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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 associate degree nursing program accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the U.S. Department of Education.
    • 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.
  • Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree in another field will automatically be awarded 30 general education credit hours to meet the degree requirements for RN to BSN.

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 be successful on the NCLEX-RN® exam and in the RN to BSN program
  • Meet all other requirements for admission to the RN to BSN program with exception of an active and unencumbered U.S. RN license.

If approved by the Dean, Nursing and Healthcare Programs or their designee, applicants are conditionally admitted to the RN to Bachelor of Science Nursing program. Students admitted under this policy may take only one course at a time and may earn a maximum of six credits (BSN405 and BSN410) before they must provide evidence of having earned their registered nurse (RN) licenses. Students must submit proof of their active and unrestricted RN license by the end of their second term/course. A registration hold will be placed on all students admitted under this policy that prevents them for registering for additional courses until the license requirements has been met. Students who fail to provide this information will not be allowed to continue in the program until this requirement is met. Students who fail the NCLEX-RN® exam the first time they take it will not be allowed to enroll in any additional courses until the licensure requirement is met. Early Admission is not available for the RN to BSN Powered by SIMPath® program.

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.

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.

* Schools located within the United States, Canada, or US Territories that have transcripts issued in a language other than English 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, The Association for International Credential Evaluation Professionals (TAICEP) 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. In addition, American Sentinel reserves the right to request an Academic Report from NACES, AICE, TAICEP or CGFNS for education taught in English and obtained in Canada or US Territories if deemed necessary. 
** Unofficial copies may be submitted for the purposes of evaluation and acceptance but must contain proof of minimum degree conferral and minimum GPA. If the unofficial transcript does not have completion or conferral status, the applicant must also provide a copy of their diploma. Official copies of transcripts with degree conferral date and minimum GPA 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.