School of Nursing
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the entrance requirements to the Nursing program?
The following courses must be completed prior to admission into the clinical portion of the nursing program. Students must complete these courses with an overall grade point average no less than 2.7 on a 4 point scale. Each class must be completed with a grade of “C” or better:
|BIOL121||Human Anatomy & Physiology I||4|
|BIOL122||Human Anatomy & Physiology II||4|
|ENGL110||Freshman Composition I||3|
|ENGL111||Freshman Composition II||3|
|PSYC101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|SOCY101||Introduction to Sociology||4|
Must all pre-clinical courses be completed before admission to the nursing sequence?
Yes. But one can be in the last of their pre-clinical classes and be able to apply for the upcoming semester.
What is the deadline for application?
First Friday in May for fall semester cohort. First Friday in December for the spring semester cohort.
How often do you admit to the BSN program?
Twice. Fall and Spring semesters.
Are letters of recommendation required?
Does work experience in a health-care facility better an applicant’s chances of being selected?
Not necessarily. It is sometimes more important that you get a good college preparation program in high school. Frequently, students do take nurse aid type courses in high school at the expense of getting chemistry, algebra, and other critical science and math courses which is sometimes a detriment to getting accepted into registered nursing programs. However, work experience may help you better decide about your nursing career.
When will notification of acceptance or rejection be made.
Final acceptance occurs following posting of course grades and review; approximately June 1 for Fall Admission and December 27 for Spring Admission.
Are applicants selected strictly according to G.P.A. (Grade Point Average)?
No. You must have a cumulative 2.70 GPA both at the university level and for the pre-clinical courses (first year). A C- grade is considered a failure for pre-clinical classes. We also require TEAS testing at a proficient level and use individual scores in the application decision process.
How many spaces are available in each class?
28 for each semester. 56 per year.
Who makes up the Admissions Committee?
2-3 Faculty members and the Dean and/or Chair.
Once admitted to the Nursing program, how long will it take to complete nursing course requirements?
Approximately three years or 6 semesters. No nursing classes are offered in the summer. You may take General Education courses in the summer months, if offered.
Can a student accelerate and graduate in less than six semesters?
No. Not at this time.
Will I have to attend school during the summer?
Many students choose to take some non-nursing courses during the summer so that they have a lighter course load in the regular academic year. Note: RN to BSN Completion students will have summer courses.
Can a student take nursing courses without being enrolled in the BSN program?
All NURS prefixed classes require admission. However, there are courses offered which do not require admission to the nursing major threaded through the program. You must plan to meet with your advisor for class selection.
What is the status of freshmen students?
Freshman, and others completing the pre-nursing requirements, are classified as “pre-nursing” students until accepted into a BSN program cohort. All are assigned a faculty advisor within the School of Nursing.
Is there a Student Nurses Association at Lake Superior State University?
Yes, our organization is called the Lake State Student Nurses Association. All LSSU nursing students are encouraged to join.
Are there student loans available to help with my education?
Yes. In fact there are several loans and scholarships available to nursing students. Contact the Financial Aid office for more information on students loans.
Once I’ve been admitted to the BSN program, must I always maintain a certain cumulative grade point average?
Yes. While you are in the Nursing major, you must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.7.
What if I fail a nursing course?
You must immediately discuss your problems with your nursing advisor and reapply for placement into the course. Note: You may repeat a nursing course only once. Two failures in any combination of nursing courses or nursing support courses will result in dismissal. Talk to your advisor about the eligibility of an appeal process.
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