Traditional Prelicensure Clinical Nursing Program
The Traditional Prelicensure Clinical Nursing Program (TPCNP), located at the Downtown Phoenix campus, is designed for students who want to become a Registered Nurse (RN) and are completing their first bachelor’s degree. Students pursuing this pathway complete prerequisite coursework and then apply for advancement to the upper-division clinical nursing program. Students selected for advancement complete the upper-division clinical nursing program in either a 16-month year-round schedule or a 24-month academic year schedule. Graduates will earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN to gain RN licensure.
There are two ways to advance into the upper-division clinical nursing program: Direct Admission and Competitive Admission. Directly admitted students who meet Continuing Eligibility Criteria while attending ASU are guaranteed a space in the upper-division clinical program. Directly admitted nursing students who do not meet continuing eligibility criteria, transfer students, or students who are changing majors may apply for advancement to the upper-division nursing program, competing for any remaining spaces.
Enrollment in the upper-division clinical nursing program occurs three times per year in the summer, fall and spring terms. There are two advancement cycles each year for three TPCNP cohorts. Below are the deadlines to apply for advancement into the upper-division clinical nursing program for each TPCNP cohort.
These deadlines do not apply to incoming students who are not ready to apply for advancement.
Direct admission to the BSN Nursing major is available to first-year student applicants who meet eligibility requirements. Students directly admitted to nursing who meet Continuing Eligibility Criteria while attending ASU are guaranteed a space in the upper-division clinical nursing program.
Direct Admission Requirements
The admission standards for majors in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation are higher than minimum university standards. Effective Fall 2022, first-year admission requirements are:
- top 10% of high school graduating class OR
- GPA of 3.80 in ASU competency courses (based on 4.00 grading scale) OR
- GPA of 3.50 in ASU competency courses AND either a 25 ACT or 1230 SAT combined evidence-based reading and writing plus math score
Priority Application Date: November 1
First-year admission applications to the Bachelor of Science in nursing program that are received after the November 1 application priority date are considered on a space-available basis. Students not offered admission directly to the nursing program are placed in the BS program in community health.
First-year applicants should select an additional major when applying for admission.
English language proficiency requirements for applicants whose native language is not English:
- minimum score of 540 (paper-based), 207 (computer-based), or 76 (internet-based) on the TOEFL
- minimum overall band of 6.5 with no band below 5.5 on the IELTS
Nursing applicants who do not meet the above requirements will be admitted to our community health major. Community health students complete coursework that mirrors the nursing prerequisites, and may apply through the competitive application process for vacant seats in the nursing program that have not been filled by direct admission students. There is no guarantee vacant seats will be available.
Continuing Eligibility Criteria
Continuing Eligibility Criteria (CEC) are reviewed annually and subject to change.
- Enroll in the courses following the published course sequence on the BSN Nursing major map.
- 3.50 minimum critical (prerequisite) course GPA each semester.
- Courses taken at institutions other than ASU, during the required semester, must have the grades recorded on the ASU system by the final grading deadline (degree conferral dates) per the ASU Academic Calendar.
- Grades of C or better in critical (prerequisite) courses.
- Successful completion of all Health and Safety Requirements.
Steps to Apply
- Visit ASU. Schedule a campus tour. The first two years of the nursing major can be completed at either the Downtown Phoenix or West campus.
- Apply to ASU. On the application, select “Nursing, BSN” as your major of interest. Complete all ASU Admission Services requirements.
- My ASU. Check your My ASU account for updates on your admission and next steps to enroll.
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After Direct Admission students are placed into the upper-division clinical nursing program, any remaining spaces will be offered to competitive applicants based on academic merit. There is no guarantee there will be remaining spaces available through the Competitive Application Process.
First bachelor’s degree-seeking students, including current ASU students and transfer students, are eligible to apply through the competitive process.
Steps to Apply
Enrollment in the TPCNP program occurs three times per year in the summer, fall, and spring terms.
All steps below must be completed by the application deadline listed above. 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. Click here to 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 here. If not a current ASU student, it is recommended to apply to ASU 3-5 months prior to the TPCNP application deadline. All applicants will initially be admitted to our community health program. If selected for advancement into the TPCNP, the student’s major will be changed to nursing.
- Complete remaining prerequisites.
There are 17 prerequisite courses for the TPCNP. By the application deadline, 13 of the 17 prerequisites must be complete. The remaining four courses may be in progress at time of application. Prerequisites may be completed at ASU or another regionally accredited institution.
- Determine eligibility for the TPCNP.
Prior to applying to the TPCNP, ensure you meet the minimum requirements for admission. 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 to submit here.
- First time degree-seeking student
Preference in the TPCNP will be given to students without a completed bachelor’s degree. Students with a completed bachelor’s degree are encouraged to apply for the Postbaccalaureate Clinical Nursing Program or the MS Nursing (Entry to Nursing Practice) program.
The TPCNP has 17 prerequisite courses:
- BIO 201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab
- BIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab
- CDE 232 Human Development
- CHM 101 Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
- ENG 101 First-Year Composition
- ENG 102 First-Year Composition
- HCR 210 Clinical Health Care Ethics
- HCR 220 Introduction to Nursing and Healthcare Systems
- HCR 230 Culture & Health
- HCR 240 Human Pathophysiology
- Humanities/Fine Arts (HU) or Social Behavioral Science (SB)
- MAT 142 College Mathematics
- MIC 205/MIC 206 Microbiology with Lab
- NTR 241 Human Nutrition
- PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
By the application deadline, 13 of the 17 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 4 courses may be in progress at time of application, but must be completed by the end of the semester in which you are applying (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. All transfer coursework must be evaluated and approved in the Transfer Guide prior to the application deadline.
- Minimum 3.25 GPA (Select GPA and Prerequisite GPA)
There are two GPA calculations used to determine selection and eligibility for advancement into the TPCNP. Both the Select GPA and Prerequisite GPA must meet or exceed a 3.25 GPA, though applicants selected for advancement typically have much higher GPA’s. 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 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 - must meet or exceed 3.25 and is calculated from 13 of the 17 prerequisite/critical course grades. A student may have up to four of the remaining 17 critical courses in progress while an applicant is being considered, though only completed courses on file with ASU may be used in the Select GPA. Each applicant identifies which courses to use in the Select GPA when applying for advancement. The 13 courses used to compute the Select GPA must include:
- First-Year Composition courses— ENG 101 and ENG 102 or approved equivalent courses.
- Three of the four required laboratory science courses (BIO 201, BIO 202, CHM 101 and MIC 205/206 or approved equivalent courses). Science courses must have been taken within 7 years of the semester in which the TPCNP will start.
- Eight (8) additional critical courses
- Prerequisite GPA – Once all 17 prerequisite courses are complete, a prerequisite GPA is calculated and must meet or exceed 3.25 to retain a space in the program. All 17 prerequisite courses are included in the prerequisite GPA calculation.
- 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 application deadline. Scores are valid up to one year from when a student took the test.
Application cycles are defined as:
- February 1 –August 31(for September 1 deadline)
- September 1 –January 31(for February 1 deadline)
- Health and Safety Requirements
Review the health and safety requirements in the following tab.
Selection and Advancement
Selection for the TPCNP is competitive and placement is not guaranteed. Only spaces remaining after Direct Admission students are placed are available for competitive applicants. To determine which competitive 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. At this time, no other academic, professional or philanthropic items are considered.
Advancement Score Calculation
- Select GPA: Identify which 13 courses will be used in the Select GPA, and calculate that GPA. The Select GPA is converted to a 1-point scale by dividing by 4.00. The Select GPA must fall within a range of 0.8125 to 1.000. Example: A Select GPA of 3.832 will be divided by 4.000, to be converted to 0.958 out of a possible 1.000. Only courses completed and on file with ASU by the application deadline can be considered.
- 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. 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
Historical Data for Competitive Applicants Advanced into the TPCNP
Average Select GPA
Lowest Advancement Score
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 Titer||Vaccinations OR Positive Titer||Other Requirements|
Measles/Rubeola (MMR) (lab report required)
Arizona Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card
Mumps (MMR) (lab report required)
Influenza (Flu) Vaccination
|CPR American Heart Association BLS Provider|
(current within last 2 years)
Rubella (MMR) (lab report required)
Tdap or Dtap Vaccination
Must include Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis
(current within last 12 months)
Varicella (Chicken Pox) (lab report required)
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)
The Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation prepares graduates for excellence upon entering the workplace. Since certification and licensure requirements vary by profession and from state-to-state, we recommend that you visit Professional Licensure to determine the requirements of individual state licensures or national certifications.
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