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Selection Process

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General Requirements
To obtain a bachelor of science in nursing degree, students are required to successfully complete a total of 122 semester hours of course work. The program is designed to accommodate high school graduates, transfer students, and registered nurses who hold associate's degrees in nursing or who are graduates of diploma nursing programs.

Acceptance & Progression
Acceptance into the nursing major is competitive and based on the number of available clinical positions. The division must manage enrollment in the upper division courses in order to ensure access to adequate clinical facilities and maintain required faculty to student ratios.

There are three processes for admission into the nursing program. Incoming freshman applicants must indicate the major when applying to Baptist College of Health Sciences. Applications may be obtained at or by calling 901-575-2247.

Students admitted to the college as pre-nursing majors are selected based on academic achievement at the high school level (cumulative high school GPA), test scores on the ACT, and/or SAT and interest in nursing. Students admitted as freshmen are guaranteed placement in upper division professional nursing courses, if the following priority progression criteria are met:

  • Minimum of a 2.80 cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of all required lower division’s course work: 3 trimesters/42 credit hours and a 2.6 cumulative GPA in the prerequisite sciences.
  • Minimum grade of C or better in all courses.
  • Completion of Intent to Progress form by November 15th for summer progression, March 15th for fall progression, and July 15th for spring progression. Failure to fulfill these requirements will make a student ineligible to progress to upper division course work and will place the student within the competitive pool of applicants.

Transfer students may apply for open positions in the nursing program. Admission to the college does not guarantee acceptance to the nursing program. For acceptance into the nursing program, students must:

  • Completion of an Intent to Progress form form by November 15th for summer progression, March 15th for fall progression, and July 15th for spring progression.
  • Complete all required course work (3 trimesters/42 credit hours), including a minimum of 8 hours of science prerequisites.
  • Must have completed 12 hours in residency, including 3 hours in the sciences, prior to petitioning for progression.

Early progression placement is guaranteed for transfer students in the upper division nursing courses on a space availability basis and if the following criteria are met:

    • Completion of a minimum of 32 college credits, including a minimum of 8 hours of science prerequisites.
    • A cumulative college GPA of 3.2 or higher.
    • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the prerequisite sciences
    • Early progression placement is contingent upon meeting the following progression critera:
      • Completion of 12 hours of residency including 3 hours in sciences.
      • Minimum of 2.8 cumulative grade point average and a 2.6 cumulative GPA in the sciences.
    • In order to be considered for early progression placement all transcripts must be received no later than June 1st (for fall applicants) or October 1st (for spring applicants).

Student’s selection will be based on the following criteria:

      • Cumulative GPA for courses completed.
      • Cumulative GPA for required science courses.
      • Number of course withdrawals and repetitions.
      • Grade improvement over time.
      • Probability of completing core course requirements prior to the trimester requesting.
      • Availability of space.

If the number of students petitioning for progression exceeds the slots/available positions, students will be placed on a waiting list. If an opening does not become available, students may petition for the next available term.

Notification of Selection
Applicants will be notified in writing of selections to the BSN program.

Change in major requests and readmits will be considered in a competitive pool with other students according to cumulative college GPA and GPA in the sciences.

RN-BSN applicants will be admitted to the college and the major upon successful completion of the following criteria:  

      • Graduate from an accredited nursing program with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
      • Earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for all college work from accredited colleges or universities.
      • Hold an active, unencumbered RN license or be eligible to apply for licensure as a registered nurse.

Progression Through the Nursing Program:
A student must earn a C or above in all nursing courses to progress. Any student who fails one nursing course will be placed on academic probation and may be restricted in total credit hours attempted the following term. Following a course failure in the professional phase of the degree plan, a student’s continued enrollment will also be subject to satisfactory performance in all subsequent professional courses. Satisfactory performance in nursing courses with a clinical component is defined as both a grade of C or better for the theory portion and an S for the clinical portion or practicum. A student who fails two professional courses or fails a repeated professional course will be academically dismissed from the program.