Apply to the Professional Nursing Sequence
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.
High school students or students who have taken courses in other institutions are admitted to Chicago State University as a Pre-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 16 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.
- 6th semester transcript acceptable before graduation, GED required if non-high school graduate or graduate of non-accredited school.
- Official transcripts from home-schooling guilds or associations.
- Test Results
- Personal Statement
- Letter of Recommendation
To be admitted into the professional program, both freshmen and transfer students, after completing all the prerequisite 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 due April, 1st each year for admission in 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.
- Complete the following pre-requisite courses with a grade of C or better.
- ENG 1270 and 1280 (Composition)
- PSYC 1100 and 2000 (Introduction and Life Span Developmental Psychology)
- BIOL 1080, 2020, 2021 and 2059 (Cell Biology, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology)
- CHEM 1050 (General and Organic Chemistry)
- MATH 1200, equivalent or higher level
- SOC 1250 or ANTH 1010
- HSC 2150 (Introduction to Health Professions)
- PHIL 1020 or 1030 (Mathematics/Critical Thinking)
- Nine credits of Humanities; six credits must be in a single foreign language.
- PSYC 4190 or NURS 3329
- 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 3051, Nursing Fundamentals.
- The department reserves the right to terminate students' enrollment in the nursing program when their health, academic record, or nursing performance indicate that it would be inadvisable and/or unsafe for them to continue in the preparation for the practice of professional nursing. If at any time during the program a student exhibits behavior which the faculty regards as unethical (disruptive, dishonest, disrespectful, or involving alcohol or drug abuse), the student will be given a hearing by the Admission, Progression, Retention, and Graduation Committee and a recommendation will be made regarding retention or dismissal form the nursing program. All nursing majors must follow the policies, procedures, and curriculum in the Department of Nursing Student Handbook on admission, progression, retention, and graduation and adhere to all university policies including academic conduct (e.g., plagiarism).
- Students applying to the professional sequence component must complete or transfer in the pre-professional courses. Credentials will be reviewed by the Admission, Progression, Retention and Graduation (APRG) Committee for formal acceptance into the professional sequence. Applications and supporting documents from regular and transfer students must be received by 1st of April every year in order to be considered for Fall admission into the professional sequence of the program. Students are selected according to ranking criteria. ATI TEAS Standardized exam is required for all nursing applicants. A fee is associated with this exam.
- Students must have a semester GPA and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above. Pre-requisite and co-requisite courses may be repeated only once when a grade of D or F has been achieved or to improve a grade. Students are required to take standardized achievement tests as determined by the department. Students must successfully complete all nursing and co-requisite courses with a grade of C or better.
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