Accelerated admission requirements
  • Admission Requirements -- Accelerated Pre-Licensure BSN   

    The Accelerated Pre-Licensure BSN program is for students who have already earned a baccalaureate degree in another field of study. The student applying must complete the admissions process as if they were applying to our General Pre-Licensure BSN program. 

    The student will begin with our General Pre-Licensure BSN students and take an additional class each semester of the first year. After successful completion of the first year of study, the accelerated cohort of students will begin a summer session of accelerated study and continue in the fall completing their studies in December. 

    Application deadline is November 15, 2014. 

    Criteria for Provisional Acceptance 

    Applications for provisional acceptance are accepted from persons who have completed a bachelor’s degree in an alternative major and are actively pursuing the required lower division credits. Accelerated students must have earned a prior Baccalaureate degree. Consideration for provisional acceptance is based on the following requirements.

    Lower Division Pre-Nursing Requirements 

    Prior to entering St. John’s College, students complete 56 semester hours of lower-division course work at another accredited College or university. Cooperative contracts exist for completion of the lower-division prerequisites and for transfer of credit to St. John’s College with three Colleges: Lincoln College, Lincoln Land Community College and Springfield College in Illinois. However, you may choose to attend one of the 43 institutions which have been evaluated for transfer credit. Information regarding transfer/accreditation is available. Contact the College for advisement.

    Course / Semester Hours 

    • English Composition / 6
    • Intro to Philosophy or Logic / 3
    • Anatomy & Physiology with Lab / 8
    • Chemistry with Lab / 4
    • Nutrition / 3
    • Microbiology with Lab / 4
    • General Psychology / 3
    • Intro to Sociology / 3
    • Lifespan Growth & Development / 3
    • Political Science (Government) / 3
    • Intro to Statistics / 3
    • Communications/Humanities Electives* / 6
    • General Electives* / 7
    • Upper division Elective / 3

    *An additional13 semester hours of electives must be completed. Six of these hours must be from the Communications/Humanities area of study. Seven semester hours may be from any area of study.  

    Accelerated students are enrolled with traditional students for the intersession, semester 1 and semester 2. Only accelerated students are enrolled as a separate cohort for the 12-week summer session and last 16 week fall session. 

    ATI is a requirement throughout many nursing courses for NCLEX success. Each individual course faculty will determine ATI requirements and expectations within their course. Students who do not complete ATI requirements and course expectations will delay their registration process until they complete their ATI course expectations.

    Application Checklist 

    1. Complete Application and include $60 non-refundable application fee.

    2. Submit legal document showing proof of name at time of application (certified birth certificate, marriage license, divorce decree, etc.)

    3. Submit official transcript from all regionally accredited college(s) attended showing:

    a. A minimum of thirty (30) semester hours of designated lower division transferable college credit with a cumulative GPA of 2.5/4.0 

    b. A minimum grade of C in all required science courses completed within the last five years prior to enrollment in St. John's College. To begin St. John's College Accelerated Pre-Licensure BSN program with a solid foundation, it is recommended that students with a previous bachelor's degree have completed their science courses within the last five years of admission.

    c. No designated lower division course may be repeated more than once. Official transcripts must come from the granting institution directly to St. John's College. Hand carried transcripts are not acceptable. 

    d. Good academic standing at the last institution attended.

    4. Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills V (TEAS V®)

    5. All applicants with English as a Second Language are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a score of 560 on the paper based version or 220 on the computer based version or 83 on the internet-based (iBT) version. Applicants are also required to take the test through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of 6.5 (overall score) and 7.0 (spoken band). Other international standardized tests that assess the proficiency of the student's command of the English language for success in nursing may be considered. Please contact the college for further information.