Traditional B.S.N. Program

Admission from High School

Application is made to Rockhurst University at Upon receipt of a completed application, the application fee, all official transcripts of credit and ACT or SAT scores, applicants will be notified by the Rockhurst University Admission Office of their admission status.

Credit for Nontraditional Work

For advanced placement, dual credit, International Baccalaureate credit and College Level Examination credit, see the current Rockhurst University Catalog at

Admission from Another College (External Transfer)

Applications are made using NursingCAS. The application opens on September 1st of each admission cycle. The application includes all official transcripts. The deadline to apply is February 15th prior to the January a student wishes to enroll. Admission decisions are made on or about March 15th. Students must have a minimum college GPA of 3.0 with C or better in math/science, or 2.8 with at least a B- in Anatomy & Physiology) to be considered, however the admission process is competitive. Transfer admission is very limited and the average admission GPA is higher than the required minimum. Students do not have to complete all the pre-requisites to apply. The nursing curriculum is 2.5 years from the January a student begins.

Students who wish to transfer from another college where nursing courses have been completed should present a letter of good standing or explanation of dismissal from the Dean or Director of the nursing program attended. Previously earned nursing course credits will be reviewed for equivalency to Research College of Nursing courses.

Admission from Rockhurst University (Internal Transfer)

Rockhurst students who wish to enroll in the nursing program should:

  1. Submit an internal transfer application form. No application fee is required.
  2. Schedule an appointment with the Director of Transfer and Graduate Recruitment.

Students who have a cumulative Rockhurst GPA of 3.0 (or a 2.8 with at least a B- in A & P II) at the completion of the fall sophomore coursework may enter the January nursing cohort. Students who do not meet these criteria will be placed on a waiting list to be reconsidered for admission with the next cohort the following January.

Admission to the Accelerated B.S.N.

Prospective students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing from a regionally accredited college or university will be considered for admission with 1) a minimum grade point average of 3.0 with a C or better in all required science courses, or 2) a minimum grade point average of 2.8 with at least a B- in Anatomy and Physiology. Anatomy and Physiology credits must be earned within five years of applying to the program. College grade point average may be based on the applicant’s entire academic record or calculated using transcripts from the last three years of college attendance, whichever is highest.

Applications are made using NursingCAS ( The application includes all official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. Prospective students should apply 1-1.5 years prior to their anticipated start date. This time frame is necessary to allow students to complete remaining pre-requisites and the 9 credit hour residency requirement at Rockhurst University.

For questions related to the NursingCAS application, please contact NursingCAS support directly by phone at (617) 612-2880 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Eastern or by email.

International Student Admissions

International students seeking an undergraduate degree should follow the procedures for admission as described in the current Rockhurst University Catalog. In addition, Research College of Nursing requires all international students (any student who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States), who are from countries in which English is not the only official language and primary and secondary instruction may not be in English, to complete the TOEFL, Test of Written English (TWE) and Test of Spoken English (TSE) prior to admission. The following scores are considered to be the minimum for admission without restrictions:

  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Total score of 550 with all sub-section scores in the 55-58 range or greater.
  • Computer-based: Total score of 213 with all sub-section scores in the 22-24 range or greater.
  • Internet-based: Score of 79 TWE: 4.5 (not required with computer-based test) TSE: 50.

Standards to Apply for Licensure to Practice as a Registered Nurse

To practice as a registered nurse, graduates must successfully complete the NCLEX-RN™, the National Comprehensive Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Graduation from the nursing program does not guarantee eligibility to take the licensure examination. Applicants must meet certain standards to be eligible to sit for this examination.

A written application must be submitted to the board showing the applicant’s education. Applicants shall be of good moral character. Non-English-speaking applicants shall be required to submit evidence of proficiency in the English language. The application requires a criminal background check; the Missouri State Board of Nursing has the right to denial, revocation, or suspension of nursing licenses for just cause. For more information, see Sections 335.046.1 and 335.066, RSMo, of the Nursing Practice Act at