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

Students may be accepted into the Pre-licensure BSN Program in two ways

  1. High school seniors: High school seniors with a minimum ACT composite of 21 (or equivalent SAT composite score) and HS GPA of 2.5 or higher are eligible to apply. Automatic acceptance is granted to those with an ACT composite of 24 or higher (or equivalent SAT composite score) and HS GPA of 2.5 or higher (pending available space). Successful applicants enter at the freshman level. Progression to the sophomore year of the Pre-licensure BSN program is contingent on completion of all required freshman-level courses with a “C” or better by July 15 the year the student is scheduled to begin the sophomore nursing classes. Students who, for whatever reason, are unable to begin the sophomore nursing classes as scheduled must reapply to the program.
  2. Current or previous college students: Current college students or college graduates with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher are eligible to apply. Successful applicants enter at the sophomore level. Applicants must have completed all required freshman-level required courses with a “C” or better, or be able to successfully complete these courses by July 15 the year of application. (Pre-requisite courses for sophomore year placement are:  ENG 101, BSC 227, CHM 205, CMM 213, BSC 228, PSY 201, and MTH 121 or 125.) Students who, for whatever reason, are unable to begin the sophomore nursing classes as scheduled must reapply to the program.

Scoring System

See the MU Pre-licensure BSN Program Scoring Sheet to see how points are determined.

How to apply to the BSN program

  1. Apply to Marshall University This is a separate application from the School of Nursing Pre-Licensure application.
  2. The School of Nursing Pre-Licensure BSN applications will be accepted November 15 – January 15

Apply to Pre-Licensure BSN Program

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 supply transcripts to the SON.

Marshall University
School of Nursing
One John Marshall Drive
Prichard Hall 421
Huntington, WV 25755

Other Important Notices when Applying

State Board of Nursing and Eligibility to sit for RN Examination

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 MU School of Nursing does not guarantee applicant will be permitted to sit for the licensing examination. See letter from the WV Board of Nursing for more information about criminal convictions and eligibility for licensure in West Virginia.

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. Facilities utilized for clinical may limit or prohibit students with criminal histories from participating in clinical experiences. Other options may not exist for the student to complete the required clinical hours in order to obtain a nursing degree. 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 and/or lab testing at any point in the curriculum, and it is the responsibility of the student to pay for these immunizations/tests and provide documentation as required.

Onboarding Costs

In the event that facilities charge any onboarding costs for student placement, it is the responsibility of the student to pay these charges.