Frequently Asked Questions – Gustavus Care Program Extension | Spring 2022

Expansion of the Gustavus care program | Spring 2022

On Monday, April 4, 2022, Gustavus announced the expansion of the nursing major from 30 to 40 students per class year beginning in the Fall 2022 semester. Read the full announcement here.

The expansion of the Gustavus Department of Nursing builds on a tradition of excellence that began when the college began offering a bachelor’s degree in nursing for the first time in 1956. More information about the history of the department and current offers are available online.

To answer general questions about changes to the care program and related processes, please review the information below.

What is the first step to becoming a Gustavus nursing major?

Become a Gustavus student! Currently, applicants for the Gustavus Nursing program must be students of Gustavus Adolphus College. Transfer students interested in the program must apply and be accepted into the college before applying for a nursing major. All students (first semester and career changers) can submit their application for admission to Gustavus here.

How do I apply for the Gustavus care program?

Current Gustavus student applicants should indicate their intention to apply for a nursing major by contacting the Nursing Department Chair or Administrative Assistant at [email protected] Transfer student applicants should consult with the Chair of the Nursing Department, Dr. Contact Jessica Stadick ([email protected]) to begin the process.

When can I apply for the nursing program?

The application process takes place in the spring semester. Students must be on track to complete all nine prerequisite courses by the end of the spring semester in which they apply to the program.

What are the components of the application process?

The application process consists of the following five components:

  • Cumulative grade point average
  • GPA in prerequisite courses
  • Essay and drug calculation problems
  • interview
  • Student status (matriculated, graduated or transferred)

How are the components of the application process evaluated?

Each of the application components is worth four (4) points. Each component is evaluated by the nursing department. Students who are in the top 40 of all applicants with their total score and Individuals who successfully complete the prerequisite courses are accepted into the nursing program.

What does the essay and medication calculation include?

The essay is a question and requires a concise and organized answer from the students. The essay will be reviewed by two (2) faculty and/or administrative members of the department. There are two drug calculation questions that focus on the mathematical use of ratio and proportion.

What does the group interview include?

The group interview will be conducted by one or two nursing faculty and/or administrators and will include four or five applicants. The questions are asked alternately so that all applicants answer one of the questions first. In addition, applicants have the opportunity to offer supplements to the answers of others to questions.

What is the GPA requirement for admission?

The minimum cumulative GPA required for admission is a 2.85. The minimum precondition GPA required for admission is a 2.85.

What are the prerequisites for the course?

Nine (9) requirements must be met by the end of the spring semester of the application year:

  • principles of biology
  • Basics of microbiology
  • General Chemistry
  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II (or the transfer equivalent of one semester anatomy and one semester physiology)
  • General Psychology
  • evolution of lifespan
  • Degree in Sociology or Anthropology
  • Pre-health professions (or the transfer equivalent of an introductory healthcare and/or communications course)

Can I take a prerequisite or core nursing course for a pass/no credit grade?

No. A grade of C or better must be achieved in all basic and core nursing courses.

Is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification required?

Yes. Students must provide proof of current certification as a CNA prior to beginning core nursing courses. It not must be completed before applying to the program.

When can I register for a nursing major?

Students are declared a nursing major upon successful admission to the program.

When do nursing courses start?

Nursing courses for the new class of accepted students begin in the fall semester after program acceptance.


If you have any further questions, please contact the Chair of the Gustavus Department of Nursing.

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