Ranking Score Computation

Program Specific Application Eligibility Requirements

Registered Nurse (RN) Track program applicants must complete BMS 110 – Fundamentals of Biomedical Science by the program application deadline with a 'C' grade or better unless they have previously completed anatomy and/or physiology or equivalent courses, such as A&P1 and/or A&P2. This means that the semester before the program application deadline is an applicant's last opportunity to fulfill this requirement. The grade for this course will be added to your science courses GPA.

Ranking Score Computation - Score Points and Eligibility Benchmarks

Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average GPA & Ranking Score Point Structure

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.5 based on a minimum of 12 college credit hours in order for their nursing program application to be eligible for consideration. Eligible applicants will receive 10, 15 or 20 points depending on where their GPA falls into a set of 3 point ranges:

Cumulative GPA Ranking Score
2.51 - 2.99 10 points
3.0 - 3.49 15 points
3.5+ 20 points

Minimum Science Courses GPA & Ranking Score Point Structure

Applicants must have a minimum college-level science course grade point average of 2.5 in order for their nursing program application to be eligible for consideration. Science course grades factored into the science course GPA will include chemistry, biology, biomedical science and other courses listed under the Life and Physical Sciences on the Associate of Arts in General Studies degree, that are completed by the program application deadline. Eligible applicants will receive 10, 15, 20 or 25 points based on where their science course GPA falls into a set of 4 point ranges:

Science Courses GPA Ranking Score
2.51– 2.99 10 points
3.0 – 3.24 15 points
3.25 – 3.49 20 points
3.5+ 25 points

Nursing Support Course Points

Applicants will receive points for having completed PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship and/or PSY 121 Introductory Psychology (or equivalent courses) by the program application deadline depending on their grade:

Grade Ranking Score Points
A 3 points
B 2 points
C 1 point

Applicants will receive points for having completed BIO 210 Elements of Microbiology (or an equivalent course) by the program application deadline depending on their grade:

Grade Ranking Score Points
A 5 points
B 4 points
C 3 points

Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam

Applicants must take the Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam by the appropriate program application deadline. 

  • A minimum overall composite score of 55 must be achieved.
  • A minimum Reading score of 64 must be achieved.
  • Points will be awarded based on the applicant’s Kaplan Exam composite score: 
Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam Scores Ranking Score Points
60.0 – 63.4 10 points
63.5 – 71.8 15 points
71.9 – 80.2 20 points
80.3+ 25 points

Eligible applicants will receive additional points for achieving qualifying scores in the following exam sections:

Section Score Ranking Score Points
Science 55+ 2
Critical Thinking 66+ 2

The Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam may be taken two times per application cycle. To reserve a spot for the exam, follow the instructions in the Kaplan Exam Information Packet.  Official study guides for the Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exam are available at school & public libraries to check out and for purchase online.

Nursing School Entrance Exam scores are valid for 5 years.