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Bachelor of Science in Nursing program: Pre-licensure

Program Outcomes:

Students in the pre-licensure program prepare for life-long learning in the role of a professional nurse. This program prepares students for the NCLEX-RN nursing licensure examination.

Graduates of the BSN Program will:

  • Synthesize concepts and theories from the liberal arts, sciences and the discipline of nursing to promote the health and well-being of individuals, groups, communities and populations.
  • Communicate effectively using oral, written and other forms of information technology.
  • Demonstrate competence in technological skills used in professional nursing practice.
  • Apply critical thinking to evaluate alternatives and make decisions that effect the health and well-being of self and others.
  • Integrate personal and professional values to practice within the legal and ethical standards of the profession.
  • Respect human diversity in the provision of health care to populations of different gender, socioeconomic, religious or cultural traditions.
  • Demonstrate leadership and management in the delivery of health care within complex adaptive systems.
  • Support a commitment to lifelong learning for personal and professional development.
  • Use evidence-based practice in the provision of health care services for individuals, groups, communities and populations in a variety of settings.
  • Participate in political processes that influence the economic, legal and social direction of health care policies.

Rigorous Academics

The nursing curriculum engages students in a rigorous program of study taught by faculty who bring a wealth of experience as clinicians, educators and scholars of the discipline and practice of nursing.  Courses focus on the student as learner and provide an active learning environment in the classroom and clinical experience. The program is taught in small cohorts of students with an 8-10:1 student to faculty ratio in the state-of-the-art professional practice laboratory and 4-8:1 ratio in the real-life clinical experiences.


Experiential Learning

Nursing students learn to apply theoretical principles taught in the classroom in a variety of settings.  Students develop competencies and confidence with practice in the state of the art simulation resources of the Shaughnessy Center for Nursing Education and Innovation.  Clinical experiences are held in the regional premier acute care institutions of Northeast Ohio and in diverse community agencies, home, hospice and school environments. Students also have the opportunity to join members of the college community in annual immersion experiences to international locations. These diverse experiences enrich the student’s personal and professional growth and prepare them to support the profession’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of society across national and international boundaries.


Admission Requirements and Application Process

Admission to the Nursing program is a multi-step process.  Traditional aged high school graduates enter the college and begin the process of completing pre-requisites courses during their first year of college.  Students who have earned college credit will have their transcripts reviewed for transfer credit.  Completing pre-requisite course work may take longer than one year based on student preparedness.

Students apply to the Division of Nursing for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program one time per year as they near completion of all pre-requisite course work.  Students admitted to the program begin the nursing program in the fall of each year. Students with one remaining prerequisite may be admitted on a conditional basis for entry into the Nursing program pending successful completion of the remaining pre-requisite prior to the start of the fall term.


To apply to the pre-licensure BSN program at Notre Dame, complete the following (Note that fall admission is for the next academic year):

  • If you are NOT currently a student at Notre Dame College, you MUST apply for admission.
    • Please contact an admission’s counselor at or 216-373-5355.
    • Acceptance by Notre Dame College is required before your application to the nursing program can be considered.
  • ACT or SAT scores are required for students 23 years of age or less (NDC SAT #1566, ACT #3302). The official test scores should be forwarded to:
    • Notre Dame College
      Division of Nursing
      4545 College Road
      South Euclid, OH  44121
  • Submit your online nursing application through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) here beginning September 1st for Fall admission.
  • The application process is open September 1st thru February 1st.
  • minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA is required for nursing program admission.
    • Academic achievement in transfer credit course work is used in the application process.
    • Courses older than 10 years will be considered for transfer on an individual basis; some may transfer in only as electives but not count toward general education requirements.
    • Nursing pre-requisite and nursing major courses older than 5 years must be reviewed by the Chair of the Division of Nursing.
    • Computer courses older than five years will not transfer.


The following items need to be accomplished in order for your nursing application to be considered complete and ready for review by the Admissions and Progression Committee for a final decision:

  • Acceptance to Notre Dame College
  • Official transcripts and application received by NursingCAS
  • 2 personal recommendations received by NursingCAS
  • Completed essay, uploaded with your application to NursingCAS. ( See application for essay details)
  • NursingCAS reviewed/validated transcripts
  • ACT/SAT scores received by Division of Nursing (if your age is < 23)


Final deadline for completed application submission is February 1st. Applications received after this date will be considered on a space available basis by the Division of Nursing Admission and Retention Committee.


Direct Entry Option:

The direct entry option provides a high school senior who meets certain criteria to be admitted to both to the College and the BSN Program upon graduation. After direct admission, students in the nursing major are expected to abide by the same progression policy as other nursing majors in order to retain their status in the nursing program.

The following are the criteria for direct admission to the BSN Program at Notre Dame College:

  • Completion of a College Preparatory Curriculum in high school;
    • 4 unites of English, 3(4) units of Science (including chemistry, 3(4) units of Mathematics, 3 units of Social Studies, 2(4) World Language,1 unit Physical Education, remaining units representative of visual arts, communication, technology or performing arts.
  • Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (i.e. unweighted GPA)
  • Composite ACT score of 22 or higher (or equivalent SAT scores)
  • Completed, with a grade of C or higher, the following high school courses: chemistry and mathematics

Students in the nursing major must successfully complete, with grades of C or higher, all prerequisite and support courses required of pre-nursing students. Direct Entry students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher during their freshman year at NDC. If those criteria are met, Direct Entry students will progress to the first year (sophomore level) of the BSN program.


Transfer Students:

  • Provide official transcripts to the College admission office for evaluation
  • Submit a letter from their Dean/Director stating they are in good academic standing at their current university or college.
  • ACT or SAT scores are required for students 23 years of age or less (NDC SAT #1566, ACT #3302). The official test scores should be forwarded to:
    • Notre Dame College
      Division of Nursing
      4545 College Road
      South Euclid, OH  44121
  • Prerequisites to the Nursing program are listed below.  All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or higher.  No course can be repeated more than 1 time.  Withdrawals due to failure count toward an attempt.
  • Transfer students requesting advanced standing in the nursing program must provide a letter from the Dean/Director of the current program stipulating they are in good academic standing in the nursing program.
  • Students requesting Advanced standing in the nursing program must provide syllabi for all nursing courses completed for transfer equivalency.

Prerequisites to the pre-licensure Program

BI 204/205Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab (4 cr.)
BI 206/207Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab (4 cr.)
CH 106/107Principles of Inorganic Chemistry with Lab (4 cr.)
CH 116/117Principles of Organic & Biological Chemistry with Lab (4 cr.)
EN 100/101Basic Principles of Expository Writing  (3 cr. each)
OR  EN 110   Advanced Composition: Expository Writing (3 cr.)
PY 201General Psychology  (3 cr.)
MA 110/105Intermediate Algebra (3 cr.) or MA 221 Statistics (3 cr.)