Admissions Requirements

If you are interested in being a part of the Dordt College nursing program, here are some things to check out:

  • Academic requirements can be found in our catalog on page 9.
  • You can apply online to Dordt College
Prior to admission:
All first year students who have an ACT less than 22 and a high school GPA less than 3.0 will be counselled that they must meet with a tutor for first semester classes and they must meet with their nursing advisor at least twice during the semester to obtain a recommendation to continue in the nursing major. 
Admission to the nursing major will be completed in April or May of the first year. Enrollment requirements include: 
Admission procedures:
Students will be admitted to the nursing major in April of their first year. 
Requirements for admission include:
            A grade of C or above in supporting courses
            College GPA: 2.67
            HESI exam
            Advisor recommendation
Progression in the nursing major will be dependent upon the following:
           Nursing courses:  a grade of 80% or above
               Supporting courses:  C or 77%
CORE 120, PSYC 204 and 244, BIO 203, 204, 210, 302, STAT 131, CHEM 201, SOC 201
           Other courses:  pass
The Passing standard includes repeating all failed courses. A grade of 80% or higher is required for all nursing courses. In courses with a clinical component, students must pass both theory and clinical in order to pass the course and continue in the curriculum. The evaluation policies for nursing courses are the same as those utilized by other College departments.
Students desiring to transfer into the nursing major from another college must arrange for a telephone or personal meeting with a Nursing Department faculty member. Students must submit application materials as described above. 
Transfer students will be allowed to enroll in the nursing major as sophomore nursing students on a case by case basis if they meet enrollment requirements. Transfer students who are eligible must take learning and adaptation nursing courses prior to beginning the sophomore personal wellness concepts. The learning and adaptation courses will be available as independent studies or online for transfer students. When possible, a BSN for a transfer student will be completed in four years, but depending on previous coursework, extra semesters may be necessary.   
The Iowa Board of Nursing granted interim approval for the BSN at Dordt College on July 19, 2017.  The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) granted reaccreditation in October 2011.