Transfer Students
Minimum requirements for application and admission to the nursing major 

Admission to Rockford University does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. In order to be successful as a Rockford University nursing student, the Nursing Department has established minimum entrance requirements prior to enrolling in courses with the intent of pursuing a major in nursing. These include:

  1. Complete an application to Rockford University and be accepted for admission.
  2. A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on transferable course work at the time of application.
  3. Make application to the University no later than February 14th for Fall Admission and October 1st for Spring Admission.  Late submissions will not be accepted.  Once you are admitted to the University, your admissions counselor will give you the application to the nursing program which will be submitted back to your counselor upon completion.
  4. Completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours at the conclusion of the semester preceding entrance to the nursing major.
  5. Complete the nurse entrance exam; the cost to the student is $35 (fee subject to change).
  6. Pre-requisites
  7. Demonstrate math competence by one of the following means:
    • ACT math score of 20 or higher within the last 5 years or
    • College Algebra or MATH 120 or
    • Math Placement exam score of 3 or higher and
    • TEAS V math score proficient or higher

Students will be notified of their status by letter from the chairperson no later than May 1st for fall entrance or November 1st for spring entrance.  When notification of an offer of admission to the nursing program is received the student will make an appointment with their academic advisor to complete the Declaration of Major form.

Requirements for All Applicants:

  1. A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.75 at the time of application. For transfer students, a CGPA will be determined from course work accepted in transfer, which must be a minimum of 2.75 for consideration.
  2. Maintenance of a minimum CGPA of 2.75 from Rockford University at the end of the semester in which application is submitted.
  3. Achieve a grade of “C” in each of the required natural and social science support courses (see the list of required supporting courses). A student who receives a grade lower than a C- in any required natural and social science support course may repeat the course and have the repeated course grade counted toward the CGPA. Only one of the required natural and social science support courses may be repeated.  If a student receives a grade lower than a C- grade in more than one of the required natural and social science support courses, they will not be considered for admission to the major.  All students must inform the Registrar’s Office when they are repeating classes.
  4. Science courses older than five years will not be considered as equivalent to Rockford University courses.
  5. Students who are granted medical withdrawals and medical incompletes in required natural and social science support courses have a maximum of two times to achieve a passing grade of “C-” or better. For example, a student enrolls in Biology 209 and receives a medical incomplete. That student then makes arrangements with the instructor to repeat Biology 209 the next time it is offered. The student fails to achieve a passing grade and then withdraws from the course with an “MW” (medical withdrawal). The student repeats Biology 209 again and then receives a passing grade. The student (who has essentially attempted the same course three times) may not be considered for admission into the nursing program.
  6. Students who have been denied admission to the nursing program due to a CGPA of less than 2.75 may submit an application requesting admission to the nursing program, if admission criteria are met, during the next application period.  Automatic admission to the program for the next academic year is not guaranteed.  Each student case will be considered individually and are handled on a space-available basis.
  7. There are essential capabilities necessary for admission and progression at Rockford University in the complex discipline of nursing.  To enter or progress in the nursing curriculum, the candidate must be able to perform all of the essential capabilities (with or without accommodations). See Appendix A of the Nursing Student Handbook for Essential Capabilities of Nursing Majors.
  8. All students admitted to the nursing major are required to complete a background check and a random urine drug screen.
  9. The nursing faculty reserves the right to consider the merit of individual cases.

Requirements for Progression and Retention in the Nursing Major

Department Information

Starr Science Building
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108

Kimberly McCullough '07 DNP RN,
Department Chair of Nursing/Assistant Professor of Nursing

For those interested in the Nursing Program, please contact Admissions at 815-226-4050.