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, must be reviewed at the completion of the freshman year 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.
For students who have previously attended any other nursing program, a letter of good standing from the director of that program is required. This letter is to be sent directly to the Undergraduate Nursing Program office.
In order to be formally accepted into the sophomore year and begin nursing clinical courses, the student must have earned the following:
- At least 34 required La Salle University credits in the liberal arts and sciences (full-time day program); 58 credits in the liberal arts and sciences (part-time ACHIEVE program)
- A grade of “C” or higher in Developmental Psychology
- An overall cumulative 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 proficient category on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) pre-entrance exam (Undeclared Health Science majors only – this will be taken in the spring of the freshman year).
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 Student Handbooks.