Admission Requirements - Accelerated (BSN)

Allen College uses a holistic admission review. The process balances academic achievement, work experience, extra-curricular involvement, leadership, community service, diversity, as well as, other applicable life experiences.

15 Month Accelerated Option and Seven Semester Part-Time Options

15 month BSN Accelerated students must:

  1. Complete the required application process, including submission of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  2. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is required of foreign-born students and applicants whose first language is not English.  A minimum score of 550 on TOEFL or 5 on IELTS or its equivalent is required.
  3. Provide two letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's academic abilities.
  4. Have completed a minimum of 25 semester hours of academic credit from regionally accredited colleges and/or universities, including a minimum of 6 semester hours of required natural science coursework, to be considered for admission.
  5. Must have completed a minimum of 64 semester hours of academic credit to begin the program, including all prescribed coursework OR hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in a non-nursing discipline and have completed designated general education courses.  Students with or without a baccalaureate degree must have successfully completed a Certified Nurses Aid course and certification exam. 
  6. Applicants should have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the following courses:  
    • English Composition
    • Oral Communication
    • Sociology
    • Psychology
    • Human Growth & Development*
    • Anatomy & Physiology I*
    • Anatomy & Physiology II*
    • Chemistry*
    • Microbiology*
    • Statistics*
      *Denotes the only courses required and considered in the grade point average of students holding a baccalaureate degree.
  7. Earn a grade of C or higher in all required courses.
  8. Meet Essential Standards of a Baccalaureate prepared Nurse.

Completion of these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. 

An application form is available on the Allen College web site or one may be secured by contacting the Student Services office at (319) 226-2000 or via e-mail at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .