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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 copy of your active and unencumbered U.S. RN license.
  • Official transcripts** from each post-secondary institution attended showing a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. The institution(s) must send the transcripts directly to American Sentinel University.
    • Nursing education must be from a state board of nursing approved school of nursing, or hospital school of nursing or an accredited associate degree nursing program.
    • Applicants whose GPA is below 2.0 will be considered for admission but must provide a separate statement indicating a) any extenuating circumstances that may have contributed to the lower GPA, b) their reasons for seeking the BSN degree and c) how they intend to succeed.
  • 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, Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) member organization, 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, AICE 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.

Early admission is for graduates of Associate Degree Nursing (ASN/ADN or diploma) 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
  • 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.

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 educated outside the United States, Canada* or US Territories 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 Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) member organization, 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. 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., applicants must have their academic transcripts evaluated and certified by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services member organization, Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) member organization, or the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) 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.

* Canadian schools which have transcripts issued in French are considered FOREIGN and applicants must provide an Academic Report from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member organization, Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) member organization, 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. 
** Unofficial copies may be submitted for purposes of evaluation and acceptance. Official copies of transcripts must be received by the Registrar’s Office by the end of the first 8-week term. If the applicant fails to submit such official documents on time, he or she will be disallowed from starting future courses until the official transcripts are received, and subsequently be withdrawn for failing to provide them.

Non-Discrimination Policy

In accordance with Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 5 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, American Sentinel University admits all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliations, or political philosophy. The university recruits and admits those students/learners who have the potential to successfully complete the educational programs. The prospective student’s motivation and interest in succeeding in his/her chosen business field are important factors for admission consideration as well as the student’s academic background and qualifications.