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Transfer & Second Bachelor's Students

  • Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements for Transfer and Second Bachelor's Students

    A Closer Look at Nursing

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    TEAS V Exam

    All transfer applicants for the traditional undergraduate nursing program, including second bachelor’s degree students, are required to take the TEAS V exam.

    How to register for TEAS V

    Frequently Asked Questions about TEAS V

    • SU Undergraduate online application with major as "Nursing". No separate nursing application is required.
    • Required documents to be submitted to the Stevenson University Admissions Office:
      • Official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended, including evaluation of any foreign transcripts by WES or AACRAO.
      • Official TEAS V transcript.
      • Essay on why you want to be a nurse.
      • Resume.
      • Two academic references using our Reference Form.
      • Additional documents that may be required for non-U.S. citizens.
    Admission Criteria
    • Full-time program for students who do not have a nursing degree as well as those who have a Bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing.
    • Fall start only for junior level clinical nursing courses.
    • Deadline for completed applications, including all required documents: February 15.
    • Minimum cumulative and science GPA: 3.0. For specific criteria, see our Application Guidelines.
    • Students must earn a Proficient or higher in the Academic Preparedness Category on the TEAS V exam to be competitive for admission.
    • Prerequisites can be completed at any U.S. regionally accredited college.
    Admission Decisions
    • Applications are reviewed by the Admissions Office and the Nursing Department concurrently.
    • Admission to Stevenson University does NOT guarantee acceptance into the nursing major.
    • Nursing program decision letters are mailed after March 1 on a rolling basis.
    • Applicants accepted to Nursing will receive registration and orientation information from both the Admissions Office and from the Nursing Department by mail.
    • Acceptance/Enrollment deadline: May 1.
    • For complete information, please read the Application Guidelines for Transfer and 2nd Bachelor's Degree Students and register online to attend a Closer Look at Nursing information session.

    The baccalaureate and master's degree programs in nursing at Stevenson University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q. I am already a Registered Nurse. Is this the program for me?
    No, this program is for pre-licensure students. Please see information about our RN to BS program that is designed for current RN's wishing to complete our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

    Q. Is the Nursing program accredited?
    Yes, the program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) * and is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing. Stevenson University has regional accreditation by the Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.
    *Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington D.C., 20036-1120

    Q. What is the NCLEX-RN pass rate?
    Upon graduation, students must take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses in order to become a registered nurse and practice nursing. The NCLEX pass rate for FY 2013 was 88.61%.  Information on NCLEX-RN pass rates is available on the Maryland Board of Nursing website. Information on the examination is available on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.

    Q. How do I apply and is there a separate application for nursing?
    . You will need to complete the undergraduate application from the Stevenson University website or the Common Application. There is no separate nursing application.  Please visit the Admission Requirements for Transfer/Second Bachelor’s Student page to learn about the additional materials that must be submitted with the application by the February 15 deadline.

    Q. How can I check the status of my application?
    . You may check your application status on WebXpress through the SU Now Portal.

    Q. What are the criteria for admission to the Nursing major?
    Visit the Admission Requirements for Transfer/Second Bachelor's Students page to learn about the required academic criteria.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

    Q.  Do I need to submit an official transcript from every college or university I have attended?
    A.  Yes, you must submit official transcripts for every college or university that you have previously attended or are currently attending to Stevenson University, c/o the Transfer Admissions Office.  This includes evaluation of any foreign transcripts by WES (World Education Services) or AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers).  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

    Q. At the time of application, I will not have completed all of the prerequisites.  Can I still apply?
    . Applicants can apply if they have five or less prerequisites to complete during the spring semester if they wish to begin the junior-level clinical courses in the fall.  However, a maximum of only two science prerequisites should be left to take during that spring semester.

    Q. Do I have to take the TEAS Test or another entrance exam?
    .  Yes, all transfer applicants including second degree bachelor’s students are required to take the TEAS V exam.  It is strongly recommended that applicants take the exam by January 30.

    Q. When does the nursing program start, and when are classes scheduled?
    The clinical nursing program begins each FALL semester only, not spring. Classes and clinical experiences may be scheduled for day or evening hours on weekdays or weekends.

    Q. What is the deadline for applications for the Nursing program?
    A. All required documents must be submitted by February 15.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

    Q. How long will it take to complete the nursing program?
    Students who have completed all prerequisites can complete this full-time program in two years.

    Q. Can I take my prerequisite courses at Stevenson University?
    If you are interested in completing the nursing prerequisites at Stevenson, please indicate this clearly in your application. However, please be aware that we may advise you to complete prerequisites elsewhere due to possible course sequencing issues.

    Q. What is your course repeat policy?
    . Only one science course may be repeated once in order to improve a grade.

    Q. If I took some of my prerequisites a long time ago, must they be repeated? 
    A. The prerequisites that must be completed within the last five years of the intended start term are Microbiology, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Nutrition. If you repeat any of these because of the age of the course, it will not count against you (see course repeat policy question above).

    Q. Are online prerequisites acceptable?
    A. While it is generally preferred that applicants complete their science courses in an in-person format, Stevenson University reviews all transfer courses for equivalency.

    Q. Are CLEP and AP prerequisite courses acceptable?
    . Students can earn college credit for CLEP exams and AP courses at Stevenson University in multiple subjects. 

    Q. Who teaches the nursing courses and answers questions about my curriculum?
    As a nursing student, you will have a nursing faculty and/or staff member as your academic advisor. All nursing courses are taught by qualified nurse educators. Both full-time and part-time nursing faculty are committed to providing quality learning experiences to help you learn to be a nurse.

    Q. When will I have my first clinical experience?
    Your first interaction with patients/clients will be in your junior (300 level) clinical nursing courses.

    Q. Where do I go for my clinical experiences?
    Faculty-supervised clinical experiences take place in many hospitals and health care facilities primarily in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Examples of hospitals where students have clinical experiences include Union Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sinai Hospital, GBMC, Franklin Square Hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center, and Mercy Medical Center. Examples of community health experiences include Baltimore County Public Schools, various homeless shelters, and assisted living facilities.

    Q. Do I have a choice of locations?
    No. Clinical and practicum placements are based on student academic learning needs and faculty input. Placements cannot be assigned according to car pool arrangements, geographic location and/or student preference.

    Q. Do I need to provide my own transportation to the clinical experiences?
    Yes, students are responsible for their own transportation to all classes and clinical experiences, including parking and other travel expenses.

    Q. What is the student-faculty ratio in the clinical experiences?
    The student-faculty ratio in the clinical area range from 6:1 to 8:1. This ratio varies, depending upon the nature of the clinical experience and patient acuity.

    Q. I am an LPN. Do you offer an LPN to BS program and will my courses transfer?
    Stevenson does not offer an LPN to BS program. It is generally advised for LPN's to consider completing an LPN to RN Bridge program at a local community college since LPN courses do not transfer for credit to this program.  However, LPN’s who wish to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing without first completing an LPN to RN Bridge program are encouraged to attend a Closer Look at Nursing session for more information. 

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