4 Year BSN Admission Criteria/Process

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements of Marshall University as described in the Undergraduate Catalog. Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program is on a competitive basis. The BSN application deadline is January 15. Questions about the application process, please contact the School of Nursing by phone (304) 696-3821 or by email at bsn-nursing@marshall.edu.

Students may be accepted into the program in two ways:

  1. High school seniors: High school seniors with a minimum ACT composite of 21 and HS GPA of 2.5 or higher are eligible to apply. Automatic admission is granted to those with ACT composite of 24 or higher and HS GPA of 2.5 or higher. These students enter at the freshman level.
  2. Current or previous college students: Current college students or college graduates with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher may be accepted into the nursing program at the sophomore level, depending on space availability. Applicants must have completed all required freshman level courses with a “C” or better, or be able to successfully complete these courses prior to July 15 the summer before starting sophomore level nursing courses.

How to apply to the BSN program

  1. Apply to Marshall University
  2. Print and fill out the BSN Application
  3. Send the BSN application by January 15 with a nonrefundable check or money order for $30.00 payable to MU SON to:

Marshall University
School of Nursing PH 421
1 John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755-9510
ATTN: Student Records Assistant

Important notices when applying


Background checks and Drug Screens

Prior to beginning clinical, students must complete a background check and drug screen. Based upon the findings, students may not be allowed to continue in the Nursing Program. Additionally the School of Nursing may require students to submit to a drug screen upon reasonable suspicion or cause or may impose random drug testing for students undergoing treatment and/or rehabilitation for substance abuse. All drug screens and background checks are the financial responsibility of the student.

Travel Requirements

The School of Nursing utilizes multiple clinical agencies during the course of the Nursing Program. Some of these agencies are outside the immediate campus area (either the Point Pleasant campus or the Huntington campus). It is the student’s responsibility to arrange transportation to all clinical sites utilized in the program. During the course of the program, students may be assigned to clinical experiences that may occur any time of the day and/or any day of the week.

Health Form and Immunizations

Prior to beginning the sophomore nursing courses, students must submit a completed health form and record of immunizations. Clinical agencies may require other immunizations at any point in the curriculum, and it is the responsibility of the student to provide documentation as required.

Required Transcripts

High school students will need to have an official transcript, showing junior year grades and GPA, sent to the university and the SON. Applicants who have attended or are attending another university must provide official transcripts to the university and the SON from those universities for the most current semester. Current Marshall students need not to supply transcripts to the SON.

State Board of Nursing

The State Board of Nursing may deny eligibility to sit for the Registered Nurse Licensing Examination to individuals who have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony and persons with drug/chemical dependency. Admission to and graduation from the School of Nursing does not guarantee applicant will be permitted to sit for the licensing examination.