Admission Requirements for New Students

Students who wish to apply for admission to Cedarville University and major in nursing need a strong commitment to leading a godly lifestyle and to learning ways to use nursing as a ministry for Christ. Acceptance by Cedarville University does not guarantee acceptance into the nursing major. A college preparatory curriculum including four years of both mathematics and science (algebra, biology, and chemistry are required) provides the best academic preparation for the nursing major. An ACT composite score of 24 (or SAT composite of 1100) or higher is required to enter the program. A select number of students who have not achieved these scores, but who have met the above curricular requirements and are otherwise eligible for admission to the University, may be admitted as pre-nursing students. Prenursing students may submit a change of major form to declare nursing as a major if they earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA by the end of their freshman year at Cedarville University.

Progression to Nursing Clinical Courses

  1. Attain a 3.0 GPA while completing required freshman and sophomore course work.
  2. Apply for progression into junior clinical courses during the spring semester of the sophomore year and receive notification of final progression status at the beginning of the junior year (dependent on availability of faculty and clinical sites) according to the following three categories:
    1. Full progression: Meets all requirements specified in the progression section of the handbook.
    2. Probation: GPA of 2.8–2.99 or failure to meet one or more of the academic, nonacademic, or technical requirements.
    3. Non-admission: Failure to meet requirements for progression on probation.
  3. Maintain a 2.5 GPA while completing required junior and senior course work.

Academic Requirements

  1. Earn a grade of C- or higher in all nursing, psychology, and science courses.
  2. Earn an exam average of 75 percent or better in all nursing courses.
  3. A failing grade or a withdrawn failing in two semesters of the program in any of the specified courses will result in removal from the major.
  4. Complete required prerequisite courses prior to enrollment in clinical nursing courses. Students may have no more than four outstanding general education or Bible courses at the start of junior clinical courses.
  5. Meet all clinical objectives and fulfill all clinical requirements.
  6. Receive a positive recommendation from the School of Nursing faculty each semester.

Nonacademic Requirements

Students must practice the characteristics of empathy, integrity, respect, self-confidence, self-motivation, stewardship, teamwork and diplomacy, time management and dependability, and tolerance. The faculty reserves the right at any time to enact probation or remove from the nursing major students who exhibit unprofessional, immoral, illegal, or unethical behavior, or who compromise the safety of self or others.

Technical Requirements

Students must demonstrate the following essential functional abilities*: Physical/neurological, motor, communication, judgment, and social/behavioral/emotional coping skills.
*Fully described in the nursing student handbook.

Graduation Requirements

Candidates for the B.S.N. degree must complete the required 132 semester hours, earn a grade of C- or better in all nursing courses, maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher, register for the NCLEXRN examination, apply for state licensure, receive a positive recommendation from the School of Nursing faculty, and meet University requirements for graduation.