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Before you Apply to the Nursing Program

Pre-Nursing Course Requirements

Pre-Nursing Plan of Study

Some pre-nursing courses may be in progress when a student applies to the nursing program, but most required courses must be completed before applying.

Courses to Complete Prior to Applying to the Nursing Program

The following courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.00) or better in each course before submitting an application to the nursing program.

  • ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing
  • ENGL 102 Intro to College Writing and Research
  • PSYC 101 General Psychology
  • BIOL 227 Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • BIOL 228 Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • CHEM 101/101L Essentials of Chemistry and Lab OR CHEM 111/111L General Chemistry and Lab
  • HLTHST 207 Nutrition
  • MATH 254 Introduction to Statistics

Courses that may be In Progress Upon Applying

The following courses may be complete or in progress when you apply to the nursing program. If you are accepted to the nursing program, your admission will be conditional pending verification that your final grade in each course is a of C (2.00) or above.

  • BIOL 205 Introductory Microbiology
  • HLTHST 300 Pathophysiology
  • SOC 101 (Introduction to Sociology) or 102 (Social Problems) or 230 (Introduction to Ethnic Studies)

View course descriptions for the following courses in the Boise State catalog.

Kaplan Nursing Admission Exam

New Application Requirement - Effective for Spring 2019 Cohort

The Kaplan Nursing Admission Exam will be required to apply to the nursing program for applicants applying August 1 – September 15, 2018 for admission to the Spring 2019 cohort.

Grade and GPA Requirements

Applicants to the Bachelor of Science nursing program must earn a grade of C (2.00) or above in all pre-nursing courses and have a cumulaitve college GPA of 3.0.

Admission Evaluation Criteria

Admission to the nursing program is competitive. The School of Nursing accepts 60 students each fall and 60 students each spring into the Bachelor of Science nursing program. Each year, there are many applicants who meet the requirements to submit an application. However, meeting the course, grade and GPA requirements does not guarantee admission. Applications are ranked based upon factors that include a candidate’s cumulative college GPA and their Admissions GPA (cumulative GPA from the following five pre-nursing courses):
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  • BIOL 227
  • BIOL 228
  • MATH 254
  • HLTHST 207
  • CHEM 101/101L or CHEM 111/111L

Conditions for Enrollment

Upon acceptance to the nursing program, students receive an emailed welcome packet with the forms and information needed to enroll in nursing courses. All new nursing students must attend a mandatory orientation on the Friday before classes begin. Admission to the nursing program is contingent upon: 

  • Passing a Criminal Background Check and a Drug/Alcohol Test.
  • Completing any in progress pre-nursing courses with the required GPA.
  • Meeting certain physical/emotional requirements, with or without reasonable accommodation as per the School of Nursing Performance Standards.
  • Submitting the required health requirements outline in the welcome packet.

Information for Boise State Pre-Nursing Majors

If you are majoring in pre-nursing at Boise State, we encourage you to meet with an academic advisor to create a semester-by-semester plan of study that includes all prerequisite and general education courses. In general, it takes 3-4 semesters to complete pre-nursing courses. Boise State pre-nursing majors are strongly encouraged to complete UF 100, UF 200 and one 3-credit DLV elective to meet general education requirements before starting the nursing program.

Information for Transfer Students

If you complete the required pre-nursing coursework at another school, please review the following before you apply to the nursing program:

  • Use the Transfer Equivalency System (TES) tool to confirm that the courses you take/have taken at another school are eligible to transfer to Boise State and that they meet pre-nursing requirements.
  • Confirm with a transfer or academic advisor that you meet required general education course requirements.
  • Apply to Boise State for admission as a transfer student prior to submitting your application to the nursing program and consult with an academic advisor to confirm that you meet all pre-nursing requirements.

Information for 2nd Bachelor Degree Seeking Students

Applicants to the nursing program who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and are applying to complete a 2nd degree in nursing should review their transcripts with an academic advisor. It is important to determine which courses from a previous degree(s) meet pre-nursing course requirements and whether additional prerequisites must be completed before applying to the nursing program.