Admission Requirements, Bryan College of Health Sciences

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Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Programs

Biomedical Sciences

  • Cumulative high school GPA of a 3.25 on a 4.0 scale, from an accredited high school or GED
  • Cumulative GPA of a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for high school math and science
  • High school required courses:
    Four years of science (including biology and chemistry)
    Four years of math (including algebra I & II and geometry)
  • Recommended courses:
    physics, calculus or trigonometry
  • ACT composite score of 22 or above or SAT total of 1650 or above; minimum score of 24 in math and science. Test scores reviewed for three years after completion of high school
  • Cumulative college GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. GPA requirement of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in science and math
  • Applicants for whom English is a learned language must take the TOEFL English proficiency exam and score 550 PBT, or 79 iBT or better. TOEFL scores are valid from two years of the test date. If a student applies prior to the score expiration, the scores will be accepted
  • Exemptions for the English proficiency requirement are granted for non-native speakers who have received a high school diploma or more advanced degree either from an accredited U.S. institution or from an institution outside the U.S. at which English is the official language of instruction
  • International students should contact the Admissions Office for additional information and forms

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Sonography/Ultrasound

  • Cumulative high school GPA of a 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, from an accredited high school or GED for those out of high school two years or less
  • Cumulative GPA of a 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for high school math/ science for those out of high school two years or less
  • Recommend ACT composite score of 21 and above or SAT total of 1500 and above. (Test scores reviewed for up to two years after completion of high school)
  • Cumulative College GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and math/science GPA, if applicable
  • Applicants for whom English is a learned language must take the TOEFL English proficiency exam and score 550 PBT, or 79 iBT or better. TOEFL scores are valid from two years of the test date. If a student applies prior to the score expiration, the scores will be accepted
  • Exemptions for the English proficiency requirement are granted for non-native speakers who have received a high school diploma or more advanced degree either from an accredited U.S. institution or from an institution outside the U.S. at which English is the official language of instruction
  • International Students should contact the Admissions Office for additional information and forms
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Healthcare Studies

  • Cumulative high school GPA of a 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, from an accredited high school or GED
  • Cumulative GPA of a 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for core high school curriculum (math, science, English, social studies)
  • Recommend ACT composite score of 21 and above or SAT total of 1500 and above. (Test scores reviewed for two years after completion of high school)
  • Cumulative College GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, if applicable
  • Applicants for whom English is a learned language may be asked to take the TOEFL English proficiency exam and score 550 paper based, 213 computer based or 70 internet based or better
  • International Students should contact the Admissions Office for additional information and forms
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RN to BSN

  • Graduation from an accredited diploma or associate degree from an accredited nursing program
  • Possession of an active, unrestricted Nebraska RN license
  • College coursework
  • References
  • Personal interview, for qualified applicants

Prospective RN to BSN Completion Option students are also expected to meet the following basic technical competencies:

  • Utilize perceptual skills when providing care and services for clients in all types of settings
  • Safely use essential equipment when providing client care and services in all required settings
  • Move independently when providing care and services for clients

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Health Professions Completion

  • Graduated or will graduate by program start from an accredited associate's degree program
  • Applicants for whom English is a learned language may be asked to take the TOEFL English proficiency exam and must score 550 paper based, 213 computer based or 70 internet based or better

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Graduate - Master's & Doctoral Programs

RN to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

  • A minimum of one year as a practicing registered nurse (RN)
  • Hold a non-nursing bachelor’s degree
  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in RN program
    GPA under 3.0 may be considered for provisional admission
  • Current, unencumbered license as a professional registered nurse in the state where practicum will occur

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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

  • Bachelor's degree with major in nursing from a regionally accredited institution with nursing program accreditation
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in BSN
  • Current, unencumbered license as a professional registered nurse (RN) in Nebraska, or the state where practicum will occur
  • Two professional references on this form; one from the applicant’s nursing program faculty and one from the applicant’s employer or supervisor (nursing or health care preferred). We recommend providing each reference with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to return the Reference Form to the College
  • Sample of academic writing. Sample may be from previous academic courses
  • A brief explanation of the applicant’s professional goals, how the degree will help you attain your goals, and how your goals are compatible with program philosophy and outcomes. (Not to exceed two pages.)

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Education Doctorate with Emphasis in Nursing Education (EdD)

  • Master's degree with major in nursing (MSN) from a regionally accredited institution with nursing program accreditation
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in MSN program
  • Current, unencumbered license as a professional registered nurse (RN)
  • Applicants for whom English is a learned language must score 550 paper based/213 computer based or better on the TOEFL English proficiency examination (School code: 6058)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges
  • Two professional references; one from applicant’s graduate nursing faculty and one from applicant’s employer/supervisor (nursing or healthcare employer preferred)
  • Meeting with program faculty member or graduate recruiter
  • Sample of academic writing
  • Narrative explanation of: How the applicant’s professional goals are consistent with the program purpose statement and program outcomes and potential research topics of interest (not to exceed three pages)

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Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia

  • Hold an active, unencumbered license as a professional Registered Nurse (RN) in the state of Nebraska with multi-state privileges (or be eligible for an active, unencumbered licensure in Nebraska with multi-state privileges)
  • Hold a Baccalaureate degree in nursing or in an appropriate related discipline
  • The applicant must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) for all collegiate work in order to be considered for admission into the program. An overall grade point of 3.2 is preferred for the basic science courses
  • GRE scores, Bryan College of Health Sciences code: 1244
  • Hold current provider status in the American heart Association approved Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). Required upon Enrollment into the program
  • Have a minimum of one year of experience as a registered professional nurse in which the applicant has had the opportunity to develop as an independent decision maker, demonstrate psychomotor skills and develop the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques based on knowledge of physiologic and pharmacologic principles. The School of Nurse Anesthesia prefers that applicants have two years of experience as a Registered Nurse upon entrance into the program
  • Clinical skills should include hemodynamic monitoring, arrhythmia identification, blood gas interpretation, initiation of peripheral lines, universal precautions and use of vasoactive drugs, alpha/beta blockers and anti-arrhythmia medications

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Certificate Programs

Healthcare Management

  • Associate degree from an accredited institution
  • Cumulative GPA of a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for college coursework.
  • TOEFL may be required for applications for whom English is a learned language

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Simulation Education

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in a healthcare related field
  • Cumulative GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for baccalaureate or graduate coursework preferred
  • Two years of clinical experience, preferred
  • Teaching experience, preferred
  • Applicants for whom English is a learned language may be asked to take the TOEFL English proficiency exam and score 550 paper based or 213 computer based or better

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Post-Masters of Science in Nursing

  • MSN from a program with accreditation from ACEN, CCNE, or CNEA
  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in MSN
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Current, unencumbered license as a professional registered nurse
  • Two professional references: Prefer one from applicant’s MSN program faculty and one from applicant’s supervisor
  • Statement of your professional goals for attaining this certificate. Not to exceed one page
  • TOEFL is required for applicants who have not earned a degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction

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