1. Applicants to the BSN Program must have a recognized high school diploma or General Equivalency Examination (GED), or the equivalent.  They also must have successfully completed high school Biology, Algebra and preferably Chemistry.

2. Send official transcript (s) from high school and post-secondary, if applicable, including a previous degree directly to the Admissions Office.

3. As an Upper Division Program or for Direct Entry, PHSU requires applicants to complete the following general education and science courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 from accredited schools.  Only grades of C or higher transfer.  Nursing courses from other institutions are not accepted for transfer.

Upper Division Pre-Requisites:



Chemistry for Health Sciences with Lab


Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab


English Composition I


Introduction to Psychology


Microbiology for Health Sciences with Lab


Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab


Developmental Psychology


English Composition II


College Algebra


Public Speaking


Introduction to Statistics


(Students who have not completed the pre-requisites for admission to the Upper Division Program may be eligible for the Direct Entry BSN Program).

4. Written essay indicating interest in nursing

5. Submit two letters of recommendation from persons not related to you who can speak to your potential to become a registered professional nurse.

6. Complete an interview with the admission committee.

7. Demonstrate English proficiency in speaking and reading by TOEFL scores or evidence of successful completion of a year of college English.

8. Must have taken the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) or equivalent admission test

9. Evidence of attendance at a nursing pre-admission conference given during orientation period.

10. Students are required to have a current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification through the American Heart Association when they enter the program.  It can be taken on-line at the American Heart Association website or at a center in your area.  Centers are listed on the website or you can contact the American Heart Association directly at 1-800-242-8721.

11. Criminal Background Screening and Drug Testing are required prior to admission.

12. Take the HESI A2 Exam (Health Education System, Inc.).

13. Read and sign the document of Essential Performance Standards in Nursing*

14. A non-refundable US $80 Application Processing Fee.  (Check or Money Order payable to Ponce Health Sciences University).

Accepted Students

Upon acceptance, a deposit of US $100 to secure the seat is required.  Once accepted to PHSU, a student will be sent a Letter of Acceptance, Health Form, Welcome Packet, Visa Form (if required), and Program Plan by email and U.S Mail.  The Program Plan provide information on the academic pathway designed specifically for the individual student-from their first to their last trimester.  Assistance is provided to students throughout the enrollment process.

Once students are admitted to the program they must submit immunization records and medical tests. The immunization requirements are for DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus), MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), Polio, Hepatitis B (Start of the series) and proof of having Chicken Pox disease or having had the Varicella or Viravax vaccine. Medical tests which must be completed are a TB test, PPD/Mantoux, together with radiologist’s report of a Chest X-Ray which is required (not the actual films) only for those applicants who have tested positive for TB.

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