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Admission Requirements

Students interested in nursing will be admitted to Elmhurst College as pre-nursing majors while they work on prerequisite coursework. When a majority of prerequisite coursework is successfully completed, students must apply to the Prelicensure Nursing Program. Admission to the nursing major is competitive, and meeting the minimum academic qualifications does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. 

To be admitted to the nursing program, students must:

  • Meet certain health requirements and functional abilities;
  • Have the demonstrated ability to engage in diverse, complex and specific experience essential to the acquisition and practice of essential nursing skills and functions; and
  • Have the unique combinations of cognitive, affective, psychomotor, physical and social abilities required to satisfactorily perform these skills and functions.
See the Elmhurst College Pre-Licensure Baccalaureate Nursing Program Student Handbook (pdf) for further information on these requirements for admission.
The following requirements are necessary to be admitted to the upper division nursing program: 
  • Submission of official transcripts of every college attended, including transcript of current courses;
  • A minimum college-level cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.75;
  • Completion of 10 prerequisite natural science and behavioral science courses with a grade of C or better prior to matriculation to the junior year of the pre-licensure nursing program;
  • Prerequisite courses: BIO 107, BIO 108, BIO 221, CHM 101, CHM 103, ENG 105, ENG 106, PSY 210, PSY 315 and one college-level mathematics course;
  • Earn a cumulative science GPA of 2.75 or better in the prerequisite science courses;
  • Must earn a C or better in all nursing prerequisite courses;
  • Students may repeat one prerequisite course to replace a W or a letter grade with a point value less than 2.00;
  • Students may repeat a maximum of one (1) science prerequisite and one (1) non-science prerequisite.
  • A completed Elmhurst College Pre-Licensure Baccalaureate Nursing Program Application, which includes verification of: 
    • Review of the Elmhurst College Pre-Licensure Baccalaureate Nursing Program Student Handbook
    • Health requirements
    • Comprehensive health insurance
    • Functional abilities to meet program requirements
    • Essential qualifications to meet program requirements
    • Truthfulness of application to the nursing program
  • A personal statement;
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors;
  • A passing score on the nursing admission exam(s);
  • A monitored writing sample before or after the admission examination;
  • A letter of recommendation(s) from the director(s)/dean(s) of all nursing programs previously attended. This applies to those who have completed courses or are currently enrolled in nursing courses.
The deadline for submission of all materials is the first day of Spring Term prior to the Fall Term in which the student wishes to enroll in nursing courses. 
Program Course Requirements
The nursing major includes prerequisite and required support courses. The nursing sequence consists of 14 required NRS courses that incorporate didactic and/or clinical practice: NRS 300, 303, 308, 309, 315, 316, 403, 405, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412, and 414. Students must complete two approved courses in mathematics to fulfill requirements for the BS degree. 
Prerequisite Courses for the Nursing Major
ENG 105 Composition I
ENG 106 Composition II
BIO 107 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 108 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO 221 Microbiology for Health Professionals
CHM 101 General Chemistry
CHM 103 Elementary Organic and Biochemistry
PSY 210 Introduction to Psychological Science
PSY 315 Lifespan Development
College-level mathematics course
Required Support Courses for the Nursing Major
BIO 449 Pathophysiology (may be taken concurrently with NRS 308 and 309)
MTH 345 Elementary Statistics
PSY 327 Abnormal Psychology 
or
MTH 346 Statistics for Scientists
or
PSY 355 Statistics for Scientific Research
Elective Courses
A variety of elective courses are available to meet the needs and interests of nursing majors. Nursing majors are encouraged to elect courses in other divisions of the College or to complete a second major or minor in a related or complementary field.
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