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Pre-Licensure BSN Application Information

Admission to Austin Peay State University does not guarantee acceptance to the nursing program. The nursing program is very competitive and only a limited number of students are admitted each semester. 

Fall Start: Application for the Fall Semester are available from March 1st to May 1st of each year. Applications must be submitted to the School of Nursing by 12:00 p.m. on May 1st for consideration for the Fall Semester.

Spring Start: Application for the Spring Semester are available from July 1st to September 1st of each year. Applications must be submitted to the School of Nursing by 12:00 p.m. on September 1st for consideration for the Spring Semester.

 In order to apply the student must:

  • Be admitted to Austin Peay State University.  
  • Complete and submit the School of Nursing application by the application deadline. Only competed applications will be considered for admission.
  • Have completed at least 30 hours nursing pre-requisite courses (must include at least 8 hours of science and 6 hours of English), maintaining a GPA above 3.0. Biology courses must be within seven (7) years of the time of application.
  • Have a documented plan for completion of remaining 18 hours of nursing prerequisite classes
  • Completed the required standardized nursing entrance examination by the School of Nursing application deadline. The required examination may be taken once per application period. Further information pertaining to the standardized examination can be found on the School of Nursing webpages.

Students previously enrolled in a nursing program must submit a letter of good standing from the dean/director of the previous nursing program along with a transcript.

All general education core and nursing prerequisites must be completed prior to starting nursing courses, if conditionally accepted into the program. If a conditionally accepted student fails to successfully complete all general education core and nursing prerequisites courses with a ā€œCā€ or better the student will not be permitted to begin nursing courses.

Selection of Candidates:

The School of Nursing Admissions Committee selects applicants who meet all admission criteria. There are a limited number of placements, not all applicants meeting the eligibility requirements will be offered admissions. Selections will be based on a combination of GPA (based on APSU general education core and nursing prerequisites or transfer equivalent) and the overall standardized examination exam score. (Designated ROTC Scholarship recipients meeting admission criteria will be approved for admission.