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School of Nursing

Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What are the entrance requirements to the Nursing program?
  2. Must all pre-nursing courses be completed before admission to the nursing sequence?
  3. What is the deadline for application?
  4. How many entry points are there per year into the School of Nursing?
  5. Are letters of recommendation required?
  6. Does work experience in a health-care facility better an applicant's chances of being selected?
  7. When will notification of acceptance or rejection be made?
  8. Are applicants selected strictly according to G.P.A. (Grade Point Average)?
  9. How many spaces are available in each class?
  10. Who makes up the Admissions Committee?
  11. Once admitted to the Nursing program, how long will it take to complete nursing course requirements?
  12. Can a student accelerate and graduate in less than six semesters?
  13. Will I have to attend school during the summer?
  14. What is the status of freshmen students?
  15. From whom are applications for Admission to the Nursing major available.
  16. What courses from other institutions will transfer?
  17. Is there a Student Nurses Association at Lake Superior State University?
  18. Are there student loans available to help with my education?
  19. Are scholarships available for nursing students?
  20. Once I've been admitted to the Nursing major, must I always maintain a cumulative grade point average?
  21. What if I fail a nursing course?

1. What are the entrance requirements to the Nursing program?

The following courses must be completed prior to admission into the clinical portion of the nursing program. Students must complete these courses with an overall grade point average no less than 2.7 on a 4 point scale. Each class must be completed with a grade of "C" or better:

BIOL121 Human Anatomy & Physiology I  4
BIOL122 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
CHEM108 Applied Chemistry 3
COMM101 Human Communication 3
ENGL110 Freshman Composition I 3
ENGL111 Freshman Composition II 3
PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 4
PSYC155 Lifespan Development 3
SOCY101 Introduction to Sociology 4

2. Must all pre-nursing courses be completed before admission to the nursing sequence?

Yes.  The pre-nursing program was designed to meet specific needs in the nursing curriculum.

3. What is the deadline for application?

When the applicant has completed or is completing the pre-nursing courses, they can apply:  The second Tuesday of March for fall admission and second Tuesday of November for spring admission.

4. How many entry points are there per year into the School of Nursing?

Two.  Fall and Spring Semester.

5. Are letters of recommendation required?

No. That is no longer a requirement for the admission process.

6. Does work experience in a health-care facility better an applicant's chances of being selected?

No.  It is more important that you get a good college preparation program in high school. Frequently, students take nurse aid type courses in high school at the expense of getting chemistry, algebra, and other critical science and math courses.  Work experience may help you better decide about your nursing career, however, proper academic preparation in math and science will result in greater success in college.

7. When will notification of acceptance or rejection be made.

Final acceptance occurs following posting of course grades and review; approximately June 1 for Fall Admission and December 27 for Spring Admission.

8. Are applicants selected strictly according to G.P.A. (Grade Point Average)?

No.  You must have a "C" or better and a 2.7 G.P.A. and a "C" or better in all prerequisite courses.

9. How many spaces are available in each class?

24 for each semester.

10. Who makes up the Admissions Committee?

Faculty and the Dean and/or Chair.

11. Once admitted to the Nursing program, how long will it take to complete nursing course requirements?

Approximately three years or 6 semesters.

12. Can a student accelerate and graduate in less than six semesters?

Not at this time.

13. Will I have to attend school during the summer?

RN to BSN Completion students and Practical Nursing students will have summer courses. Many students, however, choose to take some non-nursing courses during the summer so that they have a lighter course load in the regular academic year.

14. Can a student take nursing courses without being enrolled in the School of Nursing?

Currently, there are courses offered which do not require admission to the nursing major.  Please refer to the current bulletin for information regarding particular course prerequisites.  Your nursing advisor can also help you with course selection.

15. What is the status of freshmen students?

Freshman and others completing the pre-nursing requirements are classified as "pre-nursing" students and, as such, are assigned an advisor from the School of Nursing secretary.

16. What courses from other institutions will transfer?

All non-nursing courses in which a "C" or better was received and which are collegiate level are usually acceptable for transfer credit.  Please contact the Registrar's office for information on specific courses or use the course equivalency tool at http://www.lssu.edu/equivalency/.

17. Is there a Student Nurses Association at Lake Superior State University?

 Yes.  Contact the School of Nursing for meeting times and places.  Freshmen and new students are encouraged to join.

18. Are there student loans available to help with my education?

 Yes.  In fact there are several loans available specific to nursing students.  Check with the Financial Aid Office for more specific information.

19. Are scholarships available for nursing students?

Yes.  Scholarship information is available from the Financial Aid Office, this website, and in the Student Nurses Handbook.

20. Once I've been admitted to the Nursing major, must I always maintain a cumulative grade point average?

Yes.  While you are in the Nursing major, you must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.  However, if you drop out for any reason, you may be required to raise your grade point average before readmittance is allowed.

21. What if I fail a nursing course?

You must immediately discuss your problems with your nursing advisor and reapply for placement into the course.  Note:  You may repeat a nursing course only once. Two failures in any combination of nursing courses or nursing support courses will result in dismissal.

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