Admissions Requirements

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If you are interested in being a part of the Dordt nursing program, be sure to check out:

  • The academic requirements for our nursing program, which are found in our catalog on page 9.
  • How to apply online to Dordt
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 adviser 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. 

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
  • Adviser recommendation
Progression and retention:
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 percent 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 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.   

If you are interesting in transferring into the Dordt University nursing program, you can find our academic requirements in the catalog on page 11.

We work with transfer students on a case-by-case basis. As a transfer student you will work closely with your admissions counselor, nursing department, and registrar. All you'll need to do now is:

  • Apply online to Dordt.
  • Submit both high school and college transcripts to the registrar.

Once all your documents have been received, we are committed to reviewing your transcripts and developing a plan of study in a timely manner.

If you have preliminary transfer questions please contact our nursing program director, Deb Bomgaars, at or (712) 722-6689.

The Iowa Board of Nursing granted interim approval for the BSN at Dordt University (formerly known as Dordt College) on July 19, 2017. The Dordt University Nursing Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Iowa State Board of Nursing.