Information about the College of Nursing
The college nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. 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.
Graduates have career opportunities in various healthcare settings. Those include but are not limited to case management, community health, critical care, discharge planning, emergency/trauma, environmental health, forensics, gerontology, health promotion, home health, hospice, maternal/newborn, medical/surgical, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, perioperative, psychiatric, public health, rehabilitation, and school nursing.
Undergraduate Admittance Requirements
Acceptance into the nursing major is competitive and enrollment is limited. Therefore, not all students who meet the minimum requirements are guaranteed acceptance into the program. The following criteria have been established for consideration for admittance into the baccalaureate nursing program.
- Be fully matriculated at BYU.
- Complete the following pre-requisite courses: Chem 285, NDFS 100, Nurs 180, PDBio 220 or PDBio 210 (with a virtual lab), SFL 210 or Psych 220. In addition, complete a minimum of at least 16 hours from the university core.
- Grades must be posted on the BYU transcript for all pre-requisite courses by the application deadline. For transfer students, all equivalent pre-requisite classes being transferred to BYU must be posted on BYU transcripts prior to application deadline. All Independent Study classes (if taken) need to have grades posted on transcript by application deadline.
- No mid-term grades will be accepted.
- In order to be eligible to apply to the College of Nursing, a student must have at least 25 total credit hours (including pre-requisites), no more than 75 BYU credit hours, and no more than 100 total credit hours (transfer + BYU).
- Students desiring to complete a full-time LDS mission should apply to the nursing program after they have completed their missionary service.
- Students who defer during the Nursing program for longer than one semester (for any reason) will be asked to pass a competency test which may result in repeating coursework until competency has been assured. Students should contact the Nursing Advisement Center to schedule the exam prior to the start of the semester.
- Complete an online application as described on the BYU College of Nursing website. Applicants are evaluated on a variety of criteria.
- GPA; ACT/SAT, TOEFL (if needed);
- Written communication skills; community, school, leadership, church service and other related experience (for example: healthcare related jobs and/or volunteer experience); recommendations from employers and/or educators; interview; and the professional judgment of the admissions committee.
- All applicants may be asked to complete a standardized assessment to measure attributes necessary to be a successful registered nurse.
- The admissions committee will review each application and choose the most appropriate candidates for advancement in the admission process (see application for details).
- Students with English as a second language additional requirements:
- Have a TOEFL over-all score of at least a 93 (internet-based) with at least 24 sub-scores in both reading and listening.
- Complete a Medical Terminology course (either Nurs 102 or Latin 123 or equivalent).
- 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.
- 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 Nursing and Overall GPA must be maintained in order to graduate.
Clinical Assignments and Transportation
Didactic courses are taught in Provo. Educational and clinical experiences are generally located in but not limited to the Wasatch Front. Clinical experiences vary and students may be asked to attend clinical during days, nights and weekends. 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.