College of Nursing


This a general outline of the application process. For more details please read the Pre-Nursing Packet and the other documents listed under Helpful Materials. For questions please contact the College of Nursing Advisement Center.

Before Applying

    1. Be admitted as a student at Brigham Young University

BYU Admissions Web Site

Admission Deadlines

BYU Online Undergraduate Application

Transfer Students

      • Have a transfer GPA of at least a 3.5-3.6. BYU may limit admission of transfer students with more than 80 semester credits of transfer work
      • Check with Advisement Center regarding transferring classes.

     b.  Complete the pre-requisite courses.

Other supporting or GE courses may also be completed before applying for acceptance.

      • Nurs 180
      • NDFS 100
      • Development Elective (SFL 210 or Psych 220)
      • PDBio 220
      • Chem 285
      • (Chem 101 or an equivalent is needed prior to other Chemistry courses)

* If taking a class through Independent Study, the final grade needs to be posted on the transcript by the application deadline. Transfer classes also need to have the grade posted at BYU at the time of application in order to be able to apply.  All of the above classes must be completed with a grade of at least a C. A C- is not satisfactory progress.

28 Credit hours and first year writing or its AP equivalent must also be completed.

Students with English as a Second Language

ESL students must complete the following requirements, in addition to completing the five nursing prerequisites, which are Nurs 180, Chem 285, NDFS 100, PDBio 220, and a developmental elective (SFL 210 or PSYCH 220).


  1. Have a TOEFL over-all score of at least a 93 (internet-based) with at least 24 sub-scores in both reading and listening


  2. Complete Medical Terminology course - 3 Options – complete one of the following:

      i.      Nurs 102 - Only offered through Independent Study, for more details visit

      ii.      Latin 123 – offered as a day course

      iii.      An equivalent course from another university – see Nursing Advisement Center regarding transfer equivalencies

  3. Take the OPI/IELTS package exams *this cannot be started until you have the minimum score needed for the TOEFL and have completed or currently enrolled in Medical Terminology

  • OPI is a speaking exam and ILETS is a writing exam
  • Must schedule your exam by calling 801-422-3137
  • Will take approximately 3 hours and is in the English Language Center, 35 E. University Parkway, Provo, UT 84602
  • Bring ID card and follow BYU dress and grooming standards
  • No dictionaries
  • $40 per package exams and for each time you test.
  • Passing score is Advanced-Mid for OPI and 7 for IELTS writing exam
  • Take this test as soon as possible; the results will tell you if you need to do any remediation through additional ESL/BYU courses or other non-course remediation options. 
  • Once your remediation (at least 1 semester in time) is completed you will need to re-test ($40/test package).



Start Program Application Online Submit Midterms By
Fall Semester February (essay due in March) Midterms not required
Winter Semester August October
  1.  Submit Midterm Grades (if applicable)

*For applicants applying for Winter semester only. Midterm grades for any class in progress at BYU during Fall semester must be submitted by the October deadline, as outlined in the application, in order for the Winter application to be reviewed.

  2. Submit Application Materials for acceptance into the BYU College of Nursing

Applications are submitted online. Applications must be filled out by the applicant himself/herself, whether home or abroad.

Include the following with your application at the time of submission:

      • Completed electronic application form
      • An electronically signed "Essential Abilities" form included in the application
      • An electronically signed Criminal/Background Check Release Form included in the application.
      • Response to one essay question (Contact Advisement - must sign up for this in the application - due in March or Sept)
      • List of school, community, and church leadership/service for the past five years (completed online)
      • Two Recommendations - see application. A link is sent to each recommender with an online form to be filled out.
      • Proof of admission to BYU - if not a current student
      • ACT/SAT/TOEFL score
      • Complete the 3 additional requirements (ESL students only)
      • Any other documents included in the application


After Acceptance

     a. Complete criminal background checks/drug screen from the acceptance packet

This process is explained in the acceptance packet. The cost is approximately $40. Because the processing of criminal background checks takes approximately 6 weeks, it is important that they are performed immediately after admission to the program.  The drug screen is approximately $60-$80.  It tests for specific drugs listed in the acceptance packet. Usually a 9 panel drug screen is fine as long as the specific drugs are tested.

     b. Submit the Acceptance Packet

This includes signed forms, CPR, physical form and Immunizations.