Admission Requirements

The Towson University nursing program is a screened, competitive major that accepts a limited number of students each term. On this site, students can learn about our admission criteria, application process, and how to become a competitive applicant.

Nursing Major (Basic/Pre-Licensure) Option 

The Department of Nursing offers the nursing major basic option at the Towson University (TU) main campus and the University System of Maryland Hagerstown Center (USMH). Main campus admission is offered each fall and spring term, while USMH admission is only offered in the fall term.

On this page, students will find our program application deadlines, required application materials, minimum criteria for application review, mininum criteria for program, and application instructions. Students who do not meet the minimum admission criteria may apply for consideration under the Individual Admissions Policy.

Due to the competitive nature of our program, admission to the university and completion of the minimum requirements does not guarantee program admission.

Application Deadlines

Program start term Application Deadline
Fall Start - Towson Main Campus or USMH Center January 15
Spring Start - Towson Main Campus Only
August 15

program application status

Application Closed

The deadline for Fall 2022 has passed and we are no longer accepting applications. The application for Spring 2023 will open in early May.

When the application is open, a link to the online application form will be provided in the "Applying to the Program" section of this page.

Required Application Materials

Students must submit all required materials for their application to be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not considered for admission. The following must be submitted:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Completed program application
  • Payment of application fee
  • Score Report for the Test of Academic Skills (TEAS)

Minimum Criteria to Apply

A student may only apply to the major once they have met our minimum application eligibility criteria:

  • a minimum of 42 undergraduate credits/units earned
  • completion of three (3) equivalent laboratory science prerequisites courses
  • completion of ENGL 102 or an equivalent English composition course
  • submission of a proficient TEAS score

These criteria must be met by the application deadline. In progress coursework does not count toward the minimum earned units or for completion of prerequisite courses. Any application submitted without meeting these requirements will not be reviewed.

Note: If you have completed the criteria listed above but have other prerequisite courses left to complete, you may still apply to the program. Any offer of admission granted would be contingent upon the completion of those prerequisites prior to the start of the term.

Minimum Criteria for Program Admission

Applicants must have a minimum grade point average (GPA), complete specific prerequisite courses, and meet certain standards of academic progress in order to be eligible for admission to the nursing major. Students must meet the following minimum criteria: 

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher from all colleges/universities attended
    • To calculate your cumulative GPA, divide the number of quality points earned in all courses attempted by the total degree-credit hours in all attempted courses from all institutions attended.
  • Grade of C (2.0) or higher in all nursing prerequisite courses
    • Pass/fail grades are not accepted
  • No more than two (2) repeat attempts of college courses, including:
    • all college coursework, not just nursing prerequisite courses
    • repeating failed courses and/or retaking a completed course for a higher grade to improve your GPA
  • Completion of all college-level coursework within the past 10 years

This criteria is the same for all program applicants, including current TU students, transfer students, reenrolling students, and second bachelor's degree-seeking students. If you do not meet even one of the criteria listed above, you must follow the Individual Admissions Policy.

Admission Competitiveness

Program admission is highly competitive due to the number of applicants, limited space in the major, and rigor of the program. The degree of competitiveness for admission is determined by the applicant pool each term.

The following factors determine the competitiveness of applicants:

  • overall cumulative GPA
  • GPA of the five (5) science prerequisite courses
  • TEAS score
  • overall academic record & performance trends
    • course repeats and withdrawals
    • enrollment trends (course loads, balancing difficult courses, etc)
    • consistency of academic performance

It is important to understand that meeting the minimum criteria is not the same as being a competitive applicant. Earning the minimum GPA or a proficient TEAS score does not guarantee admission to the program. Students should aim for a higher, competitive score and GPA.

Typically, competive GPAs of admitted students are closer to 3.60-3.70, and competitive TEAS test scores are around 85-86%. Meeting these competitive criteria is recommended but does not guarantee admission.

Preparing to Apply for the Nursing Major

Before you submit your application, review the application eligibility and admission criteria on this page carefully.

  1. Review Course Prerequisites
    1. There are 11 prerequisite courses that must be completed prior to beginning nursing major course work. Review these courses prior to submitting your application.
    2. Students may apply while prerequisites are in progress as long as they meet the minimum criteria to apply listed above.
    3. Any prerequisite courses in progress at time of admission must be completed with a C (2.0) or higher by the start of the program.
    4. Transfer students should refer to the the Transfer Student Page for resources to understand how their courses can satisfy these prerequisites.
  2. Decide your preferred campus location and second choice location (fall applicants only).
    1. Fall applicants must select a first choice location of Towson main campus or USMH Center. You may select a second choice location if you are willing to accept admission to that location. Do not select a second choice campus if you are not willing to accept admission and attend at that location.
    2. Students admitted to the nursing major at USMH Center must agree to attend clinical experiences in the Baltimore/Washington region in the event that appropriate quality experiences are not available in the Western Maryland region.
  3. Review the Standards and Functional Abilities for Nursing Students (PDF).
    1. Functional abilities are essential standards that students need to attain the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary for entry-level nurses.
    2. These standards are not required for program admission but will be expected of students admitted to the nursing major. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review these functional standards to better understand what will be expected of them in the nursing major. 

Applying to the Program

Nursing applications and fee payment are due by the application deadline.

All other required materials (TEAS, transcripts, and individual admission documents) must be submitted by September 1 for spring applications and February 1 for fall applications.

It is an applicant’s responsibility to make certain all required documents have been received. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

Nursing application & Fee

To apply for program admission, complete the Application for Admission: Undergraduate Basic Program Option (Pre-Licensure).

The application must be submitted by 11:59pm of the application deadline. This application requires a $75 non-refundable application fee. The application fee cannot be waived and must be submitted for each term you apply. You will be directed to the online payment center upon completion of your application.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended (other than Towson University) must be sent to the University Admissions office. Do not send transcripts directly to the Department of Nursing.

Transcripts can be sent electronically or by mail:

Transcripts must include grades for the most recent course work completed including summer or winter courses. If you send a transcript with in progress courses for summer or winter, an updated transcript must be submitted after those grades are posted.

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Report

Appicants may submit up to two TEAS score reports and will consider the higher of the two scores. TEAS score reports must be requested by the student through their testing center or their testing account. Please refer to the TEAS informational page to make sure you understand the process for taking the TEAS and submitting scores.

University Admissions or reenrollment application

Nursing program admission requires students to be enrolled at the university as a degree-seeking student. You may apply to the nursing major prior to applying to the university, but students will not be accepted to the program without being admitted as a degree-seeking student. New transfer or second bachelor's students must apply through University Admissions, and students returning to TU after a break in attendance (without a completed bachelor's degree) must apply through the Reenrollment Office.

Refer to the appropriate office for application requirements, deadlines, and instructions:


For any questions about the nursing admissions process or requirements, please contact us.

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