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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.
Applicants who meet the following requirements will be offered Direct Admission to nursing. Direct admit students who meet Continuing Eligibility Criteria are guaranteed a space in the upper-division clinical nursing program.
Continuing Eligibility Criteria for Direct Admission Students
Applicants who do not meet the above requirements will be admitted to our Community Health major. Community Health students will complete coursework that mirrors the nursing prerequisites, and may compete for vacant seats in the nursing program that have not been filled by direct admission students. There is no guarantee that vacant seats will be available.
Steps to Apply
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.
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.
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
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 Basic Life Support (BLS) from the American Heart Assocation Only|
(current within last 2 years)
Rubella (MMR) (lab report required)
Tdap or Dtap Vaccination
(current within last 12 months)
Varicella (Chicken Pox) (lab report required)
In addition, selected students must: