We’re excited that you are interested in pursuing a Nursing degree at Belhaven University. Nursing is a discipline, a profession, and a service. Christian nursing is a calling to deliver compassionate care to a hurting world in response to God’s grace. Compassionate nursing care is not limited to physical healing, but encompasses the spiritual and psychosocial aspects of humanity. Critical thinking, collaboration, communication, cognitive and physical abilities, and professional, legal/ethical conduct are foundational for attaining an education in nursing and future licensure to practice as a registered nurse. These factors along with additional essential requirements are assessed during the admissions process.
Application Overview and Deadlines
Application for admission to the Nursing Program is a separate process from application to Belhaven University. However, in order to apply for admission to the nursing program, one must also be admitted to BU. Students must complete the general education and pre-requisite courses prior to applying for admission to nursing program.
Students are selected for admission to the nursing program each Fall semester. The deadline for Fall 2014 admission applications is August 1, 2014. Acceptance of admission to Belhaven University does not guarantee admission to the Nursing program.
Application Materials and Admission Criteria
Admission to the nursing program is a highly competitive process. Only applicants who submit complete applications are considered for acceptance into the program. It is the responsibility of the student to assure that their admissions files are complete. Completed admission packets should be sent to: Office of the Dean of Nursing, Belhaven University, 1500 Peachtree Street, Campus Box 313, Jackson, MS 39202.
An application is considered complete when the student has:
- Applied and been accepted for admission to Belhaven University
- Submitted copies of all transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.
- Progress report of academic standing for any required courses in progress at date of application. The report should include name of course, where enrolled, and expected date of completion.
- Completed all nursing pre-requisite courses with a minimum of “C” or better in each course and a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale;
- Obtained a minimum composite national ACT score of 21;
- Completed admission application to BU School of Nursing
- Submitted a one-page typed essay by the deadline. The essay is to include a discussion of the applicant’s interest in nursing and a personal reflection on how enrollment in a nursing program grounded in Christian principles might facilitate development and practice as a professional nurse.
- Earned a minimum score of 66 on the ATI Test of Academic Skills (TEAS-V).
All of the above components will be evaluated as part of the admission decision.
TEAS-V Entrance Nursing Exam
Students who are applying to the School of Nursing must earn a minimum score of 66 on the Test of Academic Skills (TEAS-V). The TEAS-V is a national nursing school entrance exam designed to assess whether prospective students are academically prepared for learning nursing-related content. These skills are deemed important for success in the nursing program. The exam contains approximately 170 questions be completed in approximately 4 hours. The exam covers academic subject areas including math, science, English, and language usage.
The fee associated with taking the TEAS-V exam is the responsibility of the student and is not included in the tuition fee to the nursing program. See the TEAS Testing Information for fees and registration information on the TEAS-V exam.
Obtaining the required minimum score on the TEAS-V exam alone does not grant nor guarantee admission into the BU School of Nursing.
Belhaven University will only consider three (3) attempts at obtaining the minimum required score on the TEAS-V exam per 12 month period. There is a 30 day waiting period between retakes. It may be helpful to speak with a nursing advisor to help you prepare for this important exam.