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The following admission requirements must be met before acceptance to the School of Nursing. Please
review the following, prior to submitting your application:

  • Students must demonstrate appropriate communication and mathematical skills as part of the University’s
    General Education competencies as described in the Bethune-Cookman University Academic Catalog.
    Transfer students who have satisfied current University exemptions or have an AA degree, will not be required
    to take RE260.
  • Completion of the Pre-Nursing Program requirements (lower division courses) with a minimum 2.80
    overall, cumulative grade-point-average (GPA) and a minimum 2.50 GPA in support courses
    (totaling 30 semester credit hours) in the following areas:
a. Anatomy and Physiology
b. General Biology
c. Microbiology
d. Mathematics
e. Psychology (General and Developmental)
f. Nutrition
  • Courses designated as support and natural science courses may not be repeated more than once to
    achieve a minimum passing grade of “C”.
  • No more than two (2) of the support courses may be repeated. Supporting courses are as shown
    above.
  • Students must take and pass a Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The student must achieve a
    passing score as designated by the Bethune-Cookman University School of Nursing. The TEAS will
    be administered as a proctored examination. The fee for the examination is separate and students are
    responsible to pay for the exam. The approximate cost for this exam is $50.00. Email Mr. Scott
    Compton to sign up and for further instructions for the TEAS exam at comptons@cookman.edu.
    TEAS exam results must be submitted with application for review.
  • Bethune‐Cookman University requires that students submit to a criminal background check by
    the Florida Department of Law Enforcement prior to enrolling in the School of Nursing. The
    State of Florida Board of Nursing requires this information as a condition of licensure, and many
    clinical sites at which students will train require fingerprinting and drug screening as well.
    CertifiedBackground.com is a background check service that allows you to purchase your own
    background check. The results of a background check are posted to the CertifiedBackground.com
    web site in a secure, tamper‐proof environment, where the student, as well as the school can view the
    results. Please contact the School of Nursing for package codes.
  • A physical examination is required from a qualified physician or advanced health care practitioner as
    defined in the School of Nursing Student Handbook. Proof of an up to date and complete
    immunization record must be submitted at the time of application.
  • Two letters of personal reference are required. Sources of references may include an employer,
    advisor, teacher, professor, counselor or community leader.
  • Applicants must have a current Healthcare Provider Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) card.
  • You will need to document and submit any course work, you have completed, from other academic
    institutions. Bethune-Cookman University, Office of Admissions requires this documentation in the
    form of an official high school or college transcript(s). Retain a copy of your transcripts for
    curriculum advisement with faculty of the Nursing Division.
  • Please include a passport picture (only) with your application and a 200 word essay on “Why I want
    to be a nurse.”

The Nursing Program formally begins in the spring and fall semesters; the prerequisites listed on the
Curriculum requirement form must be completed prior to this time. Please complete all forms to the best of
your knowledge. If you have any questions about the application process, please feel free to contact ‘The
Great Bethune University School of Nursing’ at (386)481.2100

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