How long is your nursing program?

The School of Nursing offers 2 major tracks; the length of each track differs.

  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) is about 2.5 years
  • Pre-nursing to BSN is about 3.5 years

Do you have LVN to RN or LVN to BSN?

LVN to RN and LVN to BSN tracks are not offered.  Although an LVN is not required for the BSN program, due to the fact that SON implements a holist point-system, an LVN carries the most points under the Clinical Experience category.

When do you accept students into your BSN program?

In Spring (March) and Fall (September) quarters, School of Nursing (SON)

  1. Accepts applications from eligible transfer students with 9 nursing prerequisites completed from accredited colleges
  2. Admits qualified AUHS pre-nursing students into the BSN program

What are the GPA and Entrance Exam (TEAS) requirements?

SON admits transfer students who have achieved the following:

  • A 2.5 minimum Entrance GPA
  • A 2.5 minimum Science GPA
  • A 2.5 minimum Pre-requisite GPA
  • A minimum of 65% on the TEAS

Do science classes expire at your school?  Must I have completed the pre-requisite courses at any other schools before submitting my application? Can I re-take expired courses at your school?

The science classes must have been taken within 5 years by enrollment.  The expired prerequisites can be repeated at AUHS or at any other accredited schools as long as the course met AUHS transfer credit policy.

Must I have completed the nursing prerequisites before applying to the nursing program? When Do you offer prerequisite courses?

  • No, you do not have to have all the prerequisites before applying to the university. If you wish to apply to the BSN program, completion of the 9 prerequisites is required.
  • In Winter (January), Spring (March), Summer (June) and Fall (September) quarters, because the prerequisites and GE courses are offered, the university will consider pre-nursing applicants with:
  1. A GED or high school diploma from accredited high schools, or
  2. At least 60 semester or 72 quarter units from accredited colleges if without a GED or high school diploma, or
  3. An AS/AA or a BA/ BS or higher degree from accredited

Do I have to submit another application to the school of nursing after I complete the prerequisites at AUHS?

No, no second application is required.

Nevertheless, being accepted into the pre-nursing/GE program does not guarantee admission into the nursing program. In order for the AUHS pre-nursing students to be admitted by SON, they must have completed and at least met the Nursing Admission requirements; otherwise, they will not start the nursing program.

When can I apply?  Where can I get the application?

AUHS Nursing Admission is on a rolling system: first come, first serve. In other words, as long as you have completed and met/exceeded the minimum admission requirements and as long as the program has not yet reached its capacity, SON will continue to review and make admission decisions.

To find out if the program is accepting applications or to locate application forms, you can visit our website or contact

How does the School of Nursing select applicants for admission?

The Admission Committee, consisting of members from SON and the GE department, uses a pre-set selection criteria, based on a holistic approach, to assign points the applicant on:

  • TEAS Assessment Overall Test Score (at least 65%). Students enrolled in the 3-year BSN program will take the TEAS after completing all the pre-requisites before any major nursing courses.
  • GPAs in all the transferable, science and prerequisite courses; for High school students, the level of sciences and math classes and their GPAs. AP and SAT scores in those science subjects are good indicators.
  • Essay and Resume: SON values your professional license/certificate, paid or unpaid clinical experience.
  • Interviews: Effective communication and cultural competency is the key to quality patient care; your understanding of the expectations of the field and nursing program avoids confusion. Candidates must be invited to participate in a schedule interviews by email. No show to any scheduled interviews/meetings may lead to your disqualification.

Do you accept applications from foreign students?  Do you issue I-20?

Yes. Student Affairs office issues I-20 after the applicant is accepted to the program.

Admissions office determines if a foreign student has met the minimum admission requirements from official evaluated academic records and test scores. As for academic records, when transcripts are written in any language other than English, the foreign applicant may choose one of the approved agencies for translation and evaluation services with a nominal fee for the conversion of the grades and the grade point average (GPA) to a 4.0 scale and the degree evaluation. As for English language competency: Regardless of citizenship, whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English, must demonstrate competence in English by taking the TOFEL test. A minimum score of 550 (paper), 213 (CBST) or 80 (IBST) on the TOEFL Test is required to be considered.

Can I take the state board exam (NCLEX-RN) before I graduate?

No. The NCLEX-RN can only be taken after your BSN has been awarded and the graduation requirements are fulfilled.