All transfer students must apply to Dominican University and be accepted into the university in order to be considered for the BSN Program. Please note, acceptance to the university does not guarantee admission into the Elizabeth T. MacNeil School of Nursing. Students must complete all requirements listed below.

Dominican University is accepting online applications beginning October 15, 2020 for admission in the BSN program at the Elizabeth T. MacNeil School of Nursing in fall 2021. 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, 2021.  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.

By the application deadline of March 15, 2021, a student must have successfully completed:

  • Eight (8) prerequisite courses*
  • ATI Pre-admission Examination and send the score report to Dominican University. 
  • 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, at  the Elizabeth T. MacNeil School of Nursing, he or she will be required to take CHS 260 prerequisite course during the summer prior to fall admission. A grade of B- or higher must be earned in CHS 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 2021 admission cycle, if a student is finishing their pre-requisite courses in spring 2021, he or she may be eligible for conditional admission. All pre-requisite courses must be completed by the end of the spring 2021 semester.

Direct Entry Nursing Program (BSN)

Dominican University offers a Direct Entry admission opportunity for traditional, four-year undergraduate students leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. This competitive program enables a limited number of incoming freshmen (10-12) to secure a place in the Nursing program beginning the fall semester of their junior year.

To qualify for the Direct Entry Nursing Program, freshman candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:

To learn more about this admission opportunity or to see if you qualify, please contact Reuben Burnley, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission. 

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.
  • 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 B- 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 15, 2021.
  • 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 / Drug Screening
  • Only accepted and admitted students will need to complete Health and CPR requirements and submit to a drug screening.
  • By May 15, 2021, 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 will register for drug screening services by visiting
  • Students must complete an initial 10-panel urine drug screen by May 15, 2021, 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, 2021, students will forfeit their admission seat and must wait until the next admission cycle and reapply to the program.
Criminal Background Checks
  • All program admits are required to submit to a criminal background check (Live Scan fingerprinting) using Accurate Biometrics. Please note background checks may take up to two weeks.
  • If you have a felony conviction of any kind and have questions on whether you can obtain a license to practice nursing, contact for additional instructions.
  • 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.
  • Dominican does not provide copies to applicants and/or students of their criminal background check results.
  • 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.