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Admission Requirements

Admission Criteria

In order to qualify for admission into the BSN program, students are required to meet the following admission criteria: 

  1. Students must gain full admission to the University of Charleston prior to applying for admission to the BSN Program. Contract students or students with provisional admission will not qualify for admission into the BSN program.
  2. Admission into the BSN Program occurs by application prior to the beginning of the sophomore course sequence. Applicants must be academically admissible or re-admissible.
  3. Students must be able to demonstrate the following grade point averages (GPA): 
  4. GPA: 2.75 cumulative average;
  5. GPA 2.75 in nursing and health science classes;
  6. Must earn a C or higher in all science, math, health science and nursing courses.
  7. Students must pass the BSN Entrance Exam/TEAS V Test:  TEAS V is the Test of Essential Academic Skills offered by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) and assesses the general academic preparedness of students entering a nursing program in the areas of Science, Mathematics, Reading and English. 
  8. To qualify for admission to the BSN program for the 2015-2016 academic year, the minimum passing TEAS score is 62%. 
  9. Students have two attempts to achieve a passing score by January 15.
  10. The first TEAS V exam must be taken by November 1.
  11.  Students are limited to two attempts per academic year.

Students wanting to prepare for the TEAS V  exam prior to testing may order a study guide from  TEAS V exams are scheduled by the University of Charleston Learning Commons located on the third floor of the Schoenbaum Library, and may be contacted at (304) 357-6983.  Information related to the TEAS V exam is published on the following site: 

5.  Complete the freshman level courses listed on the following site: 

Applications are reviewed  by the BSN Admissions Committee.  Student applications will be reviewed using a point schedule that weighs GPAs, course work, and Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scores when qualified applicants exceed the number of students that the program can accommodate. 

Transfer Nursing Students

Transfer nursing student applications will be accepted beginning January 1 through August 1 or until all seats have been filled.   

Transfer nursing students must meet the admission criteria previously listed in this document.  In addition, transfer nursing students must: 

  • submit a letter of good academic and professional standing from the transfer nursing program director.
  •  have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.00 scale and a 2.75 GPA in nursing.
  • have completed nursing courses with a “C” or better in all coursework including science courses, nursing theory and a “C” or “P” or better in nursing labs or clinical.
  • have completed standardized testing requirements within the accepted scoring level of the UC BSN program and submit copies of the results from standardized testing such as ATI, HESI, Kaplan, etc.
  • submit official transcripts.

Please note: The transferring nursing program must be accredited by a State Board of Registered Professional Nurses. To be transferred, all science and nursing classes have to be current and taken within the past five years.

Evaluation of Credits

The BSN Department of Nursing reserves the right to evaluate all transfer credits.  Additional departmental testing may be required to determine student retention level and placement. The BSN faculty will assess competency levels for placement in the program.   

Admission Packet 

To be considered for admission, please submit the following documents in their entirety by April 15th : 

  1. Official acceptance letter to the University of Charleston from the Admissions office; 
  2. BSN application; 
  3. Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended; 
  4. TEAS V test results;  
  5. Submit a 250 word essay describing why you want to become a nurse. 
  6. Transfer nursing students: letter of good academic standing from nursing program director. 

Applications to the BSN program will not be processed until all documentation has been submitted to: 

BSN Administrative Assistant
University of Charleston
2300 MacCorkle Avenue, SE
Riggleman Hall 400
Charleston, WV 25304

Admission Notification

Applicants approved for admission will be notified at their home address via regular mail by May 30.   

Clinical Readiness Documentation 

Upon admission, additional information regarding clinical readiness: Criminal Background Check, clinical, health and immunization requirements will be provided.   

Immunization requirements include the vaccines recommended for health care workers by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  These required vaccinations may be viewed on the CDC website: 

CPR Certification by the American Heart Association for health care providers is also a requirement.  Only American Heart Association CPR will be accepted. 

Information regarding the Criminal Background Check and other clinical readiness documentation will be forwarded. 

BSN Contact Information

For further information, please contact:

BSN Administrative Assistant – Cody Frank Perkins, Riggleman Hall 400, 304-357-4837,  

BSN Enrollment Coordinator –Karen Hoschar, Riggleman Hall 410-A, telephone 304-357-4838,  

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