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BSN Admission

Admission Requirements

Eligibility for the nursing major is dependent upon at least a "C" in each of the specified mathematics, biology, and chemistry courses and a MINIMUM overall grade point average of 2.5. The ranking formula, used to determine admission to the College of Nursing, is composed of points awarded for cumulative GPA and success in the previously mentioned specified courses. Students applying to enter the Fall 2010 or later must take the NLN-PAX exam as part of their application to the program. Admission decisions are based on the Ranking Formula and NLN Pax exam scores.

To view the College of Nursing Ranking Formula, please click here.

To view the NLN Pax information, please click here.

Admission is very competitive. After enrollment, nursing students are encouraged to do their best. Graduates consistently rank among the top on the NCLEX-RN.

Approximately one hundred thirty (130) students are admitted to the major each semester. Applications must be filed in the College of Nursing by February 1 for fall admission and by September 1 for spring admission. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Special Notes

  • All Students enter the university as general college students with an intended major of nursing. Upon admission to the clinical courses, students may declare the major.
  • Any student who receives a degree from East Carolina University must complete, in regular class attendance at East Carolina University, a minimum of 30 s.h. and at least one-half of the total hours in the major discipline.
  • The required resident study does not need to be accomplished in consecutive semesters. One-half of the minimum semester hours in the student's program must be earned at a senior college.

High School Students

Apply to East Carolina University first.
Requests for more information or any questions about ECU undergraduate admissions, application forms, and/or transcripts should be directed to:

Undergraduate Admissions
East Carolina University
106 Whichard Building
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Telephone: (252)328-6640

All students must meet minimum requirements as specified in the current undergraduate catalog.  Admission to the university is determined by the director of undergraduate admissions.

Transfer Students

Students from community colleges and other universities may transfer credits as determined by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Transfer of credit for nursing course(s) is determined by the applicable department and the College of Nursing Student Affairs Committee. Nursing courses must have been completed in a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredited baccalaureate program.