The Traditional Baccalaureate Program Option is a day program that follows a conventional semester format, meeting five days a week and grounded in Dominican University’s solid liberal arts tradition.  This program is open to candidates with no prior nursing background, as well as to Licensed Practical Nurses who wish to advance in the profession. You will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and with the educational and professional benefits of our liberal arts education, ready to make a solid impact on 21st-century health care.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Traditional Program need to initially file an application with the Office of Admissions. Application to the Nursing Program is a separate process and the Nursing Program conducts its own selection process. Freshmen apply to the nursing program at the beginning of their second semester at the University. Transfer students may have their college transcripts reviewed and evaluated for credits by the Office of Admissions. The following are required for consideration for entry into the nursing program (pending space available): an earned minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7; a grade of B- or better in the natural sciences; and meet Dominican University’s current required score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). (The number of times a student may take the TEAS exam is limited to 5 times.)

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All candidates for the Traditional nursing program must take Dominican University Writing and Math Placement Tests as specified by the Office of Admissions. College Math and English courses must be taken as determined by the placement test results. Chemistry for Healthcare Professionals, Biochemistry, and Anatomy and Physiology I and II must be successfully completed with a B- minimum prior to acceptance into nursing. Dominican University offers a combined Chem/Biochem course in place of the separate Chem and Biochem requirement.


All courses in the three-year (six-semester) Traditional nursing program must be taken in sequence at Dominican University. The curriculum is designed to prepare baccalaureate-level nurses who will promote professional health care across the lifespan and settings to all populations. The Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing consists of 131 credits. Graduates of the Division of Nursing are afforded a multitude of work and educational opportunities. Dominican University also offers a Masters in Family Nurse Practitioner and a Doctorate of Nurse Practitioner Program.

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Contact Margaret DeLorenzo,

Margaret DeLorenzo, Ed.D, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Traditional Day Nursing Program

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