Admission to the TBSN Track

Early Admission for High School Students

High school students and college freshmen may apply for Early Admission using the Early Admission application on the College website. The application must include official transcripts and/or scores. The requirements for early admission of a high school student include 1) American College Testing (ACT) Composite score of > 22 and 3.0 High School GPA, or 2) may apply during their senior year of high school or first year of college. High school students who have a 22 ACT and 3.0 high school GPA or a 21 ACT Composite score of 21 and 3.2 High School.

Transfer Students

Applications are made using NursingCAS (https://portal.nursingcas.org). The application must include official transcripts from each College the student has attended. Applications will be open September 1 through December 31. Admission decisions are made beginning November 1st and will continue on a rolling basis until the class is filled. 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 at nursingcasinfo@nursingcas.org.

In order to enter the TBSN program, all admitted students must achieve 1) 3.0 cumulative college GPA or 2) a 2.8 cumulative college GPA with a B- or better in Anatomy & Physiology, and 3) and complete pre-requisites with a grade of C or better. All transcripts must be received showing credits earned by June 15th.

Transfer Students with Nursing Credits

Transfer students who have nursing credit from another college or university must follow the admission process for Transfer Students and submit a letter to the Director of Admission from the Dean, Chair, or Director of the nursing program attended indicating that the student is 1) in good standing and eligible to return, or 2) an explanation of why the student is not eligible to return.

Admission to the ABSN Track

Prospective students who have earned a baccalaureate degree, in a field other than nursing, from a regionally accredited college or university are eligible for admission to the ABSN track. Applications are made using NursingCAS (https://portal.nursingcas.org). The application must include official transcripts from each college or university the student has attended. Applications will be open September 1 through April 1. Admission decisions are made beginning November 1 and will continue on a rolling basis until the class is filled. 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 at nursingcasinfo@nursingcas.org.

In order to enter the ABSN program, all admitted students must achieve 1) 3.0 cumulative college GPA or 2) a 2.8 cumulative college GPA with a B- or better in Anatomy & Physiology, and 3) and complete pre-requisites with a grade of C or better. Unofficial transcripts must be received by December 31 for initial review. Official transcripts must be received showing credits earned by January 15.

ABSN Applicants with Nursing Credits

Applicants who have nursing credit from another college or university must follow the admission process for ABSN Applicants and submit a letter to the Director of Admission from the Dean, Chair, or Director of the nursing program attended indicating that the student is 1) in good standing and eligible to return, or 2) an explanation of why the student is not eligible to return.

Transfer Credits

The College accepts transfer credit under the following guidelines:

  1. Undergraduate courses must be a C or better to be accepted for transfer by Research College of Nursing.
  2. Pass/fail credit will be accepted if pass is defined as a C or better in the institution’s academic catalog or other official documentation.
  3. Practicum, cooperative education, field experience, internships, etc., are not accepted.
  4. Correspondence work is accepted only under special circumstances, and with prior approval of Dean.
  5. Credits earned at colleges outside of the United Students are required to obtain a course by course evaluation by an outside agency such as Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES).

Transfer institutions must be accredited by one of the following higher education accreditors:

  1. Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  2. Higher Learning Commission
  3. Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  4. New England Commission on Higher Education
  5. Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  6. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  7. Western Association for Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission

For institutional accreditation reasons, the College is required to have on file official transcripts from all institutions of higher education a degree-seeking student has attended, whether or not the credit is applied to their Research College of Nursing degree program. The College reserves the right to reject course work from institutions not accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, or other accrediting associations, as determined by the Registrar’s Office. Such course work is not accepted for transfer or satisfaction of degree requirements at Research College of Nursing. Undergraduate nursing courses are not accepted for transfer except as a completed degree.

Credit for Nontraditional Work

College Level Examinations: Students who wish to take Subject Level Examinations in various areas of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) may submit official score reports to the Director of Admission. Contact the Educational Testing Service to request an official report of your test score. A score of 50 is considered the minimum qualifying score for college credit. The College will accept up to a maximum of 30 credit hours from CLEP exams.

Advanced Placement Tests: Students who received a score of 3 or above on an Advanced Placement Test administered by the College Entrance Examination board can receive college credit. Official score reports must be submitted to the Director of Admission.

International Baccalaureate Credit: Students who completed the International Baccalaureate program are eligible to receive college credit for the courses completed. A score of 5–7 on the higher-level examinations will result in the granting of college credit. Official score reports must be submitted to the Director of Admission.

Application of Transfer Credit

The College accepts transfer credit to meet the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements for the BSN program. If the evaluated course meets credit hour requirements and is substantially similar, the course may be accepted as a substitution. If similarity of a course is unable to be determined by the course title and description alone, a syllabus will be required for review. If substantial similarity is unable to be a determined from the review of the syllabus, the College will use publicly available online transfer credit tools to determine similarity.

If a course has been previously evaluated, the course substitution is stored in our transfer credit database and credit is assigned based upon those prior decisions. Courses which have not been previously evaluated, are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

The following course substitutions will be accepted only if the requirements listed below are met:

  • Anatomy and Physiology with Lab (6 semester credit hours) – Student must transfer:
    • Anatomy I or II with Lab AND Physiology I or II with Lab
    • Anatomy and Physiology I AND II with Lab
  • Chemistry with Lab (4 semester credit hours)
    • Course must include a lab or a separate chemistry lab course must be transferred
  • College Composition II (3 semester credit hours)
    • Course must include a significant writing component (thesis or similar writing project)
  • Statistics (3 semester credit hours)
    • Descriptive and inferential statistics must be included in the course
  • Microbiology with Lab (4 semester credit hours)
    • Course must include a lab or a separate microbiology lab course must be transferred

The College will award transfer credit in the following ways for courses completed at institutions not operating on a semester calendar:

  • Credit from schools operating on a quarter calendar will be awarded at a 0.67 (two-thirds) conversion
  • Credit from schools operating on a trimester calendar will be awarded at a 0.83 conversion.