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 Admission Requirements 



Admission Requirements for the RN to BSN Program:

Applicants must have:

  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse
  • Minimum of 63 non-remedial college credits
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5

Transfer credits:

  • All non remedial credits from Associate Degree nursing programs transfer. Review Transfer Course Equivalencies website for more specifics.
  • Diploma graduates are granted 30 credits for their nursing coursework. Any college credits earned while in the diploma program will transfer.
  • All credits from Baccalaureate Degree in another discipline will transfer: applicant will complete only the 39 credits in the nursing curriculum.
  • Liberal Studies: All students must complete 48 liberal studies credits. These courses can be transferred in or completed during the RN to BSN program.

Admission Procedure

Applicants should apply online to SRU Admissions:

  • a completed application
  • application fee of $30.00
  • official transcripts from every post-secondary institution (including school of nursing)
  • copy of RN license

Application Process:

  • Application will be reviewed by SRU Admissions Office per Department of Nursing criteria
  • If admissable, student will be sent an offer letter by SRU Admissions
  • Applicant will respond to the offer of admissions
  • Nursing Chair will review materials and send a welcome letter and RN to BSN worksheet with a list of all courses needed to meet the graduation requirements

Admission Requirements for the School Nurse Certificate:

Applicants must meet the following PA Department of Education requirements:

  • A completed BSN degree
  • Current unrestricted Pennsylvania license as a registered nurse; action on license or positive background check may affect your ability to be certified
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for admission, 3.0 GPA maintained while in the program

Immediately prior to taking N623 Nursing Practice with School Populations-PR, which contains the 100 hours of precepted experience with a certified school nurse, the student must show proof of:

  • Completion of NURS 603, SEFE 607, and a minimum of 2 Special Education courses completed prior to taking NURS 622-623
  • Current CPR Certification 
  • Clearances:
    • Act 34  Clearance -- PA State Police Criminal Record Check
    • Act 151 Clearance -- PA Child Abuse History 
    • Act 114 Clearance -- FBI Background Check  

(Please Note: Fingerprinting must be completed through the Department of Education, not the Department of Public Welfare.)                                                                              

  • Proof of personal professional malpractice insurance                  

Applicants should apply online to SRU Graduate Admissions:

A completed graduate application includes:

  • Copy of RN license
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary academic institutions (including school of nursing)
  • Application fee

Application Process:

  • Application will be reviewed by SRU Graduate Admissions Office 
  • If admissable offer letter will be sent to applicant by SRU Graduate Admissions
  • Applicant must respond to the offer of admission
  • Program Coordinator will review application and send a welcome letter and worksheet with a list of all courses needed to complete the School Nurse Certificate program
  • Applicants are accepted each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) until the courses are full
  • If courses are full, applicant will be offered admission into the program for the next semester

Questions contact Dr. Peggy Shipley, or 724-738-2325 

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The RN to BSN Program is accredited:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).
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