Arizona State University BSN

Basic School Information:  Arizona State University’s (ASU) College of Nursing and Health Innovation is located in Phoenix, Arizona at the Downtown Phoenix Campus. The Traditional Prelicensure Clinical Nursing Program (TPCNP) is designed for incoming freshmen and transfer students wishing to earn their Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN). Students pursuing advancement to the clinical nursing program complete prerequisite coursework and then apply for advancement to the upper-division clinical nursing program. There are three advancement cycles per year: Spring, Summer, and Fall. The upper-division clinical nursing program may be completed in a 16-month year-round schedule or a 24-month academic year schedule.

Steps to Apply - Incoming Freshmen

Incoming freshmen apply online with ASU’s Application for Admission. On the application, prospective freshmen should select nursing as their desired major. The College of Nursing and Health Innovation offers direct admission to incoming freshmen who meet both of the the following criteria:

  • 3.30 GPA in ASU competency courses (A=4.00) OR Top 25% of high school graduating class
  • 1170 SAT or 24 ACT

Students directly admitted to nursing are guaranteed a space in the clinical nursing program if they meet continuing eligibility criteria while attending ASU.

Students who do not meet the direct admission criteria will be admitted to the Bachelor of Science in community health. As a community health major, students may complete the nursing prerequisites and apply for competitive advancement into the clinical nursing program. Space is limited and placement is not guaranteed.

Steps to Apply - Incoming Transfer Students

Transfer students apply online with ASU’s Application for Admission. On the application, prospective transfer students should apply to the Bachelor of Science in community health. Once admitted to ASU, transfer students will meet with an academic advisor and complete any remaining prerequisite courses before applying for competitive advancement into the clinical nursing program. Space is limited and placement is not guaranteed.

Program Length:  During the first four semesters (freshman and sophomore years), students take the prerequisite courses for the nursing program. Once admitted to the clinical nursing program, the remaining four semesters (junior and senior years) are focused on the upper division nursing program which include didactic courses, simulation, and clinical experiences.


Nursing Prerequisites:

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I with lab
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II with lab
  • Human Development
  • Introductory Chemistry with lab
  • First Year Composition (ENG 101 & ENG 102)
  • Clinical Health Care Ethics
  • Introduction to Nursing & Healthcare Systems
  • Culture & Health
  • Human Pathophysiology
  • Microbiology with Lab
  • Human Nutrition
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Statistics
  • College Mathematics or higher
  • Humanities/Fine Arts (HU) or Social Behavioral Science (SB)
  • Elective course

 A list of all required classes can be found on the major map..

Students who earn direct admission as incoming freshmen, must meet Continuing Eligibility Criteria to maintain their guaranteed nursing seat, including a 3.5 GPA in all prerequisites.

Students without direct admission must have a minimum 3.25 GPA in prerequisite classes in addition to a passing score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) to be considered for competitive advancement, although this will not guarantee admission.

Prior Classwork Information:  To be admitted to ASU and the BS in community health, applicants must meet general university admission requirements:

 To gain direct admission to nursing, incoming freshman must meet the direct admission requirement outlined in the “Steps to Apply - Incoming Freshman” section above.

 Application Information:  ASU undergraduate admission information can be found here.  Additional information on applying to the TPCNP can be found here.

Admission Tests:  Competitive applicants must take the TEAS prior to the TPCNP advancement application deadline. It is strongly recommended that applicants take the exam through ASU’s University Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness. For tests taken outside of ASU, applicants must contact ATI Testing to request that an official transcript be sent to the Student Academic Services Office.

The TEAS is not required for general admission to ASU or to the community health major.

 Tuition:  Tuition information can be found here.  

 Financial Aid/Scholarships:  Financial aid information can be found here.  Scholarship information can be found here.