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Admission Procedures

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    Below is a short checklist on the actions required to complete the accelerated BSN application:

    Checkmark Submit the accelerated BSN online application.
    Checkmark Submit a separate 1-2 page, single-spaced essay (Please answer the following in your esaay)

    • What is your motivation to pursue a second degree in nursing?
    • What are your future goals as a nurse?
    • Why Capital?

    Checkmark Submit 3 professional recommendation forms, attached with reference letters

    CheckmarkSubmit a current resumé

    Checkmark Submit all official transcripts to: 
    Capital University
    Admission Office
    1 College and Main
    Columbus, OH 43209


    • Preparing for Admission

      Nursing is a practice profession, and as such, requires a level of accountability with regards to health and safety (e.g.immunizations) and safety of the public (e.g. criminal background checks). The Department of Nursing policies, health care agency policies, and state regulations all affect requirements for admitted nursing students and/or graduates. That said, we felt these items were worth mentioning prior to an admission decision.

      You may wish to begin a Hepatitis B series if you have not already had one. This immunization is given in three doses. The first dose is administered, then the second dose administered four weeks following the first dose; the third and final dose is administered five to six months following the first dose. You may contact your primary care physician or a city or county health department to receive the series. At a minimum, the first two injections must be completed prior to beginning the first clinical course (half-way through the fall term), and the series must be completed for progression to Spring semester.

      Please note that a criminal record check will be required. Hospitals and health care agencies require evidence of a satisfactory criminal record check as a condition for clinical practice by students. All nursing students will need to be fingerprinted through both the BCI and FBI prior to clinical experiences. A second background check is required by the Ohio Board of Nursing prior to taking the NCLEX-RN® licensure exam. You can find a webcheck location near you by visiting

      Be advised that a drug-urine screen will be required. This will be conducted by an independent contractor on-site at the Nursing Department prior to the first clinical experience.  

    • Next Steps After Applying
      After the March 15 deadline, all application portfolios will be sent to the Department of Nursing for review.

      You will receive an email from the Adult and Graduate Education office indicating that your portfolio has been received and forwarded.

      For those accepted, a day-long orientation will be scheduled prior to the start of Fall semester.
      • Dates & Deadlines
        Admissions materials must be received by the Adult and Graduate Education office by March 15.

        If graduation from a baccalaureate degree program is pending, final transcript must be received by the Adult and Graduate Education office by June 15th.

        Proof of enrollment in final prerequisite courses must be included in your application portfolio and received by March 15. 
        • Official transcripts
          Official transcripts from all colleges attended (if the college/university from which the degree was earned is outside of the United States, you are required to obtain an equivalency evaluation from World Education Services,

          You can have transcript(s) sent directly to Capital University or include them in your application portfolio.
          • Submitting Your Application to the Nursing Accelerated Program

            Our main application deadline each year for our accelerated BSN daytime track is March 15th. Students are expected to have application documents submitted by that date in order to be eligible to possibly begin the program that following fall. Please contact the Admission office at 614-236-6101 or with any questions you may have.

            Additionally, our next accelerated BSN hybrid cohort will begin May 2019.