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Admission Requirements*

Admission to the Accelerated BSN program requires:

  • a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field from a regionally-accredited institution
  • a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • a current, unencumbered Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license
  • completion of all prerequisite courses as outlined on the prerequisite checklist
  • a minimum grade of 3.0 in all required prerequisite science courses (biology, human anatomy & physiology + lab, and microbiology + lab)
  • no more than one repeated grade for any prerequisite science course
  • a minimum letter grade of “B minus” in all other required prerequisite courses (nutrition, growth and development, or other elective physical, biological, social, and behavioral science courses)
  • pass/no pass is not accepted for any prerequisite courses with the exception of courses completed spring semester or winter/spring term(s) 2020
  • Non-native English speakers must also complete a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), demonstrating a score of 173 (computer-based), 80 (internet-based), or 550 (paper-based)

*Under OAR 851-031-0006, The Oregon State Board of Nursing may determine that an applicant who has a major physical or mental condition that could affect the applicant’s ability to practice safely, and/or an applicant’s criminal history bears a demonstrable relationship to the practice of nursing, and/or the applicant has a past, current, or pending discipline in another jurisdiction, and/or the applicant falsifies their application, the application for license may be denied regardless of NLCEX-RN test results.

Application Process and Supplemental Materials

In order for an application to be considered complete, the following documents must be received:

  • Completed online application
  • Official copy of all post-secondary educational transcripts either mailed or sent electronically to the Office of Admissions
  • Proof of a current, unencumbered Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license
  • A current resume
  • Two letters of reference from non-family members who can provide testimony of the applicant’s leadership abilities, academic capabilities and achievements, life, work, volunteer, healthcare, or other experiences, compassion/respect for all people, and passion for nursing
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score for non-native English speakers

When your application is complete, it will be submitted and held for review by the program’s admission committee. If any information is missing, your application will not be considered. Students applying for admission, but not admitted, may reapply for the next program start.

Application Deadlines

There are two start dates for the ABSN program each year (August and January). Each cohort has a 3-month application window in which to complete their application and provide supporting materials. The first entrance to Bushnell’s ABSN program will be January of 2022.

Cohort StartApplications OpenApplication Deadline
Fall (August)February 1May 17
Spring (January)June 1October 1

When you’re ready to transition your career

Students interested in the ABSN program at Bushnell apply through the Central Application Service for Nursing (NursingCAS).

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Admitted Students

Applicants admitted to the spring and fall cohorts have three weeks from the date of notification to submit a $200 deposit to secure their enrollment. Applicants who do not submit this deposit by the due date will forfeit their seat in the program. Under certain circumstances and in accordance with University policy, this deposit may be waived. Please contact the Office of Admission for details.

Following admission to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (at least 30 days prior to their spring or fall semester start date, but not more than three months prior) admitted students will complete and submit proof of the following clinical entry requirements:

  • Cleared criminal background check* that includes a social security number trace, state/national criminal background history, sex offender registry check, and Office of Inspector General’s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (OIG LEIE) check.
  • Clean urine drug screen
  • American Heart Association basic life support certification
  • Immunizations (seasonal flu, hepatitis B, varicella, 2 step TB test or QuantiFERON-TB Gold, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, COVID-19**)

*Oregon State Board of Nursing requires students to undergo a criminal background check. Students with a criminal record may not be allowed into a healthcare facility for clinical learning. It is not possible to meet the ABSN program objectives without having clinical experiences. Therefore, under certain circumstances, students with a criminal or abuse history may have their seat in the ABSN program revoked. Students arrested or convicted of a crime are encouraged to review information on how criminal history affects your application and reach out to Sheryl Caddy at scaddy@bushnell.edu as needed.

**Health care facilities require students to provide documentation of several immunizations, including full vaccination against COVID-19. Failure to comply with all immunization requirements can prevent student placement in clinical settings. It is not possible to meet the ABSN program objectives without having clinical experiences. Therefore, under certain circumstances, students who are not fully vaccinated may have their seat in the ABSN program revoked.  Please reach out to Sheryl Caddy at scaddy@bushnell.edu if you have questions or concerns about this requirement.