School of Nursing

Supplemental content for BS in Nursing - Traditional Program

Admission Information

 

Because the baccalaureate nursing program includes supervised clinical experiences, the nursing faculty reserves the right to limit enrollments. Admission to the program is highly selective.

There are three different application processes for this program. Prospective students should select the appropriate application process for their current student type.

Process 1: Current High School Student

This application process is intended for students who have not attempted any college credits since graduating from high school or earning a GED/HiSET.

  • Application Deadline: February 1 for nursing consideration
  • Applicant Criteria:
    • Applicants must meet the University’s general undergraduate admission requirements, which can be found in the Admissions section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
  • In addition to general requirements, applicants must meet the following criteria:
    • SAT* scores of ≥ 580 reading and ≥ 570 math, or ACT* scores of ≥ 22 math and ≥ 22 English.  *SAT / ACT scores are optional for Fall 2021 applicants
    • High school GPA of 3.0 or above
    • Completed high school biology and chemistry with labs, with grades of B or above in those courses.

Applicants who do not meet one of the above test scores/GPA combinations will be reviewed by the Office of Admissions for possible nursing admission consideration.

    • Application Process
      • Apply to USM
      • Select Nursing as the first choice of major on the application.  

    For questions about the application process, or to check the status of a completed application, students may contact the Office of Admissions.

    Process 2: Current USM Student — with no more than 32 credit hours

    This application process is intended for admitted USM students who can meet Applicant Criteria before they have completed more than 32 college credits. If students wish to pursue this option, they should meet with their Professional Academic Advisor to discuss plans.

    • Application Deadline: Students should apply at the end of the semester in which Applicant Criteria are met, after final course grades are posted.  
    • Applicant Criteria:
      • Complete at least one semester at the University; and
      • Achieve a 3.0 or higher GPA at the University; and
      • Be eligible to take, or have completed MAT 120 or a direct equivalent statistics course; and.
      • Complete one of these sets of science courses with a grade of C or better: CHY 107 Chemistry for Health Sciences (CHY 113 also accepted) or BIO 111 and BIO 112 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab; and
      • Complete two of these social sciences with grades of C or better: PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology, SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology, or HRD 200 Multicultural Human Development; and
      • Complete College Writing with a grade of C or better.
      • If a student does not meet the above criteria before completing more than 32 credits, the student still can apply to the School of Nursing through Process 3.  See below for Process 3 application instructions..
    • Application Process
      • Students should contact their Professional Academic Advisor to get started. Their Professional Academic Advisor will assist students with planning courses to meet the criteria for the change of major to nursing. If the applicant criteria are satisfied, their advisor will assist with the change of major process at the end of a semester after all final grades are posted.  

    For more information about the change of major process and the nursing program application process, students should contact their Professional Academic Advisor. If students are unsure who their advisor is, they should check their MaineStreet Student Center.

    Process 3: Transfer Student

    This application process is intended for current USM students who have completed more than 32 credit hours and any external applicant who does not meet the criteria for application process 1 or 2, including students who have completed college credits at another institution of higher education or who are currently enrolled at another higher education institution.

    Students should verify that they meet the eligibility requirements listed below. Applicants who do not meet all of the criteria will not be considered for admission into the BS in Nursing – Traditional Program.

    • Application Deadline: February 1
      • Notification of Application Decisions: Students will be notified by postal mail in early-to-mid April.
    • Applicant Criteria:
      • Applicants must meet the University’s general undergraduate admission requirements, which can be found in the Admissions section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
    • In addition to general requirements, applicants must meet the following criteria:
      • Hold a minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0 (note that the cumulative college GPA is calculated from the combination of all college courses completed by the student at any institutions that they have attended); and
      • Hold a minimum natural science GPA of 2.67 in natural science courses for nursing that have been completed at the time of application. These courses include direct equivalents of Anatomy and Physiology I with lab, Anatomy and Physiology II with lab, Microbiology with lab, Human Nutrition, an introductory Chemistry course (lab not required), and Pathophysiology. Applicants who have retaken more than 3 natural science courses for nursing, or retaken the same science course more than twice in their college academic history will not be considered for admission.  
    • Application Process for current USM students with more than 32 credit hours:
      • Nursing essay — the essay prompt is described on the Supplemental Application to Nursing; and
      • Nursing resume — resume requirements are described on the Supplemental Application to Nursing.If current USM students have questions about the application process, they should contact their Professional Academic Advisor.
      • Notify the Professional Academic Advisor of plans to apply to the Nursing program.
      • Submit the Online Supplemental Application to Nursing form; which includes: 
    • Application Process for students currently enrolled at another higher education institution or who have completed college credits at another higher education institution and are not eligible for Application Process 1 or 2:
      • Nursing essay — the essay prompt is described on the Supplemental Application to Nursing; and
      • Nursing resume — resume requirements are described on the Supplemental Application to Nursing.

    If students have questions about the application process for transfer students, they should contact the Office of Admissions.

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