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Undergraduate Catalog

2012 - 2013


Beth Y. Cole, Dean
500A SWKT, (801) 422-5626

Patricia Ravert, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
500D SWKT, (801) 422-1167

Mary Williams, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Faculty
500E SWKT, (801) 422-5626

College of Nursing Advisement Center
551 SWKT, (801) 422-4173

Admission to Degree Program

The degree programs in the College of Nursing carry special enrollment limitations. Please see the college advisement center for specific details.

The Discipline

Brigham Young University's baccalaureate nursing program prepares general clinicians with the knowledge, skills, leadership abilities, and values commensurate with professional nursing practice. Nursing education builds on the sciences, humanities, and religious studies to develop the strong theoretical and practical base necessary to understand and meet the needs of people in various health care settings.

Learning comes alive as students move from the classroom through the clinical simulation laboratory to actual patient care. Students assess, diagnose, and treat actual and potential human responses in an effort to promote, restore, or maintain health. Baccalaureate graduates develop their ability to be sensitive to the welfare of others, communicate effectively, evaluate research findings, think critically, solve problems, and utilize appropriate technology as they provide quality nursing care to people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds.

Career Opportunities

Career positions are available in various health care settings.

Graduation Requirements

To receive a BYU bachelor's degree a student must complete, in addition to all requirements for a specific major, the following university requirements:

  • The university core, consisting of requirements in general and religious education. (See University Core for details. For a complete listing of courses that meet university core requirements, see the current class schedule.)
  • At least 30 credit hours must be earned in residence on the BYU campus in Provo as an admitted day student
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • Be in good standing with the Honor Code Office

Undergraduate Programs and Degrees

    Students should see their college advisement center for help or information concerning the undergraduate programs.

Graduate Programs and Degrees

    MS in Nursing

Undergraduate Admittance Requirements

The following criteria have been established for acceptance and progression in the baccalaureate program.

  1. Be fully matriculated at BYU.
  2. Acceptance into the nursing major is competitive and restricted to a limited number of openings each year. Not all students who meet the minimum requirements are guaranteed acceptance into the program.
  3. Applicants are evaluated on a variety of criteria using a point system. Admission criteria has included academic progression; written communication skills; community, school, and church service; recommendations from employers and/or educators; and the professional judgment of the admissions committee. In the last three years, the average GPA of students accepted into the program has been from 3.71 to 3.93, with a range of 3.35 to 4.0.

  4. Complete the following before beginning nursing courses:
      Chem 285.
      NDFS 100.
      Nurs 180.
      PDBio 210 or 220.
      SFL 210 or Psych 220.
      And an additional 16–20 hours from the university core.

    Note: Students may apply to the baccalaureate program during the semester they are completing prerequisite courses.

  5. Students with English as a second language: Take the English Proficiency Examination plus all ESL service courses as recommended by the examination outcome. Successfully complete Nurs 102. The college requires a TOEFL score of at least 580 (paper based) or 237 (computer based) or 92 (IBT).
  6. Maintain a C grade or above in all nursing courses, including prerequisite and supporting courses. A grade of C– does not allow advancement to the next course in the sequence.

Note: Notify the college advisement center before dropping or interrupting course work.

Note: Transfer credit older than seven years will not apply to the major without prior approval of the associate dean, undergraduate studies.

Note: Students may repeat prerequisite courses only one time. More than one repeat may adversely affect admission.

Applicants who meet the above criteria are eligible to be considered for acceptance. Students who have been admitted to BYU must apply for the nursing program through the college advisement center (551 SWKT). Students are accepted fall and winter semesters. Application deadlines and requirements are available online at Nursing applicants are required to have a current CPR certification (see advisement center for CPR requirements) when applying. Once accepted, students are required to have a physical examination, pass background checks, and submit immunization records to the Nursing Advisement Center. Students are responsible for the cost of these required elements.

Computers are used in all health care facilities; and students are expected to be computer literate when accepted into the College of Nursing.

General Information

The college nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Clinical Assignments and Transportation.

Educational experiences are generally located in the Wasatch Front. Didactic courses are taught in Provo. Clinical experiences are generally in agencies throughout the Wasatch Front. Visits to agencies and client homes are also required. To achieve the best possible clinical education, students will need to travel throughout their course work. Access to a car is highly recommended. Students are responsible for their own transportation. Multicultural and international clinical experiences are also available.