Accelerated BSN Program

FAQ

Admissions Requirements Questions
  1. 1. Have a BS or BA degree in another field from a regionally-accredited college or university, OR an LPN or paramedic with 60 hours of college credit from a regionally-accredited college or university, (in order to transfer LPN courses – similar to what we will transfer for KS LPN in the RN to BSN – the student must have actually completed the LPN program. If they did not complete the LPN certification, LPN courses will not transfer),
    OR
    are HIGHLY motivated with at least 60 hours of credit from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.7* on a 0-4.0 scale, AND
  3. Have a program prerequisite GPA of at least 3.00 on a 0-4.00 scale.
  4. Submit scores for current required version** of ATI TEAS computerized scholastic aptitude exam—a minimum adjusted individual score of 68 must be achieved in a maximum of two attempts and test scores, must be sent to MNU’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies by the agency.

*Cumulative GPA is based on the applicant’s entire academic record. If it is beneficial to the applicant meeting admission requirements, the cumulative GPA will be calculated using transcripts from the last three years of college attendance.
** Check ABSN Admission Requirements for information on the current required version of the TEAS exam.

Prerequisite/Transfer Questions

Below is a list of current prerequisites; one set of requirements applies to applicants who HAVE NOT previously earned a bachelor’s degree, one set of requirements applies to applicants who HAVE previously earned a bachelor’s degree. You may be considered for conditional acceptance with some of the required prerequisite courses outstanding, but the prerequisite courses are used to determine admissibility, and must all be completed prior to starting the ABSN program (if you are conditionally accepted). If you have not yet completed most of the prerequisites by the application deadline, it is more appropriate to apply for the next start date.

Program Prerequites for those WITHOUT a Bachelor's Degree
 

  • 3 hrs. Lifespan Development (includes Lifespan, Human/Child Development)
  • 3 hrs. College Algebra, or higher level algebra course (or proficiency)
  • 3 hrs. Probability and Statistics—or a basic statistics course
  • 3 hrs. English Comp I (or proficiency)
  • 3 hrs. English Comp II: Research Writing
  • 3 hrs. Public Speaking
  • 4 hrs. Anatomy*
  • 3 hrs. Physiology*
  • 3 hrs. Human Nutrition—must be a science-based course (e.g. a biology or general science course. Other nutrition courses [health, PE] may/may not be accepted based on the course description and/or syllabus)
  • 5-7 hrs. Other appropriate life science courses that relate to nursing: microbiology, chemistry, genetics, etc.
  • 3 hrs. Social Responsibility. Social responsibility courses include, but are not limited to:
    Sociology Courses: General Sociology, Cultural & Social Anthropology, Understanding Multicultural Behavior, Intercultural Communications, Marriage & Family;
    Psychology Courses: General Psychology;
    Criminal Justice Courses: Introduction to Criminal Justice;
    Economics Courses: Macro or Micro Economics, Personal Finance

Program Prerequites for those WITH a Bachelor's Degree
 

  • 3 hrs. Lifespan Development (includes Lifespan, Human/Child Development)
  • 3 hrs. College Algebra, or higher level algebra course (or proficiency)
  • 3 hrs. Probability and Statistics—or a basic statistics course
  • 3 hrs. English Comp I (or proficiency)
  • 3 hrs. Public Speaking
  • 4 hrs. Anatomy*
  • 3 hrs. Physiology*
  • 3 hrs. Human Nutrition—must be a science-based course (e.g. a biology or general science course. Other nutrition courses [health, PE] may/may not be accepted based on the course description and/or syllabus)
  • 5-7 hrs. Other appropriate life science courses that relate to nursing: microbiology, chemistry, genetics, etc.

*Will consider a 5- or 6-hour combined Anatomy and Physiology course.

There is no time limit within which your prerequisite courses need to have been taken.

Taking the ATI TEAS is limited to two attempts per application cycle. The higher of the two scores will be considered.

Application Questions

The application process includes several steps and may take some time to complete, so please plan accordingly.

  • MNU APPLICATION
     
    1. Complete the MNU ABSN application first. It is very brief.
    2. Complete the ATI TEAS exam: Official scores for current required version of ATI TEAS should be sent to Professional & Graduate Admissions, 13563 S Mur Len Rd Olathe, KS 66062 or pgadmissions@mnu.edu
  • NursingCAS APPLICATION

    The MNU application will provide a link to the NursingCAS (NCAS) website where potential students complete a second application. NursingCAS is a third party that manages nursing school applications.
    1. Official transcripts* from all colleges/universities must be sent to NursingCAS where they will be centrally verified.
    2. Do I have to complete the manual transcript entry section of the NursingCAS application even though I am having official transcripts sent? YES. NursingCAS will use the information from this section of the application and your official transcripts to complete the verification process before your file can be reviewed for possible acceptance.
    3. A 500 word (maximum) personal statement (essay) will be written in the personal statement section in NursingCAS or attached as an additional upload. The theme is “Why Nursing.” You may include future plans, your inspiration to become a nurse, and a brief explanation of issues, such as having to retake a class.
    4. Can I submit my NursingCAS application before I have taken my ATI TEAS exam? YES. Since you will have your official TEAS scores sent directly to MidAmerica Nazarene University, you are not required to add your TEAS score to your NursingCAS application. You can schedule your ATI TEAS to be taken after you have submitted your NursingCAS application.
    5. A minimum of two (2) professional references will be submitted through NursingCAS**

    *International transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES agency and evaluations sent to Nursing CAS before application deadline.
    **Professional references are individuals who can comment on your professional and personal skills, including supervisors, managers, employers or professors. No relatives, please.

MNU has two ABSN starts (cohorts) each year; FALL (August) and Spring (March)

FALL COHORT
Application is typically available in NursingCAS: December 1 – July 31
Applicants will typically be reviewed starting in March for the August start

SPRING COHORT
Application is typically available: June 1 – January 31
Spring applicants will typically be reviewed starting in September for the March start.

  • The time it takes for NursingCAS to verify your transcripts once your application has been submitted and all official transcripts are received can vary. Typically it takes three to four weeks.
  • If it has been four weeks since you submitted your NursingCAS application and your transcripts have not been verified – you should contact NursingCAS to ensure your application is complete.
  • It is possible your application may not be COMPLETE. First, check with NursingCAS to ensure all supporting application documentation (references, essay) has been received.
  • Confirm that you have you submitted your score for the current required version of the ATI TEAS exam to MNU.
  • If you have confirmed with NursingCAS that your application is both COMPLETE, and VERIFIED, it may be that MNU has not started to review applications yet, or has simply not had a chance to review your application. See application cycles above for more information.

Your chosen references will be emailed a form through the NursingCAS application, so you will not need to obtain written documents yourself. With the NursingCAS references, you will want to enter the name, occupation and email address of the individuals you are using as references.
Please make sure that the email address you use is correct, and one that your references will check regularly, to ensure they receive the recommendation form in a timely fashion.
Here are some sample occupation titles, “Manager”, “Professor”, or “Supervisor”. An email will go to the people you identify, with log-in information. Each will enter their ratings, and they may also upload a letter of recommendation.

All official transcripts need to be sent to NursingCAS for verification. If you send the official transcripts to MNU, you will still need to send official transcripts to NursingCAS. While unofficial transcripts may be sent to MNU for unofficial review (to give applicants the best possible idea of whether they have any remaining prerequisites to complete), it is not recommended that you send your official transcripts to MNU as they cannot be forwarded to NursingCAS.

Yes. NursingCAS will use this information as part of the verification process.

Once your application has been verified by NursingCAS, it may take a couple of months (depending on where we are in the application cycle) before you hear back regarding your application status. A letter will be mailed to inform you of the Admission Committee’s decision. Please make sure all your contact information is up-to-date and accurate in NursingCAS to ensure we can reach you.

We offer monthly informational meetings both in-person, and in an online virtual webinar format, to provide additional information about the ABSN program and application process. Contact us for additional information on upcoming opportunities to get your questions answered at (913)971-3800.

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