Frequently Asked Questions – Gustavus Nursing Program Expansion | Spring 2022
Expansion of the Gustavus Nursing Program | Spring 2022
On Monday, April 4, 2022, Gustavus announced the expansion of the nursing major from 30 to 40 students per class year starting in the fall 2022 semester. Read the full announcement here.
The expansion of the Gustavus Department of Nursing builds on a tradition of excellence that began when the College began offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1956. More about the department’s history and current offerings are available online.
To help answer common questions about changes to the nursing program and associated processes, please review the information below.
What is the first step to becoming a major nurse Gustavus?
Become a student of Gustavus! Student applicants to the Gustavus Nursing Program must be currently enrolled at Gustavus Adolphus College. Transfer students who are interested in the program must apply and be accepted to the College before applying to the nursing major. All students (first year and transfer) can start their application for admission to Gustavus here.
How to Apply for the Gustavus Nursing Program?
Current Gustavus student applicants should indicate their intent to apply to the Nursing major by contacting the Department of Nursing Chair or Administrative Assistant at [email protected] Transfer student applicants should consult with the Chair of the Department of Nursing, Dr. Jessica Stadick ([email protected]), to begin the process.
When will I be eligible to apply for the nursing program?
The application process takes place during the spring semester. Students must be on track to complete all nine prerequisite courses by the end of the spring semester in which they apply to the program.
What are the components of the application process?
The application process consists of the following five elements:
- Cumulative GPA
- GPA in prerequisite courses
- Drug trial and calculation issues
- Student status (enrolled, graduated or transferred)
How are the components of the application process scored?
Each component of the application is worth four (4) points. Each component is scored by the nursing service. Students whose overall application scores place them in the top 40 among all applicants and who have successfully completed the prerequisite courses will be accepted into the nursing program.
What does drug testing and calculation involve?
The essay is one question and asks students to construct a succinct and organized answer. The essay is reviewed by two (2) faculty and/or administrative staff of the department. There are two medication calculation questions, which focus on the mathematical use of ratio and proportions.
What does the collective interview consist of?
The group interview is conducted by one or two professors and/or nursing administrators and includes four or five student applicants. The questions are asked in rotation so that all candidates answer one of the questions first. In addition, the candidates have the possibility of proposing supplements to the answers of the others to the questions.
What is the GPA requirement for admission?
Minimum cumulative GPA required for admission is a 2.85. Minimum prerequisite GPA required for admission is a 2.85.
What are the prerequisite course requirements?
There are nine (9) prerequisite courses to be completed at the end of the spring semester of the candidacy year:
- Principles of biology
- Fundamentals of microbiology
- General Chemistry
- Anatomy and Physiology I and II (or the transfer equivalent of one semester of anatomy and one semester of physiology)
- General Psychology
- Lifespan development
- Sociology or anthropology course
- Pre-Health Professions (or the transfer equivalent of an introductory healthcare and/or communications course)
Can I take a prerequisite or basic nursing course to earn a pass/no credit?
No. A grade of C or better must be achieved in all prerequisite and core nursing courses.
Is Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification required?
Yes. Students must submit proof of current certification as a CNA prior to beginning basic nursing courses. This does not must be completed before applying for the program.
When Can I Declare a Nursing Major?
Students will be declared a nursing major upon successful admission to the program.
When do the nursing courses start?
Nursing courses for the new class of accepted students begin in the fall semester following acceptance into the program.
If you have additional questions, please contact Department of Nursing Chairman Gustavus.