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:

  • Complete an application to Rockford University and be accepted for admission.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on transferable course work at the time of application.

At application, the student must have a 2.5 GPA in the natural sciences for admission.

  • Student must achieve a minimum of a “C” 2.0 grade in the required support courses (see list of required supporting courses). A minimum of a “C” must be demonstrated in each natural science, or it will need to be retaken. Although a “C” 2.0 is the minimum requirement, the overall natural science GPA must be a 2.5.
  • Demonstrate math competency. Students much achieve one of the following:

a. ACT (or SAT equivalent of 1410) math score of 20 or higher

b. Successful completion of college algebra (equivalent to MATH 120)

c. Math Placement exam score of 3 or higher

d. TEAS math score of proficient or higher

  • Natural science courses older than five years, at the time of application, will not be considered as meeting the support course requirement for the Nursing Major.
  • The nursing faculty reserves the right to consider the merit of individual cases, based on student petition. 

Students will be notified of admission decision by April 1st of their senior year. Actual enrollment is contingent on receipt of an official high school transcript by July 1st of the year of enrollment, verifying that all admission criteria have been met. **A student who is accepted under the Early Decision Option for high-school students must meet all academic GPA progression requirements, and undergo a background check and drug testing prior to entering the nursing program.

Priority Admission for Transfer Students

Transfer students who meet the criteria below may be granted Priority Admission to the Rockford University Nursing program. Students seeking enrollment via Priority Admission may apply for admission to the Nursing program in either the spring or fall semester after completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours by the conclusion of the semester preceding entrance to the Nursing program.

To be considered for Priority Admission students must:

  • Complete an application to Rockford University and be accepted for admission.
  • Submit an application to the Nursing program prior to November 1st for entry into the following fall semester or prior to April 1st for entry into the following spring semester.
  • Obtain 78% or better on TEAS entrance exam.
  • Complete a minimum of 45 credits at the conclusion of the semester preceding entrance to the program.
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 at Rockford University or on transferable course work at time of application
  • Demonstrate completion of the 2 of 3 of the required science support courses (Anatomy & Physiology, Inorganic Chemistry, and Microbiology) prior to application to the program with a minimum collective GPA of 3.25 in those courses.
  • Demonstrate math competence by one of the following means:

a. ACT (or SAT equivalent) math component score of 20 or higher within the last 5 years, or

b. Complete either MATH 120 or other college-level Algebra course with a grade of C or better within the last 5 years, or

c. Achieve advanced level (78%) or higher on the nurse entrance exam math sub-score, or

d. Achieve a score of 3 or higher on the Rockford University math placement exam


**A student who is accepted under the Early Action must meet all progression requirements to continue to progress into and through the nursing program. Applicants to the nursing major will be notified of their status by letter from the Admission’s Office. When notification of an offer of admission to the nursing program is received the matriculated Rockford University student should make an appointment with their academic advisor to complete the Declaration of Major form and revise their course schedule. Transfer students will be contacted by the Office of Admissions to schedule an appointment at one of the ROAR (Registration) enrollment events.

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.