Students wishing to be admitted to the nursing major must first be admitted to Bryan College as degree-seeking students. Admission to Bryan College does not guarantee acceptance into the Clara Ward School of Nursing.

Application forms for admission to the nursing major may be obtained from the Clara Ward School of Nursing website. Students desiring to enroll in a fall semester must submit a completed application by April 1st of that same year. The School of Nursing faculty approves admission to the nursing major. The review of the pre-licensure applicant is based on the following criteria:​

  • Grades from high school level Math and Science coursework. A minimum grade of “C” in these courses is strongly preferred.

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required.

  • A minimum grade of “C” is required in any course required for the nursing major – this includes core curriculum as well as major-specific coursework.

  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

  • Preference is given to students with a minimum score of 75. Applicants may repeat the test twice within a 6-month period.

  • A certified criminal background check

  • The Clara Ward School of Nursing uses a specific company to complete criminal background checks. You will be given information on how to purchase this at the time of application.

  • A written essay. Instructions are shared on the CWSON application.


Upon acceptance into the nursing major, the following requirements must be completed by August 1st:

  • Completion of the health appraisal form

  • CPR certification

  • PPD skin test or x-ray

  • Flu vaccination

  • MMR vaccine or immunity

  • Varicella vaccine or demonstration of immunity

  • Hepatitis B vaccination series or waiver

  • 12-panel drug screen urine

  • Proof of current health insurance

  • Other elements required by Bryan College and/or the clinical site


Progression is monitored by the BSN Chair and the CWSON faculty. Students must meet the following requirements to maintain continuous progression/enrollment in the nursing major:

  1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in their current degree program;
    a. This means that transfer credit hours and/or courses from previous Bryan degree(s) will not be included when computing your GPA as a nursing major.

  2. Criminal background check remains satisfactory;

  3. Satisfactorily meet both didactic and clinical elements of each clinical course
    a. If a student fails a nursing clinical course during the semester, they will be removed from that course. The student will be allowed to remain enrolled in non-clinical nursing courses for the remainder of the semester.
    b. In each course with a clinical component, exams/tests/quizzes will count as 70% of the course grade, and the final exam will count as 10% of the final clinical course grade.

  4. Satisfactory skills lab, simulation, and clinical performance;

  5. Continued health clearance;

  6. Current CPR certification (American Heart Association)

Failure to meet any of these requirements may result in dismissal from the nursing major. If a student earns a grade below a “C” for any course required for the nursing major, she/he will be dismissed from the nursing major. Students who have been dismissed may reapply after one semester away – either the Fall or Spring semester. (Summer sessions do not count toward the one semester away.) Readmission is not guaranteed; however, all applications will be reviewed by the nursing faculty.

When a student is dismissed from the nursing major they are required to meet with their faculty advisor before leaving. The purpose of the meeting is to advise the student on how to best prepare for applying for readmission.

Note: Any interruption in progression through the major (i.e. withdrawal, leave of absence, dismissal, etc.), may impact a student’s eligibility for financial aid. Each student is responsible for contacting the Office of Financial Aid regarding their eligibility