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About the Nursing Program

Applying to the Nursing Program

In addition to being to admitted to Westminster College, students interested in pursuing the Nursing program must be admitted to the program. The application process for the Nursing program varies based on if you are a high school, transfer, or current student.

To progress into the BS in Nursing Program, you will need to apply for admittance to the program during your sophomore year at Westminster. Acceptance to the BS in Nursing program is determined by the School of Nursing and Health Sciences Admission and Progression Committee, which bases its decisions on the following criteria:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.80 and a minimum prerequisite grade point average of 3.00 (from all institutions of higher education attended) and a grade of C or higher in all prerequisite courses. See prerequisite support course requirements.
  • Proof of 1 of the following must be submitted: a certificate of completion of a course and/or license as a CNA, LPN/PN, MA, or EMT. Alternatively, if you are enrolled in a course, you will have until December 1 for spring start and until August 1 for fall start to show proof of completion of the course.
  • 3 recommendation forms indicating qualifications for success in nursing (examples include employers, professors, instructors, or teachers). Recommendations from friends, family or clergy will not be accepted.
  • A typed letter of intent, which includes statements related to the candidate's skills and qualifications. The letter is evaluated on content, clarity, motivation to become a nurse, spelling, and grammar.
  • Students will be required to provide background check results at the time of application. Background checks must be free of criminal arrest history.
  • Students will be required to provide negative drug testing results from an approved laboratory at the time of application.
  • Students must meet the State of Utah Student Nurse Physical Demands Policy requirement.

Success in Westminster's Nursing program begins with a strong comprehension of the English language. Because the rigorous courses are taught in English and move at a fast pace, fluency in the language is necessary for understanding concepts and expressing yourself effectively. Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency by submitting scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL ibt). A cumulative score of 90 or better and a score of 24 or better on the Speaking section of the test is required to apply to the nursing program. View information about taking the TOEFL to learn more.

Applications to progress in the undergraduate nursing program will be reviewed after the applicant submits a completed application form, copies of transcripts from all schools attended, and recommendation forms to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Applications will only be reviewed for those students who have submitted all necessary paperwork by the identified deadline.

Apply to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Once pre-nursing requirements have been met, you will need to apply to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences by logging in to the application with your college login. Applicants who meet eligibility requirements will be required to complete an interview as part of the overall application process.

Fall Semester Applicants

The application will open the first Monday of February and close on the second Monday of March (unless extended). Students will be notified of acceptance by May 1.

Spring Semester Applicants

The application will open the second Monday of August and close the last Monday of September (unless extended). Students will be notified of acceptance by November 15.

Submit Nursing Application

Westminster College's Nursing program offers direct-entry admission for high school students who are dedicated to completing their bachelor of science in nursing degree in 4 years.

With the direct entry into the program, your academic path is secure, as long as you meet the minimum requirements for beginning the program. You can have confidence that you have been admitted to the nursing program while you complete your prerequisite courses. With exclusive clinical rotations, rigorous curriculum, and a liberal arts education, you will be positioned to enter the workforce ahead of your competition.

Important Direct-Entry Application Dates

  • Priority Deadline: Dec. 1
  • Final Deadline: Feb. 1

Requirements for Direct Entry Admission

  • Completed application to Westminster College
  • Cumulative 3.5 GPA
  • Application Materials:
    • 2 academic letters of recommendation, with at least 1 recommendation being from one of your core subject teachers (math, science, English, etc.)
    • 2-page, double-spaced, 12-point font letter of intent: Your letter of intent will be evaluated on content, clarity, motivation to become a nurse, spelling, and grammar. The letter should address all of the following:
      • How do you conceptualize the nursing profession and the role of a professional nurse?
      • What skills, experiences, and personal philosophies support your application for this program? These might include experiences in health care, community service, life experiences, and attitudes or philosophies you consider to be strengths.
      • Describe your ability to work in groups.
      • Identify skills you have or are developing that you consider relevant to group work.

How to Apply

When you apply for admission, you must indicate that you are interested in applying for direct-entry nursing as well. After you submit your application, you will be directed to your application portal where you will see a checklist of all your required materials. You can also check the status of your materials in your application portal.

Important Dates

Fall Semester Applicants

Applications must be complete and submitted by March 15. Students will be notified of acceptance by May 1.

Spring Semester Applicants

Applications must be complete and submitted by October 26. Students will be notified of acceptance by November 15.

How to Apply

1. Apply to Westminster

In your application, you must indicate your academic interest/major as nursing.

Nursing applicants will only be considered for admission to the Nursing program if they have applied and been admitted to Westminster College for the semester they intend to begin coursework.

Westminster College Application

2. Review Nursing Application Requirements

Once you have submitted your application for admission, you will receive a checklist of items that are required to complete your application to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. You can log back in to your application to check the status of your checklist materials. Applications to enter the Nursing program will only be reviewed for students who have completed all checklist items by the identified deadline.

Acceptance into the Nursing program is determined by the School of Nursing and Health Sciences Admission and Progression Committee, which bases its decisions on the following criteria:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.80 and a minimum prerequisite grade point average of 3.00 (from all institutions of higher education attended) and a grade of C or higher in all prerequisite courses. See prerequisite support course requirements for more information. Transfer credits for nursing must be reviewed by the Registrar's Office prior to applying to the program to ensure credits will transfer.
  • Proof of 1 of the following must be submitted: a certificate of completion of a course and/or license as a CNA, LPN/PN, MA, or EMT. Alternatively, if you are currently enrolled in a course, you will have until December 1 for spring start and until August 1 for fall start to show proof of completion of the course.
  • 3 recommendation forms indicating qualifications for success in nursing (examples include employers, professors, instructors, or teachers). Recommendations from friends, family, or clergy will not be accepted. Transfer students coming from another school of nursing must also submit a letter of recommendation from the transfer school's dean of nursing.
  • 2-page, double-spaced,12-point font letter of intent: Your letter of intent will be evaluated on content, clarity, motivation to become a nurse, spelling, and grammar. The letter should address all of the following:
    • How do you conceptualize the nursing profession and the role of a professional nurse?
    • What skills, experiences, and personal philosophies support your application for this program? These might include experiences in health care, community service, life experiences, and attitudes or philosophies you consider to be strengths.
    • Describe your ability to work in groups.
    • Identify skills you have or are developing that you consider relevant to group work.
  • Students will be required to provide background check results at the time of application. Background checks must be free of criminal arrest history.
  • Students will be required to provide negative drug testing results from an approved laboratory at the time of application.
  • Students must meet the State of Utah Student Nurse Physical Demands Policy requirement.

Success in Westminster's Nursing program begins with a strong comprehension of the English language. Because the rigorous courses are taught in English and move at a fast pace, fluency in the language is necessary for understanding concepts and expressing yourself effectively. Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency by submitting scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A cumulative score of 90 or better and a score of 24 or better on the speaking section of the test is required to apply to the nursing program. View information about taking the TOEFL to learn more.

Applications will only be reviewed for students who have submitted all necessary paperwork by the identified deadline.

3. Nursing Interview

Applicants who meet eligibility requirements will be required to complete an interview as part of the overall application process. The review committee will reach out to you for scheduling once your application is complete and ready to review.


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Sheryl Steadman

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