Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Cardinal Stritch University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing pre-licensure program offers direct admission and is designed for students seeking a nursing degree with a liberal arts foundation in a university environment.


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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is for high school and transfer students who want to study nursing and earn a degree with a liberal arts foundation. This program builds a foundation of knowledge in science and the humanities and is aimed at developing your ability to practice nursing using the principles of health promotion, maintenance and restoration across the life span in a variety of healthcare settings.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing pre-licensure program offers direct admission and is designed for students seeking a nursing degree with a liberal arts foundation in a university environment. You will be able to join the Student Nursing Association (SNA), which is a professional organization incorporated in the Wisconsin Student Nurses Association and the National Student Nurses Association. The BSN program allows students to have a wide variety of clinical experiences in community agencies and hospitals. Some clinical sites include: Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and St. Joseph’s Hospital.

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Program Format


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing pre-licensure program offers direct admission and is designed for students seeking a nursing degree with a liberal arts foundation in a university environment. BSN graduates are prepared as general clinical practitioners, and are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX). This is a four-year program with classes offered in a semester format.

Semesters to Join the Program

  • Fall (August)
  • Spring (January)

Courses are Available

  • Face-to-face

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

We will review the courses in your academic record for Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit. Credit can be awarded for AP scores of three and above. Both Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) International Baccalaureate exams are recognized, with SL exams requiring a higher passing score to earn credit. Additional credit may be earned for those who complete the IB Diploma. 

Download our Credit Acquisition Guide to find out more about CLEP, DSST and Stritch Challenge Exams. We also have a significant number of articulation agreements established with partner institutions. 

Application Requirements


Freshman Applicants

  • A cumulative high school GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or 250 GED
  • Minimum composite ACT score of 21, or SAT CR+M score of 980
  • Admissions Application: Complete the admissions application

Transfer Applicants

  • A cumulative college GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) in all a minimum of 12 credits of college-level coursework attempted at regionally accredited institutions
  • Successful completion (C- or better) of college-level English and Math, or placement into college-level English using the University’s placement test.
  • If currently or previously enrolled in a nursing program at another institution, a letter of good standing must be submitted from the institution.
  • Admissions Application: Complete the admissions application

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