Admissions Requirements

  • University Admission Requirements

    In order to ensure the most qualified candidates are accepted into the program, additional admissions criteria and recommended courses are required.

    Incoming Freshman Criteria:

    • A minimum 3.2 high school GPA (un-weighted)
    • Minimum SAT/ACT scores of:
      • SAT 530-800 or ACT 20-36 (Math Section)
      • SAT 401-800 (Critical Reading Section) or ACT 16-36 (English Section)
    • In addition, completion of the following high school courses are highly recommended:
      • Algebra II
      • Biology
      • Chemistry
      • Physics

    Students considering a career in the healthcare or medical professions are encouraged to come prepared. A passion for knowledge and a strong college preparatory background in mathematics (Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and Trigonometry) and the natural sciences (physical science, biology, and chemistry) are essential.

  • Nursing Major Admission Requirements
    1. A cumulative GPA of 2.8, calculated from all classes attended at all institutions. Note that a separate prerequisite GPA will be calculated for the application based on satisfactory courses completed.
    2. The following classes or equivalents must be completed with a grade of “C” or better to gain full admission to the nursing program:
      • BIBL 1300 Literature of the Old Testament
      • BIBL 1310 Literature of the New Testament
      • BIOL 1310 Human Anatomy
      • BIOL 1320 Human Physiology
      • BIOL 2110 Nutrition
      • BIOL 2310 Microbiology
      • CHEM 1300 Introduction to Chemistry
      • COMM 1260 Oral Communication
      • CORE 2000 The Christian, University & World
      • ENGL 1210 College Writing I
      • ENGL 1220 College Writing II
      • MATH 2610 Statistics
      • PSYC 1600 Introduction to Psychology
      • PSYC 3016 Lifespan Development

      Grades received for the thirteen prerequisite classes will be used to calculate a prerequisite GPA and will be used, in part, to determine priority for conditional admission to the nursing major. If any prerequisite classes have been repeated, the highest grade received will be used to calculate the prerequisite GPA.

      For all in-progress prerequisite courses during the fall semester, submission of a transcript showing classes that are in-­progress, as well as a copy of the official transcript request for final transcripts, once grades have been posted, is required. Final grades must be officially received prior to beginning the nursing major.

  1. Transfer students will complete two applications: 1) application to Simpson University, 2)enrollment packet for nursing major. Students must first be admitted into the university before applying to the nursing major. Admission to the University does not ensure admission into the nursing major.
  2. Students currently enrolled at Simpson University at the time of application to the nursing major will be given priority in the committee review acceptance process.
  3. Courses specific to Simpson University’s liberal arts curriculum will be required for graduation. Students should be prepared to work closely with an academic advisor in order to complete all core curriculum and nursing major course requirements.
  4. Students transferring from another nursing program who have completed one or more semesters satisfactory will be evaluated by the Director of Admissions and the Dean of Nursing. Please work closely with the admissions staff to ensure all documentation is properly received in a timely manner and guidelines within the transfer policy are followed. In addition to the Simpson University application, the following documents must be submitted:
    • Letter of intent requesting transfer
    • Official college transcripts of all college work completed
    • Official nursing course descriptions and course outlines for evaluation of nursing content
    • Letter from your previous nursing director stating status and reason for leaving program

For RN-BSN students to earn a bachelor's degree at Simpson University, they must complete 84 semester credits of general education in addition to the 36 credits they receive in their major at Simpson. All transfer credits must have been earned at an accredited college with a minimum grade point average of 2.50*.

The following requirements must be met to be eligible for acceptance into the RN-BSN Track:

  • Completion of at least 72 semester credits of general education
  • Completion of a transferable course in English Composition
  • Transfer Credit Policy

    The Registrar’s Office of Simpson University evaluates previous college work to determine which credits may be applied toward a Simpson University degree.

    The following criteria are considered in the evaluation of transfer credits:

    • 1. An official transcript must be provided in order for credits to be accepted. In some cases, a student may be asked to provide Simpson University with course information from the previous institution(s).
    • 2. Evaluation may include review of syllabi, faculty credentials, grading standards and learning resources of the sending institution which are applicable to the transfer credits being considered.
    • 3. The Registrar’s Office may consult with a given academic division before a final transfer equivalency decision is made.
    • 4. If a course from another institution does not apply to the general education requirements, the course may be accepted as an unrestricted elective. A student may transfer up to 21 credits of unrestricted elective credit.
    • 5. Only courses in which students have earned a grade of “C-” or above will be eligible for transfer.
    • 6. A student’s transfer GPA is not calculated into a student’s Simpson University GPA.
    • 7. Coursework from a two-year college will only transfer as lower division credit.
    • 8. Simpson University is on the semester system. Courses from an institution on the quarter system will be transferred as follows:
      Quarter Credits Semester Equivalent Credits
      5 3.35
      5 2.68
      3 2.01
      2 1.34
      1 0.67

    In addition to these stipulations, credits earned at institutions which are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation may be evaluated for transfer to Simpson University through one or more of the following procedures:

    • 1. Review of syllabi, faculty credentials, grading standards, and learning resources of the sending institution which are applicable to the transfer credits being considered.
    • 2. Analysis of the success of a number of previous students who have transferred to Simpson University from the sending institution.
    • 3. Successful completion of a minimum of 30 semester credits of more advanced study at Simpson University.
    • 4. Verification of at least five accredited colleges that have accepted credits from the sending institution.

    Credits for transfer from foreign institutions are evaluated by criteria recommended by organizations such as the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs (NAFSA).

    With regard to the acceptance of transfer credits, the decision of the Registrar is final.

  • Technology Requirements
    • 1. Completion of a technology survey form.
    • 2. A signed statement indicating that the student meets the following technology requirements:
      • Reliable access to a computer with Windows 7 or newer, or Mac OS X or newer
      • Minimum 512 MB of RAM (1 GB or more recommended)
      • High-speed internet connection (DSL or Cable speeds)
      • Webcam with microphone and video-recording software
      • Speakers
      • Access to a scanner
      • Printer
      • Access to a fax machine (recommended)
      • Microsoft Office 2007 or newer
      • Current version of Adobe Reader
      • Firefox, Safari, or Chrome Web browser

*Simpson University's criteria for admission are based on the university's desire and commitment for each student to find success in their academic endeavors. The success of our students is important to us. Therefore, applicants who do not meet standard admissions requirements may need to provide a success essay. Students below standard requirements will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions staff.

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