Preparation and Admission
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- Fall semester: 56 students admitted
- Spring semester: 32 students admitted
- There is no summer admission.
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Yes; however, priority for admission is given to students who have completed 5 or more of the 9 pre-requisite courses at St. Ambrose University.
No. The St. Ambrose University Nursing department does not require any formal entrance testing at this time.
- thorough coursework including leadership and community health
- lays the foundation for graduate school if you choose to continue education
- preferred by most employers today, some hospitals have policies to only hire BSN prepared nurses
An Associate of Science in Nursing degree (ASN) takes three years to complete because of the increased volume of undergraduate coursework.
- Laws may require additional formal education (BSN) for all RNs in the future.
- From start to finish, it takes 4 years, full-time, to complete.
- For transfer students with an AS or AA degree, it takes two years, full-time, from the time of transfer.
- The nursing program is designed for full-time students. We do not offer a part-time program.
Yes. This program is offered through the St. Ambrose RN-BSN program. Please contact 563-333-6300 for further information or click here for RN-BSN program information.
This can be taken at a local community college in any state. The course is not offered at St. Ambrose University.
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Math (algebra, statistics)
- English Composition I & II (both must be taken)
- Communications (speech)
- Introduction to Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Click here to check St. Ambrose's Transfer Course Equivalency
Nursing courses will be evaluated by the Chair of the Nursing Department. Pre-requisite coursework will be evaluated by the registrar's office. In order to begin this process, please apply online to St. Ambrose University. Official college transcripts must be submitted.
13. I was denied admission, can I appeal?
Appeal for Applicants of the SAU Nursing Program
If a student does not meet the criteria for admission to the SAU Nursing Program, they may submit a letter of appeal to the Nursing Department Admission and Progression Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org explaining the circumstances related to not meeting the criteria.
- A written appeal must be received by the Admission and Progression Committee within two weeks of the dated Admission Decision letter.
- Letter must specify extenuating circumstances that would request the Admission and Progression Committee to alter their decision based upon departmental policy.
- The Admission and Progression Committee will meet to review appeals for admission during the next scheduled meeting.
- A decision letter will be sent to the student within a week following a committee decision.
Upon completion of the criminal background check, the nursing department submits any reported criminal record results – along with clarified information from the student – to the Department of Human Services. The Department of Human Services makes the determination if the student may or may not participate in clinical experiences. Even if the student is cleared to participate in clinical experiences, the Iowa Board of Nursing has the right to decline licensure. Criminal background checks are repeated prior to taking the nursing licensure examination (NCLEX-RN®) and any offer of employment in a health care setting.
Yes. Uniforms are required and purchased the first semester of your junior year. Uniforms can be purchased at the St. Ambrose University bookstore. Phone number 563-333-5751.
A variety of inpatient and outpatient sites are used within Scott County, Iowa. Inpatient sites include Genesis East and West. Long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, and home health agencies provide clinical experiences as well. Other community health experiences include community schools, and outpatient mental health sites.
- Current physical examination and health history
- Certification and Licensure:
BSN -CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) course required, active certification or employment documentation of equivalent CNA skills, within last three years
RN to BSN - active RN License
- CPR Certification must be American Heart Association BLS Provider
- Proof of health insurance coverage showing student's name
- Criminal Background Check
- Child & Dependent Abuse Background Check
- Completion of Mandatory Reporter training for Children and Adults
BSN - Physical Abuse & Compliance Training
RN-BSN - Proof of Mandatory Reporter Training
- Vaccination / Immunization Requirements:
QuantiFERON Gold TB blood test
Hepatitis B Vaccination (series of 3)
MMR Immunization (series of 3)
TDaP Immunization (within past 10 years)
Varicella immunization or titer
Seasonal Influenza Vaccination
*Any student requesting an exemption from the above health requirements must submit a written waiver to the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.
- OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Training Documentation
- HIPAA Training Documentation
- The following forms must be downloaded, read and signed by BSN and RN-BSN students:
HIPAA Policy & Confidentiality Statement
Student Disease Statement and Consent Form
Core Performance Policy
*We use CastleBranch to assist in tracking student requirement documentation before and during student enrollment in the St. Ambrose Nursing Program. CastleBranch is a safe, secure website that provides background screening and immunization record management for our nursing students, but may also be used to store educational, professional, and personal information. All documentation is accessible to you anytime, even after you've graduated from the nursing program.
Students must achieve a grade of C or above in ALL nursing courses and a minimum of 74% average on all course exams. A student who receives one unsatisfactory grade (C- or lower, or Withdraw) may repeat the course one time. A student who has two unsatisfactory attempts in nursing courses at any time during the program, in either the same course or in separate courses, will be dismissed from the nursing program.
A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). After completing this degree, you are eligible to take the Registered Nurse exam provided by the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®). After successfully passing this exam, you are licensed as a nurse in the state of Iowa (or the state where you took the exam).
The NCLEX-RN® can be taken in any jurisdiction. However, graduates applying for a license who legally reside in a compact state can only apply to their home state board of nursing. This means that the applicant cannot apply for a compact license in a compact state other than the one in which he/she is declaring as their primary state of residence.
Yes. An RN can be licensed in multiple states through the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC).
Nursing is a career with endless job opportunities that include places of employment such as: hospitals, home health agencies, hospice agencies, doctor's offices, specialty clinics, research facilities, public schools, state health departments, insurance companies, correctional facilities, call centers, pharmaceutical companies, military bases, law firms, colleges, and universities.
The job outlook for nursing is projected to be excellent. Read more here.