Prelicensure BSN Admissions Requirements

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Prelicensure Track is designed for non-nurses who are interested in completing course requirements leading to a baccalaureate degree in nursing.  Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination and attaining the Public Health Nurse (PHN) certification following licensure as a registered nurse.  Graduates of this track are prepared at the generalist level to assume the entry level registered nurse role at the point of care.  The registered nurse is responsible for the comprehensive clinical management of individuals, families and communities across the continuum of care in a variety of clinical settings, including virtual environments. The registered nurse designs and implements the plan of care and is accountable for improving clinical outcomes and care processes in a quality, cost effective manner, as a key member of an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals.

The Prelicensure BSN program utilizes a rolling admission process, which means that those who complete their applications first (verified NusingCAS application, including required materials), are considered for early interviews and admission decisions. Therefore, we encourage applicants to submit their applications early in order to be considered for early interviews and decisions. Because of our rolling admissions schedule, those who apply early in the admissions cycle are more likely to be interviewed than those who apply later.

The Prelicensure BSN requires that all applications must be received through the online Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) program. Applications are reviewed once VERIFIED by NursingCAS and all required documents have been submitted.  It is the applicant's responsibility to confirm completion of the application by viewing their on-line NursingCAS application.

Admission Requirements:
The MMDSON BSN-Prelicensure program admits new undergraduate students twice each year into the Pre-Nursing Intent Phase (Fall & Summer semesters) or into the Nursing Direct Intent Phase (Fall & Spring semesters).

Pre-Nursing Intent of the Prelicensure BSN

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Prelicensure Track: Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science has been approved to enroll students into a prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.  This program admits first-time college students and community college transfers who have not passed the TEAS exam and fulfilled the list of (15) pre-requisites required to begin the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Direct Phase (BSN Nursing Curriculum).

Once your application and transcripts are submitted, CDU will review all application materials and provide a transfer credit evaluation. This evaluation will determine the outstanding courses needed to qualify for the BSN Direct Phase and what semester you would be eligible to start the Direct Phase. 

Application Requirements for BSN Pre-licensure Phase: 

(Enrolls in the Summer (begins in May and Deadline is April 30) and Fall (begins in August & Deadline is July 30) semester) 

  • Complete Application submitted through NursingCAS (Application Fee $55)
  • Official transcripts 
    • High school transcripts for first time in college students 
    • College transcripts for college transfer students
  • SAT/ACT test scores (recommended, not required)
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

      • Applies to Cumulative GPA
    • Applies to Science GPA 
  • One letter of recommendation (academic/professional/school counselor)
    • Recommendations should address the following areas:

      • A. Relationships with work (paid or voluntary) associates
      • B. Work competence
      • C. Communication and interpersonal skills with persons of diverse backgrounds
      • D. Leadership skills or potential 
      • E. Values, ethical standards, responsibility, and initiative 
  • Evidence of Extracurricular Activities
    • Eligible activities include Community Service, Sports, Volunteer Service, Student Clubs, Religious Groups, etc...
    • Resume, CV, Activities List can be submitted with the application to show proof of activities
  • Personal Statement
    • Please describe why you would like to obtain a BSN degree from CDU and what you can do for the underserved communities with a degree from CDU 
  • BSN-Pre-requisite worksheet
    • If you have taken courses towards fulfilling the 15 pre-requisite requirements to be eligible for the BSN Direct Phase, please complete the Pre-Requisite worksheet to assist the enrollment office with your transfer evaluation 

For admissions questions, please contact CDUBSN@cdrewu.edu

For International student questions and admissions requirements, please Click Here

To review the Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Prelicensure Curriculum (124 Units) Click Here

Click Here to review the Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Prelicensure Cost of Attendance ($601 per Unit) 

  • (The cost of Attendance will vary based on your amount of transfer credits)

Click Here to schedule an Advising Session with an Enrollment Specialist 

 

Nursing Direct Intent Phase

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Nursing Direct Phase is designed for non-nurses who are interested in completing course requirements leading to a baccalaureate degree in nursing.  Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination and attaining the Public Health Nurse (PHN) certification following licensure as a registered nurse.  Graduates of this track are prepared at the generalist level to assume the entry level registered nurse role at the point of care. We accept a maximum of 49 units for this Nursing Direct Phase (aligned with the pre-requisite courses below). We admit each Fall and Spring of every year for the Nursing Direct Phase.

Application Requirements for the BSN-Nursing Direct Phase: 

(Enrolls in the Spring (Begins in January and Deadline is December 31st) and Fall (Begins in Augusts and Deadline is July 30th) semester)

  • Complete Application submitted through NursingCAS (Application Fee $55)
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited post-secondary schools attended
    • Minimum GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

      • Applies to Cumulative GPA
    • Applies to Science GPA
  • Complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of “B” or better prior to matriculation (A grade of B- will not be accepted). Science prerequisite courses must be taken within (7) years of the submission of application. 
  • Prerequisite course requirements: 
    1. General Chemistry (3 semester units)
    2. English Composition (3 semester units)
    3. Introduction to Sociology (3 semester units)
    4. Critical Thinking (3 semester units)
    5. U.S. History (3 semester units)
    6. Humanities (2 courses 3 units each to total 6-semester units)
      • humanities, ethnic studies, some music appreciation courses may fulfill requirement
    7. Public Speaking (3 semester units
    8. College Algebra (Statistics cannot be used to fulfill the requirement) (3 semester units)
    9. Human Anatomy & Human Physiology with lab (4 semester units each to total 8 units)
      • Human Anatomy & Physiology can be taken together, if so both courses must have a lab
    10. General Psychology (3 semester units)
    11. General Microbiology (3 semester units)
    12. ART (3 semester units) 
    13. Political Science (3 semester units)
  •  One letter of recommendation (academic/professional/school counselor) - 
    • Recommendations should address the following areas:

      • A. Relationships with work (paid or voluntary) associates
      • B. Work competence
      • C. Communication and interpersonal skills with persons of diverse backgrounds
      • D. Leadership skills or potential
      • E. Values, ethical standards, responsibility, and initiative
  • Evidence of Extracurricular Activities
    • Eligible activities include Community Service, Sports, Volunteer Service, Student Clubs, Religious Groups, etc...
    • Resume, CV, Activities List can be submitted with the application to show proof of activities. 
  • Personal Statement
    • Please describe why you would like to obtain a BSN degree from CDU and what you can do for the underserved communities with a degree from CDU
  • BSN-Pre-requisite worksheet

*Please note CDU accepts semester units. Quarter units must be converted to equal semester units. This will ensure that you are meeting our unit requirement.

*** If you already have a Bachelor's degree, you are not eligible for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and will need to apply for the Master of Science in Nursing-Entry Level Master's program

****If you have more than 4 pre-requisites outstanding, and they are not in-progress at the time of application and cannot be completed prior to the start of the upcoming semester, you will need to apply for the BSN Pre-licensure program which enrolls at CDU in the Fall (begins in August) and Summer (begins in May) semesters each year. 

For admissions questions, please contact CDUBSN@cdrewu.edu 

For International student questions and admission requirements, please Click Here 

To review the Bachelor of Science in Nursing- Direct Phase Curriculum (75 Units) Click Here

  • Begins year 2 semester 2 on curriculum plan

Click Here to review the Bachelor of Science in Nursing- Direct Phase Cost of Attendance ($601 per Unit)  

Click Here to schedule an Advising Session with an Enrollment Specialist 

 

 

Transcripts

 Transcripts must be from a regionally accredited institution or evidence of a U.S. equivalent baccalaureate degree based on a foreign credential evaluation must be provided.

  For international students, we only accept evaluations from the following transcript evaluation organizations:

If you need assistance with immigration (I-20 form, F-1 visa, SEVIS, etc.), our Office of International Affairs will be able to assist you. You can contact CDU’s Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) and Director, Office of International Affairs Dr. Lejeune Lockett lejeunelockett@cdrewu.edu or 323-357-3458

Application Review

Please note that while not required, the Prelicensure BSN Admissions Committee has identified the following value-added items which will be noticed and considered on an application:

  • Evidence of commitment to social justice, community wellness and healthcare needs of underserved populations.
  • First Generation College Students.
  • Applicants from Medically Underserved Areas
  • Applicants showing commitment to practice in medically underserved areas.

Admission Contingency:  If offered admission after being interviewed. Matriculation into the program will be contingent upon:

  • Completion of pending prerequisites by deadline
  • Pending prerequisite grade requirement of 3.0 minimum
  • Successful completion of background check and drug screen