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Postbaccalaureate Clinical Nursing Program

The Postbaccalaureate Clinical Nursing Program (PBCNP) is a full-time, 12-month upper-division clinical nursing program designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline who wish to become a Registered Nurse (RN) by completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Offered at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus, the PBCNP starts annually each spring semester. Admission is competitive. Students start the program in January and graduate with their BSN in December. Graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN to gain licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Admission Deadline: September 1
Enrollment in the PBCNP program occurs each year in the spring semester.

Students interested in the Postbaccalaureate Clinical Nursing Program should also consider the Master of Science in Nursing (Entry to Nursing Practice Program).

 

Application Deadline: September 1
Enrollment in the PBCNP program occurs each year in the Spring semester.

All steps below must be completed by the application deadline. These steps are listed in the typical order of completion; however, in some cases, students will complete in a different sequence.

  • Attend a BSN Information Session.
    Interested students are required to attend a BSN Information Session. The information session will review admission criteria, prerequisites, selection process, curriculum and more. Watch the online information session or to sign-up for one of our in-person sessions.

  • Gain admission to ASU.
    Apply to ASU and follow all steps required by Admission Services. It is recommended to apply to ASU 3-5 months prior to the PBCNP application deadline. All applicants will initially be admitted to our community health program. If selected for advancement into the PBCNP, the student’s major will be changed to nursing.

  • Complete remaining prerequisites.
    There are 10 prerequisite courses for the PBCNP. By the application deadline, 8 of the 10 prerequisites must be complete. The remaining two courses may be in progress at time of application. Prerequisites may be completed at ASU or another regionally accredited institution. For details on prerequisites and transferring credits, click here.

  • Determine eligibility for the PBCNP.
    Prior to applying to the PBCNP, ensure you meet the minimum requirements for admission found here. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered for advancement into the program.

  • Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).
    The TEAS measures essential skills in reading, mathematics, science, and English language and usage. It is strongly recommended that applicants take the exam through ASU’s University Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness. For tests taken outside of ASU, applicants must contact ATI Testing to request that an official transcript be sent to ASU. Registration, information regarding cost, special accommodations, parking, and more can be found here. When registering for the exam, note that Arizona State University is listed as “AZ State U.” TEAS preparation materials can be found here.

  • Submit the Clinical Nursing Advancement Application.
    One month prior to the deadline, the Clinical Nursing Advancement Application will be available. The application deadline is September 1.
  • Bachelor’s degree
    Applicants must have a conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university on file with ASU by the September 1 deadline.

    Current ASU students graduating in the fall semester prior to starting the PBCNP may apply for advancement if the following requirements are met:
    1. Student must apply for December graduation by September 1.
    2. Student’s degree audit (DARS) must show all degree requirements in progress or completed by September 1.
  • Prerequisites
    The PBCNP has 10 prerequisite courses:

    • BIO 201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab
    • BIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab
    • CHM 101 Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
    • MIC 205/MIC 206 Microbiology with Lab
    • CDE 232 Human Development
    • HCR 220 Introduction to Nursing and Healthcare Systems
    • HCR 240 Human Pathophysiology
    • NTR 241 Human Nutrition
    • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
    • Statistics

    By the application deadline, 8 of the 10 prerequisites must be complete, including three of the four lab science courses (BIO 201, BIO 202, CHM 101, and MIC 205/206 or approved equivalent courses). The remaining 2 courses may be in progress at time of application, but must be completed by mid-December (date is determined each year based on the ASU Academic Calendar). Lab science courses must have been taken within 7 years of the semester in which the program will start.

    Prerequisites may be completed at ASU or another regionally accredited institution. Use ASU’s Transfer Guide to determine if your transfer courses are equivalent to the prerequisites listed above. If your transfer courses are not listed in the Transfer Guide, click “Submit Course for Evaluation” from the Transfer Guide main menu.

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA (Select GPA and Prerequisite GPA)
    There are two GPA calculations used to determine selection and eligibility for advancement into the PBCNP. Both the Select GPA and Prerequisite GPA must meet or exceed a 3.00 GPA. Plus (+)/Minus (-) grades are not used for calculation.

    Course Repeat and Replacement Policy: Per university policy, students may not repeat an undergraduate course for credit when a grade of “C” or higher is earned. There are limited opportunities to replace a course to improve your select GPA. All replacement courses must be approved by Edson College Student Services. Please contact us at (602) 496-0937 for assistance with replacement courses. 

    • Select GPA – The Select GPA is calculated based on 8 of the 10 prerequisites. This calculation must include 3 of the 4 lab science courses (BIO 201, BIO 202, CHM 101, and MIC 205/206 or approved equivalent courses). The Select GPA is used for selection. See additional details in the Selection and Advancement section.
    • Prerequisite GPA – Once all 10 prerequisite courses are completed, a prerequisite GPA is calculated and must meet or exceed 3.00 to retain a space in the program. All 10 prerequisite courses are included in the prerequisite GPA calculation which occurs mid-December (date is determined each year based on ASU Academic Calendar).  

  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
    Applicants are allowed one attempt at the TEAS per application cycle, unless a failing score below 58.7% is earned. If a student earns less than 58.7%, one retest is permitted but the student must wait a minimum of 30 days between tests. For example, if a student takes the TEAS test on June 30 and earns a 48.9%, the TEAS test could be attempted a second time on any testing date starting July 30, but prior to the September 1 application deadline. Scores are valid up to one year from when a student took the test. (The valid test date range is 9/1-8/31 for the September 1 deadline.)
  • Health and Safety Requirements
    If selected for advancement, each student must submit proof they meet the following health and safety requirements. While Edson College strives to give students as much notice as possible regarding changes to health and safety standards, these requirements are subject to change to ensure compliance with our clinical partners.

    Required TiterVaccinations OR Positive TiterOther Requirements

    Measles/Rubeola (MMR) (lab report required)
    (if negative, nonreactive, or equivocal, proof of immunization series required - See details below)

    Hepatitis B
    (3 vaccinations or positive titer)

    Arizona Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card
    (unrestricted and unexpired)

    Mumps (MMR) (lab report required)
    (if negative, nonreactive, or equivocal, proof of immunization series required - See details below)

    Influenza (Flu) Vaccination
    Influenza vaccine administered within the current flu season (vaccine must have been given after August 1, 2018)

    CPR Basic Lift Support for the Healthcare Provider or Professional Rescuer
    (current within last 2 years)

    Rubella (MMR) (lab report required)
    (if negative, nonreactive, or equivocal, proof of immunization series required - See details below)

    Tdap or Dtap Vaccination
    (current within last 10 years)

    Teburculin Test
    1. Negative IGRA blood test (lab report required)
    or
    2. Negative two-step TB test (10 mm and below) Note that the two-step TB skin test requires four separate visits.
    or
    3. If positive results, Annual ASU TB Screening Questionnaire signed by a licesnse healthcare provider.

    (current within last 12 months)

    Varicella (Chicken Pox) (lab report required)
    (if negative, nonreactive, or equivocal, proof of immunization series required - See details below)

     

     

    In addition, selected students must:

    • Submit to a drug, alcohol and nicotine screening
    • Provide a statement of health clearance
    • Pass an extensive criminal background check
    • Provide proof of Health Insurance Coverage
    • Provide proof of Annual Influenza Vaccine
    • Provide proof of lawful presence in the United States (if necessary)

Selection for the PBCNP is competitive and placement is not guaranteed. Approximately 60 students are advanced each spring. To determine which applicants are selected to advance into the program, we utilize academic merit to calculate an Advancement Score. The Advancement Score is 50% based on Select GPA and 50% based on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) score.

Students with ASU degrees in the following majors will receive preference for up to 50% of the available seats in each advancement cycle: community health, health care coordination, health entrepreneurship and innovation, and integrative health.  

At this time, no other academic, professional or philanthropic items are considered.

Advancement Score Calculation

  • Select GPA: Identify which eight courses will be used in the Select GPA, and calculate that GPA. The Select GPA is converted to a range of 0.750 to 1.000 by dividing the Select GPA by 4.00. Example: A Select GPA of 3.832 divided by 4.000 is converted to 0.958 out of a possible 1.000.
    • Course Repeat and Replacement Policy: Per university policy, students may not repeat an undergraduate course for credit when a grade of “C” or higher is earned. There are limited opportunities to replace a course to improve your select GPA. All replacement courses must be approved by Edson College Student Services. Please contact us at (602) 496-0937 for assistance with replacement courses. 
  • TEAS Score: A passing TEAS score can range from 58.7% to 100%, which is converted to a 0.587 or 1.000, respectively. To calculate the score, divide the TEAS score by 100 for the point value. Example: an 87.3% on the TEAS is converted to a 0.873 out of a possible 1.000.

The maximum advancement score a student can earn is a 2.000, which would be a 4.000 Select GPA and 100% TEAS score. All applicants requesting advancement are ranked from highest to the lowest score with preference for Edson College graduates for half of the available seats. Students are assigned spaces based on their ranking until all spaces are filled. In the event of a tie, admission will be determined using random selection.   

  Select GPA + TEAS Score = Advancement Score 

Calculate your Advancement Score

Historical Data for Students Advanced into the PBCNP

 

Average Select GPA

Average TEAS

Lowest Advancement Score

Spring 2019

3.95164

88.60%

1.79300

Spring 2018

3.91395

89.53%

1.80429

Spring 2017

3.88305

84.53%

1.55842

 


 

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