Admission Requirements



Apply to the Professional Nursing Sequence

Level of Academic Achievement Required for Admission

Admission into the nursing program has two phases; phase one is the admission into the pre-professional program and phase two is the admission into the professional program.

Admission to Chicago State University as a nursing major does not guarantee admission into the professional phase of the nursing program. Admission into the professional program is competitive and is based on the academic performance in the freshmen and sophomore years. Only the top forty students are admitted into the professional program.

Requirements and Academic Criteria for Admission into the Pre-professional Program
High school students or students who have taken courses in other institutions are admitted to Chicago State University as a nursing major. The level of academic achievement required to be admitted to the University are the following:

  • Students must obtain a minimum ACT composite score of 18 and a minimum grade point average of 2.75 .
  • High school courses taken must include a minimum of:
    • Four English units emphasizing written and oral communications and literature.
    • Three Mathematics units including introduction through advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry or fundamentals of computer programming.
    • Three social science units including a diversity component
    • Three science units that includes laboratory sciences.
    • Two elective units of foreign language, music, vocational educational or art.

Requirements and Academic Criteria for Admission into the Professional Program

To be admitted into the professional program, both freshmen and transfer students, after completing all the pre-requisite courses, are screened by the Admission, Progression, Retention and Graduation(APRG) Committee using established criteria before they are admitted into the professional program. Applications are accepted in the spring semester and admitted for the fall semester. 

To be considered for admission into the professional phase of the nursing program, the students must:

  • Meet the general admission requirements of the University and be enrolled as a pre-nursing major.
  • Successfully complete the required University placement examinations or developmental courses in English, mathematics and reading. University placement examinations are waived for second baccalaureate degree students.
  • Attain a cumulative and science grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Students must complete the TEAS examination and have their official scores sent to the Nursing Department. 
  • A personal essay of about 200-400 words, typewritten on a separate sheet, describing the factors that influenced your decision to enter the nursing profession and your professional aspirations following completion of the program. 
  • Three recommendation forms in sealed envelopes are required.
  • Complete the following pre-requisite courses with a grade of C or better.
    1. ENG 1270 and 1280 (Composition)
    2. PSYC 1100 and  2000 (Introduction and Life Span Developmental Psychology)
    3. BIOL 1080, 2020, 2021 and 2059 (Cell Biology, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology)
    4. CHEM 1050 (General and Organic Chemistry)
    5. MATH 1200, equivalent or higher level
    6. SOC 1250 or ANTH 1010
    7. HSC 2150 (Introduction to Health Professions)
    8. PHIL 1020 or 1030 (Mathematics/Critical Thinking)
    9. Nine credits of Humanities; six credits must be in a single foreign language. 
    10. PSYC 4190 or  NURS 3329
    11. NURS/HSC 3321             

In addition to the academic requirements, applicants must take note of the following policies:

  • Pre-requisite courses required for admission may be repeated only once when a grade of D or F has been achieved.
  • Natural science courses (BIO 1080, 2020, 2021, 2059 and CHEM 1050) will only be accepted if taken within the past five years.
  • Nursing courses completed in other schools of nursing are not automatically transferable to the nursing curriculum. The APRG Committee will determine course equivalency.
  • In conformity with the Illinois Articulation Initiative, students who enter the nursing program with RN licensure will receive 30 hours of nursing credits; LPN licensure will receive 15 hours of nursing credits. CNA students will receive 3 credit hours of a Nursing Elective once they are admitted to the professional sequence and successfully complete NURS 3050, Nursing Fundamentals. 


Suspension of the LPN to BSN Program

Due to shortage of faculty, admission to the LPN-BSN track has been suspended immediately. Students currently enrolled in the LPN-BSN track are not affected by this development and they will complete their program as planned. LPN applicants can apply for admission through the Basic track and they will receive the 15 hours of nursing credits recognized under the Illinois Articulation Initiative.


Dr. Lisa Young
Interim Chair, Department of Nursing
Tel: 773 995 3901