Admissions Requirements


Undergraduate Degree Programs

Associates Degree Programs

  • Completed application
  • High School Diploma, GED or equivalent. 
    • Waived if the student has completed at least 15 credits of college level coursework from an institution that is accredited by a CHEA recognized accrediting body or an international equivalent. 
  • Official Transcripts for all previous college credit earned
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 for all previous high school or college education

Bachelor's Degree Programs

  • Completed application
  • High School Diploma, GED or equivalent. 
    • Waived if the student has completed at least 15 credits of college level coursework from an institution that is accredited by a CHEA recognized accrediting body or an international equivalent. 
  • Official Transcripts for all previous college credit earned
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 for all previous high school or college education

Program Specific Requirements

BSN (Pre-licensure Program)

  • Completed Application
  • High School Transcripts: An official transcript demonstrating a completed high school diploma, GED, or its equivalent. Waived if the student has completed at least 15 credits of college level coursework at an institution that is accredited by a CHEA-recognized accrediting body or an international equivalent
  • Official Transcripts for all previous college credit earned
  • Behavior and Abilities Form: Submission of the signed Nursing Essential Abilities and Behaviors Form
  • Minimum GPA: a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required for all previous high school or college credit

Competitive Evaluation Process for the Nursing Core:

Aspen uses a competitive evaluation process to assess student readiness for the Nursing Core. The Nursing Core begins during the session in which students would enroll in SEM101, N110, HCA105, and HCA105L. Students are not guaranteed entry to the Nursing Core. Entry to the Nursing Core additionally requires:

  • Minimum GPA: a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for all Pre-Professional Nursing Coursework.
  • HESI A2: Minimum required scores for English Composite-80; Math-80; A&P-75. Students who have previously completed the HESI A2 may submit score reports. Scores cannot be older than 12 months prior to the start date of the Nursing Core component of the program
  • Criminal Background Check: Submission of a passed criminal background check
  • Fingerprint Clearance Card: Submission of a fingerprint clearance card

RN to BSN (Completion Program)

  • Associate Degree in Nursing (i.e. ADN or ASN) or diploma in nursing.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
      • Pending review and approval from the Nursing Admissions Committee, students may be admitted to the university on a provisional basis if their GPA falls below the minimum requirement.
  • Current, unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in the United States, a US territory, or Canada. Registered nurses licensed outside of these areas are not eligible.
  • A minimum of one year of nursing experience as a RN completed within the past five years.

Completion Programs (Business, Education and Criminal Justice)

  • Completion of an associate’s degree or 60 college credits from an institution that is accredited by a CHEA recognized accrediting body or an international equivalent.

Graduate Degree Programs 

Master's Degree Programs

  • Completed application
  • A Bachelor’s degree Official Transcript from an institution that is accredited by a CHEA recognized accrediting body or an international equivalent.

Program Specific Requirements

RN to MSN Bridge Program

  • Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN or ASN) or diploma in nursing 
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
      • Pending review and approval from the Nursing Admissions Committee, students may be admitted to the university on a provisional basis if their GPA falls below the minimum requirement.
  • Current, unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in the United States, a US territory, or Canada. Registered nurses licensed outside of these areas are not eligible.
  • A minimum of one year of nursing experience completed within the past five years.

Master of Science in Nursing

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
      • Pending review and approval from the Nursing Admissions Committee, students may be admitted to the university on a provisional basis if their GPA falls below the minimum requirement.
  • Current, unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in the United States, a US territory, or Canada. Registered nurses licensed outside of these areas are not eligible.
  • A minimum of one year of nursing experience completed within the past five years.

Master of Business Administration with a Specialization in Finance

  • Applicants must demonstrate the following:
    • 2 years of professional experience in finance/accounting and
    • Either successful completion of an undergraduate program majoring or with a minor in finance or accounting at an accredited university or
    • Successful completion of two graduate level finance classes at an accredited university.

Master of Science in Information Systems (Web Development and Application Development)

  • Applicants must demonstrate one of the following:
    • Successful completion of two undergraduate level information systems courses.
    • Successful completion of an undergraduate information systems program at an appropriately accredited university.

Doctoral Degree Programs

  • Completed application
  • Master’s degree Official Transcript from an institution that is accredited by a CHEA recognized accrediting body or an international equivalent. 
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Program Specific Requirements

Doctor of Science in Computer Science and Doctor of Education in Leadership and Learning

  • Statement of Goals
  • Resume or curriculum vitae

Doctor of Nursing Pratice

  • Current, unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in the United States, a US territory, or Canada. Registered nurses licensed outside of these areas are not eligible.
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), or a relevant discipline  
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
      • Pending review and approval from the Nursing Admissions Committee, students may be admitted to the university on a provisional basis if their GPA falls below the minimum requirement.

Continuing Education Students

Students can enroll in Aspen University as a continuing education (non-degree seeking) student.  These students may register for any Aspen University courses without committing to a specific program.  Registration in capstone/practicum courses, nursing courses, or doctoral level courses would require permission from a dean prior to registration.

Official Transcripts

Official Transcripts from previous institutions are required and must be sent directly from a student’s previous institution via mail or through secure electronic service to the Office of the Registrar. Hardcopy transcripts that are not issued from the originating institution in a sealed envelope or electronic transcripts received in a format other than a secure electronic service will be considered unofficial.  Aspen University does not accept official transcripts via email attachment or fax. If a student’s previous institution is no longer in operation, the student may provide Official Transcripts from the appropriate representing  institution.

Conditions of Admission

No Prior College Credit

Students enrolling in an associate's or bachelor’s degree program in the School of Education, School of Professional Studies or School of Business and Technology who have not previously earned college credit from an accredited institution will be Conditionally Accepted pending successful completion of Introduction to Communications. Upon successful completion of Introduction to Communications, students will be unconditionally accepted. 

Provisional Acceptance 

Students applying to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Completion Program) or Master of Science in Nursing programs may be admitted on a provisional basis if their prior GPA does not meet minimum requirements. To be considered for provisional acceptance, students may be required to submit additional documentation, which will be reviewed by the Nursing Admissions Committee. 

Petitions for Exception

Students who do not meet the minimum admissions requirements for their program may be able to submit additional documentation to petition for an exception to admissions policies.  Students wishing to pursue this option should contact their Enrollment Advisor for more information regarding the process for their specfic program. 

Notification of Admission

Students accepted into Aspen University are notified of their acceptance by the Office of the Registrar. Students admitted into the University receive an acceptance letter via email. Applicants who are denied admission are notified in writing via email.  

Additional Documentation

Aspen University reserves the right to request additional information from any applicant in order to make admissions decisions.