ADMISSION TO THE NURSING MAJOR
Students who are interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree in Nursing at La Salle University in the full-time day program must first apply for admission to the University. An official high school transcript or GED is required of all applicants to the University interested in pursuing a nursing degree.
All students, regardless of University admission coding as a Nursing student or an Undeclared Health Sciences student, must be reviewed at the completion of the freshman year (effective Fall 2015) by the undergraduate Nursing Program's Admissions and Academic Standards Committee. This review does not require a separate application for admission. However, formal acceptance into the clinical courses of the major through this review is required. This review consists of both academic and non-academic requirements, including criteria such as (but not limited to) the student’s overall GPA, science GPA, criminal background and health history. The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing reserves the right to deny a professional license to any applicant who has been convicted of a felony or any offense related to the use and sale of alcohol or controlled substances in Pennsylvania or any other state. Other felony convictions and certain misdemeanor offenses may be considered impaired moral character. The determination of whether such conduct constitutes poor moral character is a discretionary matter for the Board of Nursing. Students should contact the Board with questions pertaining to this policy; however, the SBON typically does not address questions related to individual circumstances until once an applicant makes a formal application requesting licensure.
Students will be admitted into the Nursing major in the sophomore year (effective Fall 2016).. In order to be formally accepted into the sophomore year and begin nursing clinical courses, the student must have earned the following:
• At least 35 required La Salle University credits in the core and pre-requisite courses in the liberal arts and sciences;
• A grade of “C” or higher in Developmental Psychology;
• An overall GPA of 3.0;
• A Science GPA of 3.0, with completion of Chemistry (4cr), Microbiology (4cr), Anatomy & Physiology I (4cr), and Anatomy & Physiology II (4 cr); no individual science course grade may be lower than a “C”; students may only repeat one science one-time in order to achieve the required 3.0 GPA or required minimum course grade.
• A score at or above the 50th percentile on the National League for Nursing (NLN) pre-entrance exam in both reading and math (Undeclared Health Science majors only – will be taken in the spring of their freshman year).
• A cleared child abuse check, a cleared criminal record check from the state of Pennsylvania and primary residence state, and a cleared FBI nationwide fingerprint check.
Students should be aware that the grading system and requirements for a passing grade in the undergraduate nursing program as well as most programs within the School of Nursing and Health Sciences are different than those of the general University. Specific grading scales are published in the SONHS Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Programs’ Handbook.
All students are required to have taken a standardized test that includes critical reading comprehension and math proficiency scores. This test (e.g., SAT, ACT) must have been taken within three years of the student being considered for formal acceptance into the clinical nursing courses. Additional alternate testing may be required based on the timing or score range of original testing. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of any student who is requesting credit evaluation through WES or who has attended secondary school in a foreign country. As clear and effective verbal communication is a necessary ability for a professional nurse to practice safely when caring for patients and when communicating with other interprofessional health care team members, the TOEFL is also required for any student whose primary language is not English and for any student for whom the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee deems a language/communication evaluation is necessary.