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Admission Requirements

Admission Criteria

  1. Students must gain admission to the University of Charleston prior to applying for admission to the BSN Program.  The clinical facilities and the number of faculty available limit the number of students enrolled in the Baccalaureate of Science Nursing Program.  Applicants must be academically admissible or re-admissible.  
  2. Student applications will be reviewed by the BSN admission committee, using a point schedule that weighs GPAs, course work, and TEAS scores when qualified applicants exceed the number of students that the program can accommodate.
  3. Admission into the BSN Program occurs by application prior to the beginning of the sophomore course sequence. Application information may be obtained from:
    1. The BSN Administrative Assistant – Riggleman Hall 400-B, 304-357-4855. 
    2. The BSN Program Chair – Riggleman Hall 400-A, 304-357-4981; debramullins@ucwv.edu 
    3. The BSN Admission Counselor – 304-357-4838; karenhoschar@ucwv.edu 
     
  4. University of Charleston Freshman students need to have their completed admission documents in by April 15, 2014 in order to be considered for admission.
  5. Acceptance to the BSN program will not be official until after May 10, 2014.  Students will then be notified by email and letter.
  6. Transfer students: Admission applications will begin January 1, 2014 and will end August 20, 2014.

Admission Application Documents 

In order to be considered for admission, admission documents have to be submitted in entirety.  Applications will not be reviewed until all the following has been received: 

  1. Proof of admission to the University of Charleston: Admission letter.
  2. Transfer equivalency of transferring coursework submitted by the Registrar’s office.
  3. Submit a copy of a UC Program Evaluation or official transcripts demonstrating a grade point average of 2.75 or > on completed freshman-level BSN Program course work or transfer coursework;
  4. Complete and submit a Nursing Application for Admissions;
  5. Successfully complete and submit a Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), a nationally standardized nursing entrance exam that allows students to demonstrate academic competence in Reading, Math, Science, and English.  Students wanting to prepare for the TEAS exam prior to testing may order a study guide from http://www.atitesting.com.  TEAS exams are scheduled by the University of Charleston Learning Commons located on the third floor of the Schoenbaum Library and may be contacted at (304) 357-6983.  Scores below proficient level require remediation and retesting.  Students may schedule a retest as needed and are limited to -  two total TEAS Exam attempts.  If TEAS exam I is failed, it is expected that the student remediates deficit areas prior to taking TEAS exam II.
  6. Submit a copy of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if you are a student for whom English is a second language with a minimum score of 560.

Transfer Nursing Students

  1. The student must: Submit proof of admission to the University of Charleston: Admission letter.
  2. The student must: Submit official transcripts and standardized test scores.
  3. The student must: Submit a copy of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if you are a student for whom English is a second language with a minimum score of 560.
  4. The student must: Take and pass the TEAS entrance exam/scoring proficient or better.Successfully complete and submit a Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), a nationally standardized nursing entrance exam that allows students to demonstrate academic competence in Reading, Math, Science, and English.  Students wanting to prepare for the TEAS exam prior to testing may order a study guide from http://www.atitesting.com.  TEAS exams are scheduled by the University of Charleston Learning Commons located on the third floor of the Schoenbaum Library and may be contacted at (304) 357-6983.  Scores below proficient level require remediation and retesting.  Students may schedule a retest as needed and are limited to  two total TEAS Exam attempts.  If TEAS exam I is failed, it is expected that the student remediates deficit areas prior to taking TEAS exam II.
  5. The student must: Submit a letter of good academic standing from the nursing program director. 
  6. The student must: Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.00 scale and a 2.75 GPA in nursing.
  7. The student must: Have  completed  nursing courses with a “C” or better in nursing theory and a “C” or “P” or better in nursing lab or clinical. Students with prior “D”s or “F”s in nursing courses from other nursing programs will not be considered for admission.
  8. The Nursing Program has to be accredited by a State Board of Nursing.
  9. The student must: Have completed standardized testing requirements within accepted scoring level of the UC BSN program.
  10. The BSN Department has to have a transfer equivalency of course work completed by the registrar.  The BSN Department will request this document from the Registrar.

The BSN department of nursing reserves the right to evaluate all transfer credits.  Additional departmental testing may be required to determine student retention level and placement. The BSN faculty will assess competency levels for placement in the program.

The admissions process will not begin until all completed materials are submitted to: 

BSN Administrative Assistant
University of Charleston
2300 MacCorkle Avenue, SE
Riggleman Hall 400-B
Charleston, WV 25304
 

After Admission:  Clinical Readiness Documents 

After official admission to the BSN program, the student must submit the following documents in entirety by August 1, 2013: 

  1. American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR Card.
  2. Negative PPD tuberculosis test result or chest x-ray result.
  3. Laboratory results for mumps, rubella, Rubeola,   Varicella, and Hepatitis B serum titers demonstrating immunity.  If any titer shows non-immunity then also submit evidence of receiving vaccination against that specific disease.  Students accepted with the initial vaccine in the series, who do not have titers indicating immunity, will be accepted conditionally.  Those conditionally admitted are expected to present evidence of continuing the series of vaccines required to establish immunity on schedule and subsequently to present the evidence of a titer confirming immunity.  Students who do not meet these continuing responsibilities are not eligible for clinical labs in the University’s collaborating agencies and thus cannot pass the nursing classes required.
  4. Verification of the DTaP Vaccination.
  5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if you are a student for whom English is a second language with a minimum score of 560.
  6. Certified background check from www.CertifiedBackground.com.

AND: 

  1. submit a copy of a current documented flu vaccination by October 1, 2014. 
  2. attend the annual BSN orientation to be held : August , 2014.  Actual date, time and location will be announced. 

If you have any questions or need to set up an appointment to discuss the BSN program, please contact Anita Diaz, Administrative Assistant at anitadiaz@ucwv.edu, karenhoschar@ucwv.edu, BSN Admission’s Counselor or debramullins@ucwv.edu, BSN Department Chair.

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