Applying to the RN-BS Completion Option



Applying to the RN-BS Completion Option

The RN-BS Completion option is for students who have previously completed an associate degree in nursing or a diploma-granting registered nurse (RN) program. This option is offered by the College for Applied and Continuing Learning (CACL). As a college distinct from the University's College for Women, CACL is open to women and men.

When to start

You may enter the university in fall semester (starts in September), spring semester (starts in February) or summer session to take liberal arts courses. To start the nursing course sequence—which begins in the fall or spring—you need to have all but eight credits of core liberal arts and supporting course requirements completed; a statistics course must be completed before starting the nursing sequence.

If you have already met the requirements for starting the nursing course sequence. Consult with your admission counselor to discuss your options for starting nursing during your first fall term. Spaces are limited.

Admission criteria

Applicants should demonstrate readiness for advanced undergraduate studies. Admission into this program, designed for adult learners, is based on a holistic evaluation of students' readiness for independent and self-directed learning. If accepted, students will enroll in core liberal arts, prerequisite and supporting courses and then progress into the one-year sequence of nursing courses, which begins each fall. Admission as an RN-BS bachelor's-degree seeking student in the CACL does not guarantee progression into nursing major courses.

Transcripts of prior academic work should demonstrate the following:

  • A cumulative post-secondary G.P.A. of 2.5 (calculated on all courses, including failed courses, completed within the past 10 years).
  • Successful completion of an associate degree in nursing granted by a regionally accredited college or university, or an RN diploma, with a minimum grade of "C" in all nursing courses.

Required nursing experience

To progress into nursing courses, students must have passed the NCLEX exam and should have some nursing work experience. Students should be employed as a nurse (or volunteer in a nursing role, such as at a free clinic) during spring and summer courses, which include workplace projects.

How to apply/application requirements

To be considered for admission into the RN-BS Bachelor’s Completion:

  • Submit an online application form and $25 application fee (or fee waiver). Complete an online application form now or contact the Evening/Weekend/Online admission office to request a paper copy.
  • Submit an official high school transcript. If you have already earned a bachelor’s degree, the requirement to submit a high school transcript or GED scores is waived. If you have not graduated from high school, submit official scores from the General Education Development (GED) test. Transcripts from schools that no longer exist or official GED scores may be obtained by sending a request to your state Department of Education.
  • Official transcripts, mailed to the address listed above, from all post-high school educational institutions (colleges, technical, medical, business and professional schools, etc.) previously attended, whether or not credits were earned.

Applicants for whom English is a second language will be required to take the university's English Language Assessment, or submit results of either the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery Test (MELAB) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Contact the Evening/Weekend/Online admission office for more information.

On occasion, the admission committee may request additional information, such as the Test of Standard Written English (administered by St. Kate’s), or request an interview. You will be notified if any additional information is required.

Instructions for graduates of St. Kate’s associate nursing program

If you received your Associate of Science in Nursing or other degree from St. Catherine University, the $25 application fee is waived. You will not need to request a St. Catherine University transcript, or re-submit transcripts from other colleges that you submitted at the time of your last application to St. Kate’s. If, since attending St. Kate’s, you attended courses at another college, you will need to submit new transcripts reflecting this coursework. All other requirements listed above apply.

Next steps

Admission to the University is based on your previous academic records, your ability to be successful at the college level and your personal motivation to attend college. Once your application file is complete and all required documents have been submitted, your application will be reviewed and you will be notifies of an admission decision.


Contact Evening/Weekend/Online bachelor’s admissions at or 651.690.6542.