Bachelor’s Program Requirements

RN to B.S. Nursing Requirements

To be considered for admission to the American Sentinel University RN to BSN program, you must submit the following:

  • A completed application.
  • A resume, curriculum vitae or list of professional accomplishments.

Applicants educated within the United States who hold a U.S. RN license must submit the following:

  • A copy of your active and unencumbered U.S. RN license.
  • Official transcripts* from each post-secondary institution attended. The institution(s) must send the transcripts directly to American Sentinel University. Your nursing education must be from a hospital school of nursing or an associate degree nursing program accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the U.S. Department of Education.

Applicants educated outside of the United States who hold a U.S. RN license must submit the following:

  • A copy of your active and unencumbered U.S. RN license.
  • An Academic Report from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member organization, an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) certificate stating that the nursing education you received is comparable to that obtained by a graduate of a U.S. nursing school.
  • To receive transfer credits for courses from institutions outside the United States, your NACES or CGFNS evaluation will need an approved course-by-course academic report. This report must be submitted at the time of evaluation in order for the transfer credits to be considered.

Applicants educated outside of the United States who do not hold a U.S. RN license must submit the following:

  • A Validation of Licensure Report that shows evidence that you are legally authorized to practice as a professional nurse in the geographical area in which you work. CGFNS is an agency that can provide documentation acceptable to American Sentinel University.
  • An Academic Report from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member organization, an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) certificate stating that the nursing education you received is comparable to that obtained by a graduate of a U.S. nursing school.
  • To receive transfer credits for courses from institutions outside the United States, your NACES or CGFNS evaluation will need an approved course-by-course academic report. This report must be submitted at the time of evaluation in order for the transfer credits to be considered.

* If you are utilizing federal financial aid for all or part of your tuition you must submit official transcripts prior to acceptance. If you are not utilizing federal financial aid, unofficial copies may be submitted for purposes of evaluation and acceptance. However official copies must be received by our Registrar’s Office no later than the end of your first 8 week term. Failure to do so will result in you not being able to begin future courses.

Early Admission to the RN to BSN program

Early admission is for graduates of Associate Degree Nursing (ASN/ADN or diploma nursing programs) to begin the RN to BSN program prior to passing the NCLEX-RN.

Program requirements:

  • Enroll within four months of graduation with an ASN/ADN or Nursing Diploma
  • Have not yet taken the NCLEX-RN
  • Submit letters of recommendation from director or dean of ASN/ADN program verifying aptitude to pass NCLEX-RN
  • Meet all other requirements for admission to the RN to BSN program with exception of an active and unencumbered U.S. RN license.

Conditional admittance is approved by the associate dean, undergraduate nursing. Once admitted, students may earn a maximum of six credits (two courses – BSN405 and BSN410) to be taken one course at a time. To continue in the RN to BSN program, students must then submit evidence of having earned their registered nurse (RN) license.

Colorado Articulation

American Sentinel’s RN to BSN program is based on the Colorado Nursing Articulation Model, a statewide agreement that permits registered nurses who are graduates of a hospital school of nursing or who have an associate degree accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the U.S. Department of Education to articulate to a RN to BSN program.

Under this model, applicants receive block transfer credit for their original nursing education without evaluation of specific nursing courses or testing in nursing content areas. Students entering American Sentinel’s RN to BSN program with a diploma in nursing or an associate degree in nursing plus an unencumbered, current RN license will automatically be awarded 60 credit hours for their U.S. license and original nursing curriculum, including foundational courses.

Nurses with Foreign Degrees

International Student Requirements

Nurses educated outside the United States who are not eligible to practice as registered nurses in the United States must have academic transcripts evaluated and certified by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. member organization. The completion of the B.S. Nursing will not qualify the nurse to sit for the licensure exam to become an RN in the United States.

Nurses educated outside of the United States and Canada are required to take ENG105 Beginning Writing as their first course.

Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not earned an undergraduate degree from an institution at which all courses were taught in English will need to provide one of the following:

  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 550 (written version) or 80 (iBT version).
  • An International English Language Test (IELTS) score of at least 5.0 for undergraduates and 6.5 for graduates, or verification of certification in an English proficiency program.

To receive credits for courses or degrees from institutions outside the U.S., you must have your academic transcripts evaluated and certified by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services member organization, which will assess a fee. Be sure to request that the certifying organization’s report be sent directly to American Sentinel. Depending on the program, if you have earned a foreign degree you will need to request either a general or expanded report from the evaluator.

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