John Brown University is developing a traditional BSN program* that can be completed in eight semesters plus one summer if students fulfill both their pre-nursing and nursing requirements at JBU. In this 131-credit program, the freshman and sophomore years encompass a pre-nursing phase before students are officially admitted to the nursing major.
Admission as a pre-nursing student (either as an incoming freshman or as a transfer student) will be based on similar criteria used for other academic programs at JBU. In order to progress to the clinical phase of the major at the beginning of their junior year, students will have to meet a certain minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 and a science and Math GPA of 2.5 during the first two years, as well as make a personal statement that describes their motivation for a career in nursing.
Students will be notified of their acceptance into the nursing major early in the spring of their sophomore year. Freshman pre-nursing students will begin in the Fall of 2014 to complete the lower-division classes, and the first nursing students will be admitted to the major as juniors in the Fall of 2016.