In order to promote a more inclusive approach to undergraduate nursing student selection, the BYU College of Nursing will be implementing changes in the application process.
“The idea is to get a more holistic view of the students and to have a more holistic applications and admissions process,” says Cara Wiley, the nursing advisement center supervisor. “That way we’re taking into consideration some of the other aspects of students and not just GPA.”
“We don’t believe that the characteristics of being a good nurse are exclusively GPA and ACT scores,” says College of Nursing associate dean Dr. Katreena Merrill.
These changes will take effect for students applying for the winter 2019 semester. Listed below in bold are the main changes and what they mean.
1) Students must have completed all prerequisite classes before applying to the program—midterm grades will not be accepted.
Previously, students could apply to the program while still enrolled in prerequisite courses and simply give their midterm grades for the prerequisites. Now students will need to have finished all pre-reqs before submitting their application.
“As usual, we will admit twice a year,” Merrill says. “The application for fall semester will end in May each year so that students taking prerequisites can finish those up in their winter semester and apply in May for fall. Applications for entering the nursing program in the winter semester will close in late August so that students applying to go to the nursing program in the winter will be able to finish classes in spring and summer.”
2) Students with over 75 BYU credits or 100 overall credits will no longer be able to apply.
This falls in line with official BYU policy, which says that students cannot change majors after earning 75 BYU credits (excluding AP or language exam credits). The idea is that more spots for students will be created while students with lots of credits will be able to use the more efficient path of a nursing accelerated course. Overall, this should help reduce the nursing shortage.
“If a student is already in college for three or four years before they even figure out they want to do nursing, the fastest way for them and the most financially beneficial way for them is to then do an accelerated nursing program [outside of BYU],” Wiley says.
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