Requirements for Admission

The first step to becoming the compassionate, skilled caregiver you hope to become is to begin the application process. Read on for details of the application process for the School of Nursing.

Admissions at Lipscomb University School of Nursing

Before being admitted to the nursing program, a student must be admitted to Lipscomb University and meet the same criteria for admission to Lipscomb as all other students. In addition, a separate admission process is required for students to be admitted to the School of Nursing. Applicants seeking admission by transfer must meet all the standards required by the university. Admission to the School of Nursing is based on the following factors:

Applicants will be admitted to the upper division nursing major after completing all pre-nursing prerequisite requirements. Admission is conditional upon successful completion of any outstanding requirements.

Undergraduate pre-nursing grade point average: Applicants must have at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA in the prescribed 66 hours of pre-requisite course work for the nursing program. For fall enrollment all coursework must be completed before beginning the nursing program as students typically enter their junior academic year. Please note: A student nurse must maintain a “C” average in any specific prerequisite course required for the nursing degree and in addition, must have a "B" grade average in the five prerequisite science courses listed below. 

These specific prerequisite science courses are:

Specific Prerequisite Science Courses
2424 Introduction to Microbiology + Lab
2434 Anatomy and Physiology I + Lab
2444 Anatomy and Physiology II + Lab
Chemistry (choose one)
1024 Chemistry for the Health Sciences + Lab
1013 Introduction to Chemistry + Lab
3093 Pathophysiology Concepts of Disease
Additional Specific Prerequisite Courses
2613 Principles of Nutrition
1113 Introduction to Psychology
2423 Life Span and Development
4423 Abnormal Psychology
Mathematics or Psychology (based on Math ACT score)
2183 Elementary Statistics
2503 Behavioral Statistics
Medical Terminology (on-line, non-credit course)
Registration found on the Lipscomb Nursing website

Application Process

1. Submit online: Application for admission—applications must be submitted electronically via the Lipscomb nursing website. Please read the instructions carefully to be sure the application is submitted properly. The deadlines for submitting applications are shown in the chart below. All applications received after deadlines will still be considered on an individual basis.This includes current Lipscomb University students and transfer students. If the class is filled, applicants may be placed on a waiting list to be considered for nursing program admission as seating becomes available. There is a $25.00 non-refundable application fee that must accompany the application. Payment can be processed online at the time of the application using a debit or credit card.

  • Goal statement—A concise statement of your career goals as a nurse is required and may be uploaded with your application.
  •  Three letters of reference are required. The student’s references must be from the following: two letters from collegiate faculty members and one personal reference (someone not related to you who can provide a personal statement of your character and values).

2. Register online: HESI Assessment—a $50.00 non-refundable registration fee is required and a satisfactory score must be achieved on this standardized nursing assessment. Assessments are scheduled in January for each upcoming nursing class. Assessment review books are available for purchase at most local bookstores. Purchase of the HESI review book is not required but encouraged.

3. Interview: A personal, on-site interview is required for admission to Lipscomb University School of Nursing. Applicants will be scheduled for an interview with members of the Admission & Progression Committee, or their designee only after completion of the application process.

Enrollment Start Date Application Opens Application Deadline HESI Assessment Dates Interview Dates
January (Spring) August 15 November 15 October 15 - 26 December
August (Fall) October 15 December 31 January 14 - 16 TBD

The following must be completed after receiving a letter of acceptance from the Lipscomb University School of Nursing:

Health History

Strict Adherence to the followingdocumentation of appropriate immunizations must be submitted to the School of Nursing before initial registration of clinical courses.

  1. Students are required to submit documentation of negative two-step tuberculin skin test or chest X-ray. A two-step TB skin test requires the student to have two skin tests at least two (2) weeks apart. Date and Results required for both skin tests. If there is a history of a positive TB test, negative chest x-ray must be submitted.
  2. MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) documentation of two (2) doses of MMR vaccine or titer showing immunity.
  3. Documentation of Hepatitis B vaccine series (3-injections) and a titer should be submitted. A positive titer showing immunity is required.  If the titer is negative, please contact Melinda McCormac ( or 615-966-5019) for further instructions.
  4. Submit a record of your Tdap immunization in past 10 years.
  5. Documentation of a Varicella titer that shows positive immunity is required. If the student has a negative titer, he or she must be immunized and then have a repeat titer drawn showing immunity.  Proof of immunity is required by varicella titer regardless of illness history.
  6. Documentation of meningitis vaccine is required.
  7. A physical exam is required within the last twelve months
  8. Annual seasonal flu vaccination is required. Students will need to present proof of the flu vaccination by the end of September. 
  9. Required Urine drug screen – date to be announced through your Lipscomb email account.

Drug Screen and Background Checks

  • Drug screen and background: criminal background checks and drug screens are requirements for admission and must be completed with satisfactory results prior to admission to Lipscomb University School of Nursing and each year thereafter.
  • Mandatory Drug Screen: Students attending clinical sites, in accordance with the affiliate’s internal policies, will be required to submit to drug screen.

CPR Requirements

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification for Health Care Providers completion. Student nurses are required to possess certification in a two-person CPR course prior to beginning class. A copy of the CPR card must be on file in the School of Nursing. It is also the student’s responsibility to keep their CPR certification current. CPR certification (BLS-Health Care Provider) must be completed through the American Heart Association.