Nursing student studying

Applying to the Nursing Program

  • Gain general admission to Berry College (the Nursing Program requires an additional application)  
    • After enrolling at Berry, meet with the Nursing Dean or Nursing faculty who will:
      • Review the student's academic record
      • Discuss admission to the Berry College Nursing Program
      • Recommend a plan to complete the remaining prerequisite courses
      • Complete the Nursing Program application and any additional admission requirements
    • All grades (Berry and other colleges/universities) from previous terms must be posted on the applicant's Berry College transcript by the Nursing application deadline.


      Decisions on admission to the Nursing Program are competitive and based on the applicant's academic record at the time of the Nursing application deadline. Space is limited.

      • All BSN applicants must have a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA at the time of application. However, the GPA does not guarantee admission.
      • Students are eligible to apply to the nursing program when they have successfully completed a minimum of 41 semester credit hours at the time of application. Students should complete at least 12 hours credit in residence at Berry College before applying to the nursing program, and one of the courses taken at Berry should be from the required science courses.
      • Students should complete 55 hours of required prerequisite courses at the time of enrollment in the first clinical Nursing course.

      Program costs

      A cross cultural immersion experience during the May-semester is required of every nursing student. Students will earn three semester credit hours required in the nursing program while completing the immersion experience. The cost of the three semester hours of tuition is included in the projected cost of the two week trip. The projected cost is approximately $3500-$4000.

      A nursing program fee is charged to all students enrolled in clinical courses. This fee covers assessment testing, computer learning software and programs, standardized exams, and malpractice insurance as required by the clinical agencies. In addition to the program fee, as part of the nursing admission process, the student can expect to incur fees for a background and drug screening, physical examinations, immunizations, and the cost of obtaining American Heart CPR certification. A detailed list of the expenses related to uniforms, shoes, stethoscope, graduation cost, and NCLEX fees may be found in the nursing student handbook.


      • CPR certification must be completed prior to registration for upper-division clinical nursing courses.
      • American Heart Association's Healthcare Provider Course (Course C or BLSC) is the ONLY accepted provider.
      • Medical clearance is required prior to registration for all upper-division nursing courses.
      • A background check and drug screen must be successfully completed (required for clinical/health care facility placement.)
      • Placement in health care facilities will require a background check and a drug screen. Clinical institutions may deny access to the clinical practice area based on the results of these tests. Clinical experience is a required component of the majority of nursing courses and a course cannot be completed without a passing grade in the clinical component of the course. If the clinical agency finds the results of the drug screening or criminal background check to be unacceptable, the Berry College Nursing Program may not be able to provide nursing educational experiences, which could impede the student’s progression and completion of the nursing degree. Failure to be honest in the completion of all application questions regarding prior convictions may result in an academic integrity violation and could result in dismissal from the program. 
      • REQUIRED Cultural Immersion health care experience – 2 week study abroad.