We are not accepting applications while the program plan is being revised.

The Conway School of Nursing is one of our most competitive schools and with a small class size we encourage you to apply early.

Admission requirements for second degree students include:

  1. A baccalaureate or higher degree earned with the past 10 years with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater and a transcript indicating completion of an academic degree with a Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate, earned within the past 10 years.  
  2. The required average science GPA must be 2.75 or greater.  The science courses used in the calculation of the average science GPA are Human Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry.
  3. Successful completion of HESI entrance exam during the fall semester of the sophomore year, with a minimum composite score of 75% and 75% or higher on the science, English and math composite scores.  Applicants must also submit official test scores from the HESI Admissions Assessment Exam. Instructions can be found here. Test scores must be within six months prior to dated application. Students are allowed only one attempt per one year application period.
  4. The required prerequisite courses for admissions (along with the degree) are:
    8 semester hours in human anatomy and physiology with a laboratory
    3 credits in microbiology with a laboratory
    3 credits in human growth and development
    4 credits in organic/biochemistry with a laboratory
    3 credits of basic statistics
    3 credits of human nutrition
    Applicants are encouraged to obtain professional letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic ability and professional performance.  All applications are reviewed on an individual case by case basis.
Acceptance into the program option is not based solely on GPA and number of transfer credits, but also on evaluation of the applicant's goal statement and references. Interviews may be requested by the Conway School of Nursing.

Students enrolled in the traditional nursing program at CUA, who obtain a non-progressive grade in any course are not permitted to apply, enroll or be accepted in the second-degree nursing program at CUA.