Requirements to Qualify for Admission
A. Prelicensure Students
- Meet the University requirements for admission.
- Score a combined verbal and quantitative SAT score of at least 1000 or better, or an ACT score of 22 or better.
The combined verbal and quantitative SAT score of at least 1000 or ACT 22
is required because these tests are established indicators of academic
ability. The prenursing curriculum coursework emphasizes chemistry,
math, and other applied sciences which require a high level of
Those students who do not score at least 1000
on the SAT or at least 22 on the ACT will be classified as a "nursing
applicant". As a nursing applicant a student may still become eligible
for the nursing major. If a student chooses to retest on the SAT or ACT
and makes at least a 1000 on the SAT or a 22 composite score on the ACT
prior to entering Lander University, he/she can be reconsidered for
acceptance into prenursing. Frequently Asked Questions
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Nursing major application process
Students who wish to be considered for admission to the nursing major as a sophomore must apply in writing to the William Preston Turner School of Nursing. New classes are admitted twice each year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Applications for admission to the major are due by April 30 for fall admission and by October 15 for spring admission. Applications may be downloaded from the William Preston Turner School of Nursing website or obtained from the William Preston Turner School of Nursing office.
Application for Admission to the Major
Applicants must meet all 5 of these requirements to be considered for admission to the nursing major as a sophomore. A student applying for admissions to the nursing major must meet the requirements under the catalog current at the time of application to the major.
- "C" or higher in seven required courses - ENGL 101-102, MATH 121/123/131, CHEM 105/111, CHEM 106/112, BIOL 202 (Human Anatomy) and BIOL 203 (Human Physiology).
A grade of “C” or above is required in mathematics, writing, chemistry, and biology and required nursing courses. Nursing education is a cumulative process, in which the prerequisite course sequence establishes a foundation for subsequent content mastery in nursing courses and successful entry into practice.
- GPA requirement:
- If a current Lander student (prenursing or other majors):
Must have taken at least 30 semester hours of college-level coursework earning a Lander Institutional GPA of at least 2.6 and a GPA of at least a 2.6 on REQUIRED PREREQUISITE COURSES as listed above in #1 INCLUDING THOSE TAKEN AT ANY INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION.
- If a transfer student:
At least 30 semester hours of college-level coursework including 12 semester hours at Lander with a cumulative Lander Institutional GPA of at least 2.6 and a GPA of at least a 2.6 on REQUIRED PREREQUISITE COURSES as listed above in #1 INCLUDING THOSE TAKEN AT ANY INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION.
- If already possess a baccalaureate degree (must first be admitted to Lander University):
At least cumulative GPA of 2.6 (not rounded) on previous baccalaureate degree college work AND a GPA of at least 2.6 on REQUIRED PREREQUISITE COURSES as listed above in #1 INCLUDING THOSE TAKEN AT ANY INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION; otherwise, must meet transfer student GPA requirements (listed in b. above).
- Earned Grade requirement
Note: Students wishing to pursue a nursing degree from Lander with any failures of nursing courses from other nursing programs will be considered on a case by case basis with the following considerations:
- must not earn a grade of less than “C” in any one required course, more than once each, at any institution of higher education; and
- must not earn a grade below “C” in more than two (2) required courses taken at any institution of higher education. The following courses are considered required courses: English 101, English 102, Math 121, Math123, Math 131, Math 211, Biology 202, Biology 203, Biology 204, Chemistry 105, Chemistry 106, Chemistry 111, Chemistry 112, Anatomy and Physiology I and II if taken at a technical or community college and any required nursing course. A grade of less than C in any of these courses will be counted when applying the earned grade policy.
- students with any failure of a nursing course from another institution will be required to complete ALL of the nursing curriculum at Lander. Failures of required nursing courses, regardless of institution, will count in the Earned Grade Policy.
- students may be asked to furnish a letter from the previous nursing school’s dean or chair speaking to their eligibility for readmission or progression in their program.
- students may be asked to participate in an interview with Lander nursing faculty.
Providing requested documents or participating in an interview does not guarantee admission into Lander University William Preston Turner School of Nursing.
- Application to Nursing Major submitted by the respective deadline (April 30 or October 15)
- Deadline for completed application is April 30 or October 15, respectively.
- Admission decisions made by May 31 or November 1, respectively. Admission decision letters of notification will follow after these dates.
- Completion of Clinical Agency Health Screening Requirements are due to the vendor assigned by the William Preston turner School of Nursing by July 17 or December 1, respectively; any student not meeting this deadline will forfeit his/her seat in the class.
Admission is contingent on maintaining a GPA of at least 2.6 and “C” or higher in all required courses as well as a Lander Institutional GPA of at least 2.6. Students admitted to the nursing major will start sophomore nursing courses, complete 6 semesters of nursing courses in sequence, and graduate in three years (In the event there are more qualified applicants than space available, admission to the major will be determined by the nursing faculty based on the Lander institutional GPA and the GPA on required courses of each student).
Timeline and Additional Information about fall admission.
Timeline and Additional Information about spring admission
- Deadline for completed application is April 30
- Admission decisions made by May 31.
clinical clearance materials due by July 17; any student not meeting
this deadline will forfeit his/her seat in the class.
- Admission contingent on maintaining GPA >2.6 in any summer school course
sophomore nursing courses in fall semester; complete 6 semesters of
nursing courses in sequence and graduate in May three years later
(example: begin courses September 2010 and graduate May 2013).
Must complete required nursing major courses within 5 years prior to graduation.
- Deadline for completed application is October 15
- Admission decisions made by November 1
clinical clearance materials due by December 1; any student not meeting
this deadline will forfeit his/her seat in the class
- Admission contingent on maintaining GPA > 2.6 in any fall courses
sophomore nursing courses in spring semester; complete 6 semesters of
nursing courses in sequence and graduate in December three years later
(example: begin courses January 2011 and graduate December 2013).