Nursing requirements

Admission requirements for the Bluffton University nursing program:

    • Admission to Bluffton University.
    • Minimum 2.5 Cumulative GPA.
    • Minimum 23 ACT/ 1130 SAT Score (scores may be super score)
    • High School chemistry and biology courses with a B or better or college equivalent course with C or better.
    • STNA Certificate – suggest completion the summer following high school graduation.
    • Basic Cardiac Life Support Professional Level Certificate through American Heart Association or Red Cross.
    • Successful completion of the National League for Nursing RN Pre-Admission exam.

Consideration will be given:

    • To students with an ACT composite score of 22 (or super score) in conjunction with a high school GPA of 3.5 or better, and who meet the high school chemistry and biology requirements.
    • Select students not meeting the above ACT criteria may be granted the option to enter the first year nursing curriculum in a pre-nursing status based on individual academic review by the Nursing Program Admissions committee.  Students may also be offered entry into pre-nursing status as a 5-year option based on the student’s previous academic history. Students granted either pre-nursing option must pass all first year nursing core courses with a C or better and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher during their first year (first and second year if on a 5 year plan). Students granted pre-nursing status must also meet all other outlined requirements for admission to Bluffton University.