Admission to Degree Program
The degree programs in the College of Nursing carry special enrollment limitations. Please see the college advisement center for specific details.
Brigham Young University's baccalaureate nursing program prepares general clinicians with the knowledge, skills, leadership abilities, and values commensurate with professional nursing practice. Nursing education builds on the sciences, humanities, and religious studies to develop the strong theoretical and practical base necessary to understand and meet the needs of people in various health care settings.
Learning comes alive as students move from the classroom through the clinical simulation laboratory to actual patient care. Students assess, diagnose, and treat actual and potential human responses in an effort to promote, restore, or maintain health. Baccalaureate graduates develop their ability to be sensitive to the welfare of others, communicate effectively, evaluate and apply research findings, think critically, solve problems, and utilize appropriate technology as they provide quality nursing care to people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds.
Career positions are available in various health care settings.
Undergraduate Admittance Requirements
The following criteria have been established for acceptance and progression in the baccalaureate program.
1. Be fully matriculated at BYU.
Acceptance into the nursing major is competitive and restricted to a limited number of openings each year. Not all students who meet the minimum requirements are guaranteed acceptance into the program.
2. Applicants are evaluated on a variety of criteria using a point system. Admission criteria has included academic progression; overall college GPA; ACT/SAT; written communication skills; community, school, and church service; recommendations from employers and/or educators; and the professional judgment of the admissions committee. In the last three years, the average GPA of students accepted into the program has been from 3.8 to 3.9, with a range of 3.68 to 4.0 and the average ACT of students accepted has been 27-29.
3. Complete the following before beginning nursing courses:
SFL 210 or Psych 220.
Additionally, 16–20 total hours from the university core.
Note: Students may apply to the baccalaureate program during the semester they are completing BYU nursing prerequisite courses, if classes are taken at BYU. All prerequisite classed being transferred to BYU must be showing on BYU transcripts prior to application deadline. All Independent Study classes (if taken) need to have grades posted on transcript by application deadline.
4. Students with English as a second language additional requirements: 1.) Have a TOEFL over-all score of at least a 93 (internet-based) with at least 24 sub-scores in both reading and listening. 2.) Complete a Medical Terminology course (either Nurs 102 or Latin 123 or equivalent). 3.) Take the OPI/IELTS package exams from BYU English Language Center (*this cannot be started until you have the minimum score needed for the TOEFL and have completed or currently enrolled in Medical Terminology). Please see Nursing Advisement Center for more details.
5. Maintain a C grade or above in all nursing courses, including prerequisite and supporting courses. A grade of C– does not allow advancement to the next course in the sequence and a minimum of 3.0 GPA must be maintained in order to graduate.
The college nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Clinical Assignments and Transportation
Educational and clinical experiences are generally located in but not limited to the Wasatch Front. Didactic courses are taught in Provo. Visits to agencies and client homes are also required. To achieve the best possible clinical education, students will need to travel throughout their course work. Access to a car is highly recommended. Students are responsible for their own transportation. Multicultural and international clinical experiences are also available during a specific spring term in the program. Students are expected to attend and prioritize all nursing courses and orientations.
To receive a BYU bachelor's degree a student must complete, in addition to all requirements for a specific major, the following university requirements:
- The University Core, consisting of requirements in general and religious education. (For a complete listing of courses that meet university core requirements, see here.)
- At least 30 credit hours must be earned in residence on the BYU campus in Provo as an admitted day student
- A minimum of 120 credit hours
- A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
- Be in good standing with the Honor Code Office
Students should see their college advisement center for help or information concerning the undergraduate programs.