Traditional Nursing Early Admission Option

The Belhaven University School of Nursing offers an Early Decision Option for eligible high achieving high school students interested in earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Belhaven University. 


Early Admission students are assigned a nursing advisor and are ensured admission into the nursing program their junior year assuming they have met all nursing admission standards. For example, applicants that begin the early entry option at BU as freshmen in Fall of 2016, will be considered for admission to the upper level nursing program for Fall 2018 and will graduate in Spring of 2020.


To be considered for Early Admission Option, students must have submit:

The following should be submitted to the School of Nursing at the time of application:

  • Written essay of not less than 100 words on “Why I want to be a nurse?”
  • Two letters of recommendation; one must be from your high school guidance counselor.

The most competitive candidates will have had some volunteer or employment experience in a health care setting, leadership opportunities, community service and/or research experience. Early admission applications must be received prior to the starting classes as a freshman. Please refer to the posted application deadlines.

Please note that meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee that an applicant will be accepted to the early admission program. Applicants will receive a letter indicating acceptance to the Early Admission Option. Contingent upon maintaining eligibility, students will receive a letter of acceptance to the nursing program prior at the end of the sophomore academic year.

Maintaining Eligibility

Once admitted into the Early Admission Option, the student must meet the following conditions:

  • Continuous enrollment as a full-time student at Belhaven University in each regular semester session. Students may be required to take courses in the summer semester in order to complete the pre-nursing program of study in the required time frame.
  • All required courses must be taken at Belhaven University.
  • Must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in all courses;
  • Student will take the ATI TEAS preadmission test in their sophomore year and earn a score 70 or higher.

Nursing faculty advisors will evaluate student progress and will consult with students at least once per semester. Students who suffer academic setbacks in their pre-nursing coursework or decide (for whatever reason) not to continue with the early decision program, still may apply via the regular admissions process to the nursing program and not be penalized.


Upon completion of prerequisite coursework, early decision students are admitted into the BSN program at Belhaven University. Prior to matriculation into the nursing program, a physical examination, documentation of current immunization (including hepatitis B vaccine series and second MMR booster), TB test and proof of cardiopulmonary resuscitation/basic life support (CPR/BLS) certification are required to enroll in any course with a clinical component. Passing a criminal background check and drug screen is also required prior to matriculation into the nursing program.