Admission Process
Admission Requirements/Process
Prospective nursing/pre-nursing students must meet certain standards to be considered for admission into the nursing/pre-nursing program. These standards are not the same standards used for admission to Dakota Wesleyan University. Students can be denied admission into nursing, but may be eligible for admission into other majors at Dakota Wesleyan University.

Admission Requirements
for Nursing/Pre-Nursing Program
Students who wish to be considered for the nursing or pre-nursing program must provide documentation of the following requirements:
  • ACT composite score of 19 or above
  • ACT subscore in reading of 20 or above
  • High school or college cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 or above. Transfer students must provide documentation of earning a minimum grade of C in English composition and C- in other prerequisite courses at an accredited college or unitversity. Science courses must be completed in the past 10 years. No support course can be repeated more than once for consideration as a nursing or pre-nursing student.

First priority for fall semester admission to the AS Nursing Program is given to applicants meeting all admission requirements by February 1. Qualified applicants will be admitted on a space available basis after February 1. If there is not an available opening for the AS Nursing Program, students who have met the admission requirements and been accepted will be placed on a waiting list and be notified by DWU Admissions if an opening becomes available.

An admission appeal process exists for students who do not meet the above requirements but have extenuating circumstances. Address written requests for exceptions to the admission requirements policy to the Nursing Admission Committee and mail to the Admissions Office, Dakota Wesleyan University, 1200 W. University Ave., Mitchell, SD 57301; or e-mail

Prerequisite Nurse Aide Competencies
Incoming NUR 101 students must successfully complete a nurse aide course offered on the Mitchell campus before the fall semester begins. A student, who is a certified nurse aide (CNA), is eligible to make an appointment to test out of the nurse aide course prior to the beginning of the nurse aide course.

Clinical Requirements
The following requirements must be met before students can participate in clinical experiences:
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