Student Frequently Asked Questions

When does the nursing professional program begin?
We admit students every summer and fall semesters.

I am a transfer student. How do I know if the classes I have taken will transfer to Auburn?
Transfer students who have previously earned college credit are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to meet with an academic advisor to review your transcripts for possible admission to the upper division.

How will I select the right coursework?
The AUSON has a planned program of studies to follow. During freshman and transfer student orientation, you will be assigned to an academic advisor who will assist you with your course selections.

Do I have to follow the planned program of studies outlined by the AUSON?
The sequencing of some of the pre-nursing courses may be adjusted to meet individual needs. Students may also choose to enroll in summer school to adjust the program of studies. However, once students are admitted to the professional program, courses must be taken in sequence. Successful completion (grade of “C” or better) is required for all pre-nursing and professional courses.

Once I'm admitted to Auburn University, am I accepted into the Nursing program? 
No, Nursing has a separate admission process with a higher academic standard than the general university requirements. The upper division (Nursing portion) of the program, which comprises the junior and senior years, begins twice a year in the summer semester and the fall semester. The upper division takes two years to complete (5 semesters). Admission is competitive based on GPA and an interview.

When can you apply to the nursing program?
We take applications once a year. Nursing applications are available on our website in October. You are eligible to apply when you meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be accepted or readmitted to Auburn University in order to be eligible to complete Nursing application.
  • Applicants must earn a minimum GPA of a 2.5 on all college work attempted. Preference will be given to those with higher GPA’s. Admission decisions will be made on non-adjusted GPA’s.
  • Applicants must have successfully completed at least 3 of the following science pre-requisite courses to be eligible to apply.
    • Biology 1020,1021: Principles of Biology with Lab
    • Chemistry 1030,1031: Fundamentals of Chemistry I with Lab
    • Biology 3200, 3201: Microbiology with Lab
    • Biology 2500: Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
    • Biology 2510: Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
  • Applicants must complete all PNUR Pre-requisites prior to admission to the upper division program.
  • Applicants must complete science courses within the last 5 years.

What does the Admission committee look for when they admit students?
We look at overall GPA, nursing prerequisite GPA, interview, preference is given to Auburn students and to applicants who have work or volunteer experience in a health-related field.

What can I do to improve my chances of admission?
Concentrate on the courses in which you are currently enrolled. If possible, take as many of your prerequisite classes at Auburn. An important element in being prepared for the interview is to get experience in healthcare. Volunteer, shadow nurses, and research the nursing profession.

What do I do if I do not get accepted into the AUSON?
There are many options. You can apply to other nursing programs at the same time. You can apply again at Auburn during a future admissions cycle. You can continue to take courses, possibly taking some courses over in an effort to improve your GPA. You could begin taking courses toward a minor. You could change your major.

Where do you do your clinicals?
We do the majority of clinicals in the Auburn-Opelika area. We also do clinicals in Montgomery, Birmingham and Columbus, GA.

What is it like to be in Nursing School? How hard is it? 
During the lower division program, students attend class only about half the number of hours per week that were required in high school - if they are full-time students. However, the outside of class study and preparation time increases! 
Prenursing coursework has a strong concentration in the lab sciences, and lower division classes may be taken during the day or evenings. You may enter the university any semester to begin the pre-nursing curriculum. Lower division coursework may be completed in two years of full-time study, but you may attend part-time if preferred.

Upper division is much more intense. The amount of time required for class and clinical is 30-40 hours per week, most often during the day. Typically classes are two days/week, clinical time two to three days per week.

Anticipate a great deal of outside study/preparation time also. Time management skills are essential in this portion of the program, as well as reading skills. It is highly recommended not to have a heavy work commitment during this portion of the program, so that you may devote the necessary time and attention to your nursing studies.