursing for admission consideration. A completed application includes the following items:

Please read over the application guidelines carefully. If you have any questions regarding requirements, your fulfillment of pre-requirements/program eligibility, or your application status, please contact the appropriate professional:

  • Prospective new freshmen: Office of Admissions, 608-663-2294
  • Prospective transfer students: Tami Koepsel, 608-663-3404 or tkoepsel@edgewood.edu
  • Current Edgewood College students: School of Nursing, 608-663-2292

Selection Process

The School of Nursing Admissions Committee is composed of nursing faculty. This Committee reviews applications and assesses the relevance of experience. Admission is also based on faculty interviews, during which the applicant will be evaluated for the ability to express thoughts accurately, clearly and in a concise and effective manner.

All students that meet course pre-requirements and GPA standards will be invited to interview. 

Based on the strength of their qualifications, this Committee selects the applicants for admission to the Nursing Program. The Committee reserves the right to evaluate and modify the selection criteria and admission procedures each year. Admission to the Traditional Undergraduate BS in Nursing program at Edgewood College will be offered to 45 qualified students each Fall and Spring Semester.

Students accepted into the program must accept admission by a date specified in their Offer of Admission Letter or forfeit their space to other qualified applicants.

Admissions Cycle

  • Spring Cycle: Students hoping to begin the program for the Spring Semester must complete their application between July 15th and October 1st.
  • Fall Cycle: Students hoping to begin the program for the Fall Semester must complete their application between November 15th and February 1st.
  • Applications should be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the due date.

The cycle in which applicants are reviewed is determined by the timeliness of completing their application. For example, only applicants submitting all required materials prior to February 1st will be reviewed for eligibility to begin the upcoming Fall semester. Any students completing their applications after the February 1st deadline will not be considered for the Fall admission cycle.

Due to space availability, highly-qualified students may be denied admission. However, qualified students not initially offered admission may be offered admission at a later date if space becomes available.

Criteria Determining Admission Decision

Overall cumulative GPA – Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 on all previous undergraduate college work. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above will have priority over applicants with lower GPAs.

Science/Math cumulative GPA – Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 on all required science and math courses, with no grade less than “C”. Students with science/math GPA of 3.0 or above will have priority over applicants with lower GPAs.

Strength of faculty interview– Applicant will be evaluated for ability to express thoughts accurately, clearly, and in a concise and effective manner. All students that meet course pre-requirements and GPA standards will be invited to interview. 

Credits completed at Edgewood College – Students who have completed 10 or more credits at Edgewood College will have priority over applicants with fewer credits.

CNA certification – CNA coursework and certification examination IS NOT required to apply to the program but must be completed before entry into the first nursing course.

Language other than English – proficiency in another language IS NOT required but will be considered in the application process.

Curricular, extracurricular, community service, and personal activities – Outstanding achievements or degrees in other fields ARE NOT required but will be considered in the application process.

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