Application Steps

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Fall Admission
Deadline: February 1

Spring Admission
Deadline: September 1

The Union College Nursing Program admits a new nursing class of approximately 30 students each semester. LPN-BSN and RN-BSN students are admitted on a space available basis. Only complete and verified applications are reviewed by the Admissions and Academic Evaluation Committee (AAEC) and considered for admission. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application and all supplemental requirements have been received and completed by the published deadline. Applicants will receive an official letter from the AAEC when the admission class is selected. 

If you have questions regarding the admission and application process for our nursing program, the first step is to read through the information provided here. We provide detailed instructions of our admission requirements and application process. To aid you in deciding whether or not you are ready to apply to the Union College Nursing Program, please consult the Decision Map.


Eligibility to Apply 

1. Minimum GPA

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) for all collegiate coursework at time of application.

2. Prerequisites

In progress or completion of required prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or above including: 

  • Anatomy and Physiology I (includes a lab)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (includes a lab)
  • Introduction to Inorganic, Organic and Biochemistry or general chemistry equivalent (includes a lab) 
  • Microbiology (includes a lab)
  • Writing for Scholarly Audiences
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Elementary Statistics

Chemistry and Writing for Scholarly Audiences prerequisites must have been taken within the last 5 years. The other prerequisites must have been taken within the last 10 years.

3. Test of English as a Foreign Language

International Students whose native language is not English and who do not meet the minimum ACT English score of 17 (or equivalent) must demonstrate current English proficiency by scores on a standardized test taken within the past two years.  The college accepts the following examinations and, for regular admission, requires minimum scores of TOEFL: Internet-based (iBT), 79; International paper-based, 550; IELTS 6.5.

Application Process

1. Test of Essential Academic Skills 

TEAS scores are required as a component of nursing program application. TEAS deadlines are March 1 for fall admission and October 1 for spring admission. This four-part assessment consists of subtests in Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English with a total testing time of 3 hours and 29 minutes, not including any breaks.  The cost for the TEAS is $55.00** each time you take it.  You will pay for this exam by credit or debit card at the time you take the exam.  You may take the exam up to 3 times per admission cycle, and the AAEC considers your highest score.  You must achieve an adjusted indiviual score of 64 for the AAEC to consider your application.  You may purchase a study package for the TEAS from or a college bookstore. 


  • If you have a score for this exam and it has been taken within the last year, please contact to request a score report be sent to Union College, Division of Nursing, 3800 S. 48th Street, Lincoln, NE 68506 OR faxed to 402.486.2582 Attn: Admissions Coordinator. 
  • If you have not taken the TEAS, you can arrange an appointment to take it on our campus by calling 402.486.2674 or at a remote location by visiting and clicking on “Register for TEAS with PSI.”

Available ATI TEAS testing dates and times:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 5:30pm till 9:00pm
Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 9:00am till 1:00pm 

*If none of the available testing dates and times work with your schedule, please contact John Luckiesh, the Admissions Coordinator, at 402.486.2674 to schedule an alternative time.

**fee paid by student

2. NursingCAS Application

Completion of NursingCAS application using the following detailed instructions

3. Additional Forms

Policies:  If you are not a current Union College student, please print, sign, and mail the following forms to the address listed on the bottom of each form:  Campus Security Statement, Student Life Agreement, Housing Policy

Nursing Program Director Recommendation Form:  If you are a transfer nursing student, LPN, or RN applying to our program, you must have this form completed by your previous nursing program director.  Additionally, if you are reapplying to the Union College Nursing Program, you must have this form completed by the Union College Nursing Program BSN Program Director. 

4. Interview

A personal interview with the program director or members of the Admissions and Academic Evaluation Committee (AAEC) may be required. 

For more information regarding the admission process, please reference our admission policies.