Admission Criteria / Application

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

By the application deadline of April 1, 2017, a student must have successfully completed:

  1. All eight (8) pre-requisite courses*
  2. ATI Pre-admission Examination
  3. Background check
  4. Cumulative grade point average of 2.75/4 or higher by the application deadline.

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.

(*) PLEASE NOTE: If a student is transferring to Dominican University, and intends to apply to the BSN Program, he/she may take BIOL 260 pre-requisite course during their first year at Dominican as long as they have been admitted into the BSN Program. 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 Admissions 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 2017 admission cycle, if a student is finishing their pre-req courses in spring 2017, she/he may be eligible for conditional admission. All pre-requisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring 2017 semester.

Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Testing

  • ATI Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) score – meet/exceed national average
  • 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 V scores must be within one year current from the application deadline.

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  • If an outdated science course has a CLEP exam available, a student may sit for the exam, but must earn a numerical value equivalent to the required pre-requisite grade of “C”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 extended application deadline of Wednesday, April 1, 2017.
  • 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 Admissions Committee will consider an application incomplete and not eligible for consideration if any of the pre-requisites are not depicted on the student’s Dominican University academic history.

Health and CPR Requirements

  • By July 1, 2017, 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 on the 4th floor of Parmer Hall.
  • Students must complete an initial 10-panel urine drug screen by July 1, 2017, 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 July 1, 2017, students will forfeit their admission seat and must wait until the next admission cycle and reapply to the program.