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Nursing Admission Requirements

All nursing programs require a completed online application in addition to the following requirements. Please select your program of interest to apply and view supplemental requirements.

BSN
  1. Admission to the university. Apply here. (Admission to Spalding University does not guarantee you admission to the nursing program. You must also apply to the School of Nursing.)
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale of the science courses. The GPA is based on all earned academic credits earned at Spalding and other colleges and/or universities for the four (4) following courses and labs:BIO251 – Anatomy & Physiology 1 and BIO253 – Anatomy & Physiology 1 LabBIO252 – Anatomy & Physiology 2 and BIO254 – Anatomy & Physiology 2 LabBIO256 – Microbiology and BIO257 – Microbiology LabBIO301 – PathophysiologyIf the cumulative science courses GPA is less than 2.75, a student may be considered for admission if the following criteria are met:Overall GPA of 3.0 and

    No pre-requisite course grades below “C” (All students: PSY103, NURS322 or HS350; Traditional Students: also PHIL154)

    Science courses must have been completed within the last five (5) years. However, if science courses were taken greater than 5 years but less than 10 years ago, satisfactory completion of a standardized Anatomy & Physiology exam may be considered on an individual basis if the sciences GPA is 2.75 or greater. No science courses greater than 10 years will be accepted.

  3. A student is not eligible for admission to the nursing major if he/she earns two or more unsatisfactory final course grades in the same course or any combination of the science courses (as listed above). An unsatisfactory grade is defined as one grade lower than C, or two withdrawals from any single course or combination of the courses listed.
  4. Minimum Cut Score of 60 on each section of TEAS (Math and Reading).
  5. Personal interview (if requested).
  6. Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to official acceptance into the nursing program.

International Students

International applicants interested in completing their education at Spalding should contact the Admissions Office for an International Student Application. It is strongly recommended that the prospective student requests this preliminary application a year before the term in which he or she wishes to enter. In addition to the application, an application fee of $100 must be submitted. Criteria for automatic admission of international applicants include the following:

  • TOFEL score of 535 (paper version), 203 (computer version), or 75 (Internet-based version) for students whose language of instruction is not English;
  • Minimum composite score of 20 on their ACT and a minimum English subscore of 18;
  • Minimum composite score of 950 on the SAT and a minimum of 450 on the English portion;
  •  A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or the equivalent of C+;
  • Certified copies of “O” and/or “A” National Level Examination certification (if applicable).

Transfer students

Transfer students from other nursing programs are accepted on a case-by-case evaluation by the BSN faculty. Students with only one (1) withdrawal or failure in a nursing course may be considered.  Students dismissed from another nursing program are not eligible for admission to the Spalding School of Nursing

NOTE: Before you apply, please review the BSN admission requirements in our university catalog for the most up-to-date qualifications.

Accelerated BSN
  1. Admission to the university. Apply here. (Admission to Spalding University does not guarantee you admission to the nursing program. You must also apply to the School of Nursing.)
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale of the science courses. The GPA is based on all earned academic credits earned at Spalding and other colleges and/or universities for the four (4) following courses and labs:BIO251 – Anatomy & Physiology 1 and BIO253 – Anatomy & Physiology 1 LabBIO252 – Anatomy & Physiology 2 and BIO254 – Anatomy & Physiology 2 LabBIO256 – Microbiology and BIO257 – Microbiology LabBIO301 – PathophysiologyIf the cumulative science courses GPA is less than 2.75, a student may be considered for admission if the following criteria are met:Overall GPA of 3.0 and

    No pre-requisite course grades below “C” (All students: PSY103, NURS322 or HS350; Traditional Students: also PHIL154)

    Science courses must have been completed within the last five (5) years. However, if science courses were taken greater than 5 years but less than 10 years ago, satisfactory completion of a standardized Anatomy & Physiology exam may be considered on an individual basis if the sciences GPA is 2.75 or greater. No science courses greater than 10 years will be accepted.

  3. A student is not eligible for admission to the nursing major if he/she earns two or more unsatisfactory final course grades in the same course or any combination of the science courses (as listed above). An unsatisfactory grade is defined as one grade lower than C, or two withdrawals from any single course or combination of the courses listed.
  4. Minimum Cut Score of 60 on each section of TEAS (Math and Reading).
  5. Personal interview (if requested).
  6. Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to official acceptance into the nursing program.

International Students

International applicants interested in completing their education at Spalding should contact the Admissions Office for an International Student Application. It is strongly recommended that the prospective student requests this preliminary application a year before the term in which he or she wishes to enter. In addition to the application, an application fee of $100 must be submitted. Criteria for automatic admission of international applicants include the following:

  • TOFEL score of 535 (paper version), 203 (computer version), or 75 (Internet-based version) for students whose language of instruction is not English;
  • Minimum composite score of 20 on their ACT and a minimum English subscore of 18;
  • Minimum composite score of 950 on the SAT and a minimum of 450 on the English portion;
  •  A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or the equivalent of C+;
  • Certified copies of “O” and/or “A” National Level Examination certification (if applicable).

Transfer students

Transfer students from other nursing programs are accepted on a case-by-case evaluation by the BSN faculty. Students with only one (1) withdrawal or failure in a nursing course may be considered.  Students dismissed from another nursing program are not eligible for admission to the Spalding School of Nursing

NOTE: Before you apply, please review the BSN admission requirements in our university catalog for the most up-to-date qualifications.

RN to BSN
  1. Admission to the university.  Apply here. (Admission to Spalding University does not guarantee you admission to the nursing program. You must apply to the School of Nursing.)
  2. An active, unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse
MSN

Application Deadline

The MSN program accepts the application on a rolling basis. However, applicants are encouraged to complete the application and all supplemental items by Feb 15. Qualified applicants will be admitted first come, first served until capacity.  Apply to the MSN program at any time.

Classes begin May 1 each year.

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  2. Nursing degree from a NLNAC or CCNE accredited program
  3. A $30 non-refundable application fee
  4. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study (including transcript from Spalding if applicable)
  5. An unencumbered RN license
  6. Two letters of recommendation (written by a current or previous employer)
  7. A two-page essay detailing applicant’s professional goals and how graduate study will support these goals

Track your application

Our ‘My Account’ applicant portal page is the place to view, update and submit information to your application. You have access to:

  • Update your profile
  • Submit your application
  • View your application
  • Upload additional supplemental documents required for admission

Application confirmation

Upon submitting your application, you will receive an email acknowledgment with further instructions regarding items needed for admission to the university.

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Transfer

You are allowed to transfer up to 6 credit hours if they match the course description(s) of Spalding University courses. Faculty determine if courses are compatible.

DNP
  1. A completed application emailed to Lambsey Reeves or mailed to: Spalding University Doctor of Nursing Practice, c/o Lambsey Reeves, 851 S. Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40203.
  2. A master’s degree in nursing or equivalent (i.e. Master of Public Health) from an accredited program.
  3. A cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  4. A current unencumbered RN license or privilege to practice in the state where practicum hours will be earned.
  5. A current resume or curriculum vitae.
  6. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study must be provided.
  7. Three letters of reference, one of which is preferably from faculty in applicant’s previous program of graduate study.
  8. Documentation of clinical hours accrued during attainment of MSN (or equivalent) degree (see the Post-Baccalaureate Verification of Clinical Hours Form).
  9. Submission of an essay delineating understanding of the DNP role with a brief description of a proposed idea for an advanced practice nursing quality improvement project (500 word limit).
  10. A telephone or personal interview is not required, but may be requested.

DNP Admission Materials

TEAS Exam

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is used as part of the admissions process for the School of Nursing. Please check with the School of Nursing to see if the TEAS exam is required for admission to your program.

View available testing dates and register for the TEAS exam here.