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Admission Criteria

Admission Criteria for Nursing Program

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 complete an on-campus interview and essay.

Additional considerations given to the following:

  1. Overall GPA.
  2. Analysis of TEAS scores.
  3. Number of credit hours taken at Avila.
  4. Interview and/or essay.
  5. Academic history with patterns and trends indicating potential for academic success (e.g., successful completion of a full-time semester, limited number of repeated courses or grades of C in sciences).
  6. Eligibility for licensure. 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 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.

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 Disability Services upon acceptance of the program's admission invitation.

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School of Nursing Will Begin Accepting Applications for Fall 2020 on October 1, 2019

Visit the School of Nursing Admission and Application Information Pages.

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