Admission Requirements

The Department of Nursing and Health Sciences has specific admission requirements for each program. Learn about the undergraduate admission requirements below.

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.

View the Elmhurst College Pre-Licensure Baccalaureate Nursing Program Student Handbook 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 2.8
  • Completion of the 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, PSY 327, MTH 355 (or PSY 355) and one college-level mathematics course
  • Earn a cumulative science GPA of 2.8 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 Prelicensure 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
    • This is a word-processed personal statement answering the following questions in 250 words or less. When writing your answers, keep in mind that nursing is more than just “helping people.” It is a science-based, professional practice discipline. For further information on nursing as a professional practice discipline, see The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. In your personal statement, address:
      • In what ways is nursing a science-based, professional practice discipline?
      • What makes you interested in a science-based, professional nursing career?
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors
  • A passing score on the nursing admission exam(s) (70% cumulative for the three exams)
  • A monitored writing sample before or after the HESI Admission Assessment (A2) examination
    • This is a one-paragraph written response to a selected topic that is given to the applicant at the time of the A2 test. This will be completed on campus during the A2 testing time. The topic will be given during the testing time.
  • A letter of recommendation(s) from the director(s)/dean(s) of all nursing programs previously attended. This applies to those who have completed nursing 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.

Prospective students must meet the following criteria for admission to the nursing program:

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended
  • A minimum of 12 course credits (48 semester hours) completed, including three areas of knowledge
    • Students may submit as many as 16 course credits (64 semester hours) of transfer credit
  • Transfer GPA of 2.75 or above
  • Completion of Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Microbiology with a grade of C or better
    • These courses must be recognized by Elmhurst College for transfer credit
  • Completion of a course equivalent to ENG 105, General Psychology and Lifespan Development
  • A current, unencumbered license as a registered professional nurse in the State of Illinois

View the Elmhurst College RN Baccalaureate Degree-Completion Program Student Handbook for further information on these requirements for admission.

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