Nursing Requirements

Upon acceptance, the applicant is admitted to Campbell University as a general undergraduate student and is identified as a BS General Science (BSGS) with the Pre-Nursing concentration (BSGS pre-nursing) student for the first two years. During the sophomore year, BSGS pre-nursing students complete a competitive admission application to the Catherine W. Wood School of Nursing.

Admission Process

  • The traditional pre-licensure nursing curriculum is offered to qualified high school graduates, university and community college transfer students.
    • Traditional students are usually high school graduates with no prior college experience.
    • Transfer students usually have completed courses in an academic setting such as a community college, four-year or two-year college/university.
  • All Campbell University (CU) applicants with intent to enter the pre-nursing program must be admitted to Campbell University through the Undergraduate Admissions process.
  • The nursing curriculum consists of two distinct separations – BSGS pre-nursing for the first two years and BSN for the last two years. All students (Traditional and Transfer) are initially noted as BSGS pre-nursing students. 
  • The BSGS pre-nursing courses provide a foundation of knowledge in the arts and sciences and satisfy the General College Curriculum (GCC) courses.
    • Traditional students may meet these requirements via CU courses and/or advanced placement credit approved by the Registrar.
    • Transfer students may meet these requirements via Registrar approved transfer courses from NC Community Colleges and/Universities. View the North Carolina Community College Course Equivalences to Campbell University.
    • All traditional and transfer students will be assigned to the Pre-Professional Office for advisement.
  • All BSGS pre-nursing students must demonstrate satisfactory completion (no less than “C”) of all the designated prerequisites courses prior to admission into the BSN portion.
  • Completion of all pre-nursing courses does not, in itself, guarantee admission into the BSN Program. The BSN program requires a competitive, holistic application with the following requirements:
    • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or above is preferred. The minimum cumulative GPA is 2.8.
    • Science Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above is preferred (Biology, Microbiology, Human Anatomy I & II) is preferred. The minimum science GPA is 2.75.
    • Written essay (For qualified applicants)
    • Interview (For qualified applicants)
  • The BSN application process will commence each spring semester in January. Pre-nursing students who have satisfactorily completed or will satisfactorily complete all prerequisite courses prior to the fall semester of the beginning of professional nursing courses should submit a completed BSN application. 
  • All BSGS pre-nursing students should attend a Pre-Application Advising Session sponsored by the nursing program faculty and staff prior to submitting an application.
  • Transfer applicants must be fully accepted to the University within an undergraduate program, preferably the BSGS pre-nursing program with all transcripts on file PRIOR TO THE START of the BSN admission cycle in January of each year.


BSN Admission

The process of BSN Upper Division admission is a joint collaborative effort with the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (CPHS) Admissions Office and the School of Nursing. A representative is assigned to the School of Nursing (SON) and facilitates the competitive application process. This member joins all SON meetings relative to the admission process, selection and notification.

The admissions process includes meeting all coursework with a minimum grade of “C”. Coursework may be in progress at the time of application, but completed by the end of the spring semester of their BSN application year. The preferred minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale with the minimum for admission a 2.80. The preferred minimum science GPA is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale with the minimum for admission a 2.75 as well.

For those with a qualified GPA, the admissions process includes a personal interview and essay. The Admissions Committee evaluates each applicant’s academic performance, essay, special skills and any abilities that enhance the nursing profession. Applicants are notified by the CPHS Admissions Office of the conditional decision through email and an official decision letter delivered after receipt of spring grades. BSGS pre-nursing students that do not achieve qualified status can continue within the BS General Science degree by completing the remaining degree requirements or choose an alternate degree option available at Campbell University.

Students currently enrolled in an accredited nursing program that wish to transfer to Campbell University may be eligible for transfer credit. To be considered, a grade of “C” or better must have been earned in the course work and been completed within the previous three years. The official transcript and copy of the course syllabus must be submitted to the School of Nursing for determination of course equivalency by faculty. Transfer credit is not granted automatically and is restricted to didactic courses with no clinical component. A letter from the Dean indicating that the student left in good academic and professional standing is required.

The admissions process includes meeting all coursework with a minimum grade of “C” in each pre-requisite class.

Program Requirements

  • American Heart Association BLS Health Care Provider Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate prior to BSN coursework
  • Criminal background check
  • Applicants must have documentation of a physical examination and the following vaccines prior to BSN coursework:
    • Hepatitis B
    • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)
    • MMR {or positive titer for immunization verification}
    • Varicella {or positive titer for immunization verification}
    • Influenza
    • Two step TB skin test. If the TB test is positive, a chest x-ray is required.
    • COVID-19
  • The student must meet the core performance standards (Technical Standards) for Sensory/Observation, Communication, Motor/Mobility, Behavioral, Interpersonal and Emotional/Professional Relationships, and Cognitive, Conceptual, and Quantitative/Critical Thinking.

Campbell University does not discriminate in the recruitment, admission, educational process, or treatment of students. Students who have self-identified their disabilities, provided documentation of their disabilities, and requested reasonable accommodations are entitled to receive approved modifications of programs, appropriate academic adjustments, or auxiliary aids that enable them to participate in and benefit from all educational programs and activities.

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