Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Admissions Process

The Yancey School of Nursing has a limited enrollment. Applicants are reviewed by the Nursing faculty. Selection of Yancey School of Nursing applicants is based on the following criteria:


  1. Successful completion of the following pre-requisite or equivalent courses with a “C” or above:
    • ENG 101: English Composition I
    • ENG 102: English Composition II
    • BIO 113: Anatomy & Physiology I
    • BIO 114: Anatomy & Physiology II
    • BIO 115: Anatomy & Physiology Lab
    • HCP 101: Introduction to Psychology
  2. Completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours or more of college-level course work (courses numbered below the 100 level will not be considered as part of the required 30 credit hours).
  3. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all college courses taken (as a high school or college student). Science grades are averaged if courses have been repeated.
  4. Minimum ACT Composite score of 21 or previously completed degree from an accredited institution.
  5. The Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Test of Academic Essential Skills (TEAS) may be used as an alternative to the ACT requirement for applicants meeting the following eligibility criteria:
    -Are more than 5 years post high school AND
    o Have never taken the ACT or SAT OR
    o Have <21 ACT minimum TEAS total score of 60% will be accepted in lieu of a minimum 21 ACT. Official transcripts must be submitted directly from ATI. Retake scores will be accepted if the following conditions are met:o Retake must be a different test version than previous attempts
    o No more than 3 retakes in a year
    o Remediation period of two weeks between retakes
    Applicants must visit ATI Testing and complete online registration for a test administration in their location.
  6. Minimum TOEFL iBTA English proficiency score of 84 and speaking score of 26 required for applicants for whom English is not their native language.
  7. Personal statement describing the applicant’s interest in nursing as a career and the reason for desiring to enroll in the nursing major.
  8. Anatomy and Physiology I & II (life sciences courses) must have been completed within 5 years prior to application to the nursing major.
  9. Personal interviews may be required.

Applicants with more than 2 failures of required courses within 3 years of application to the nursing major are ineligible to apply.

KCU does not guarantee that programs that fulfill Kentucky licensure requirements will satisfy the criteria of professional licensure boards in other states or territories. Students from outside the state of Kentucky who are considering a program of study that may lead to professional licensure should contact the appropriate licensing agency in their state of residence before beginning a course of study. Eligibility for licensure and/or certification may involve more than successful degree completion.
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