Dominican University is accepting online applications beginning October 15, 2017 for admission in the BSN program in fall 2018.  The online application process allows prospective students to apply by submitting a single application which is reviewed by the Nursing Admissions and Progression Committee.

The application deadline is March 15, 2018.  If all seats are not filled by this date, the application deadline will be extended and students will be accepted until all available seats are filled.

All prospective nursing students must be accepted into Dominican University prior to applying to the BSN Program.

By the application deadline of March 15, 2018, a student must have successfully completed:

  • Eight (8) pre-requisite courses*
  • ATI Pre-admission Examination
  • Background check
  • Cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale or higher by the application deadline.

*If a student is transferring to Dominican University, and intends to apply to the BSN Program, he or she will be required to take BIOL 260/CHS 260 prerequisite course during the summer prior to fall admission. A grade of C"or higher must be earned in BIOL 260 for the student to progress in the BSN Program.

All applications will be reviewed for selection by the Nursing Admission and Progression Committee. Please note that submitting the application and possessing the requirements for the BSN Program does not guarantee admission. Admission is highly competitive with limited seats. For the 2018 admission cycle, if a student is finishing their pre-requisite courses in spring 2018, he or she may be eligible for conditional admission. All pre-requisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring 2018 semester.

Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Testing
  • Applicants must create an account on the ATI website and then register to sit for the proctored test. Test dates at Dominican University are available and listed on the ATI website. Applicants are responsible for test fees.
  • Applicants may repeat test once. The higher score of the two tests will be used in the admission process. Tests repeated more than twice will not be considered.
  • ATI TEAS scores must be within one year current from the application deadline.
  • ATI TEAS score must meet or exceed a minimum of 68% to be considered for acceptance.
Cumulative Grade-Point Average (CGPA)
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.75 or higher in college coursework is required.
Science Course Outdates
  • Chemistry and biology science courses must be completed within five years of the application deadline to the nursing program. Students must retake science courses after five years of this date.
  • If an outdated science course has a CLEP exam available, a student may sit for the exam, but must earn a numerical value equivalent to the required prerequisite grade of C or higher.
  • Applicants may not transfer or CLEP nursing courses.
  • CLEP results must be submitted to the executive director of BSN program by the application deadline of March 1, 2018.
  • Audited courses are not accepted.
Official Transcripts
  • Applicants must submit their high school transcripts or proof of GED and any additional college transcripts to the Dominican University Registrar’s Office. Please allow yourself extra time, as International transcripts take longer to receive.
  • All nursing courses must be taken at Dominican University.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all submitted transcripts have been evaluated and posted by a Dominican University registrar (or their designee) on the student’s academic history. The Nursing Admission Committee will consider an application incomplete and not eligible for consideration if any of the prerequisites are not depicted on the student’s Dominican University academic history.
Health and CPR Requirements
  • By May 15, 2018, students must submit all health and CPR requirements as indicated by the Dominican University BSN program clinical requirement guidelines to the clinical placement manager’s office in Parmer Hall, 4th floor.
  • Students must complete an initial 10-panel urine drug screen by May 15, 2018, and again prior to the start of your last year in the program and will be paid for by the student. Students with a positive drug screen will not be enrolled in any nursing courses. 
  • Students are responsible for requirement costs.
  • The drug screen results must depict all negative readings.
  • If all requirements are not submitted by May 15, 2018, students will forfeit their admission seat and must wait until the next admission cycle and reapply to the program.
Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening
  • Submitted background checks from Castlebranch.com will be accepted no more than one year from the submitted application for the 2018 Dominican University BSN program application cycle.
  • All applicants must register for services by visiting Castlebranch.com and enter Package Code: DD68 for Dominican University and please choose option “Nursing Applicants."
  • If you have a conviction of any kind and have questions as to whether you can obtain a license to practice nursing, complete the form (a request for a Non-Binding Advisory Opinion) at IDFPR (pdf).
  • Once you have completed the form, include supporting documents, and send to:

      Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
      Division of Professional Regulation
      Office of the General Counsel
      320 W. Washington, 3rd Floor
      Springfield, IL 62786

  • Please review: Section 1300.100: Refusal to Issue a Nurse License Based on Criminal History Record 
  • Illinois statue prohibits health care employers from knowingly hiring, employing, or retaining any individual in a position with duties involving, or that may involve, direct patient care or the care of residents, who has been convicted of certain criminal offenses (225 ILCS 46.25).
  • The Dominican University BSN program has affiliate agreements with clinical agencies and other healthcare institutions to provide clinical experiences for nursing students as part of the nursing program curriculum and to meet IDFPR clinical hour requirements.
  • Submit to a criminal background check both prior to entering the program and beginning the second year clinical rotational schedule to progress within the program.
  • Results of the background check and drug screening may determine your acceptance and/or continued eligibility to remain in the program and/or to enter clinical sites.
  • Background checks are required at the student’s expense.
  • Information gathered from a criminal background check may be the basis to discontinue an applicant’s candidacy for admission into the program and/or may be the basis for dismissal from the program at any time.
  • Submit to a 10-panel drug screening after admission into the program and prior to beginning the second year clinical rotational schedule.
  • May be asked to submit to a criminal background check and/or 10-panel drug screen by any clinical site and will need to comply with the request to continue your rotation with the site.
  • Sign a Student Statement of Release Form and approve that Dominican share drug screen and background results with clinical sites upon their request.
  • Some clinical sites may do an expanded background check, which may conflict with the results of the student’s original results. (See Illinois State Law 225 ILCS 46/25 and IL Adm. Code 955.160 for disqualifying conditions). This will be at the student’s expense.
  • Request for copies of criminal background checks can be made by logging into Castlebranch.com. Dominican does not provide copies to applicants and/or students of their criminal background check results.
Notes
  • Although a nursing student may not possess a social security number during their studies as a nursing student, the State Board of Nursing (IDFPR) may require the graduate to possess one in order to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination and be granted licensure to practice nursing.
  • Only one (1) online application will be accepted per nursing applicant.
  • Students desiring to reapply to the nursing program must do so within one year of exiting the program and will be evaluated for program placement based on current program requirements.
  • Readmission is not guaranteed.
  • Applicants are encouraged to attend one BSN program information session.

Before continuing to complete the Dominican University BSN Program Fall 2018 application, confirm that you have met the requirements listed below:

  •  I certify that I have completed or will complete by the and of spring of 2018 all nursing program pre-requisite courses.
  •  I certify that I have obtained a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher.
  •  I certify that I have completed the required criminal background check.
  •  I certify that I have completed or will complete the ATI TEAS examination.
  •  Dominican University Fall 2018 Program Application