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Admission Requirements for the Undergraduate Degree Program in Nursing

The applicant must be officially accepted by the University before his or her application can be considered for admission to the College of Nursing. Application forms for admission to the University must be obtained form the Office of Admissions, Lawshe Hall, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Indiana, 46323. If the applicant has previously attended Purdue University Calumet, but has not been enrolled for one semester or longer, he/she must make reapplication to the University Admissions Office.

Students may apply for admission for the Fall semester (August). Applications for admission to the nursing program must be completed by February 1st for Fall admission. This is a limited enrollment program. Admission is competitive. Applicants are considered on the basis of SAT/ACT scores, cumulative high school GPA and space available. Enrollments are limited.

When more qualified applicants than openings are available, applicants will be ranked by the Undergraduate Nursing Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee. The best qualified applicants will be admitted. If you have any questions please see your advisor.

The following admission criteria must be submitted to the Office of Admissions:

  1. Application to the Undergraduate Degree Program in Nursing
  2. High School transcript or high school equivalence credentials; the applicant with a GED must complete 9 hours of University credit or have a SAT composite of 1000 or above before they will be considered for admission.
  3. Post-high school transcripts.
  4. SAT/ACT scores

EACH APPLICANT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SUBMITTING THE ABOVE ADMISSION CRITERIA. CONSIDERATION FOR ADMISSION WILL NOT BE GIVEN UNLESS ALL RECORDS ARE RECEIVED IN THIS DEPARTMENT BY THE DEADLINE DATE.

Revised 01/14/08


  1. BEGINNING STUDENTS (students who have not attended any college/university)
    1. SAT/ACT scores 1000 or higher, (or equivalent English/Mathematics Placement Test Scores).
    2. Meets following high-school subject matter:
      English 8 sem.
      Algebra 4 sem.
      Geometry 2 sem.
      Chemistry 2 sem.
      Biology 2 sem.
      Addition Lab Science (Biology, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology recommended) 2 sem.

      NOTE: Applicants who do not meet the Nursing admission requirements but do meet general university requirements will be admitted to Center for Student Achievement.

  2. CHANGE OF DEGREE, TRANSFER, OR SECOND DEGREE STUDENT

    Eligibility for admission by the Nursing Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee is determined by the following minimum criteria:

    1. Minimum 2.75/4.0 cumulative grade point average is required in 12 semester credit hours of required core courses from the undergraduate nursing curriculum plan.
    2. The required twelve semester credit hours must include a minimum of six (6) semester credit hours of laboratory science with a minimum 2.0 (C) grade in each course.
    3. Required non-science courses must be taken from the following: English 104, English 105, (or its equivalent); Psychology 120. Required science courses must be taken from the following: Chemistry 119; Biology 213 and 214; Biology 221 or equivalencies.
    4. All required courses must have a grade of 2.0 (C) or better.
    5. A grade of less than 2.0 in any three (3) prerequisite courses required in the Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum Plan of Study will result in ineligibility for admission.
    6. Repeated core science courses, for the purpose of admission, will be factored together to produce a cumulative GPA.
    7. Students are allowed only one withdrawal from the same science course. This withdrawal policy does not include courses dropped during the refund period.
    8. Laboratory science courses for non-RN students need to have been completed within five (5) years of an application to the College of Nursing. Special consideration may be given to applicants with a four year degree in science or a medically related field.
    9. Nursing students transferring from another nursing program must submit a letter of good standing from the Dean or designee of their previous nursing program.
    10. Applicants who have been admitted to the College of Nursing will be required to submit a record of a comprehensive physical examination completed within the last 6 months, a complete immunization record and/or lab titres, PPD within 3 months of entry or chest x-ray, and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification prior to registration. A criminal background check and malpractice insurance purchased through the university is required upon enrollment in the first clinical nursing course. In addition, students must meet agency requirements as they are mandated.
  3. NOTE: Simply meeting the above requirements does not guarantee admission to the Nursing Program. All applicants to Nursing are reviewed and the best qualified are admitted. Enrollment is limited.

    Process for completing the Change of Degree Objective (CODO) form:

    Fill out the appropriate Request for Consideration by the Nursing Admissions Committee form. The forms are below and also available in the Office of the Registrar in Lawshe Hall, Room 130.  This form must be returned to the Office of the Registrar before January 31st for consideration for the following fall term.  A copy of this form will be forwarded to the College of Nursing on February 1st along with any transcripts from other schools attended and any additional required documents that are on file.  Please read the prerequisite steps as listed on the forms carefully.  Requests for admission will be submitted to the Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee in early March.  Students will be notified of the committee’s decision at the end of March.

    The forms for this process are available in .pdf format by clicking on the following links:

    Bachelor Generic Option (pdf)
    Accelerated 2nd Degree Baccalaureate Option (pdf)