Applying to the Nursing Program

  • Nursing StudentGain general admission to Berry College (the Nursing Program requires an additional application)  
  • After enrolling at Berry, meet with the Nursing Dean or Nursing faculty who will:
    • Review the student's academic record
    • Discuss admission to the Berry College Nursing Program
    • Recommend a plan to complete the remaining prerequisite courses
    • Complete the Nursing Program application and any additional admission requirements
  • All grades (Berry and other colleges/universities) from previous terms must be posted on the applicant's Berry College transcript by the Nursing application deadline.

    Nursing Program admission requirements

    Decisions on admission to the Nursing Program are competitive and based on the applicant's academic record at the time of the Nursing application deadline. Space is limited.

    • All BSN applicants must have a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA at the time of application. However, the GPA does not guarantee admission.
    • Students are eligible to apply to the nursing program when they have successfully completed a minimum of 41 semester credit hours at the time of application. Students should complete at least 12 hours credit in residence at Berry College before applying to the nursing program, and one of the courses taken at Berry should be from the required science courses.
    • Students should complete 55 hours of required prerequisite courses at the time of enrollment in the first clinical Nursing course.


    A nursing program fee is charged to all enrolled nursing students. This fee covers assessment testing, laboratory supplies, computer learning programs, standardized exams, and random drug screening. In addition to the program fee, as part of the nursing admission process, the student can expect to incur fees for a background and drug screening, physical examinations, immunizations, and the cost of obtaining CPR certification. A detailed list of expenses related to uniforms, shoes, stethoscope, graduation cost, and NCLEX fees may be found in the nursing student handbook.

    Clinical participation requirements

    • CPR certification must be completed prior to registration for upper-division nursing courses. The following course meets this requirement:
      • American Heart Association's Healthcare Provider Course (Course C or BLSC)
    • Medical clearance is required prior to registration for all upper-division nursing courses.

    • A background check and drug screen must be successfully completed (required for clinical/health care facility placement.)
      • Placement in health care facilities will require a background check and a drug screen. Clinical institutions may deny access to the clinical practice area based on the results of these tests. Clinical experience is a required component of the majority of nursing courses and a course cannot be completed without a passing grade in the clinical component of the course. If the clinical agency finds the results of the drug screening or criminal background check to be unacceptable, the Berry College Nursing Program may not be able to provide further educational experiences, which could impede the student’s progression and completion of the nursing degree. Failure to be honest in the completion of all application questions regarding prior convictions may result in an academic integrity violation and could result in dismissal from the program.  

    To remain eligible, the following health documentation must be on file with the Berry Nursing Program prior to beginning upper-division nursing courses:

    • Physical exam
    • TDAP
    • Proof of polio series
    • Two doses of MMR vaccine or proof of positive immune titers
    • Hepatitis B vaccine (series of three) AND positive immune titer
    • Hepatitis A vaccine (series of two)
    • Tuberculosis (Mantoux) skin test (MUST BE PROVIDED ANNUALLY)
    • Current accidental injury insurance
    • The ability to comply with the Core Performance Standards