Admission to Nursing

Options for Admission to the Nursing Major

Students seeking admission to Carroll’s Nursing major have three options for entry, depending on your status.

  • Direct Entry
  • Pre-Nursing Admission
  • Transfer Admission

For printable information on requirements of the Nursing major, download the Nursing 4-year curriculum plan.

Direct Entry

When applying to Carroll, you will be considered for Direct Entry to Carroll's nursing major if you submit your completed application by November 1, if you indicate Nursing as your first major of interest and if you meet the following criteria:

  1. Minimum 3.30 GPA
  2. Minimum, composite ACT score of 24 or new SAT score of 1190 (Math and Combined Reading and Writing) *Note: Due to the impact of COVID-19 on access to ACT/SAT testing, these standardized test scores will not be used as a part of the review process for fall 2021 Direct Entry Nursing (the omission of standardized tests is ONLY applicable for those students who are considering Carroll for the Academic Year 2021-2022).
  3. Completion or enrollment of two years of science (biology and chemistry recommended)
  4. Completion of mathematics through Intermediate Algebra (Algebra II) by the 6th semester
  5. Submission and completion (receipt of all supporting credentials) of application by the November 1st deadline and listing Nursing as the first major interest

*Please note that not all candidates meeting the minimum eligibility criteria will be selected for the Direct Entry Option.

Notification of Direct Entry acceptance will be made by January 15th.  Those not offered a Direct Entry seat may be offered a Pre-Nursing seat.

Direct Entry to the nursing program requires no additional application process once you are admitted to Carroll. As a Direct Entry nursing student, you will enroll in our pre-licensure BSN nursing curriculum beginning your first semester. Learn more about Carroll's Direct Entry process.

Pre-Nursing Admission

If you are admitted into the pre-nursing licensure curriculum you will have the opportunity to apply to the nursing major during your first year at Carroll. As a pre-nursing student, you must be formally accepted to the nursing major in order to register for nursing courses.  Applications for Admission to the nursing major are accepted in the spring semester each year for admission into the major the following fall semester. If you have listed Pre-Nursing as your major you will receive notification regarding the Pre-Nursing admission process via your Carroll College email. Final decisions regarding admission to the nursing major will be made after grades from the spring semester are available. Spring grades are posted by the Friday after graduation and you will have until the following Friday to notify the nursing department and/or Registrar of any grade changes.  Please note that if there are more applications than spaces available, a Priority Ranking System will be used (see below for details). 

Students seeking admission into the nursing major must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be admitted to Carroll College as a degree-seeking student.
  2. Complete or be enrolled in the following pre-requisites with a “C-” or better at the time of application: BI 201, BI 202, CH 111, CO 101, ENWR 102, PSY 105, PSY 203.
  3. BI 201, BI 202, CH 111, CH 112, and BI 214 (or the equivalent of these courses) must have been completed within 5 years of admission to the nursing program at Carroll College. Any of these courses, taken prior to the five-year limit, may be analyzed by the nursing department for possible use depending on individual circumstances.
  4. All required science classes and labs must be face-to-face (online courses will not be accepted). The nursing department may grant an exception on a case-by-case basis for CH 112, which does not require a lab.
  5. Have an overall college career Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale. (This includes all attempted credits at an accredited college or university.)
  6. Repeat or withdraw from no more than two (2) courses considered pre-requisite to nursing or nursing courses taken either at Carroll or other institutions.
  7. Complete all required coursework, to include independent study or “incompletes”, by established deadlines.
  8. Complete criminal background check as instructed by the Department of Nursing, to be paid by the student.  Students with background checks that reveal a record will be evaluated individually to determine whether they will be admitted to the nursing major.  Alcohol and drug violations may interfere with Montana Board of Nursing approval to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam.
  9. Provide documentation of freedom from communicable tuberculosis and immunity to hepatitis B, and measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). 
  10. Students with an academic integrity violation on file at Carroll College will be evaluated individually to determine whether they will be admitted to the nursing major.

If there are more applications than spaces available, the Department will use a Priority Ranking System based on the following criteria to select students for admission.  Criteria will be applied after spring grades become available.

  1. Successful completion of items listed in items 1-9 above.
  2. Overall college career Grade Point Average (this includes all attempted credits at an accredited college or university).
  3. Selected GPA from the following Carroll courses: BI 201, BI 202, CH 111, CO 101, ENWR 102, PSY 105, PSY 203. A course from another institution must be accepted at Carroll as an equivalent course to be calculated in this selected GPA.
  4. Completion of CORE or nursing prerequisites without need for repeating courses (no D’s or F’s) or withdrawals.
  5. Current enrollment and the number of credits completed at Carroll College. Students who have completed 24 or more Carroll credits by the end of the spring semester will be ranked higher on this criteria than students who have completed at least 12 Carroll credits. 
  6. No academic integrity violation on file in the Registrar’s Office at Carroll College.
  7. A standardized exam to measure aptitude for nursing success, to be paid by the student, may also be required. 
  8. Interviews by the Department of Nursing faculty may be required.

Transfer Nursing Requirements

Carroll College will be accepting a select number of transfer students into our nursing program this year. Accepted students will enroll in classes beginning in the fall, completing a bachelor’s degree in 3 years.

Requirements to apply

  • One semester of full-time coursework within the last 3 years
  • Science coursework completed within the last 5 years
  • At least 25 credits completed by June 1
  • Completed coursework with a “C-” or better: 2 semesters of Anatomy and Physiology, General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Essentials of Chemistry, English Writing, Basic Communication
  • Only two repeated courses and/or withdrawals allowed
  • Minimum Academic GPA of 3.5


  • May 1 – Application Deadline (Apply online using the Carroll College Application)
  • June 15 – Admitted students will be notified by this date (acceptance is contingent upon a successful background check)

Visit our nursing transfer student site for more information or contact the Office of Admissions at (406) 447-4384 or by email at