Apply now—nursing application steps

Apply now! We accept new classes in January and August each year.

Fall (August) Admission
Deadline: February 1

Spring (January) Admission
Deadline: September 1

The Union College Nursing Program admits a new nursing cohort of approximately 30 students each semester. LPN-BSN and RN-BSN students are admitted on a space available basis. Only complete and verified applications are reviewed by the Admissions and Academic Evaluation Committee (AAEC) and considered for admission. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application and all supplemental requirements have been received and completed by the published deadline. 

The Division of Nursing AAEC intends that an applicant to the nursing program is well prepared to successfully complete the nursing curriculum. The holistic admission process gives full consideration to the applicant's qualifications and potential based on all evidence provided in the application and is viewed in the context of the applicant's professional and personal values. Applicants will receive an official letter from the AAEC when the new cohort is selected. 

Still have questions? Contact an enrollment counselor today.

Before you start the application process, make sure you meet the eligibility requirements.

Eligibility to apply

GPA: Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) for all collegiate coursework at time of application.

Prerequisite courses: You must have completed or be in progress of the courses below with a grade of “C” or above (click the classes below for more info):

Anatomy and Physiology I (includes a lab)

Anatomy and Physiology II (includes a lab)

Microbiology (includes a lab)

Introduction to Inorganic, Organic and Biochemistry or general chemistry equivalent (includes a lab) 

Writing for Scholarly Audiences or research writing equivalent

Developmental Psychology

Elementary Statistics and Probability

Test of English as a Foreign Language: International students whose native language is not English and who do not meet the minimum ACT English score of 17 (or equivalent) must demonstrate current English proficiency by scores on a standardized test taken within the past two years. The college accepts the following examinations and, for regular admission, requires minimum scores of TOEFL: Internet-based (iBT), 79; International paper-based, 550; IELTS 6.5.

Don't have the prerequisites yet? If you're just starting college or haven't finished the required prerequisites above, you can apply to Union College here to take your pre-nursing courses. 

Applying to a nursing program may seem daunting, but this step-by-step process makes it easy.

Application process

Apply to the nursing program via the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCASonline application including:

Transcripts:  Official copies of all transcripts must be sent directly to NursingCAS by each college/university attended.

References:  One reference is required. Reference must be a current/recent teacher at the collegiate level or an employer/supervisor. We suggest that you notify your reference in advance so that they can look for the e-mail from NursingCAS

Supporting Information (optional):  Include information regarding employment, service/volunteer, and leadership activities as well as any licenses or certifications in your application.

Personal Statement:  Your personal statement should be well-written at the college level and answer the following question in approximately 300 words total:

  • Discuss your motivation for becoming a nurse and how you will impact the world around you.

Application Fee: The application fee is charged by and paid to NursingCAS using a credit or debit card. Please see the NursingCAS website for fee details. The Union College Nursing Program does not charge an additional application fee.

Social Security Number (SSN): You are required to provide your social security number (SSN) on the application as it is required by the records office at Union College.

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS): This is required part of the application process. Click the link below to learn more.

More about the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) 

Interview: A personal interview with the program director or members of the Admissions and Academic Evaluation Committee (AAEC) will be required.

Already taken some nursing courses and want to transfer to Union? Ask your previous/current nursing program director to complete the Program Director Reference Form and send it to the nursing enrollment counselor at nursing@ucollege.edu.

Need additional help? Look through the instructions provided by NursingCAS. You can also try contacting NursingCAS customer service support by phone at 617.612.2880, Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm (Central Time) or by email at nursingcasinfo@nursingcas.org.

Follow these steps to re-enter the nursing program.

Application for re-entry

Reapply to the nursing program via the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS) online application. Update your previous application or complete a new application including:  

Transcripts:  Official copies of all transcripts must be sent directly to NursingCAS by each college/university attended.

References:  One reference is required. Reference must be a current/recent teacher at the collegiate level or an employer/supervisor.  We suggest that you notify your references in advance so that they can look for the e-mail from NursingCAS

Supporting Information (optional):  Include information regarding employment, service/volunteer, and leadership activities as well as any licenses or certifications in your application.

Personal Statement:  Your personal statement should be well-written at the college level and answer the following questions in approximately 500 words:

  • Discuss factors contributing to your exit from the nursing program and what you have learned from that experience.
  • Describe what changes you have made and resources you plan to utilize to be successful.

Application Fee:  The application fee is charged by and paid to NursingCAS using a credit or debit card. Please see the NursingCAS website for fee details. The Union College Nursing Program does not charge an additional application fee.

Program Director Reference Form: Ask the Union College BSN Program Director to complete the Program Director Reference Form to include with your application.

Returning Student Form: Fill out and submit the online form

Have any Union College stops? If so, check with the department listed in your student portal in Self Service to determine what steps you need to complete to get those cleared. 

Need additional help?  Look through the instructions provided by NursingCAS. You can also try contacting NursingCAS customer service support by phone at 617.612.2880, Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm (Central Time) or by email at nursingcasinfo@nursingcas.org