Preparation and Admission
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- Fall semester: 56 students admitted into the traditional BSN program, 24 into the BSN Accelerated program
- Spring semester: 32 students admitted into the traditional BSN program
- 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.
International students will be required to provide TOEFL or IELTS score, passport, VISA and proof of funding.
When a student's primary language is not English, the student must meet the required test proficiency set by the Iowa Board of Nursing:
TOEFL iBT minimum of 84 with a speaking score of 26
TOEFL PBT minimum score of 560
IELTS minimum of 6.5 with a spreaking score of 7.0
A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is 4-year degree that takes four years to complete and includes:
- 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, our traditional program 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.
- For students who have earned a BA/BS, the BSN Accelerated program takes only 16-months to complete (Fall-Spring-Summer-Fall).
- The nursing program is designed for full-time students. We do not offer a part-time program.
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.
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.
Clinical sites are all located within a 15-minute drive from campus. In the final semester, students have the option of completing their nursing preceptor at a further location like the University of 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.
- CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) course required, active certification or employment documentation of equivalent CNA skills, within last three years
- Complete documentation of health information including, but not limited to:
Health Form - history and physical exam report
Proof of health insurance showing student's name
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
- American Heart Association BLS Certification
- Criminal and Child & Dependent Abuse Background Checks
- Training Documentation for: OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Mandatory Reporter
- Signed acknowledgement of the Department of Nursing Core Performance Standards stating they can perform the standards with our without reasonable accommodations to policies and practices
- Signed Civility Contract
- Signed 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.