NAU School of Nursing
Have you completed the pre-professional and liberal studies requirements? Then you are eligible to apply for our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Review the following steps below to apply.
Application information for NAU’s undergraduate nursing programs
Step 1: Apply to Northern Arizona University Accordion Closed
Step 2: Apply to the School of Nursing Accordion Closed
- You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in prerequisite courses.
- You must have successfully completed all prerequisite courses with a “C” or higher, or have the courses in progress in the semester you are applying.
- Complete* and submit the following to Nursing Admissions:
- completed application signed in all appropriate places
- unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended
- complete the Kaplan Admissions Exam before the application deadline
*Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.
Please note: there is now a separate application for the American Indian Program. Detailed instructions for the Kaplan Admissions Exam are located in all applications.
Programs not listed under revision
Spring 2020 admission and testing cycle July 1, 2019 – September 15, 2019.
Mail form to:
Northern Arizona University
School of Nursing
Attention: Nursing Admissions
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Undergraduate nursing programs available at Northern Arizona University
RN-BSN Accordion Closed
- Current license to practice as a registered nurse in the state where you will be doing the final project.
- Either an Associate’s or a Bachelor’s degree that meets the following:
- an Associate’s degree earned in Arizona must include the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) certification, or
- an Associate’s degree earned outside of Arizona must include credits that meet NAU’s liberal studies/diversity requirements, or
- a Bachelor’s degree earned at an accredited university in the United States.
The following areas of study are needed, however if not completed at the time of enrollment, they are available through the Personalized Learning program:
- Developmental Psychology
- General Pathology
For more information on these requirements, contact an Admissions Counselor at (800) 628-0040 or visit the RN-BSN page. Immediately after your acceptance to the university, complete the RN-BSN application for the School of Nursing
Mid-AAS Admission Accordion Closed
The Mid-AAS program lets you work on your BSN degree while mid-way through you associates RN licensure, and is part of the CEP program. For more information on this program visit the Mid-AAS page.
Upon completion of the NAU application process, contact the statewide campus advising team, who will:
- evaluate your transcripts
- help you plan your program of study
- assist with enrollment in NAU courses
Statewide campus advising team contact info:
Immediately after your acceptance to the University, complete the BSN Mid-AAS application for the School of Nursing.
Concurrent Enrollment Program Accordion Closed
The NAU CEP is a true concurrent program. You finish your community college nursing coursework and NAU courses concurrently, so you can apply for RN employment as a BSN graduate. Benefit from hands-on summer “jump start” with our experienced full-time faculty. Meet your community of learners and make the university connection. Enjoy the financial benefit of this 90/30 program. 90 credits are completed through the community college and just 30 credits are completed through NAU. For more information please call 1-800-426-8315 or review some of our most frequently asked questions.
Personalized Learning Accordion Closed
NAU’s Personalized Learning program enables registered nurses to earn their bachelor of science in nursing degree through our fully accredited, competency-based Personalized Learning online program. This innovative program allows students to set their own pace, and complete lessons according to their own timeline. With no deadlines and no set schedules, it’s the ideal online degree program for busy RN’s to advance their career.
Application information for NAU’s graduate nursing programs
Applications are completed online through the Graduate College and your application is then sent to the School of Nursing. You may access the application and other important information regarding admission, tuition, and fees through the Graduate College. There is also a $60.00 per credit hour program fee.
Before applying for admission to the MSN program Accordion Closed
Before you apply for admission into the Master of Science (MS) in Nursing program, you should have:
- Applied to the Graduate College of the university
- A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program; or an associate’s degree in nursing from an accredited program with a baccalaureate degree in another field.
- A minimum of a 3.o GPA on a 4.0 scale in all nursing coursework of the baccalaureate program or the associate’s degree in nursing program. If the applicant’s GPA is below 3.0 , we recommend taking two graduate nursing courses. If the applicant’s grades are “B” or better, he or she could then apply to the graduate program.
- RN licensure:
- MS-Generalist students: A current RN license, in good standing. Graduate students living in Arizona during their enrollment at Northern Arizona University must have an RN license to practice nursing in Arizona.
- MS-FNP students: A current RN license, in good standing, to practice as a registered nurse in Arizona or eligibility to obtain an Arizona license, or meet the regulations of the Arizona Board of Nursing regarding multi-state licensure.
- Completion of an undergraduate introduction to statistics course from a college or university with a grade of “C” or better, or a “pass”. Another option is completion of a graduate course in statistics, passed with a grade of “B” or better, and completed prior to enrollment in NUR 530 (EBP).
- Completion of an undergraduate course in nursing research with a grade of “B” or better.
- For applicants with an associate’s degree in nursing and a baccalaureate degree in another field, completion of undergraduate public health nursing (theory and clinical) course(s) passed with a grade of “B” or better is required.
- A comprehensive statement about your experiences, interests, and goals.
- If applying to the MS-FNP track, we recommend 3-5 years of general nursing practice before applying. However, students may begin their core courses sooner and will be considered on an individual basis.
- A structured interview with faculty may be required.
For more information visit the MSN overview webpage.
Before applying for admission to the FNP- Post Master’s Certificate Accordion Closed
Before you apply to the Family Nurse Practitioner – Post Master’s Certificate:
- apply to the Graduate College of the university
- master’s degree in nursing form an accredited program
- a minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in all nursing coursework for the master’s in nursing program
- RN licensure: a current RN license, in good standing, to practice as a registered nurse in Arizona or eligibility to obtain an Arizona license, or meet the Arizona Board of Nursing regulations regarding multi-state licensure
- recommendation from three professional persons knowledgeable about your potential to work effectively in advanced professional and scholarly roles
- a comprehensive statement about your experiences, interests, and goals
- a structured interview with faculty may be required
to learn more visit the FNP catalog webpage.
Upon acceptance to the Graduate Nursing Program Accordion Closed
Once admitted to the Graduate Nursing Program, documentation of the following is required:
- Current RN license: All graduate students are required to have an RN license in good standing. All graduate students are required to have documentation of a current RN license, in good standing, to practice as a registered nurse the state in which they live. Family Nurse Practitioner students must have an Arizona RN license in good standing, or eligibility to obtain an Arizona license, or meet the Arizona Board of Nursing regulations regarding multi-state licensure. Graduate students living in Arizona during their enrollment at Northern Arizona University must have an RN license to practice nursing in Arizona.
- Proof of health insurance: It is the responsibility of each student to provide his/her own health insurance. Students, for their own protection, are required by the clinical agencies to carry health insurance throughout the program. Students will not be allowed into the clinical unless they show evidence of health insurance. University students may obtain health insurance through Campus Health Services on the NAU campus if they do not have a private policy. No waivers are accepted.
- CPR—American Heart BLS HCP: Students must maintain a current American Heart Association CPR card (level C).
- Physical exam: Prior to entering the program, a health history and physical exam are required (current within six months) as well as documentation of current immunizations. The completed form must be in the School of Nursing prior to the semester of enrollment. This data is used to confirm that a student is in good physical and mental health for participation in the program.
- Tuberculin skin test: Required annually. If positive, proof of follow-up medical care is required (if diagnosis of active tuberculosis is made, clearance from the Public Health Department is required before admission or for continuation in the nursing program). In cases where a positive tuberculin test result is present due to previous exposure or vaccination, a chest x-ray or guantiferon gold will be required. An annual signed symptom checklist will be required following a negative diagnosis of a positive test. For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
- Hepatitis B vaccine: The Hepatitis B vaccine or titers are required for all students. It may be obtained through your private physician or Campus Health Services on the NAU campus.
- Tetanus/Tdap: Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Td/Tdap) vaccination require a one-time dose of Tdap to adults younger than age 65 years who have not received Tdap previously or for whom vaccine status is unknown to replace one of the 10-year Td boosters.
- Varicella: Evidence of immunity to varicella in adults includes any of the following:
- Documentation of 2 doses of varicella vaccine at least 4 weeks apart.
- Laboratory confirmation of immunity through lgG antibody detection.
- Reference: MMWR (2007). Prevention of Varicella: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP); 56(RR04); 1-40.
- Current immunization records: Documentation is required. Some agencies will also require documentation of PPD, MMR, Varicella, and Hepatitis B immunizations or titers.
- Fingerprint clearance card: All students are required to have a current fingerprint clearance card on file in Student Services. Some agencies will require documentation of finger print clearance or background check of students prior to the clinical experience. Students will assume the costs and responsibility of getting the fingerprints completed as necessary prior to the clinical experience. A valid fingerprint clearance card issued from the Department of Public Safety in Arizona is required.
- Photo ID (e.g., NAU ID, driver’s license, passport)
Student personal, health, and immunization records are maintained in the School of Nursing Student Services. Students are required to keep the above information current and updated annually in their student files in the School of Nursing Student Services.
Certain diagnostic tests may be required to meet contractual obligations with the clinical agency. These tests are at the expense of the student.
Recommendations for malpractice (liability) insurance: Professional liability insurance is provided by the State of Arizona in accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes §46-621 and §46-622. However, FNP Student Professional Liability Insurance (MS-FNP graduate students) or MS Student Professional RN Liability Insurance (MS-Generalist graduate students) is strongly recommended.