School of Nursing: Admission

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Avila’s nurses are sought after by area hospitals because of the preparation they get here at Avila University. It starts by applying to the School of Nursing. It doesn’t matter if you’re coming straight from high school or coming back to college to earn your degree, Avila is the right fit with small class sizes and hands-on learning in our very own nursing lab and simulators.

The Avila University School of Nursing is committed to nondiscrimination
and equal opportunity in its admission process.

ALL applicants seeking admission to the Avila University nursing program must:

  1. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8.
  2. Obtain a “C” or above in all prerequisite courses prior to beginning nursing courses.  These courses may be repeated only once.
  3. Courses in science and ethics may not be more than 10 years old.
  4. Submit all application materials by the published application deadline the year you plan to start nursing major coursework. Applications received after the deadline will be considered using the admission criteria on a space-available basis.
  5. Achieve a level of “proficient” or above on the TEAS assessment. The TEAS can be repeated one time and must be taken within 12 months of the time of application to the School of Nursing.
  6. If eligible participate in a required Zoom informational meeting. Dates and times to be announced.

Additional considerations are given to the following:

  1. Overall GPA.
  2. Analysis of TEAS scores.
  3. The number of credit hours taken at Avila.
  4. Interview and/or essay.
  5. Academic history with patterns and trends indicating the potential for academic success (e.g., successful completion of a full-time semester, a limited number of repeated courses or grades of C in sciences).
  6. Eligibility for licensure. The completion of the BSN program does not guarantee licensure.  Refer to the Nurse Practice Act in the state in which you anticipate licensure. In Missouri, refer to Missouri Division of Professional Registration section 335.046.1 and 335.066, RSMo.

Direct-Entry Admission

High school seniors admitted to Avila may secure a place in the nursing program by meeting, at a minimum, the following criteria:

  1. 24 ACT Composite score
  2. 24 ACT Science sub-score
  3. A cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent
  4. A cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher when beginning the nursing program.
  5. ALL other criteria for the School of Nursing admission.

Guaranteed Admission

Students who complete their first and second-year coursework at Avila with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above at the time of application to the nursing major will have admission granted provided that all other criteria for admission are met and all other additional considerations are satisfactory.

Post Baccalaureate

Cumulative GPAs of applicants who have already earned an undergraduate degree will be calculated on completed coursework that is required for the nursing major.

Previous Nursing Enrollment

A student seeking admission who has prior enrollment in another nursing program will be considered for admission if the student has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.80 in nursing courses.  Students will not be considered for admission if they have received grades of D, F, or W/F (withdraw/failing) in any previous nursing program or have been dismissed for nonacademic reasons from a nursing program. If a dismissal or earned grade was determined to be a result of an exam average that is higher than the exam average currently required by the Avila School of Nursing, the Admissions Committee will review the information and determine if a letter of petition is required to continue on with the application process.  Contact the Nursing Admission Coordinator for additional information.

Accommodations
Students who believe there are circumstances that may require reasonable accommodations or services as determined by the American Disabilities Act, should contact the Avila University Student Access Office upon acceptance of the program’s admission invitation.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION WILL OPEN OCTOBER 1st AND CLOSE JANUARY 10th.  Late applications will be accepted January 11th through June 1st and must meet all of the requirements listed below by June 1st.

Applicants NOT currently enrolled at Avila MUST complete and submit NO LATER than January 10th (June 1st for late applicants):

  1. The NursingCAS application
  2. The Avila University Transfer application
  3. Submission of official transcripts to the Avila University Office of Admissions.
  4. The TEAS(Test of Essential Academic Skills) with a score of Proficient or higher.   The TEAS is offered through ATI (Assessment Technologies, Inc.).  Visit ATITESTING.COM and select “Register for TEAS” to create an account, find a date and location that works for you and sign up for the assessment.  ATI is also offering remote sessions.  When you register be sure to request that your results be sent to Avila, there is an additional transcript fee.  If you have already taken the TEAS please visit ATI Testing, go to the On-line Store, and select TEAS transcript to have your results provided to Avila.

Applicants CURRENTLY enrolled at Avila, including Direct Entry and Guaranteed Admits MUST complete and submit NO LATER than January 10th (June 1st for late applicants):

  1. Avila University School of Nursing Intent Form.
  2. The TEAS(Test of Essential Academic Skills) with a score of Proficient or higher.   The TEAS is offered through ATI (Assessment Technologies, Inc.).  Visit ATITESTING.COM and select “Register for TEAS” to create an account, find a date and location that works for you and sign up for the assessment.  ATI is also offering remote sessions.  When you register be sure to request that your results be sent to Avila, there is an additional transcript fee.  If you have already taken the TEAS please visit atitesting.com, go to the On-line Store, and select TEAS transcript to have your results provided to Avila.
  3. If you are a high school student or a transfer student needing to complete prerequisites and core courses:
  • Visit the admissions home page for complete details on applying to Avila University.
  • After admission, meet with your advisor to develop a curriculum plan to prepare you for nursing courses.
  • Apply to the nursing program by the published deadline of the year you will be ready to begin nursing courses.

For additional information about the Nursing Program, you may contact the Avila University Office of Admissions at 816-501-3692 or the Avila University School of Nursing at 816-501-2400.

General Biology w/ Lab
General Chemistry w/ Lab OR Molecules that Matter
Anatomy & Physiology w/ Lab
Pathophysiology
General Microbiology w/ Lab
Nutrition
College Algebra
Statistics OR Social Statistics
General Psychology
English Composition
Sociology, Social Problems/Social Change OR Intro to Social Welfare
Fundamentals of Communications
Ethics
Life Span Development

Prerequisites and university core requirements are subject to change.

View transfer course equivalencies for local two-year colleges

View a Sample Four-Year Curriculum

For additional information about the Nursing Program, you may contact Kenneth Baker, BSN, Nursing Admissions Representative at 816-501-3692 or e-mail her at kenneth.baker@avila.edu.

National Council of States Boards of Nursing – NCLEX exam

Completion of the Avila University Bachelor of Science in Nursing program meets educational requirements to apply for the NCLEX exam for Registered Nurses (RNs). Application for initial licensure may be requested through any state board of nursing. Completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through Avila University meets the educational requirements for the states of Missouri and Kansas. Information related to eligibility for initial licensure in other states is available on the websites for each individual state. Most states require submission of course transcripts for review prior to granting approval.

Contact information as of July 1, 2020 for each state is and further information is available by contacting the Avila University School of Nursing Chair for further questions.

Nursing Intent Form

DUE: January 10

This form is to be completed by ALL Avila Students with the intent to begin nursing courses Fall 2022.

  • All candidates must participate in a required Zoom informational meeting in February. Dates and times to be announced.

*Guaranteed and Direct Entry qualifications can be found above in the School of Nursing Admission Criteria
Please contact 816.501.3671 or email nursinggeneralmailbox@avila.edu with any questions or problems with your nursing intent form.

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