Admission Policies

Bachelor of Science admission policies

The nursing admission committee of the University selects applicants who are deemed to be best qualified to succeed in the nursing program.  Prospective nursing students must meet certain standards to be directly admitted into the nursing program.  These standards are not the same standards used for admission into Dakota Wesleyan University.  Students can be denied direct admission into nursing but may be eligible for admission into other majors at DWU or have the opportunity to apply for nursing during their sophomore year.

Rationale for nursing requirements: identified admission requirements are based on the emphasis of standardized exam skills needed for the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

  1. Admission to each of Dakota Wesleyan’s three nursing tracks (i.e., on-campus bachelor’s program, online RN-BS, and hybrid LPN-BS) is competitive. This means that, historically, there are more applicants than there are available seats in each program and cohort. The Nursing Admissions Committee considers the following criteria in ranking applicants for admission to each track:
    • The applicant’s ACT or SAT score, (to be competitive in the admission process, applicants should have a composite ACT score of 19 or above or an SAT score of 900 (critical reading + math).
    • The applicant’s ACT or SAT reading score, (to be competitive in the admission process, applicants should have an ACT reading sub score of 20 or above or an SAT critical reading sub score of 400 or above.
    • Students are able to opt out of taking the ACT/ SAT, but will not be eligible for direct admission.
    • The applicant’s high school (or college) cumulative grade point average (GPA) should be a 2.7 or above, in order to be competitive in admission’s process.
    • To be considered for early direct admission, students must obtain a composite ACT score of 25 or above and cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher.  Students must maintain 3.0 GPA in nursing prerequisite coursework and complete prerequisite classes with a minimum grade of “C-“ or higher (“C” in English) prior to starting the nursing program. Students who opt out of taking the ACT/SAT, will not be eligible for direct admission. (see Test-optional Admissions policy
  2. College students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 for acceptance into the nursing program.  The nursing admission committee will review and provisionally accept students to the nursing program at the end of their freshman year.  They will be granted full acceptance to the nursing program after the first semester of their sophomore year provided they have maintained the required 2.7 GPA.
    • Students who do not meet the required 2.7 GPA at the end of their freshman year may request to be reviewed again during the first semester of their sophomore year and be granted provisional acceptance if they have made progress in their GPA and/or their midterm grades indicate progress.  They will be granted full acceptance to the nursing program after the first semester of their sophomore year if they have achieved a 2.7 GPA.
  3. A minimum grade of C in English composition and a minimum grade of C- in all general education and support courses.
  4. Only one general education or support course listed on the student's plan of study can be repeated one time.
  5. A passing grade of B- (79.5%) in nursing theory and a “satisfactory” in clinical and simulation must be achieved to successfully complete a nursing course.  

General information for any transfer student entering the DWU nursing program

  • Transfer students must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours with a GPA of 2.7 or above from an accredited college or university.
  • Transfer students must provide documentation of earning a minimum grade of C in English composition and C- in general education and support courses at an accredited college or university.  No general education or support course can be repeated more than one time.
  • Science courses must be completed in the past 10 years.  Credit for science courses taken ten years ago or more must be validated by successful completion of a test or retaking the course.  Consideration may be given to waiving this requirement for applicants who maintain current knowledge in the sciences by working in nursing.