Nursing Program Admission Requirements

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Students must meet the general Hiram College admission requirements.


With direct admission to Hiram College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, there is no waitlist or separate application process. It is however required that students admitted directly into the BSN program meet the requirements outline below:


  • A 2.8 or higher high school GPA, on a 4.0 scale.
  • A minimum ACT score of 22 in math, scientific reasoning, and composite OR a minimum combined SAT score of 1000.
  • A minimum grade of “B” in the following high school courses: Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra II.


  • A 3.3 or higher high school GPA, on a 4.0 scale.
  • A minimum grade of “B” in the following high school courses: Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra II.

** Students that do not meet direct admission criteria may be granted admission to Hiram College and placed on a pathway towards achieving entry into the nursing program. Transfer students are admitted to the nursing program on a case by case and space available basis.


Progression from Direct Admission Nursing to the Nursing Major

The nursing sequence begins in year 2 of the Nursing Curriculum. Enrolled students wishing to continue in the nursing major or transfer to the nursing program complete a Declaration of Major form early in the spring semester, prior to fall course registration, and prior to beginning the nursing clinical sequence. In addition, the following criteria will be necessary for declaration to the nursing major:

  • Completion of all first-year pre-nursing support courses (BIOL 13100 Human Anatomy and Physiology l, BIOL 13300 Human Anatomy & Physiology ll; BIOL 23800 Medical Microbiology, PSYC 10100 General Psychology, and SOAN 15500 Introduction to Sociology), or their equivalents, with a minimum of C or higher. A “C-“ grade is not acceptable. *
  • Achievement of a 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA
    • An accumulation of two (2) failed attempts in any one of these pre-nursing support courses or an accumulation of three (3) failed attempts of different pre-nursing support courses will result in ineligibility to advance into the nursing program. A withdrawal due to a failing grade will constitute a failed attempt. All pre-nursing support courses must be completed in two (2) years.
  • All students are required to submit background check results prior to beginning clinical practice

Progression within the Nursing Program

*Many nursing courses have a didactic as well as a laboratory and/or clinical component. Students must satisfactorily complete each component of the course. An unsatisfactory grade in the clinical or lab component will result in failure of the course.

  • A 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher at the conclusion of each semester in order to progress in nursing courses. The progress of students whose overall GPA falls below the required 2.0 GPA for any given semester will also have their record reviewed by the Hiram College Academic Review Board where recommendations are made regarding continued enrollment in the College. If the student is eligible to remain at the college with a GPA below 2.0, core and electives would need to be taken to raise the GPA to a 2.0 before further enrollment in nursing courses.
  • A C or higher in the nursing support courses, including: CHEM 10500 Physiological Chemistry; BIOL 26600, Human Genetics; MATH 11000, Computations for Nursing; IES 31100 Nutrition & Fitness; INTD 30210, Narrative Bioethics; BIMD 18100 Global Health and Nursing Issues.
  • A course grade of C or higher in each nursing course having only a didactic component.
  • A course grade of C or higher in each clinical nursing course; and a satisfactory clinical evaluation for courses having a didactic/lab and clinical component. Students who are unsuccessful in any component of the course (didactic, clinical or lab) will receive no higher than a C- for the course grade. A clinical unsatisfactory results in failure of the course


  • Each of the nursing courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher
  • All college core and elective requirements must be completed with a minimum accumulative 2.0 GPA
  • Completion of all coursework as outlined in the nursing curriculum requirements
  • If elected, completion of the requirements for a declared minor in another field (psychology, biomedical humanities, public health, etc.)
  • Satisfactory completion of all other program requirements, including the completion of the Senior Capstone project and presentation.
  • Accumulation of a minimum of 128 semester hours of required coursework completed.


Dr. Sarabeth Abalos, Ph.D., R.N.
Nursing Program Director, Assistant Professor of Nursing